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Bluebird Backcountry is expanding just as uphill skiing is expected to explode during coronavirus

The uphill-only ski area outside Kremmling is expanding to 1,200 acres for its second season with an emphasis on providing a safer experience and avalanche education.

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Skier killed in Summit County avalanche was prepared. But strong winds, fresh snow created a deadly slab.

Aaron Wiener, of Denver, was the fifth person to die in a Colorado avalanche this snow season. The slide in the steep couloir off Red Peak near Silverthorne was triggered by a skier above him.

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Skier killed in avalanche north of Silverthorne

Three men were on their way down Red Mountain when a shallow avalanche broke near the most uphill skier

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“Locals only” coronavirus closures of Colorado public land may not be legal. But mountain communities say it’s needed for safety.

Colorado's mountain towns say it's not about banning outsiders. But "if you have yet to realize we are in unprecedented times, then you are either not paying attention or are a denier," San Juan County's sheriff says.

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Early closure of ski resorts triggers “feeding frenzy” for uphill touring and backcountry ski equipment

Vail Resorts put the brakes on use of its mountains for skiers seeking turns without lifts, but independent backcountry ski shops across the state are reporting record sales.

Colorado’s governor advises going outdoors to ease coronavirus isolation. But take it easy, first responders plead.

People are getting cabin fever in the coronavirus crisis. But search and rescue crews worry adventurers in need may stress an overburdened system. “Everything is the backcountry now,” a SAR team member says.

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Skiers flock to Bluebird Backcountry’s balance between resort and remote terrain

Owners of Colorado’s first uphill backcountry ski area blend fun with education and safety as they test a business model they hope to replicate elsewhere

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For war-weary veterans, a dose of “adventure therapy” can help them ski off the war

A four-day mission took veterans across the Sneffels Range and through “Break-a-Bone Meadow” to help deal with their demons. “This can be a cathedral for people,” one vet said.

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First-ever backcountry ski area opens next month outside Kremmling

Bluebird Backcountry at Peak Ranch will offer $50 access, $50 guided instruction on 1,500 acres of gladed terrain below Whiteley Peak in the Rabbit Ears range.