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Copper Mountain, Eldora will host next-generation Woodward terrain parks with aim toward teaching the masses

Powdr, the adventure lifestyle company that counts Copper Mountain and Eldora ski areas among its empire of resorts, heli-skiing and river-rafting operators, is betting on its Woodward action sport camp model as a new way to teach skiing and grow the sport.  While the heavyweights Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Co. battle for vacationers and […]

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Colorado liftmaker Leitner-Poma entering boom as ski industry battles heat up and cities seek to innovate

GRAND JUNCTION — Cody Wells lifts his welding helmet and takes a step back from the massive steel wheels dangling from the girders of the Leitner-Poma of America warehouse.  “It’s like a mad-scientist piece. There’s not another one like this anywhere,” he says. Wells is welding together two bullwheels — one on top of the […]

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Ski resorts send a record-setting rent payment to the federal government after 2017-18 season

Colorado ski resorts operating on public land have once again sent a record rent payment to the U.S. government. The payment for 2017-18 — based on revenues collected at 23 Colorado resorts — was $26.8 million, the highest ever. Those payments are expected to continue reaching new highs as resort operators sell hundreds of thousands […]

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Resorts, desperate to stem crushing traffic, bet on a new ridesharing app that splits lifts to the lifts

Utah’s Snowbird ski area typically boasts the best snow in the country. Yet, even with its new partnership with the wildly popular Ikon Pass, it’s one of the loneliest resorts, with a very low skier-per-acre tally. That’s because it has a long, snowy and often-crowded driveway winding up Little Cottonwood Canyon. “The comfortable carrying capacity […]

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Two years after woman’s fatal fall at Granby Ranch, Colorado’s chairlift safety review remains ongoing

Two years after a Texas woman was thrown from a chairlift and killed at Granby Ranch, Colorado has not put in place safety recommendations listed in a state investigation of her death. The process has been slow and quiet, with the first proposals for change expected late this spring. The Colorado Tramway Safety Board, working […]