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Colorado ski resorts are in an uphill battle for workers amid the historic labor shortage

As the first snow of the season covers the high country, Colorado’s ski resorts are starting their search for thousands of workers in what many say is an unprecedented labor crisis.  Housing continues to be the albatross for ski resort employers. It was a challenge before the pandemic. “But now it’s gone from ‘very difficult’ […]

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Judge’s forceful rejection of Trump’s ban on visa workers may come too late for Colorado ski resorts

Ski areas are cheering a decision by a federal judge in California that suspends the Trump administration’s ban on workers using temporary non-immigrant visas. The National Ski Areas Association is telling its more than 300 ski resort members to immediately begin taking applications from J-1 and H-2B visa workers and submitting paperwork with the federal […]

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Trump’s ban on visa workers breathes new life into college-age ski bumming in Colorado’s resort towns

EAGLE — Mia Conley was all set for her first year of college at Colorado State University.  But the graduate of Eagle Valley High School deferred her acceptance in July, after finding out all but one of her classes were going to be online. She’s decided to get a job near home and attend Colorado […]

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“A big year” for Olathe sweet corn as pickers pluck first ears of the season

OLATHE — The sun’s first rays are spilling over Jumbo Mountain when the team clambers aboard the sprawling corn harvester.  John Harold joins the pickers as they twist his “Olathe Sweet” sweet corn from the stalks. It’s barely 6 a.m. and the first harvest of the season is underway for the nationally celebrated ears. It’s […]

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Struggling ski resort industry frets over Trump’s ban on immigrant worker visas

The ski resort industry, reeling from early closures in March, suffered another major blow this week when President Donald Trump extended a ban on visas for immigrant workers through the end of the year.  Citing soaring unemployment, Trump’s proclamation applies to H-1B visas used by technology companies, H-2B visas and J-1 visas. The resort industry […]