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Forest Service OKs Vail Resorts plan to restore Keystone tundra. But expanded terrain’s opening will be delayed.

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing Vail Resorts to continue building a new lift at Keystone after the company submitted a plan to repair tundra damaged by a temporary road that extended beyond permitting boundaries. But the monthlong delay in construction will prevent the resort from opening new terrain in Bergman Bowl by this winter. White […]

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Forest Service halts new Keystone chairlift after resort mistakenly builds road in protected tundra

The U.S. Forest Service has halted construction of a new lift in Keystone after the resort mistakenly built a temporary road in protected alpine tundra. Keystone has Forest Service permission to build a road to the bottom of its new Bergman Bowl chairlift and a temporary road higher in the bowl to access lift towers. […]

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Climate change is eroding work to clean up the Snake River. Is Summit County snowmaking making it worse?

KEYSTONE – The Snake River wends through this resort village, rushing streamside condos, beckoning anglers to cast after rainbow trout and, at some point in the year, funneling into equipment Keystone ski area uses to make snow.  But a few miles upstream, the river is a braid of smaller streams that scour a mineral-rich basin […]

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Ski patrollers at Breckenridge vote 43-42 to unionize

Ski patrollers at Breckenridge have voted to unionize. By one vote.  The 43-42 vote announced this week on the National Labor Relations Board website adds Breckenridge to a growing list of ski areas with unionized patrollers.  Patrollers in Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride, Utah’s Park City and Washington’s Stevens Pass are part of the United Professional […]

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Colorado ski areas aren’t talking about skier fatalities this season. So we asked coroners instead.

At least 11 skiers were killed in traumatic crashes at Colorado’s 26 ski areas this season. That is about the average number for a ski season — “about” because it’s difficult to learn when and how skiers and snowboarders die inbounds at the state’s ski areas.  Ski areas are not required to share information about […]