Alterra Mountain Co. sues insurance company over $200 million in denied coronavirus losses claims
Ski resort operator says Lexington Insurance paid virus claims in 2015 and 2018 but denied $200 million in 2020 COVID damage "simply because the claim is large."
Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear case challenging ski areas’ use of waivers to avoid lawsuits
Charlotte Redden appealed her argument against the blanket immunity provided to resorts in ubiquitous liability waivers to Colorado’s highest court, which declined to hear her case. “This is a tragedy for ski safety in Colorado,” said one lawyer.
59 million skiers visited U.S. resorts in the 2020-21 winter season
78% of ski area operators said this season exceeded their expectations, according to a National Ski Areas Association survey
Colorado ski resort operators turbo-charged technology last season, and many of the upgrades are here to stay
"COVID accelerated everything,” one ski resort operator says. “We took a multiyear process and did it in like five months.”
Record-breaking real estate frenzy is changing the culture of Colorado’s mountain towns as locals are priced out
More than $15 billion in property sales in 2020 in seven resort communities marks a 61% increase over 2019. Historic sales volume and sky-high prices are pushing locals out of mountain towns.
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 during the 2020-21 season, according to 16 county coroners surveyed by The Colorado Sun.
Colorado mountain, resort communities are rebounding — and then some — from coronavirus-scarred 2020
Despite grim projections last spring, many of Colorado’s high-country resort communities saw waves of in-state visitors in the fall and early winter fill local coffers.
Ski patroller unions set to grow in Colorado’s consolidating resort industry
Ski patrollers at Keystone, Breckenridge and Big Sky plan votes to join six other ski area unions as labor advocates predict a revival of collective bargaining for resort workers
Climbing coronavirus cases in Colorado’s high country aren’t tracking back to ski resorts
Health officials in eight counties have not traced positive tests back to lift lines, chairlifts or ski slopes.
Colorado appeals court agrees that ski pass waivers protect resorts from liability in chairlift injuries
The Colorado Court of Appeals ruling on lift ticket and season pass waivers -- which release ski areas from “any and all liability” -- could erase resort safety responsibilities outlined in laws like the Ski Safety Act and the Colorado Passenger Tramway Act
Up to 55 injured skiers and snowboarders arrive at Colorado emergency rooms each day, analysis shows
More than 4,100 skiers and snowboarders were transported to emergency rooms in ambulances or helicopters across 2018, 2019 and the first part of 2020, which is about 10 patients every day of the season.
Coronavirus-wary Colorado skiers are willing to sit out this season, poll shows
A Magellan Strategies survey of Colorado skiers reveals apprehension over pandemic protocols, reservations and visitors. “I can go a year without skiing downhill,” one woman said.
Masks up! Colorado ski resorts are moving ahead as state, counties and businesses restrict access
Colorado requirement for isolation housing for ill guests challenged resort industry planning, but hotels and lodges will have rooms to quarantine people who fall ill on ski vacations
Colorado is trying to figure out what to do when ski country visitors catch coronavirus
One of the stickier points in managing the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado’s resort towns involves what to do when a guest falls ill during their stay and can’t leave.
Judge’s forceful rejection of Trump’s ban on visa workers may come too late for Colorado ski resorts
A district court ruling suspends a ban on J-1 and H-2B visa workers, opening doors for ski areas that rely on the seasonal immigrant workers. But resorts that typically have visa employees on deck by fall are seeing surging applications from locals.
With winter travel to Colorado resort communities very unclear, airlines are showing “unprecedented” flexibility
What is usually a set-in-stone schedule of flights is an Etch-a-Sketch this fall as Colorado resorts struggle to gauge demand for skiing and airlines work to accommodate coronavirus-wary travelers.
Coronavirus has cost Vail Resorts more than $200 million. So far.
North America’s largest resort operator posted a rare year-end loss, dragged down by early resort closures and a pandemic-slowed summer. But Epic Pass sales are pacing ahead of last year.
Retailers are seeing spike in backcountry gear sales. That has avalanche educators, search teams worried.
As ski resorts announce plans to manage crowds, avalanche equipment sales are soaring, leaving search and rescue teams and land managers bracing for record crowds exploring snowy mountains.
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.
COVID exodus fills vacation towns, including Colorado’s high-country destinations, with new medical pressures
From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic