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Colorado mountain towns can now use tourism tax revenue to deal with visitor hordes, housing shortage

House Bill 1117 was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jared Polis after passing the Colorado legislature with bipartisan support

Business

Epic crowds are colliding with epic labor shortages at ski areas

As a record number of pass holders arrive at Vail Resorts ski areas, a critical labor shortage and quarantined workers has delayed terrain openings and cut services, spurring a backlash among workers and local skiers.

Outsider

Busier-than-ever year for Grand Junction chairlift maker reveals strength of nation’s resort industry

Ski resorts big and small are ordering new chairlifts, marking a record year for Grand Junction’s Leitner Poma

Outdoors

Vail Resorts sold 2.1 million Epic Passes for 2021-22 season after cutting prices by 20%

Resort operator reports a 76% increase in pass sales from 2019-20, which is about 900,000 more tickets and passes purchased in advance.

Outdoors

Snow may not be piling up at Colorado ski resorts this season, but anxiety sure is

Coronavirus is still a worry, but now ski hill operators must wrestle with too few workers and not enough places to house the ones they’ve hired

Outdoors

As record-setting real estate sales continue in Colorado resort towns, buyers are now looking way down valley

As Colorado resort home sales and prices continue to set records, hamlets that once were out-of-the-way afterthoughts have taken on the attributes of bustling communities.

Housing

Flooded with tourists, Colorado mountain towns are starting to limit short-term rentals to combat housing crisis

Colorado resort towns are limiting vacation rentals as communities weather waves of tourists, a housing crisis and a labor shortage.

Housing

Storage units becoming as hard to get as affordable housing as wealthy remote workers take over the high country

Waitlists are growing for tens of thousands of storage lockers in mountain communities as new homeowners arrive, residents relocate and local workers scramble for rental homes.

Housing

Survey of Colorado’s high-country residents a “wake-up call” on the devastating implications of the affordable housing crisis

The consequences of workers and permanent residents being priced out include mountain communities being forced to rethink their relationship to the tourism economy.

Housing

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

Outdoors

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.”

Outdoors

Here are some of the radical ideas to help alleviate Colorado’s high-country housing crisis

In Crested Butte, workers ponder a midsummer strike while Frisco leaders weigh a first-ever emergency declaration as the lack of affordable housing in Colorado communities threatens communities.

Housing

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.

Outdoors

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

Outdoors

Vail Resorts thrills investors with lower-than-expected coronavirus losses

The operator of 34 North American resorts on Thursday reported declines in income, revenue and visits. But the losses aren’t as bad as investors anticipated, so the company’s stock price hit an all-time high.

Outdoors

Pitkin County has the worst coronavirus rate in Colorado. And experts aren’t sure why.

Although skiing and outdoor activities are mostly safe, indoor gatherings before and after a day on the mountain have been responsible for some transmission.

Coronavirus

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.

Coronavirus

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

Crime and Courts

Coronavirus drives blistering sales of Colorado mountain homes, sets 2020 as historic high mark

Driven by high-end sales, real estate markets in Colorado’s resort communities have set records since July. Most resort towns saw sales through October surpass all sales in the record-setting 2019.

Business

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.

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