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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.

Outdoors

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.

Coronavirus

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.

Crime and Courts

How Colorado’s independent Wolf Creek ski area plans to navigate a coronavirus reopening

Unlike Vail Resorts, which last week announced a reservation system that requires pass holders to book high-season ski days well in advance, Wolf Creek is adjusting its pricing

Outdoors

Purgatory and Silverton Mountain float interest in Silverton’s community ski hill

Two southwest Colorado ski area operators are interested in working with the Town of Silverton to grow the remote community’s Kendall Mountain ski area into a year-round amenity

Outdoors

He wasn’t the best skier, but he was Colorado’s preeminent ski bum. Farewell, Charlie Toups.

“Everyone seemed to know him. … He lived life in such a unique way,” a friend recalls of Charlie Toups, a quintessential Colorado ski bum who spent decades living in cars in ski area parking lots.

Outdoors

Vail is betting that disinfection technology will make school, buildings safer during coronavirus

Vail Mountain School is one of the first in Colorado to install the Synexis Dry Hydrogen Peroxide system, enabling it to keep a five-day-a-week schedule for students.

Coronavirus

Audio: Second-home owners try to rally political power in Gunnison County after ban

Jason Blevins talks with KUNC's Colorado Edition about his latest story

Audio

Gunnison County second-home owners, sour from being temporarily banned during coronavirus, gear up for political fight

Outside money in local elections worries Commissioner Jonathan Houck. “This is a litmus test for all resort communities,” he said.

Politics and Government

Smaller ski areas retain their workers with help of federal coronavirus stimulus money

Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Ski Echo, Ski Sunlight, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek qualified for a cumulative $5 million to $13 million in PPP loans, enabling them to keep employees paid during the pandemic

Outdoors

Safety and stoke: A-Basin’s coronavirus reopening provides glimpse of what next ski season may look like

The snow was soft, the sun was shining and the lift lines were short. Besides mask-wearing and social distancing, it felt like a normal day of late spring skiing.

Outdoors

Airlines flying empty planes to small Colorado airports plead for OK to cut service

Colorado's mountain tourist destinations are siding with airlines on temporary cutbacks, but they're fearful long-term loss of service. The airlines are making the ask despite pocketing federal coronavirus relief funds.

Transportation

This is how much Colorado’s mountain communities stand to lose without skiing, restaurants, bars and lodging 

As mountain communities grind to close, coronavirus and economic worries turn to summer. “It’s time to show the world how tough we really are,” Telluride tourism chief says. 

Coronavirus

Colorado ski resorts remain open, but change chairlift rules and dining options to avoid coronavirus spread

Large gatherings have been banned in Colorado ski counties to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but lift lines aren’t included so resorts are still open while mountains across Europe and Asia close for the season

Outdoors

Skiers flock to Bluebird Backcountry’s balance between resort and remote terrain

Owners of Colorado’s first uphill backcountry ski area blend fun with education and safety as they test a business model they hope to replicate elsewhere

Outdoors

Three Colorado ski resort pioneers talk about the industry’s roots, ski pass wars and how to deal with crowds

Andy Daly, Bill Kane and John Norton, three Colorado ski resort veterans, talk about the future of the industry

Outdoors

As ski pass wars heat up, U.S. Forest Service curtails public ski area land fee disclosures

Now, the Forest Service will only share aggregated permit fee information for the ski areas in the White River National Forest. No individual permit fees are being shared on a forest, state, region or national level.

Outdoors

After 24 years and facing foreclosure, Granby Ranch ski area’s owner is surrendering the resort

Marise Cipriani walks away from her Grand County resort, saying a lender nixed a deal to sell as the town of Granby grows impatient over long-delayed road repairs

Outdoors

As Aspen ski icon Klaus Obermeyer turns 100, he reflects on how he stays so fit and positive

On Monday, Klaus Obermeyer joined the Centenarian Club and celebrated his 100th birthday with an afternoon party at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen

Outdoors

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

Powdr is ferrying its Woodward action-sport training camps onto the slopes with the debut of new learning areas and terrain parks designed by Danny Davis, Red Gerard

Outdoors
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