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Q&A: Alterra CEO Rusty Gregory steps back and reflects on next generation of ski resort bosses

Rusty Gregory winds down 40 years of ski area management, says Alterra is in able hands with Jared Smith, who used tech to help Ticketmaster dominate sales

Outdoors

Colorado’s independent ski areas are thriving in the shadow of dueling, consolidating resort giants

Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Granby, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek all report record visits, revenues in last two seasons

Outdoors

Carman: Backcountry with a side of bacon is a soulful alternative to the corporate ski experience

As traditional ski resorts have become more crowded and expensive, the allure of backcountry skiing has grown. Bluebird Backcountry offers a safe way to learn the sport.

Opinion Columns

Vail Resorts promises $175 million more for employees, bumps starting pay to $20 an hour

North America’s largest resort operator was vilified this past season as it struggled to open chairs and handle crowds

Outdoors

America’s chairlift savant finishes 22-year quest to ride every lift in the U.S.

Peter Landsman, a lift supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, has visited, photographed and documented 2,381 chairlifts in the U.S.

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Opinion: The true cause of Colorado’s resort housing crunch can be found in the mirror

The solution is not complicated: More multi-family density, less NIMBYism

Opinion Columns

Ski resorts invest millions in more efficient snowmaking as some question continuing the practice during a drought

Snowpack in the U.S. West has decreased by about 20% in the last century

Outdoors

Vail Resorts offers end-of-season bonus as ski areas struggle through labor crisis

Ski resorts are struggling with COVID-ravaged workforces and swelling crowds. Vail Resorts promises workers a $2-an-hour bonus as it weathers a labor crisis, a potential strike by Park City ski patrollers and a declining stock price.

Outdoors

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

Ski racing legend Bode Miller plans first ski academy at Granby Ranch

Olympian Bode Miller, who is building a $25 million, 125-student ski academy at Grand County’s Granby Ranch ski area says “I want to put something in place that will change our entire education system for sports.”

Outdoors

PHOTOS: Short on powder, Colorado’s ski resorts let snowmakers rip

A dry and warm November in the high country is leading Colorado resorts to rely on the man-made alternative to powder.

Outdoors

A new plan — again — for Colorado’s Cuchara Mountain. But this time it’s not about skiing and condos.

Florida entrepreneurs want to develop an adventure hub at southern Colorado’s long dormant Cuchara ski area. They have big dreams, but first they need to convince reluctant leaders.

Outdoors

Ron LeMaster, beloved ski coach, killed in collision at Eldora Mountain Resort

Outdoors

72-year-old skier dies in collision with snowboarder at Eldora Mountain

The death Tuesday appears to be the first at a Colorado ski resort this winter season.

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

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

Ski areas are reaching out to locals, relying on visa programs and retooling jobs as they search for hundreds of workers in communities enduring critical housing and labor shortages.

Outdoors

Powdr’s Fast Tracks offers $49+ chance to skip the lift line at Copper Mountain, triggering a skier backlash

Even a U.S. senator is calling on Powdr to kill the program

Outdoors

Early winter storm brings snow to Rocky Mountains as Colorado ski resorts prepare to open

Winter weather advisories were issued for portions of Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah

News

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."

Business

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.

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