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After slow start, Colorado snowmobilers can finally rev up their machines this winter — and take a safety class

Ed Klim was skiing a local hill in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in January when he ran into some skiers from out-of-state. He asked them where they were from.  “They said Colorado. We don’t have any snow back there,” recalled Klim, president of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association. “I thought oh boy, if Colorado […]

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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche near Colorado’s Rollins Pass was pinned beneath sled

The father and son had throttled their snowmobiles up the steep, east-facing slope below Mount Epworth several times that Sunday afternoon.  Dad — 58-year-old Michael “Tony” Westall — went for a final charge up the hill. But instead of turning his machine around the high-point of his arc, he kept going across the hill. His […]

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Snowmobiler missing after avalanche in Jackson County

A search is underway for a missing snowmobiler following an avalanche near Ruby Mountain in northern Colorado. The slide happened Tuesday afternoon on a northeast-facing slope at an elevation of about 11,100 feet, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Members of the missing rider’s group called authorities after the slide, and Jackson County Search […]

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Are Colorado’s backcountry skiing stashes “trade secrets”? A snowcat outfitter suing a former guide claims they are.

Stephen Bass approached Andy Sovick last year with a plan for writing a guide to snowmobile-access skiing around one of the most popular backcountry destinations in Colorado: Buffalo Pass near Steamboat Springs.  Bass, a ski patroller at Utah’s Powder Mountain ski area and a guide for two seasons with Steamboat Powdercats, said the book would […]