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An end of unfettered growth for short-term rentals in Colorado’s resort communities

Breckenridge and other mountain towns are trying to slow the growth of vacation rentals in an effort to ease housing and labor issues

Housing

Tourists are flocking to Colorado this summer — and they’re bringing COVID with them

In a recent 14-day period, at least 38% of positive cases reported in Pitkin County were among its visitors

Coronavirus

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

Dog searches Colorado mountains for bees, the canaries in the coal mine for climate change

Darwin, a German shorthaired pointer, was trained as a conservation detection dog to seek out bumblebees and their nests

Environment

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

How emergency declarations in Colorado’s high country housing crisis smooth the path to more homes for locals

A "disaster" resolution over housing in Crested Butte enables the town to bypass codes, buy a hotel, remove limits on downtown camping and curtail short-term rentals. More communities are planning similar declarations as high country housing crisis reaches a crescendo.

Housing

Developers working on affordable housing in Colorado’s mountains offer suggestions for pending wave of funding

High country homebuilders, housing advocates, businesses and leaders are preparing for an unprecedented flow of state and federal housing support as the affordability crisis worsens.

Housing

Colorado snowboarders charged in backcountry avalanche settle criminal case, won’t have to pay $168,000 in restitution

Tyler Dewitt and Evan Hannibal agreed to a deal that includes probation and community service but no financial penalty.

Outdoors

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.

Housing

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.

Outdoors

Teenage Summit County ski mountaineer breaks North American record for most vertical feet climbed in 24 hours

Grace Staberg, 19, skied up Copper Mountain more than 21 times in one day — totaling 56,153 feet — and falling just shy of the world record set last month in Europe.

Outdoors

Lack of jurors prompts mistrial in Colorado case against snowboarders who triggered avalanche above I-70

Too few Summit County residents responded to jury summonses in a case against two snowboarders who captured video of an avalanche above the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

Outdoors

Avalanche center boss will testify in criminal case against Summit County snowboarders as judge rejects “chilling effect” argument

Colorado Attorney General argued that making Ethan Greene an expert witness for the prosecution of backcountry travelers would stop others from providing information about avalanches.

Outdoors

Avalanche investigators testifying in criminal case could have “chilling effect,” warns Colorado AG

State Attorney General says testimony of Colorado Avalanche Information Center boss Ethan Green in first-ever criminal case involving an avalanche could hinder reporting and damage the research function of the agency.

Outdoors

State-border jumpers can get vaccinated in Colorado — even if no one’s happy about it

Colorado officials say an address is not required to book a vaccine appointment, but counties say they’d rather prioritize their own full-time residents

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

Summit County ahead of schedule when it comes to vaccine distribution

A close relationship between the mountain county's public health officials and emergency managers has kept distribution on pace. But there are no guarantees that all people age 70 and older will get a shot before February.

Coronavirus

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

Coloradans already struggling to afford housing say coronavirus has made their situation worse

Renters were already spending more of their income on housing than is recommended. Now they are cutting back on food and health care to stay in their homes, a new survey says.

Health
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