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Coronavirus flushed Colorado rafting in 2020

Colorado rafting businesses endured a 21% decline in traffic last summer, but early reservations and a not-so-bad snowpack are floating hopes for a rebound this summer.

Outdoors

Colorado Tourism Office boss suddenly shown the door to dismay of officials across the state

During her 6 years at the helm, Cathy Ritter pioneered a national movement toward sustainable tourism. Pat Meyers, Colorado’s new director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, dismissed her on his first day.

Business

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

In rural Colorado, one town is looking to its community college to help survive the end of coal

Leaders of Craig see a tight window of opportunity to build a new economic base, provide residents replacement jobs, and ensure the city’s survival.

Education

Anticipating a bust, the Colorado coal town of Craig gets an unexpected boost

Northwest Colorado is grieving the looming loss of a major industry and the pandemic has hurt. But the broader economy is beginning to perk up. "We are not victims," Craig chamber boss says.

Energy

Want to ski at a Vail Resorts mountain during coronavirus? You’ll need a reservation.

Forget the dreamy scene where you wake to a foot of fresh and race to the ski area

Outdoors

A busy summer is pulling Colorado’s resort communities out of the coronavirus downturn. But will it last?

Resorts communities got creative this summer with open main streets and socially-distanced events. Those opportunities aren’t possible in winter, leaving town leaders fretting about future business, especially if ski resorts aren’t operating like normal.

Business

“We want to lead”: Frisco uses art to reckon with the high country’s lack of diversity

Frisco is the first known mountain community to host a Black Lives Matter mural as many cities, including Denver and Washington, D.C., have done

Culture

Work on new Pikes Peak Summit Complex progresses at 14,115 feet

Halfway into 2020, work is about 50% done on the new visitor’s center, which, at 38,000 square feet, will be more than twice the size of the current Summit House, built in 1963

News

Struggling ski resort industry frets over Trump’s ban on immigrant worker visas

“If you are an HR director at a ski area, you are panicking right now," said Dave Byrd, policy director for the National Ski Areas Association, referencing President Trump’s extension of an immigrant visa ban through 2020.

Outdoors

Storm damage to delay Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s service for months

The railroad's line from Durango to Silverton is expected to be out of service for the next eight to 16 weeks.

Transportation

Planning for drought has made Colorado whitewater rafting companies ready to weather coronavirus

Adding lodging and land adventures, like ziplines, via ferrata and art classes, has helped outfitters keep their place as outdoor economic engines, even when weather and illness make it tough.

Outdoors

Eagle County rolls out welcome mat, says “summer of the part-time resident” will aid coronavirus recovery

As Colorado resort counties wrangle with pandemic-ruined summer plans, some are focused on locals and a trickle of out-of-towners. The Vail Valley is asking second-home owners to come home again.

Coronavirus

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

Quarantine on wheels: People are turning to RVs to save their summer travel plans from coronavirus

A survey of 4,000 U.S. and Canadian residents released last week by the world’s largest network of private campgrounds showed people are eager to find a way to get away and get outdoors.

Outdoors

Colorado’s tourism marketing budget revived as lawmakers bet travelers will be crucial to coronavirus recovery

It looked like the state would zero out Colorado Tourism Office spending on promotion. But without visitors, communities built on travel will founder, budget writers say.

Politics and Government

Opinion: Are coronavirus-forced budget cuts an opportunity to reimagine Colorado?

Opinion Columns

Colorado could stop tourism marketing as budget writers look to slash $3 billion in spending

Tourism leaders worry about the massive economic impact of Colorado disappearing from the public eye as the Joint Budget Committee ponders the idea of the state marketing itself

Coronavirus

Opinion: A sure but not simple path to Colorado’s economic recovery

Opinion Columns

CHART: We’re tracking Colorado’s coronavirus unemployment surge

Coronavirus
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