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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

Ethics complaints from mountain counties spur probe of state Division of Property Taxation

Eagle, La Plata and San Miguel counties are asking for an audit or investigation into a cozy relationship between a state tax official and a lawyer representing hotels in litigation with the counties

Business

Colorado Supreme Court ends decade-long fight over teen skier’s death in Vail inbounds avalanche

Taft Conlin was killed in an avalanche on Prima Cornice in 2012. His family argued for years that Vail Mountain failed to properly close the run when slide danger was high.

Outdoors

Vail Resorts names its first female CEO as longtime chief steps back

Kirsten Lynch, Vail Resorts’ chief marketing officer for a decade, will take over from Rob Katz on Nov. 1

Outdoors

State tax official who is required to be neutral advised luxury resort owners on how to minimize property taxes

A top official at the Division of Property Taxation met regularly with a tax agent involved in litigation with Eagle, San Miguel and La Plata counties. The state’s property tax boss says it’s “a strong working relationship with all constituents.”

Business

Colorado ski resort operators turbo-charged technology last season, and many of the upgrades are here to stay

"COVID accelerated everything,” one ski resort operator says. “We took a multiyear process and did it in like five months.”

Outdoors

Ski patrollers at Breckenridge vote 43-42 to unionize

Summit County resort’s ski patrollers join United Professional Ski Patrols of America alongside first-responders at Vail Resorts’ Crested Butte, Park City in Utah and Stevens Pass in Washington.

Outdoors

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

Colorado lawmakers reject effort to require ski areas to report injuries, publish safety plans

Senate Bill 184, the Ski Areas Safety Plans and Accident Reporting Act, would have forced Colorado resorts to be more transparent about when visitors are hurt. It died in committee on Thursday.

Politics and Government

Ski patroller unions set to grow in Colorado’s consolidating resort industry

Ski patrollers at Keystone, Breckenridge and Big Sky plan votes to join six other ski area unions as labor advocates predict a revival of collective bargaining for resort workers

Outdoors

Colorado resorts expect next ski season to be pretty normal, but some coronavirus changes may stick around

Vail Resorts chief Rob Katz on Friday told passholders that the company is not planning to use its reservation system in the 2021-22 season

Outdoors

Vail Resorts thrills investors with lower-than-expected coronavirus losses

The operator of 34 North American resorts on Thursday reported declines in income, revenue and visits. But the losses aren’t as bad as investors anticipated, so the company’s stock price hit an all-time high.

Outdoors

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

Up to 55 injured skiers and snowboarders arrive at Colorado emergency rooms each day, analysis shows

More than 4,100 skiers and snowboarders were transported to emergency rooms in ambulances or helicopters across 2018, 2019 and the first part of 2020, which is about 10 patients every day of the season.

Outdoors

Eager early-season crowds are helping Colorado ski resorts fine tune operations before the holiday crush

Ski areas are tweaking traffic flow, adjusting lift line mazes, revisiting uphill policies and repositioning workers as they adjust operating plans in the first few weeks of the strangest ski season ever

Outdoors

Vail Resorts losses continue as pandemic impacts stretch into ski season

North America’s largest resort operator posts 50% revenue decline but a record 1.4 million sales of its Epic Passes. Vail Resorts chief Rob Katz warns investors of “a very challenging season ahead.”

Outdoors

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

As pandemic hammers its finances, Vail pulls out of state cloud seeding program

Vail Resorts says it can't afford to cover 20% of the $1.5M Colorado spends to trigger more snow and ultimately more water.

Business
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