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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

Lake County coroner facing criminal charges of tampering with a dead body submits resignation

Shannon Kent submitted his resignation Friday, and it was accepted by Lake County commissioners at a meeting Monday

Crime and Courts

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

Cops on skis keep the peace at Vail and Beaver Creek. But they’re more likely to lend a friendly mitten.

One-of-a-kind patrols have been a fixture at Eagle County ski areas for 16 years, though loss of lift privileges may be the biggest incentive for safe behavior.

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

As Colorado backcountry use soars, Vail Pass’ fee model could be a way to manage the crush

Dangerous avalanche conditions, combined with high backcountry use, create a busy season for managers of public lands.

Outdoors

Colorado was an early adopter of roundabouts. Now, motorists across the U.S. are driving in circles.

American drivers largely dismissed them for more than a century -- until pioneers like Golden and Vail proved they can work

Transportation

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

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

With winter travel to Colorado resort communities very unclear, airlines are showing “unprecedented” flexibility

What is usually a set-in-stone schedule of flights is an Etch-a-Sketch this fall as Colorado resorts struggle to gauge demand for skiing and airlines work to accommodate coronavirus-wary travelers.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus has cost Vail Resorts more than $200 million. So far.

North America’s largest resort operator posted a rare year-end loss, dragged down by early resort closures and a pandemic-slowed summer. But Epic Pass sales are pacing ahead of last year.

Business

COVID exodus fills vacation towns, including Colorado’s high-country destinations, with new medical pressures

From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic

Coronavirus

Record demand for Colorado resort homes is further pinching affordable housing for locals

As more urbanites flee to Colorado’s high country, home prices rise, inventories fall and rents soar. And that spells trouble for locals looking for homes near their ski-town jobs.

Growth

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

Vail is betting that disinfection technology will make school, buildings safer during coronavirus

Vail Mountain School is one of the first in Colorado to install the Synexis Dry Hydrogen Peroxide system, enabling it to keep a five-day-a-week schedule for students.

Coronavirus

Coroner says 3-year-old boy found in Eagle River accidentally drowned

Sebastian Rodriguez Castro went missing June 5 near an apartment complex in Eagle where he lived

News

When skiing stopped, so did pooping. Wastewater workers in Aspen and Vail faced a pile of problems.

The science of keeping the flora in a sewage treatment system balanced was knocked out of kilter when coronavirus shut skiing down and water use dropped 50% in two of Colorado’s most popular ski communities.

Politics and Government

You’re not supposed to travel more than 10 miles for outdoor recreation during Colorado’s safer-at-home phase

Entering the height of Colorado’s outdoor recreation season, Gov. Jared Polis has ordered people not to travel more than 10 miles from their homes for exercise. “You can make the sacrifice of going to your second or third favorite park,” he said.

Outdoors

Colorado’s economy is about to restart — slowly — but will customers follow?

Fewer tables. Online workouts. More takeout. Some businesses have evolved during the coronavirus shutdown, but others aren’t sure if they have a future.

Business

Vail chairlift attendant wasn’t paying attention during skier’s suffocation, report says

Jason Varnish, 46, died of positional asphyxia at Vail Mountain’s Blue Sky Basin area Feb. 13, the Eagle County coroner said

Outdoors
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