Prices are at record highs. Supplies of mountain homes for sale have never been lower. Across Colorado’s high country, resort community real estate sales have set records since July. Through October, the total real estate sales from six Colorado resort counties are nearly $1 billion greater than all sales last year. “It’s Biblical,” George Harvey, […]
Vail Resorts losses continue as pandemic impacts stretch into ski season
Vail Resorts, the largest ski area operator in North America, reported continuing and growing losses as the pandemic threatens travel and haunts the coming ski season. The company reported a 50% decline in revenue for the first three months of its fiscal 2021, which ended Oct. 31, compared with the same period last year. But […]
With winter travel to Colorado resort communities very unclear, airlines are showing “unprecedented” flexibility
By the end of a typical September, skiers are booking flights and planning winter vacations. And resorts that depend on those jet-setting skiers — like Aspen, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride and Vail — are seeing hotel reservations filling up by the arrival of fall. But this is not a typical fall. Nor was it a […]
Coronavirus has cost Vail Resorts more than $200 million. So far.
Vail Resorts lost $203 million in ski and lodging earnings in the fiscal year that ended in July, a rare downturn for the ski resort operator hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company reported $503.3 million in resort earnings for its fiscal 2020, a 29% decline from the previous year. The company cited early […]
COVID exodus fills vacation towns, including Colorado’s high-country destinations, with new medical pressures
By Markian Hawryluk, Katheryn Houghton and Michelle Andres, Kaiser Health News The staff at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is accustomed to the number of patients tripling or even quadrupling each summer when wealthy Manhattanites flee the city for the Hamptons. But this year, the COVID pandemic has upended everything. The 125-bed hospital on the southern coast of […]
Record demand for Colorado resort homes is further pinching affordable housing for locals
As a young teacher 25 years ago, Larkin Beaman almost bought a hotel room that was converted into a studio condo in downtown Telluride. It was $80,000 for 371 square feet. Last month the ninth-grade teacher at Telluride High School toured the same unit. It was going for $445,000 and sold in a blink. “I […]
Want to ski at a Vail Resorts mountain during coronavirus? You’ll need a reservation.
Vail Resorts on Thursday unveiled the details of the plan for skiing at its 34 North American resorts — beginning Nov. 6 at Keystone — and, as we suspected, the 2020-21 season will be unlike any before. Here are the not-surprising changes: Masks are required for everyone on the mountain. Physical distancing will be the […]
Vail is betting that disinfection technology will make school, buildings safer during coronavirus
VAIL — Brian Counselman removes a panel from an intake vent beneath Vail Mountain School and a purple glow emanates from the duct. “Please don’t ask me the specifics on this,” says the longtime facilities manager of the 100,000 square-foot building. The specifics of the Synexis Dry Hydrogen Peroxide biodefense system, the proprietary technology tucked […]
Coroner says 3-year-old boy found in Eagle River accidentally drowned
EAGLE — Authorities have confirmed that a body pulled from the Eagle River in western Colorado is that of a 3-year-old boy who had been missing for nearly a month. Sebastian Rodriguez Castro went missing June 5 near an apartment complex in Eagle where he lived. Hundreds of volunteers and first responders looked for the […]
When skiing stopped, so did pooping. Wastewater workers in Aspen and Vail faced a pile of problems.
On March 15, the day after ski resorts in Colorado were ordered to close, water treatment workers in Vail and Aspen scrambled to deal with a drastic drop in wastewater flowing into plants. “In Vail, our staff had to basically turn off two-thirds of the plant in only four days,” said Diane Johnson with the […]