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Interior Secretary Bernhardt came home to Colorado — and the swamp monsters were waiting for him in Vail

VAIL — Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is looking at every job in the Bureau of Land Management to determine two things: Is the role essential? And does it need to be based in Washington, D.C.? Once the newly confirmed secretary finishes answering those questions, he said, he can support the push to relocate the land […]

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Snowy winter boosts Colorado ski towns to record-breaking sales tax revenues

It was yet another banner year for Colorado’s resort communities, with at least five ski towns boasting record sales tax revenue for the 2018-19 ski season A tally of taxable sales from December through March for Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, Winter Park and Telluride reveals record spending in the towns. While skier visits to Colorado’s resorts […]

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First-ever Techstars Startup Week on the Western Slope pushes innovation, investment off the Front Range

EAGLE — Justin Bradshaw and Mark Roebke knew where they wanted to be: close to the ski hills and trails in a riverside mountain town. They just had to convince investors that Colorado’s West Slope was the perfect place to anchor their global technology company. The entrepreneurs who founded Rever — the Eagle-based motorcycle navigation […]

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Colorado’s avalanche season claimed 8 lives. Experts say there’s much to learn from how they died.

Renowned avalanche researcher Dale Atkins wanted to see the carnage first-hand. He skied up Stevens Gulch Road below Grays and Torreys after the early March avalanches, crossing massive debris piles laced with splintered trees. As he climbed toward treeline below Kelso Mountain, the white snow turned dusty red. “Like we would see from a dust […]

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The man who developed Colorado’s mountains sees a bright future ahead for places that are “a retreat from the crazy changing world”

Harry Frampton has enjoyed a front-row seat to the sweeping evolution of Colorado’s ski resort and real estate industries. His 1,250-employee East West Partners forged the Beaver Creek real estate market in the late 1980s and 1990s before moving on to a lonely patch of land along Denver’s South Platte River in 2000. Since then, […]

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As mountain suicides soar, Vail Health is committing $60 million to mental care in Eagle County

EDWARDS — She was a few days past her 13th birthday when she took her life in February 2018. The shockwaves of the seventh-grader’s suicide reverberated across Eagle County, with counselors, therapists and mental health advocates scrambling to prevent the dreaded cluster that too often follows teen suicides. A year later, they are still scrambling, […]

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Sam Mamet, Colorado’s man for all municipalities and a fixture in state politics, says “So long!”

VAIL — Sam Mamet has been to every hall of power in every corner of Colorado, advising local leaders on how best to support their communities. And they’re always glad he came. Since 1979, Mamet has championed local governance for the Colorado Municipal League. As the executive director of the 96-year-old nonpartisan group representing Colorado’s […]

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Vail’s new Epic day pass lowers pre-purchased lift tickets to as low as $89

Vail Resorts on Tuesday dropped a new product that the resort conglomerate hopes will end the persistent argument that skiing is too expensive. The “Epic for Everyone” offers pre-purchased lift tickets for as low as $89 a day, extending to infrequent skiers the same discounts delivered to Epic Pass buyers who paid as much as […]

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Crested Butte may be the gem in Vail Resorts’ portfolio, but its lifts must be fixed before it can shine

MOUNT CRESTED BUTTE — The wind is blowing snow across the mountaintop. Temps are well below zero. Visibility is bad. “This is an adventure,” said Chris Jarnot, sidestepping in his K2 skis up a narrow ridge, heading toward Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s precipitous, powdery Teocalli Bowl. The executive vice president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division […]