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Colorado ski areas aren’t talking about skier fatalities, but coroners are

At least 11 skiers were killed in traumatic crashes at Colorado’s 26 ski areas this season. That is about the average number for a ski season – “about” because it’s difficult to learn when and how...

DATE: May 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Coronavirus flushed Colorado rafting in 2020

Colorado’s river communities endured a $36 million decline in commercial rafter spending in 2020, all flushed downriver in the pandemic. Colorado’s rafting industry hosted 112,000 fewer commercial...

DATE: May 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Landowners shut down access to three Colorado fourteeners

Landowners who own the tops of Colorado’s Mount Lincoln, Mount Democrat and Mount Bross on Thursday closed access to the trio of Mosquito Range fourteeners. The closure triggered an upswell of...

DATE: April 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Teenager breaks North American record for most vertical feet climbed in 24 hours

Grace Staberg said she was “pretty tired” as the first rays of sun hit the slopes of Copper Mountain on Tuesday morning. “I felt like slowing down,” said the 19-year-old, a few hours after setting...

DATE: April 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

‘Matriarch’ of Colorado outdoor volunteerism stepping down

BRECKENRIDGE – Ann Baker Easley deftly navigates an icy trail that winds past a wooden troll, an ice rink and a railroad park. “Pretty sure we built this. We worked on a lot of trails around...

DATE: April 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Gear-lending ‘library’ opens door to new generation of outdoor adventurers

LEADVILLE – Vanessa Saldivar was 5 when her father hiked her up the bunny slope at Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon. She didn’t have a fancy jacket. She used socks as mittens. Her dad gave her a nudge....

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gear 'library' builds new generation of outdoor adventurers

A new facility at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is lowering barriers for those who have not typically had access to the great outdoors

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Associated Press

Colorado rejects effort to require ski areas to report injuries

Colorado state lawmakers on Thursday killed a bill that would have required ski areas to publish ski injury statistics and safety plans. The Colorado Senate’s Agriculture and Natural Resources...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Owner of Los Angeles Dodgers is buying up Crested Butte’s downtown buildings

Billionaire investor Mark Walter, the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is staking a claim in Gunnison County. A lot of claims, actually. The Chicago financier this year has quietly acquired six...

DATE: April 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal judge ends Colorado’s plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that federal money cannot be used to pay for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions in the Upper Arkansas River Valley as part...

DATE: April 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado mountain towns rebound – and then some – from coronavirus

John Norton, Gunnison County’s tourism czar, was talking to his board last April. The ski resort had closed abruptly. Lodging and restaurants were closed. Visitors were being told to leave. The...

DATE: April 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Crested Butte ending free-for-all camping, designating sites

Dave Ochs spent some long days last summer working on a new bike trail up the Slate River above Crested Butte. The executive director of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association was driving...

DATE: April 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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