Ski resorts

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Safety advocates worried about injuries at Colorado's ski resorts say months of talks with the state and industry about the hazards of riding chairlifts and other issues went nowhere. One group, concerned about children who fell out of lifts, says the state's Ski Lift Safety Working Group lacked focus and a mandate.

It's already been a noteworthy season for Steamboat Ski Resort in Northern Colorado. In October alone, the mountain saw 63 inches of snow, a record high. And that's why the resort's Loryn Duke said it was an easy decision to open on November 15it's earliest opening ever.

An industry trade group says uphill skiing is one of the fastest growing snow sports in the country, especially in the Mountain West.

For a long time, ski resorts in the Mountain West were able to reach a full staff just by offering employees a season pass. It was the kind of deal a ski bum couldn't turn down.

Ski and snowboard season is already here.

 


Skiers
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Ski season is around the corner, and Colorado’s resorts have a few new attractions for skiers and snowboarders.

More people are hitting the slopes thanks to the popular Epic and Ikon Passes, leaving many resorts looking for ways to beat congestion along I-70.

Officials with the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in central Colorado say it has ended the ski season with an Independence Day celebration.

Vail Ski Resort
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The U.S. Forest Service has approved an expansion of the Golden Peak area at Colorado's Vail Mountain ski resort.

Vail Daily reports the project will double the training space on Golden Peak utilized by Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

Courtesy William Button

On a Sunday afternoon in February, a 6-year-old girl fell 29 feet from a chairlift at Eldora Mountain Resort and was rushed to the hospital with injuries.

The incident prompted two moms in Boulder to launch an online petition demanding safety improvements. About 1,000 people signed it. Eldora responded, but their claim that such incidents are "extremely rare" did not sit right with the moms.

Arapahoe Basin
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Historic avalanche conditions persisted Thursday in the mountains of Colorado, shutting down portions of a vital highway that traverses the state and prompting a rare warning for drivers to avoid traveling through the region that's home to many ski resorts.

After another round of heavy snow, an avalanche struck early Thursday near Vail Pass along Interstate 70, catching a tow truck at its outer edge.

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