Skiing

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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.

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

Ski and snowboard season is already here.

 


Larry Pierce / Steamboat Ski Resort

Many parts of Steamboat Springs and Routt County are dealing with growing pains, from infrastructure to housing to congestion. One area that hasn't been overwhelmed is the area's largest economic driver: the ski resort.

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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.

In a new twist on speed dating, a Wisconsin ski resort is working with a matchmaking company to offer lonesome singles a chance to meet their mate while riding up the hill on a chairlift. Call it 'chairlift speed dating.'

Nearly 100 people paid a $58 fee to participate in Wilmot Ski Resort's event. They filled out a survey asking their age, interests and what they're looking for in a potential mate. The next step was to show up at the resort, about an hour southwest of Milwaukee, with ski gear and an open mind.

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Jim Schmidt is the mayor of Crested Butte. This mountain town in central Colorado is home to the most recent in a slew of acquisitions by Vail Resorts. Schmidt is quick to clarify.

"They bought the ski resort, they did not buy the town, they did not buy our souls," said Schmidt.

That said, he says locals are a bit nervous.