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Route Finder: Summer dryland training for ski bums means biking, rock climbing — and wild raspberries

August 3, 2017 — Summer seems like it's flying by this year. The monsoon is upon us and one never knows what the weather will do. Some days we awaken to sunshine and blue skies. Other mornings the clouds are low and eke their way over the Tenmile Range, […]

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Keystone Resort names Geoff Buchheister next lead executive

August 1, 2017 — Vail Resorts, Inc., announced Tuesday the appointment of longtime ski industry executive Geoff Buchheister as Keystone Resort’s new vice president and general manager. Buchheister has almost two decades of experience in the ski industry and was most recently Vail Resorts’ vice president and general manager […]

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Sunlight Mountain Resort pass expands partnership to Japan

August 1, 2017 — Sunlight Mountain Resort, which gained national press attention last season with its “most expensive lift ticket” that included a pair of Meier skis or a snowboard for $700, is expanding its international focus for season pass holders. In addition to a repeat of four free […]

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Squaw Valley ski area in California recently ended lift operations for 2016-17 season

July 21, 2017 — The 2016-17 ski and snowboard season will go down as one of the best in recent memory, with many resorts holding out into the spring and summer months. But on Saturday, July 15, it officially came to a close with the last remaining open resort, […]

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Frisco powder addict Gary Fondl skis 500,000 vertical feet to celebrate his 50th birthday

June 30, 2017 — It started as an offhand comment from a personal hero. In the spring of 2016, when Frisco local Gary Fondl met with an occasional touring partner, Aaron Rice of Alta, Utah, Rice was about halfway through an epic mission to ski 2.5 million vertical feet […]

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Stockholder drops lawsuit challenging Intrawest sale to Aspen Skiing Co., KSL

June 9, 2017 — A stockholder who filed a lawsuit June 2 to challenge the acquisition of Intrawest Resort Holdings Inc. by affiliates of Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital Partners voluntarily dropped the litigation Wednesday. A law firm for stockholder Edward Hyden filed a notice of dismissal in […]

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Vail Resorts closes Stowe Mountain deal; it’s now Epic Pass-eligible for 2017-18

June 8, 2017 — BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts announced Wednesday it has closed on the acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont. Epic Pass holders will have unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe Mountain Resort for the 2017-18 winter season, and the Epic Local Pass will offer 10 days […]

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Lawsuit challenges Aspen Skiing Co, KSL purchase of Intrawest

June 7, 2017 — One of Aspen Skiing Co.’s blockbuster ski-industry merger proposals is facing a legal challenge. A stockholder in Intrawest Resort Holdings Inc., a publicly traded company, filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the legality of the acquisition of Intrawest by affiliates of Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL […]

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to extend season with bonus weekend

May 23, 2017 — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced Tuesday it will extend its season for one weekend with a new closing date of June 11. The ski area will operate with normal skier services seven days a week through Sunday, June 4, before closing services on Monday, June […]

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Aspen Mountain will open for skiing Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2017 — Don’t put those boards away just yet. Aspen Mountain will reopen for skiing and snowboarding Memorial Day Weekend. About 130 acres of terrain at the mountaintop will be open for skiing and snowboarding Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Monday. The upper intermediate […]

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Open Mic: What’s the latest in the season you’ve been skiing?

May 21, 2017 — On Thursday, May 18, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area received nearly 20 inches of snow, drawing a crowd eager to get in some late-season turns. We asked a few skiers and riders at the ski area that day, what is the latest in the season you've […]

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Sued skier blames Aspen Skiing Co., veterans group for Snowmass crash

May 15, 2017 — Aspen Skiing Co., the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans are among the five parties a Snowmass Village man has assigned blame to for a skiing collision that has put him on the defense in Denver federal court. Michael Sura is being sued […]

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Fatal Ski Granby Ranch chairlift fall was caused by modified drive control system, rapid speed changes, final report says

May 11, 2017 — Changes to a drive control system and rapid speed changes made by an operator led a Texas mother and her two young girls to be thrown about 25 feet off a Ski Granby Ranch chairlift in December 2016, state investigators said in a final report […]

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Inside look at the $1.7 billion deal that weds Aspen, Steamboat, Winter Park and Canadian Mountain heliskiing operation

May 10, 2017 — More than 170 potential bidders lined up to buy Intrawest's stable of ski areas — revealing a growing appetite for destination resorts. Some were resort operators, but most of the suitors were financial firms and billionaires. It was a combination that won — a partnership […]

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Skier who died at Loveland Ski Area Friday is state’s 14th of season

May 2, 2017 — A 59-year-old Boulder man died while skiing at Loveland Ski Area on Friday, April 28, the Clear Creek County coroner confirmed Tuesday. The Boulder Daily Camera was first to report the incident early Tuesday morning. Kevin Edwards, an attorney with the state Attorney General’s Office, […]

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Breck Plunge pond-skimming is back this Sunday for closing weekend

April 21, 2017 — As if you haven’t had enough time to ski in a tutu and get soaking wet, Breckenridge brings a close to the season on Sunday, April 23 with the annual Breck Plunge pond-skimming party. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., skiers and snowboarders (18 years and older) […]

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Arapahoe Basin at 70: Top-5 skiable reasons to fall in love with Arapahoe Basin (360 video)

April 14, 2017 — Nestled in the cleavage of the Continental Divide lies some of the best skiing in Colorado. It even comes with a beach at 10,000 vertical feet. But that's hardly a secret to anyone who's spent a decade (or four) at Arapahoe Basin, Summit County's oldest […]

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What’s next for Aspen/KSL beyond Steamboat Ski Resort, Mammoth?

April 13, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — There may be an emerging trend in the ongoing efforts of Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL/Squaw Valley to build a bigger ski resort empire, and its called the Mountain Collective. Aspen and KSL revealed April 10 their intention to purchase Steamboat Ski […]

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Aspen Skico, KSL group to acquire Mammoth Resort properties, adding to Intrawest deal

April 12, 2017 — In another move to add to its holdings, the newly formed entity of Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital plans to acquire Mammoth Resorts and its four California mountains, the resorts announced Wednesday morning. No price for the deal was announced. Mammoth Resorts — which […]

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Whiteout, Part 1: Uncovering the human toll of Colorado’s ski industry

April 11, 2017 — Reliable information on ski-related deaths in Colorado is notoriously hard to come by. Using autopsies, coroner’s reports and media narratives, the Summit Daily News has now compiled a comprehensive database of Colorado skier fatalities from the 2006-2007 season to the present. There were 136 deaths total in that period and Summit County accounted for more than 40 percent of them, making it the deadliest ski destination in the state.

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