Category Archives: Skiing

Which ski areas might actually win as a result of rising temperatures?

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Ski industry raises climate change voice

Even Aspen and Vail have found common ground in a new, unified approach by the ski industry and its partners, one that emphasizes solutions, not the worrisome warnings of climate scientists. Continue reading

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Restoring train service to Winter Park

From 1940 to 2009, almost without interruption, trains delivered skiers from Denver to Winter Park. Following an experiment in March, Winter Park and Amtrak hope that Union Pacific will approve a permanent use of the tracks for weekend ski trains. Continue reading

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Calculating the return on ski racing in Vail Valley

It cost the Vail Valley Foundation and associated entities $59 million to host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Was it worth it? Continue reading

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Mammoth’s ski industry strategy

Drought in California? Taking the long view, Starwood-financed Mammoth picks up two ski areas to produce a Cali4nia season pass to challenge, at least in Southern California, the Vail Resorts Epic Pass. Continue reading

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Summer use of ski areas

Oddly, given the motivation for expanded summer use of ski areas, the law signed by President Barack Obama makes no mention of alpine coasters, the amusement that Vail Resorts prefers to call a ForestFlyer. But Vail expects great things at Vail Mountain, Breckenridge and Heavenly — if nothing that equals the drew of sliding on snow as it expands summer ski areas use.
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Whistler’s changing climate and energy shift

Whistler Blackcomb has benefited from the warming climate even as it has made itself more resilient to declining snow. But it remains vulnerable.
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Old story in new avalanche death

They had all the gear, plus avalanche education. But when faced with the beckoning mountainside of snow, it was of no real use. It’s an all-too-familiar story. Continue reading

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Mountain town statistics for 2013

Mountain resort towns of the West speak more or less the same language. And sometimes they have numbers that echo across valleys. Here are a few I gleaned during 2013. Continue reading

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Climate change needs Rosa Parks

Aspen’s Auden Schendler argues that the climate change debate demands a new generation of Rosa Parks, citizen activist willing to wear out shoe leather. Continue reading

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