Category Archives: Tourism

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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Longevity and mountain towns

Mountain counties again crowd the top-10 lists for longevity, physical activity and low obesity. There’s no mystery in some of this. But the connection between thin air and good health is a little less clear. Continue reading

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Aiming for zero-waste at festivals

Mountains of trash are generated at most festivals, including those with sustainability themes. But Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival managed to divert 80 percent of forks, cups and so forth from the landfill. How did they do it? Telluride’s EcoAction team explains their strategy. Continue reading

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Space travel from two miles high

At the new spaceport in Leadville, two miles high at liftoff will get you that much closer to a sensation that is even better than the floating feeling of skiing on powder. This is the final frontier of tourism for Vail Resorts. Continue reading

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Punching through Colorado’s wall of mountains

The Eisenhower bore of Interstate 70 was completed 40 years ago this month, enabling easy access from Denver and the city’s major airport to the mountain resorts of Colorado.
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Like most ski towns, Telluride had long been talking about diversifying its economy. But the Great Recession added a new sense of urgency to the discussion about how to lessen the dependency upon real estate construction and a sometimes fickle tourism trade. Studying its assets, several community leaders concluded that one of their strengths was the business experience of its residents. Continue reading

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Using skiing to make case for climate action

Aspen Skiing Co. and Vail Resorts are, in many ways, two peas of the same pod. But in their public stances about the risks of global climate change, they’re apples and oranges. An op/ed by Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz sparks this examination Continue reading

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Vail and Steamboat turn 50; and Telluride now 40

Mountain towns of Colorado have had robust growth during the last 50 years based primarily on the attraction of skiing. But as Vail and Steamboat celebrate the half-century, the evidence is clear that they’ll likely need to reinvent themselves again, just as Aspen and Telluride did when they left mining behind. Continue reading

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Inside MTN, March 16, 2012

This issue of Mountain Town News has stories about lynx in Colorado, wolverine in Banff National Park, the debate in Aspen about membership int he U.S. Chamber of Commerce, energy use in Jackson Hole and emissions of methane from coal mines in Colorado. Among many other stories. Write for a free trial issue. Continue reading

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