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Denver waiter serves up veggie-oil ski shuttle

Denver waiter and avid skier Kristopher Klain is expanding on the time-honored ski-area tradition of charging huge sums for greasy food by propelling a vehicle with that grease and transporting skiers to the slopes.

Forest Service clamps down on ski photography in wake of snowboarding...

As if the underfunded U.S. Forest Service didn’t have enough to worry about regulating mining, oil and gas production, logging, cattle grazing and ski-area development on national forest land, now it's in the photography business too.

Vail welcomes huddled Front Range masses; labor crunch alleviated overnight

The hue and cry over the unwashed rabble likely to snap up cheap ski passes and invade Vail this winter, clogging its roads and jamming its ski slopes and parking garages, has morphed into the “All the Love” ad campaign as quickly as you can say “economic downturn.”

Ski industry’s holiday wish list for Obama, new Congress

Somewhere way down Barack Obama’s list — likely trailing ending the war in Iraq, resuscitating the DOA economy, health care reform and achieving energy independence — is the agenda of the nation’s ski industry.

Grading the greeness of your favorite Colorado ski area

A Durango-based nonprofit ski-industry watchdog group issued its annual environmental scorecard last week, ranking four Colorado resorts in the top 10 with “A” grades and flunking two in the bottom 10 with “F’s”.

Bad times for private ski resorts in Montana, Colorado

What’s the first thing the uber-wealthy give up in a downward-spiraling economy? Their private ski resort memberships, apparently.

Calling all Front Range riff-raff: Vail’s $550K marketing bailout

Last spring, many months before Wall Street crashed and the housing marketing tanked, some business leaders in Vail were worried about too many skiers descending on the slopes this season. Their concern stemmed from Vail’s deeply discounted $579, six-mountain Epic Pass.

Can outdoor recreation and energy sector coexist on Colorado’s Western Slope?

The oil-and-gas debate on Colorado’s Western Slope is as rife with contradictions as the ridgelines and valleys of Garfield County are with drilling rigs. Hunters in pickup trucks you’d expect to see plastered with “Drill here, drill now” bumper stickers instead sport the “Save the Roan” rallying cry. Ski-area executives whose industry in some cases was built with oil money can’t buy enough wind energy nor contribute fast enough to campaigns to raise oil and gas severance taxes.

Ski Resorts Pursue Growing Hispanic Demographic

With participation in their sport relatively flat over the past two decades, ski industry officials are actively pursuing customers in the nation's growing Hispanic...

Ferry ‘Riff-Raff’ Comments Spark Firestorm of Controversy Statewide

Accurately quoted statements attributed to Vail Chamber and Business Association Executive Director Kaye Ferry regarding the impact of more Front Range skiers buying Vail...