Aspen's Pandora Expansion Given Final OK


Pitkin County Commissioners gave Aspen Mountain the go-ahead to add 150 acres of upper-mountain glade skiing and riding to its trail map.

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Loveland's Plans To Expand Beginner Runs Get Preliminary OK


For almost 60 years, beginners from Colorado's Front Range have cut their skiing and riding teeth at Loveland Ski Area as one of the closest mountains to the Denver area. And, the Loveland Valley section of the resort -- separated from the main base area with its own parking and lodge -- has been the go-to spot from newbies to take their first turns and get the feel from sliding on skis or snowboards.

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Arapahoe Basin Puts In Plans For Replacement Chair, More Eating Space


Colorado's Arapahoe Basin has submitted plans to the U.S. Forest Service for a replacement high-speed chair, expanded mid-mountain dining, and an upper mountain warming hut.

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Forest Service OKs Expansion Plans For Keystone, Sunlight, Snow King


Though a "normal" future appears distant these days, three Western ski and snowboard resorts have gotten a clearer look down the road with U.S. Forest Service go-ahead for expansion projects.

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Public-Private Land Swaps Taken Off Utah Rec Legislation


A property exchange concept that would've added much-desired commercial space around the base of four Utah resorts didn't hold up under the appraisers' eyes and, thus, has been scrapped.

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Grand Targhee Reinvigorates Improvement Plans


Just before the 2008 recession, Grand Targhee unveiled plans for major changes to the western Wyoming resort, but they didn’t get much farther than that. Now, 10 years later, they are back.

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Resorts On Public Land Retain Water Rights; ‘More Assurance Of Snow'

Keystone snowmakingWinter resorts that sit on federal land will have to prove they have enough water to make snow but won’t have to turn over water rights to the U.S. Forest Service, according to a recent directive.

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Forest Service Leverages World Championships To Kick Off ‘Responsible Recreation’ Campaign

Forest Service campaign on Vail GondoaSkiers and snowboarders often overlook that most of the thrills and spills they have at a Colorado resort take place with publicly owned lands underfoot.

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Forest Service Backs Off; Resorts Can Own Water Rights, But Must Stay Connected Forever

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The U.S. Forest Service has backed off its rigid stance on assuming control of water rights from ski and snowboard resorts as a condition of a permit to operate.


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Breaking News: U.S. Forest Service Sides With Alta In Fight Over Snowboarding Terrain


There is "no authority holding that the…Fourteenth Amendment protects those who stand sideways on snowboards” said Alta Ski Area in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit raised by riders in January. It appears the U.S. Forest Service is siding with the resort.

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Forest Service Raid At Taos Draws Heavy Criticism; Ticket Quotas Questioned

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A so-called “saturation patrol” in the parking lot of Taos Ski Valley by U.S. Forest Service agents and drug-sniffing dogs has raised serious questions about what the motive was behind the late February raid.


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Mount Rose Expansion Plans Up For Public Review

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Plans for 11 beginner-intermediate runs and more snowmaking at Mount Rose, Nev. have received a preliminary nod from the U.S. Forest Service and now go out for public comment.


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Breckenridge OK’d For Peak 6 Expansion; 23 Percent More Terrain

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Skiers and snowboarders who call Breckenridge their home resort can expect another boost in terrain next season.


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Fed Court Issues Nationwide Injunction In Water Litigation; Ski Areas Prevail

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Federal Court Judge William Martinez overturned a controversial water policy that would have had resorts that operate on public land turn over water rights to the U.S. Forest Service without compensation.


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