It’s a snowy morning at Crystal Mountain Resort, and eight of us have loaded onto the Mt. Rainier Gondola — all wearing the latest gear. We have helmets, goggles, heavy-duty gloves, high-end jacket, pants, all manner of layered, warm clothing, high-performance… Read More »Are the ski slopes only for the 1 percent?
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Max Aaron may have been the 2011 men’s junior figure-skating champion, 2013 U.S. national champion and 2015 Skate America champion, vying for a spot on the U.S. team in next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang,… Read More »Even with help, Olympic athletes struggle to balance their sports with college
It’s mid-December, grey and cold outside, the snow that should be here conspicuously missing. But inside the windowless U.S. District Court building in a Durango, Colorado, business park, there is no season, just beige walls illuminated by overhead fluorescents. Doug… Read More »After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions
Relief is in sight – and it won’t involve a lawsuit – for the four counties in Colorado that have the highest Obamacare health insurance premiums in the country. Local officials in the ski resort region in the mountains west of… Read More »Colorado Redraws ACA Map To Cut Sky-High Ski Town Rates
Colorado Insurance Commissioner Margeurite Salazar has been getting an earful about high health insurance premiums in pockets of the state since prices she approved were unveiled Oct. 1. She is under increasing pressure to do something about them now that part of… Read More »Rocky Mountain High Insurance Prices Rankle Ski Towns
In Colorado, gas, groceries and rent are all pricey in the ski country communities, including Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail compared to Denver, about 100 miles away. Health insurance costs more in the mountains of Summit and Eagle counties and residents are… Read More »Some Ski Country Coloradans Angry About Higher Insurance Rates
In the one-room warming hut at the base of the Lake City Ski Hill, Betty Lou Blodgett serves hot cocoa to kids in no need of a sugar high. She mans the hut alone, maintaining a loose sense of order… Read More »A scrappy community ski hill hangs on in Colorado
In the last two months, I have been to three different “ski towns” in Western Colorado: Crested Butte, Vail, and Aspen. Each visit was my first and I approached the towns not with delusions of community-rich grandeur but with half-formed preconceptions… Read More »Colorado ski town zombification