At the start of the 2013-2014 ski season, marijuana seemed like it might be a bigger story than moguls, what with some snowbirds threatening to stay away from Colorado if they were subjected to legal pot, a ski-area executive pledging to yank lift tickets from public tokers, a Forest Service rep say ... More >>
In January of last year, we reported that there'd been three official ski area fatalities at that point of the season -- but the most high-profile skiing death, of longtime ski patrol vet Patsy Hileman, wasn't included. The situation is almost identical this season. Three fatalities, including that ... More >>
In a post about the first meeting of the Denver City Council's recreational marijuana committee, chairman Charlie Brown shared anecdotes he's heard about public pot smoking at ski areas since Amendment 64. But a spokeswoman for Colorado's ski industry says resorts have had virtually no problems with ... More >>
As we reported last week, calculating ski-area deaths in Colorado is tricky, since Colorado Ski Country USA applies a strict criteria to those included in overall figures. Cases in point: Olathe, Kansas resident Stuart Brownlee and Summit County's James Lindenblatt died while skiing in recent days, ... More >>
Update: In a post yesterday about ski area deaths thus far in the 2012-13 season (see it below), we noted that resorts have established rules to determine whether or not fatal accidents count toward the total. As evidence, note that Colorado Ski Country USA disagrees with the claim that three people ... More >>
This morning at 10:30 a.m. in Hesston, Kansas, a memorial service will be held for Garrett Spencer, a nineteen year old who died at Wolf Creek Ski Area a few days ago. Spencer's passing either extends a deadly record for ski area deaths in Colorado during a single season or ties it, depending on ho ... More >>
Matthew Bowers, a 36-year-old from Greenville, Texas, reportedly died on Wednesday after a skiing accident at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. By our count -- one an industry spokeswoman disputes -- he's the eighteenth person to perish on Colorado ski slopes this season, one more than the previous hig ... More >>
On Sunday, Joseph Shematek, a 71 year old from Windsor, died at St. Anthony's Hospital following a skiing accident in Loveland. By our count, he's the seventeenth person to pass away as a result of injuries on the slopes of a Colorado resort this season, tying it for the deadliest on record.
Update: Sadly, the number of ski deaths in Colorado this season has grown again. On Sunday, 24-year-old Joshua Allen of Tampa, Florida, was found in the trees of the Elk Run underneath the Outback lift at Keystone and airlifted to Summit Medical Center, where he later died.
Update: For the second time in less than a week, a skier has been killed while schussing the slopes at Keystone. The death brings the total skier deaths this year in Colorado to eleven, just six shy of a macabre record set in 2008.
What A-Basin should look like in a few weeks. Speaking from Loveland Ski Area, the first in the state to open for the 2009-2010 season, Jennifer Rudolph is enthusiasm made flesh, which makes perfect sense given that she's the communication director for Colorado Ski Country USA, whose mission ... More >>