Jason Blevins

Position: The Colorado Sun

Colorado ski areas aren’t talking about skier fatalities. So we asked coroners instead

At least 11 skiers were killed in traumatic crashes at Colorado’s 26 ski areas this season. That is about the average number for a ski season – “about” because it’s difficult to learn when and how...

DATE: April 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teenager breaks North American record for most vertical feet climbed in 24 hours

Grace Staberg said she was “pretty tired” as the first rays of sun hit the slopes of Copper Mountain on Tuesday morning. “I felt like slowing down,” said the 19-year-old, a few hours after setting...

DATE: April 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coronavirus flushed Colorado rafting in 2020

Colorado’s river communities endured a $36 million decline in commercial rafter spending in 2020, all flushed downriver in the pandemic. Colorado’s rafting industry hosted 112,000 fewer commercial...

DATE: April 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gear 'library' builds new generation of outdoor adventurers

A new facility at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is lowering barriers for those who have not typically had access to the great outdoors

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Associated Press

How Aspen Snowmass hosted six major contests while resorts worldwide canceled events

When just about every other resort in the world nixed contests for the 2020-21 winter, Aspen Snowmass hosted its busiest competition season ever. “It was monumental,” said Eric Webster, the...

DATE: April 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Leadville’s gear-lending ‘library’ builds a new generation of outdoor adventurers

LEADVILLE — Vanessa Saldivar was 5 when her father hiked her up the bunny slope at Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon. She didn’t have a fancy jacket. She used socks as mittens. Her dad gave her a nudge....

DATE: April 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Colorado lawmakers reject effort to require ski areas to report injuries

Colorado state lawmakers on Thursday killed a bill that would have required ski areas to publish ski injury statistics and safety plans. The Colorado Senate’s Agriculture and Natural Resources...

DATE: April 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Owner of Los Angeles Dodgers is buying up Crested Butte’s downtown buildings

Billionaire investor Mark Walter, the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is staking a claim in Gunnison County. A lot of claims, actually. The Chicago financier this year has quietly acquired six...

DATE: April 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado mountain towns rebound – and then some – from coronavirus

John Norton, Gunnison County’s tourism czar, was talking to his board last April. The ski resort had closed abruptly. Lodging and restaurants were closed. Visitors were being told to leave. The...

DATE: April 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal judge ends Colorado’s plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that federal dollars cannot be used to fund a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions in the Upper Arkansas River Valley as part of...

DATE: April 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crested Butte ending free-for-all camping, designating sites

Dave Ochs spent some long days last summer working on a new bike trail up the Slate River above Crested Butte. The executive director of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association was driving...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting fund dollars

The pandemic has pushed an unprecedented number of Americans outdoors. It’s also crushed state and local budgets that are struggling to match federal dollars used to support public lands and parks....

DATE: March 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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