Jason Blevins

Position: The Colorado Sun

Outdoor recreation continues to be a mighty economic force, accounting for $788 billion in 2019

Outdoor recreation is emerging as a critical element in the economic recovery from COVID-19 as the recreation economy delivers a larger share of U.S. economic output for the second consecutive...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Masks up! Colorado ski resorts move ahead as counties restrict access

VAIL — The lift operator in the maze at Vail Village’s Gondola One tilts his head back and hollers: “Masks up please!” There are no unmasked skiers in the line, but maybe some masks have slipped...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Backcountry.com mostly delivering on reparations after trademark bullying

Emily Hargraves last year was certain she was going to close Backcountry Babes, her 22-year-old business. Backcountry.com was suing her in federal court because she had secured a trademark for her...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado avalanche study reveals troubling trend as backcountry season nears

Studying avalanche trends is tricky. Detailed statistics tend to focus only on avalanches involving fatalities. No one knows how many skiers and snowmobilers head into the snowy backcountry every...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Private ski area near Montrose sells its seven final memberships

Jim Aronstein’s business plan is moored in protecting powder. So he took a pass when the brokers suggested he increase the number of homesites he was selling at his private Cimarron Mountain Club...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

States, land managers still waiting for details on GOCO funding

Funding details promised by the Great American Outdoors Act were due Nov. 2, but state and federal land managers are still waiting for specifics of what is supposed to be a record amount of money...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are Colorado’s backcountry skiing stashes ‘trade secrets?’

Stephen Bass approached Andy Sovick last year with a plan for writing a guide to snowmobile-access skiing around one of the most popular backcountry destinations in Colorado: Buffalo Pass near...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Opponent to wolves in Colorado concedes race

Unleash the hounds. Proposition 114 apparently was decided Thursday as votes from heavily populated Front Range counties pushed the wolf reintroduction plan to victory. The measure, which tasks...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

A bold plan to protect 30% of Colorado lands and waters by 2030

Conservationists in Colorado are dreaming big. In a time of political turmoil and legislative impotence, a consortium of Colorado conservation groups is floating an audacious plan to conserve 30%...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How Colorado’s independent Wolf Creek ski area plans to navigate a coronavirus reopening

Almost 4,200 Wolf Creek skiers responded to a survey sent by the ski area’s owner, Davey Pitcher. They were largely from New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as well as surrounding communities like...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

CPW faces growing opposition to license requirement on some public lands

An animal rights group opposed to hunting has sued Colorado Parks and Wildlife over a new rule that requires visitors to buy a hunting or fishing license to access State Wildlife Areas and State...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Busy summer is pulling Colorado’s resort communities out of coronavirus downturn

High-country resort communities that rely on spending from visitors are seeing a rebound in sales tax collections in June and July, but it’s not likely the crowds will be enough to erase losses in...

DATE: July 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

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