Ski Industry

November 3, 2014--Global warming takes bite out of Colorado ski season (Colorado Independent)

A delayed opening at two of Colorado’s biggest ski resorts is a sign that global warming is nipping away at both ends of the ski season. Both Keystone and Copper Mountain widely publicized Halloween openings, but last week, Copper reset its opening day to Nov. 7, and Keystone Resort officials say they will fire up the lifts as soon as they can. Breckenridge is scheduled to open Nov.

June 17, 2014--Climate change threatens tourism as ski slopes thaw, seas rise (NPS Colorado)

Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.

May 17, 2014--Tipton wary of federal water directive (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A proposed U.S. Forest Service directive on groundwater management wouldn’t affect state-issued water rights, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Forest Service “abides by state law and therefore, if a call on water is placed, the Forest Service would comply with state direction,” the agency said in response to questions from the Daily Sentinel about the directive.

May 13, 2014--Ski area water rights bill shot down in state senate committee (Telluride Daily Planet)

In the latest turn in a long fight over ski area water rights, a state bill that would have kept the U.S. Forest Service from claiming those rights failed to pass a state senate committee last week. House Bill 1028 was sponsored by State Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango.

May 6, 2014--Roberts’ ski water bill dies (Cortez Journal)

The ski season is over, and so is the Legislature’s latest effort to keep the U.S. Forest Service from claiming ski resorts’ water rights. Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, wasn’t expecting much when she brought her water rights bill to the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday.

April 25, 2014--DMR may sue over water rights (Durango Herald)

Durango Mountain Resort is getting ready to sue the U.S. Forest Service over access to its water rights – rights it needs for future development on the mountain. The dispute comes at the same time the Forest Service is under fire nationally for its attempts to force ski resorts to turn over their water rights as a condition for getting their permits renewed.

March 14, 2014--House passes Tipton’s bill on ski water rights despite threat of veto (Cortez Journal)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Scott Tipton’s bill on ski area water rights Thursday, although bipartisan agreement on the Cortez Republican’s proposal largely collapsed. Tipton’s bill is aimed at the U.S.

March 12, 2014--White House threatens Tipton water bill (Cortez Journal)

A dispute between Colorado ski areas and the Forest Service has caught the attention of the White House, which threatens to veto a water rights bill that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, plans to present on the House floor Thursday. Meanwhile in Denver, state senators delayed a vote on a related bill by Sen.

February 9, 2014--The End of Snow? (New York Times)

Over the next two weeks, hundreds of millions of people will watch Americans like Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin ski for gold on the downhill alpine course. Television crews will pan across epic vistas of the rugged Caucasus Mountains, draped with brilliant white ski slopes.

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