Ski Industry

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.


January 18, 2014--Drought, flood & controversy (Grand Junction Free Press)

Colorado experienced a fair amount of tumult and controversy related to water in 2013. We entered the year facing an epic drought, which then dissipated. Epic floods on the Front Range in September inflicted significant damage to water infrastructure. And epic amounts of indignation flared as the U.S.


January 16, 2014--Hopi lawsuit against wastewater snowmaking gets green light in Arizona (High Country News)

The Arizona Supreme Court has greenlighted a lawsuit that the Hopi Tribe brought against the city of Flagstaff, Ariz. for selling wastewater to a local ski resort to make fake snow.


January 8, 2014--Dust on rockies snow quickens melting, disrupts water supplies (Wall Street Journal)

Dusty air blowing in from the drought-parched Southwest is subtly changing the color of the snow on the Rocky Mountains, affecting water supplies for millions of people in more than half a dozen states. The dust-darkened snow, tinged the color of cinnamon, absorbs more sun and melts earlier in the year—a problem for fa


January 4, 2014--Ski industry eyes climate change concerns (Post Independent)

Rae Jensan has called the Vail Valley home off and on for 31 years. She has noticed changing weather patterns over that time and doesn’t think it’s for the better. Jensan recalls a summer in the early 1980s when Vail reached a record high of 88 degrees, while Avon hit 92 degrees.


HR 1389

Although the U.S. Forest Service has backed off its original position against Colorado ski industry’s water rights for now, a congressional bill designed to protect water owned by ski areas could potentially end up hurting rivers across the country.

November 30, 2013--Telluride moves to future with new snowmaking infrastructure, technology (Watch Newspapers)

In a perfect world, all 280 acres of terrain at the Telluride Ski Resort with access to manmade snow would be open by Christmas.


November 27, 2013--U.S. Forest Service surrenders water rights fight (La Junta Tribune)

In one of the biggest fights over water rights in recent years, the U.S.F.S. announced that it will no longer pursue the plan of forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights in order to renew their operating permits.


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