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Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

Mar 30, 2015

It's spring break season and families and college students are heading to Colorado's ski resorts. You've heard of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, but a growing trend in these areas involves people skiing uphill.

It's midday in Aspen, Colo., and uphill skier Chris Lane is on a break from work at a nonprofit. He clicks into his ski bindings and begins his 1,600 vertical foot journey uphill — on skis.

He's going against downhill traffic, so he stays on the side of the ski run.

We've all heard the old adage that every snowflake is different, but they do have one thing in common: They're all white. That's also the image that many have of the people taking part in winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, here in the U.S.

  The X Games have officially begun, with the Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final Wednesday night at Buttermilk. When it comes to new events, there will be a Special Olympics giant slalom race, as well as a gaming center where people attending the event can compete for prizes and their own X Games Medals. This weekend will also have a wider array of events for disabled athletes than in the past. Overall at least three Aspen-area hometown favorites will be gunning for gold. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at a press conference with the athletes yesterday, and files this report.

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  • Republicans stop bill that would clear up conflicts with gay marriage laws
  • X Games begin in Aspen
  • Ski resorts have strong season so far

The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.

The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn't waiting until visitors hit the slopes — their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.

The Forest Service is beginning the discussion about how to deal with increasing problems with crowds in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness. This summer saw huge numbers of visitors at popular spots like Crater Lake and the Four Pass Loop. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, forest service officials are working to educate the public before exploring solutions.

Headlines

  • Colorado Legislative Session Kicks Off with a New Senate President
  • Hunting Guides Facing Federal Charges for Illegally Maiming Big Cats
  • New Pot Shops Seeing Steady Demand, Limited Supplies
  • First Retail Pot License Approved in Aspen
  • Former KVNF GM is the New President of the NFCB
  • Coloradans Could See Northern Lights Tonight

Headlines:

  • Silt Officials Apprehensive about Town's New Pot-Friendly Image
  • State of Colorado May Be Willing to work on Western Slope Economy
  • Roaring Fork Valley Students to use Cloud-Based Technologies
  • Profile on Meg Olenick, a Carbondale-Based Winter Athlete
  • Ridgway State Park to Parcitipate in New Years Day Hiking Event
  • Boulder Researchers Working on "Smart-Plow" Technology

Headlines:

  • State Lawmakers Face Tough Political Climate Next Session
  • Authorities Still Waiting on Answers from Well Leak
  • Aspen-area Eco-Flights Highlight Regional Environmental Issues

Headlines:

  • GJ Airport Board Fires Director Rex Tippets
  • Dog-Sledding Owner Charged with Animal Cruelty
  • State of Colorado Will Lower Medical Marijuana Patient Fees
  • Carbondale Set to Lower Retail Marijuana License Fees
  • Udall May Block Nomination of CIA General Counsel
  • State Lawmakers Reflect on Gun Laws
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The government shutdown in Washington is limiting access to one Colorado’s most visited places: the Maroon Bells. The road outside of Aspen closed to traffic yesterday during prime leaf-peeping season. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Headlines:

  • West Elk Mine Expansion Approved By BLM
  • Curbing Gun Violence, A Discussion
  • Record Gun Sales In Colorado Overwhelms Background Checks
  • Hotel Jerome Gets Facelift

Headlines:

  • Longmont Sued Over Fracking Ban
  • Gov Wants To Strengthen Mental Health Services and Support
  • Former Gov Ritter On Short List For Energy Secretary
  • Aspen Cancer Center Donations Decline
  • Allegiant Air Serves Montrose This Winter
  • Search For Dylan Redwine Continues With No Leads

  • State Lawmakers Working Through Personnel Procedures
  • Boulder DA Pushes Back on Fed Medical Pot Crackdown
  • Bear Ranch Exchange Goes To Congress Soon
  • Montrose Riverway Park Gets Land and Support
  • Early Spring Weather Creates Different Avalanche Danger
  • Montrose School Board President Running For County Commissioner
  • North Fork Sports Report