Spring skiing: when we wear fewer layers, swap goggles for sunglasses and don’t put on enough sunscreen. Strong storms in February and early March this year buried central and southern Colorado in many feet of snow, leading some resorts to extend their seasons and setting spring up for epic conditions. And with spring skiing about to be sprung, it’s time to make some decisions, starting with, “Where should I go?” Here are a few ideas — some close, some a half-day’s drive; some big, some offbeat. Take your pick and start planning out that silly ski costume, which seems to be expected and encouraged at pretty much any ski area from mid-March until closing. (“Closing dates vary by resort.”)Purgatory Resort Deep snow in the southwest The snow has been dumping down by the feet all winter long in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, where a massive base awaits the few and brave that make it to Purgatory, just north of Durango. Home to 1,605 … [Read more...] about Seven mountains that are great for spring skiing in and near Colorado
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Colorado Springs Utilities is celebrating what it believes will be a historic water-sharing agreement that would benefit agriculture in the Lower Arkansas River region as well as boost the city's own water supplies. But there are others who point to the record of Karl Nyquist, a key figure behind the deal, as a reason to be skeptical.The Colorado Springs deal is being touted as preserving farmland while helping to meet demand in a growing city. But Nyquist over the years has made similar promises that haven't always come to pass, sometimes leaving behind dried-up farmland.The Pueblo Chieftain newspaper, which has followed Nyquist closely for years, wrote in a 2016 editorial that he "has a notorious history of diverting agricultural water from the Arkansas River Valley to the Northern Colorado cities surrounding Denver."The complex Colorado Springs water deal boils down to this: The city water utility would be getting 2,500 shares of water through the Lower Arkansas … [Read more...] about Key person behind major Colorado Springs water deal has share of critics
A controversial sports and events center that 1½ years ago was deemed all but dead now is set to go, split between two downtown locations, Colorado Springs officials announced.A 10,000-seat outdoor stadium for the Switchbacks minor league soccer team will be at CityGate, a vacant block southwest of Cimarron and Sahwatch streets, said Nick and Ed Ragain, who own the team.The stadium will be accompanied by a seven-floor building to the south with hundreds of apartments and mixed-use businesses, they said.And a 3,000-seat indoor arena will be built on the south side of Colorado College’s campus, said Sean Pieri, vice president for advancement at CC. The college Tigers men’s ice hockey team will move there from The Broadmoor World Arena.The new stadium and arena constitute the fourth and final project in City for Champions, an endeavor first proposed in 2013.The two projects will bookend downtown from north and south, infusing the area and its businesses with cash and … [Read more...] about Final City for Champions project to be split between Switchbacks and Colorado College
COLORADO SPRINGS — With the ability to drop nearly 20,000 gallons of water or retardant in a single pass, the Global SuperTanker could be an airborne, blaze-battling behemoth on the front lines of the 416 fire near Durango — or any of the other wildfires burning in Colorado this week. But the converted Boeing 747-400, which started life 26 years ago as a Japan Airlines passenger jet, instead sat Wednesday on a runway at Colorado Springs Airport, its engines off and its cockpit empty. Lacking a contract to fight fire on federal land, the Global SuperTanker appeared to be little more than an oversized tarmac ornament. “It’s very frustrating for us,” said Bob Soelberg, senior vice president of Global SuperTanker Services LLC, as he showed off the plane for a small group of reporters Wednesday. “We would like to be on (a fire).” Global SuperTanker, which carries nearly twice as much firefighting capacity as the next biggest aircraft that is used to … [Read more...] about Wildfires are burning across Colorado. So why is one of the world’s largest air tankers grounded in Colorado Springs?
<>A Gibbon ape watches from his perch as thousands of runners run through the Denver Zoo during the Colfax Half Marathon in City Park on May 20, 2018 in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post) Pass ports You know Denver is cemented as a major tourist destination when CityPASS comes to town. For more than 20 years, the discounted, bundled tickets for local attractions have been a favorite for bargain travelers visiting major cities. Now, CityPASS has arrived a mile high. And, while it’s great for tourists, locals can use the pass and save big on a staycation. Visit some of Denver’s most popular attractions and save more than 30 percent off on admission. Pricing is based on the number of attractions you visit: Three attractions are $39 for adults and $29 for children (ages 3 to 11); four attractions are $48 and $38; and five attractions are $57 and $47, respectively. Participating locations include the Children’s Museum of Denver Marsico Campus, … [Read more...] about CityPASS comes to Denver, a free Doritos Locos Taco and more Denver deals starting June 8