Colorado skiers are in for an early season treat. After an early start to winter in Colorado’s high country, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has announced it plans to open this Friday, October 13 th. The mountain will kick off the ’17-’18 ski season by opening the Black Mountain Express Lift and the High Noon Trail at 9 A.M. for a crowd of eager skiers.
A blessing of early season snowfall combined with temperatures perfect for snowmaking allowed the ski area to open first in North America.
Last weekend, Copper Mountain’s annual Red Bull Slopesoaker pond skim event ended in a bit of a snafu as 26-year-old competitor Hayden Wright launched into a crowd, injuring spectators. Ski patrol attended to those on scene, and one woman was treated for a broken collarbone. The Summit County Sherriff’s Office charged Wright with misdemeanor third-degree assault and violation of the Skier Safety Act. Later, it was discussed that those charges could be bumped up to felony charges. According
Alta Ski Area just received approval for a major upgrade. Per the , an aerial tram was given the green light by the U.S. Forest Service, meaning that Alta will now have the capability to take 150 skiers to the summit of Mount Baldy each hour. The announcement is part of a greater plan to add not only add the small tram but to also replace chairlifts and add new Gazex avalanche guns. As with any major ski resort expansion, the decision is coupled with its fair share of controversy.
Karl-Erivan Haub (above) has been reported missing. Free rights image. One of Germany’s richest men, 58-year-old Karl-Erivan Haub, has been reported missing after a backcountry ski trip in the Swiss Alps. Haub is the heir to the Tengelmann supermarket chain, one of the largest retailers in Germany and Central Europe, and has been in charge of the firm since 2000. According to reports from various European news agencies, a company spokeswoman confirmed that Haub was missing on Tuesday in a