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​Update: Wolf Creek & A Basin Will Open This Weekend

Wolf Creek is opening this weekend following a 14-inch storm. | Wolf Creek Ski Area photo.

Well, here we go. Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area just announced they will be opening this weekend October 16-17 after a 14-inch winter storm blew in this past weekend, making them the earliest ski resort to open in the lower 48 for the winter! [UPDATE: Arapahoe Basin has also announced they will open Black Mountain Express lift and the High Noon run on Sunday October 17]. Wolf Creek will be running the Treasure Stoke, Nova and Lynx lifts, and warns guests to expect early season conditions. Tickets will go at discounted rates of $60 for adults, $41 for seniors and $31 for children. Lift tickets to the Lynx and Nova Lifts only will be $40 for all ages.Trails that will be open from top to bottom are Tranquility, Treasure, Navajo Trail, and Summer Days. Other partial trails that will be available include: Bonanza Road, Powder Puff and Charisma. A scenic hike from the top of Treasure across Exhibition to Divide Trail will give access to Divide Trail and Kelly Boyce. Nova, Susan’s and Foxy will be open for beginners. What more is there to say? Go skiing!

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Future Skiing and Riding Access In the Tetons is At Risk
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Much of the magic of skiing and snowboarding in the Tetons lies in the idea of traveling through and connecting with wild, remote places - which could be at risk with proposed new bighorn sheep closures. | Max Ritter photo. Access to backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding Forest Service lands is at risk. For those of you who enjoy spending your winters ski touring high in the Tetons, you might already be familiar with the issues winter

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​Doctor Faces Charges For Calling Heli Rescue on Denali
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A Utah-based cardiologist is facing federal charges for faking an emergency on Denali to prompt a helicopter rescue. | Wikimedia photo. A Utah doctor who attempted to climb Denali earlier this year is facing federal charges for lying about a medical emergency to prompt a helicopter rescue on the mountain. In a bizarre story outlined by federal prosecutors and initially reported in the Anchorage Daily News, the doctor (identified as Dr. Jason Lance) started his climb solo up the normal West

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​Biden To Restore Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Seamounts National Monuments
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The Biden Administration has announced they will restore the three National Monuments heavily downsized by Trump to their former size. | Katie Cooney photo. President Biden will restore three National Monuments to their former size: Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts. All three National Monuments were drastically reduced in size and lost protections by the Trump administration at the behest of the fishing and resource extraction industries. Bears