Mountain news roundup for Tuesday, Oct. 23

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Loveland Ski Area opens season Tuesday

Loveland Ski Area begins its 75th anniversary season Tuesday. Arapahoe Basin was the first Colorado ski area to open this year, with its season starting Wednesday.

Backcountry ski hut named after late Aspen resident

The late Fred Braun, or Opa (German for grandpa), as he was known by family and friends, now has a hut named after him in the backcountry ski-hut system south of Aspen.The Alfred A. Braun Hut System already was named after him, but the Opa's Taylor Hut is only individual hut to bear his name, according to The Aspen Times. Braun emigrated to America in 1928, moved to Aspen in 1950 and took over the growing hut system in 1967. The hut sits at 12,000 feet and is about 1.5 miles southeast of the Taylor Pass summit.

Southwest Colorado seniors get jail time for disturbing burial site

The Durango Herald reports that two southwest Colorado seniors received short jail sentences for disturbing a burial site in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Last year, a Bureau of Land Management undercover officer went on a hike with a seniors group and saw Howard H. Drake, 76, of Silverton, handle a human skull. Drake's lawyer said the man did not realize that was considered excavating under federal law. Drake was sentenced to 10 days in jail, and Harry Hance, 81, of Montezuma County, was sentenced to three days in jail for organizing the hikes.

Aspen Art Museum will keep Lance Armstrong on its board

“Lance Armstrong is an active member of the Aspen Art Museum board of trustees since 2011. He is, has been and will continue to be an excellent board member and good citizen in our community,” Aspen Art Museum Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson said to The Aspen Times. Armstrong is a part-time resident of Aspen.

Motorcycle riders compare then and now photos of Colorado

Readers of a motorcycle message board have been posting photos from across Colorado showing places how they were and how they look now.

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