Body of missing skier found after backcountry slide near Keystone Resort

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 11, the body of a missing skier was located approximately 24 hours after an avalanche in the backcountry area south of Keystone Ski Resort.

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Retiring Hayden fire chief reflects on emotional career

The photos that line the walls inside the West Routt Fire Protection District headquarters help illustrate Bryan Rickman’s storied career — the highs and the lows.

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When snow gives way: The most dangerous snowpack in the world

There’s nothing quite like traversing the backcountry. It’s where skiers, riders, snowmobilers — you name it — can find Colorado’s freshest snow. But what makes backcountry powder so alluring also makes it the most dangerous snowpack in the world, CMC avalanche awareness and safety teacher Cody Perry says. There are steps to entering this uncharted terrain. Trip planning is key, and understanding the proper safety procedures is imperative when the worst happens — the avalanche. Perry led a group of a dozen CMC students through planning and practicing in the classroom and the field to prepare for when disaster strikes and the slides take hold.

When snow gives way: With public’s help, forecasters gauge risks

While backcountry skiers and riders are asleep, dreaming of the powder they plan to rip the next day, Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecasters are walking through the office doors, ready to start the day.

When snow gives way: No longer just powder

Give Colorado Mountain College instructor Cody Perry just a few hours of your time, and you’ll never look at snow the same. I know I don’t.

High-ranking federal officials confer with Northwest Colorado leaders on fate of pivotal sage grouse

There could be very real economic consequences for Northwest Colorado if the sage grouse is added to the formal list of endangered species in 2015.

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Wind slabs load up tender snowpack, trigger natural avalanches near Steamboat Lake, Flat Tops

“The Flat Tops avalanches were much larger than those north of Steamboat Lake. It’s a very dangerous place when the snow is as unstable as it was leading up to this cycle.”

New recycling fee in Steamboat Springs puts pressure on the Green Machine

A senior communications specialist for Waste Management says the new drop-off fee in Steamboat comes as recycling companies are examining every part of the business.

1 killed, 3 injured in avalanche near Vail

The avalanche struck about 11:35 a.m. in East Vail Chutes, said Jessie Mosher, an Eagle County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

West Routt property rights group aims for statewide influence in enabling energy exploration

Citizens Supporting Property Rights asserts there is a way to put in adequate protections for sage grouse while allowing for future oil and gas development.

Environmental artist Sonja Hinrichsen returns to the Yampa Valley in January

Sonja Hinrichsen and her volunteers will tackle the challenge of tramping into the snow the major tributaries of the Yampa River, representing the entire basin in a linear metaphor

Abundant early snow in Yampa Valley contributes to storage in Lake Powell

Record September 2013 rainfall in Steamboat Springs and in other mountain valleys could help boost runoff in the rivers when the snow begins to melt in the spring of 2014.

Avalanche danger remains considerable across Steamboat zone

Brisk winds across the Steamboat and Flat Tops area were expected to create shallow, easterly wind slabs, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, but the real danger in the backcountry remains slabs sitting on surface or deep hoar.

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Sage grouse debate on forefront of Colorado issues

Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have negative economic impacts on Colorado and Moffat County.

Steamboat's Storm Peak could see 2 feet of snow

The automated forecast for Storm Peak at the top of the ski area expects between 15 and 23 inches to fall overnight and during the day Wednesday.