Will Olson bench dedicated in Avon atop Lee’s Way trail

By John LaConte AVON — Local mountain bikers, as well as riders from the Front Range, gathered at the top of Lee’s Way recently to dedicate a memorial bench to local mountain biker Will Olson. Will Olson, a 40-year old Edwards resident, died on Aug. 1 after crashing during a mountain bike race in Crested […]

Vail skate park work ends for winter

By scott miller VAIL — Construction of Vail’s new skate park at the Lionshead parking structure is well on its way toward completion after breaking ground Aug. 4. The poured concrete in the park’s main area, half pipe and mini bowl is in place, as are the rails and other skating features. California Skateparks and […]

Trail closures to start on Dec. 15 in Avon, slated to reopen April 15

By John LaConte AVON — Town officials have announced upcoming trail closures in the West Avon Preserve to protect wildlife winter habitat. Closures will be in effect from Dec. 15 through April 15 at the earliest and apply to all multi-use trails except the Our Backyard and PB&J trails. Leading up to the posted closure […]

State releases final draft of Colorado Water Plan

By Melanie Wong EAGLE COUNTY — After two and a half years, many roundtable discussions and tens of thousands of public comments, the state of Colorado released the final draft of the Colorado Water Plan on Thursday. The plan outlines a strategy to provide water for the growing state in the face of future drought. […]

Paid parking at Vail begins today

By scott miller VAIL — Paid parking in Vail’s parking structures and outlying lots begins today to coincide with the start of Vail Mountain’s ski and snowboard season. Parking passes are available for purchase from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays throughout the season on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building, […]

Gore Valley Rec Trail closed

By scott miller VAIL — The seasonal closure of the Gore Valley Recreation Trail through Dowd Junction took place at 6 a.m. on Nov. 11, as recent snows have triggered deer and elk migration through the Mud Springs wildlife underpass which crosses under the trail. The winter closure allows for the migration of deer and […]

‘Most Opening Day terrain in years’

By John LaConte VAIL — You know it’s a good Opening Day when Vail Mountain begins the season with two-thirds the amount of terrain that Beaver Creek has when fully open.With 39 inches of snow recorded already in November, Vail will open this morning with groomed, ungroomed, tracked and untracked runs ready for skiers and […]

Yeti hockey ready for another season

By Chris Freud VAIL — The Vail Yeti Semipro Hockey Club will defend its 2015 Mountain West Hockey League Rocky Mountain Division title against new and old foes this year. Yeti captain Bill Foster will lead his team against Colorado rivals including the Boulder Bison, Denver Leafs, Pikes Peak Vigilantes, and Breckenridge Vipers as well […]

Eight is enough for Battle Mountain football

By Chris Freud EDWARDS — Yes, Battle Mountain football got postseason awards last season, but it’s still pretty cool to see Huskies gridders get recognized.With apologies to Dick Van Patten, eight is enough for Battle Mountain — four on the first team and four honorable mentions from the 2A Slope North.First teamCall him “The Leg” […]