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Ever wonder how a ski resort can report a foot of new snow while the weather service reports only a few inches? Vail Resorts says snow reporting is an inexact science after it was forced to retract its report of a foot of snow on Feb. 23 and change it to 2 inches. The resort… Continue Reading It’s not a snow job – Vail defends snow reports

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Colorado’s national parks generated just under $293 million, and account for 6,366 jobs statewide, according to information from the National Park Service. Rocky Mountain National Park had the most visits, just under 3 million people, including 174,000 who spent the night. The park accounts for 2,641 jobs. The second-most visited Colorado national park was Mesa… Continue Reading Colorado’s national parks bring millions to local cities

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Tourism leaders from across the state will meet in Durango for the first Southwest Tourism Summit. The summit, hosted by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, will be April 5-6 and is dubbed “The Source” because it aims to provide businesses and organizations with seminars, workshops and presentations by tourism industry professionals from around… Continue Reading Tourism leaders and small businesses set to meet in Durango

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Holiday Inn parent to launch new hotel brand

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Holiday Inn’s parent company is developing a new hotel chain aimed at travelers who want to work out and eat healthy on the road. U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group PLC said Tuesday it will launch a hotel brand called Even for health-conscious travelers. The hotels will have guest rooms with space to exercise and amenities such… Continue Reading Holiday Inn parent to launch new hotel brand

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Mining Exchange hotel now taking reservations

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The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel scheduled to open downtown this spring, announced today that it is now accepting reservations for June 1 and beyond. The hotel has been accepting group and event reservations for two weeks, but just started allowing individual online room reservations today. Hotel management expects to open the doors in… Continue Reading Mining Exchange hotel now taking reservations

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Dozens of artists across the country are expected to compete in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge poster competition. The winners will each earn $500 and VIP tickets to sections of the week-long cycling race through Colorado, which is classified as second only to the Tour de France. Last year, 82 people entered their work… Continue Reading USA Pro Cycling Challenge poster contest could earn artists cash and VIP tickets

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Boxing bouts keep hotels busy

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An estimated 700 amateur boxers will be in Colorado Springs at the end of the month for the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships, to take a swing at a chance to compete in the summer Olympics in London. The Feb. 27- March 3 event, dubbed as USA Boxing’s premier event, will draw athletes, their coaches,… Continue Reading Boxing bouts keep hotels busy

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A new passenger screening program to make check-in more convenient for certain travelers is being expanded to 28 more major U.S. airports, the government said Wednesday. There will be no cost to eligible passengers, who would no longer have to remove their shoes and belts before they board flights. The airports include the three used… Continue Reading 28 more airports will test lower-hassle screening

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The long-awaited Mining Exchange hotel will have a target opening date of April 15 – and the Wydham chain it’s a part of has allowed them to start accepting reservations for group events beginning June 1. “We’re very close,” said catering manager Shelby Pywell. “We’re opening in phases, so the main building with 57 guest… Continue Reading Mining Exchange shooting for April 15 opening, accepting reservations

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Ski resort imposes limits on tipplers

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A Colorado ski resort is imposing limits on alcoholic beverages at its mountain bistro because resort officials are tired of carting tipsy skiers down the mountain. The Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro at Aspen Highlands has imposed a three-drink maximum and removed liquor from the menu, leaving only beer and wine. The resort had to use… Continue Reading Ski resort imposes limits on tipplers

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