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Guarantee offered for bad ski days

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Tired of paying big money for bad skiing? A condominium and home-rental company is offering to fix that. ResortQuest, which has properties in Colorado, Utah and Idaho, is offering clients a snow guarantee. The guarantee allows guests to move to one of its other resort destinations at no extra charge in the event of less-than-favorable… Continue Reading Guarantee offered for bad ski days

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The Santa Express Train is roaring into the Royal Gorge next month and expects to represent about 20 percent of the total rides on Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Cańon City. More than 20,000 riders are expected to ride the train during the five-week period from Nov. 18 to Dec. 26. That’s about 6,000 more… Continue Reading Royal Gorge holiday train rides expected to be up 40 percent this season

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For the first time in its nearly 90-year history, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb will be on a completely paved asphalt surface. Veteran competitors will no longer have to adjust to the usual gravel and asphalt challenges that have been part of the race, said Mike Moran, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation senior media consultant. City crews… Continue Reading 90th Pikes Peak Hill Climb set for July on fully paved road

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The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge held in August attracted more than 1 million spectators from around the state, the country and the world and had an $83.5 million economic impact on the state, according to a report by IFM, a global sports research firm. “The crowds were big, they were enthusiastic, they spent money… Continue Reading USA Pro Cycling Challenge brought in $83 million to state

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Summer events keep city’s general fund healthy

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August – the month of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race – proved to be a good month for spending in Colorado Springs. People came and spent money in restaurants and hotels, both sectors that had the largest increases in tax collections this August over last August. Restaurants collected $1.6 million in sales taxes, a… Continue Reading Summer events keep city’s general fund healthy

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Federal ski bill would allow summer recreation

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A bill making its way through Congress would make it clear that ski resorts are not just for winter activities. The Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate. Current federal laws only allow ski-related activities on U.S. Forest Service land leased to… Continue Reading Federal ski bill would allow summer recreation

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has 9,000 pounds of Orangutan-friendly candy ready to dole out to its expected 15,000 visitors for its annual Boo and the Zoo Halloween party, which runs for six nights. “It’s one of our major fund raisers,” said Katie Borremans, spokeswoman for the zoo, which sells tickets for $15 for general admission. A… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ready for annual Halloween party

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The phone rang in The Broadmoor hotel archivist’s office. It was a former Miss Broadmoor Bathing Beauty on the line. She and her husband honeymooned at the hotel in 1959, and the staff photographer took their photo by the lake. Is it possible that the photos still exist? “Yes,” she was told. “You are a… Continue Reading Photographers capture Broadmoor’s tourism history

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Visiting the fossils at the Dinosaur Depot Museum in Cañon City doesn’t get old. And on Saturday, October 8, admission to the museum is free. The event, sponsored by the museum and the Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office, is a celebration of National Fossil Day and includes free activities from 10 a.m.… Continue Reading Dinosaur Depot celebrates National Fossil Day with free admission

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Bill to create resort jobs passes House

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A bill that would make it easier to create offseason jobs in resort communities has cleared the U.S. House of Representatives. The sponsor, Rep. Diana DeGette, says the bill will revise the current ski-only permitting rules for ski areas on U.S. Forest Service land. DeGette said the bill will create stable, year-round jobs in the… Continue Reading Bill to create resort jobs passes House

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