Tourism

Thompson Divide
6:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Lodging Owners Say Drilling In Thompson Divide Would Hurt Business

The fight over possible drilling in the Thompson Divide continues and a resolution could be years away.
Marci Krivonen

As the fight to keep natural gas drilling out of an area known as the Thompson Divide continues, two Roaring Fork Valley residents who operate lodging near the Divide flew over the contested area last week with Ecoflight. They say energy development would hurt their business. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen went on the flyover and filed this report.

The clouds are clearing as our Cessna 210 leaves the ground. It’s a smooth takeoff and right away, snowcapped peaks come into view.

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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Mountain Edition - September 25th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

The Roaring Fork Valley is awash with fall colors this week.

Basalt puts together a commission to decide on a way to revitalize old town.

Health insurance rates are going down next year for some residents in the Glenwood Springs area. And that’s partly because some doctors and hospitals have agreed to get paid less.

U.S. Senate candidates in Colorado battle it out for the women’s vote in the November election.

And we look at the 35th annual Aspen Film Fest, opening this weekend.

Tourism
10:54 am
Mon September 15, 2014

How Colorado's High Country Became "Vacationland"

The Maroon Bells were featured in bright splashy advertisements after World War II. The ads were part of a growing effort to market Colorado's high country.
Credit Marci Krivonen

As the entire Roaring Fork Valley takes a huge breath after a busy summer, we’re exploring why Colorado’s mountain resorts get so congested. It’s thanks in part, to an aggressive marketing effort that’s been growing since the 1940s. In his book “Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country,” University of Denver History Professor William Philpott says the effort to repackage Colorado as a tourist destination followed World War II. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with him.

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APR Local News
9:47 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Traffic, Lodging, Sewage Data Indicate Busy Summer In Aspen/Snowmass

The Wanderlust yoga festival was held in Snowmass Village over the fourth of July weekend. It's one of the events that boosted hotel bookings in Snowmass this summer.
Credit Kaylan Robinson/Wanderlust

You may have noticed traffic jams and crowded streets in Aspen this summer. These are all anecdotes indicating the resort experienced a busy summer. But, the data proves it too. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

You may have experienced headaches on your drive into Aspen this summer...as eastbound traffic piled up on Highway 82. Turns out, the number of cars heading in and out of town in June, July and August was up three-and-a-half percent over last year.

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Tourism
9:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Down-Valley Communities Prepare For Pro Cycling Challenge

Signs are posted in front of the Village Smithy restaurant in Carbondale ahead of the USA Pro Challenge traveling through.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Aspen and Snowmass Village have played host before to the USA Pro Challenge but, for the first time this year, the race will travel through Basalt and Carbondale. Cyclists begin “stage two” of the race in Aspen just after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, Downvalley communities are rolling out the red carpet.

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