Jason Blevins

Colorado rafting outfitters had record traffic, revenue in 2021. Will

Colorado’s rafting industry hosted a record number of rafters in 2021, posting its largest annual increase in commercial raft trips, up 44% over the pandemic-hobbled 2020 season.  The Colorado River Outfitters Association counted 619,968 commercial river trips on 20 Colorado rivers last summer, a record 189,793-visit increase from the previous summer. “These are just staggering […]Read More

Colorado mountain towns feel more crowded than ever. But census

Mick Ireland knows Pitkin County’s streets. The former Aspen mayor and 30-year politico has knocked on thousands of his neighbors’ doors over the years, promoting candidates and ballot issues as well as helping to register voters.  So when the 2020 census report showed entire blocks in Pitkin County — not city blocks but the small […]Read More

American resorts stacked up a record number of skier days

For decades, traffic to American ski resorts has relied on one thing: Snow.  Big snowfall meant big business.  But the busiest season ever in American skiing — 2021-22, with an all-time high of 61 million skier days — was not a remarkable snow year.  The previous high points for national skier visits were set in […]Read More