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  • Mount Hood recreation may go big time

    Friends of Mount Hood is fighting the Mount Hood Meadows Development Corp., which wants to build a ski resort that threatens pear orchards and cattle ranches on the northeastern flanks of Oregon's Mount Hood.

  • Ski area arms race dirties the water

    Environmentalists would like to overturn the Forest Service's decision to let Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort start snowmaking.

  • Parks test skiers' green resolve

    In Wyoming, backcountry skiers are upset to find that the Park Service's decision to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton may also ban skiing in some areas, to protect bighorn sheep.

  • Ski resorts pump up ecoterrorism defenses

    In the wake of the arson at Vail two years ago, Western ski resorts have hired security staff to keep an eye out for ecoterrorism.

  • A struggling mountain town looks for a lift

    The former mining town of Silverton, Colo., has put its economic hopes in plans for a new but old-fashioned small-scale, low-key ski area, but some worry the area is too avalanche-prone to be safe.

  • Seeking power, a few ski workers go union

    In a few resorts, beleagured ski workers are turning to unions for help.

  • It always comes down to finding a place tolive

    Creating low-cost housing in ski country involves overcoming a variety of hurdles.

  • Pedro Lopez, entrepreneur

    Pedro Lopez and other workers who live in trailers near the Beaver Creek resort will have to move because the industry is buying the trailer park's land.

  • The New West's servant economy

    Ski resorts begin to resemble the Third World as Africans and others come to take low-paying service jobs, but have trouble finding housing.

  • Ski bums wrapped in concrete

    Ski workers Jeremy Bernier and Jim Noland sleep in a van in the maintenance room of a parking garage because they can't afford housing in Vail.

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