Like all good reality tv veterans, The Bachelorette champ Ryan Sutter is parlaying his 15 minutes into a lifetime of B-list celebrity freebies. The snowboarding firefighter from Vail and his fiancée Trista Rehn, the former Miami Heat cheerleader whose hand he won on the show's finale, were recently named unofficial ski ambassadors for Vail Resorts. It's an unpaid gig, but one that requires little heavy lifting. "All we basically have to do is say nice things about Vail when they ask us, explains Sutter, "which we already do anyway. In exchange for that, as well as for making appearances at a number of resort-sponsored events (last June it was the Beaver Creek Pastry Championships), the couple gets free hotel rooms and lift tickets at Vail. (The two are currently deciding where they'll reside full time, Vail or Los Angeles.)Still, no matter how much goodwill Sutter is able to spread around his former hometown, don't expect Vail's citizenry to roll out the red carpet for Rehn. "Ryan can come here, but I don't want to see her in town, says Carla Eldridge, a coat-check girl at Vail hot spot FuBar, voicing what has become a common sentiment among local women since Rehn picked Sutter last winter. "She's ditzy. Territory conflicts, inflamed rhetoric—all in a day's work for a pair of rookie ski ambassadors.—David O. Williams
Owner Nora Pykkonen restructures Denver’s race hill.
USFS approves new lift, resort access to Beavers and Steep Gullies.
The small ski area 45 minutes from Denver plans to switch from private to public and the season passes are oh-so cheap. By Leslie Hittmeier
Dick Bass, who co-founded Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and was the first to climb the Seven Summits, died at age 85.
Face it, winter is still months away. But mountain biking season is in its prime, so follow your gravity-fueled folly hop a chairlift at Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park, CO.
Independent resorts are competing with the big boys by expanding terrain. But will more skiable acres translate into more powder for everyone?
Colter Hinchliffe, Riley Soderquist, and Jordan White skied the exciting new line, Peg Leg, off Colorado's Capitol Peak on Thursday, June 4.
CAIC officials reported 260 avalanches in May and predict June could follow suit.
Because you can ski Vail for a week and never repeat a line.
It’s like a mini Chamonix, only (a little bit) easier to get to.