Rising temperatures, extreme drought and giant wildfires batter Colorado ski industry
During the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at Breckenridge Ski Resort in early December, thousands of people crowded onto Main Street under a bluebird sky.
The event was preceded by a dog parade featuring hundreds of Bernese mountain dogs and a foot race with runners dressed as Santas and elves. When the sun finally set, the countdown began as a massive evergreen in the square was bathed in golden light.
The festive scene stood in stark contrast to what could be coming for Colorado and the Rocky Mountains: a severely shortened...