Latest Mountains News

Tiny African kingdom has skiing as Europe sweats summer heat

Aug. 07, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

BUTHA-BUTHE, Lesotho (AP) — While millions across Europe sweat through a summer of record-breaking heat, they're skiing in Africa. Don't worry. This isn't another sign of climate change but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho, a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by...

Microplastics increasingly found in Colorado's snowpack

Aug. 06, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — As the focus on the electron microscope resolved, Richard Reynolds found himself feeling more resigned than surprised. The slide before him was a snowpack sample collected from pristine Colorado high country. The sample revealed, at intense magnification, the...

Dolly Parton reveals Dollywood's longest roller coaster

Aug. 06, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton donned her best sequined park ranger outfit Friday to unveil Big Bear Mountain, Dollywood’s newest and longest roller coaster opening in spring 2023. The attraction, an expansion of Wildwood Grove, will bring thrills to this family-friendly...

Natural hair academy opening in Kings Mountain

Aug. 06, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A natural hair school will be opening in Kings Mountain and is the first of its kind in Cleveland County. Free 2 B Natural Hair Academy will welcome new students this fall. Yolanda Harris, owner and instructor, said the family-run...

Utah-based company makes bid to buy Vermont resort Jay Peak

Aug. 03, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

A Utah-based resort company that owns several ski areas has made a bid to buy Jay Peak Resort, the Vermont ski resort that was rocked by a massive fraud case involving its former owner and president. The court appointed receiver who has been overseeing Jay Peak for more than six...

Newspaper: Families of Haley, Clyburn got casino shares

Aug. 02, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The husband of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and brother of U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn were given shares of a company that leased slot machines to a North Carolina tribal casino that needed political help to open last year, The Wall Street Journal reported. Clyburn's brother and...

Appalachian cultural center reeling from historic flooding

Aug. 01, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) — The raging floodwaters that left dozens dead or missing in eastern Kentucky also swept away some of the region's irreplaceable history. Appalshop, a cultural center known for chronicling Appalachian life for the rest of the world, is cleaning up and assessing...

Defaced colorful art installation near Vegas to be cleaned

Jul. 31, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stephanie Heiner arrives at the Seven Magic Mountains public art exhibit on the outskirts of Las Vegas and shakes her head in disbelief at the mess. The desert art installation of seven towers of colorfully painted boulders standing up to 35 feet high, and with the...

After mountain hiker dies, rescuers carry body nearly a mile

Jul. 31, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Members of a rescue group had to carry the body of a hiker nearly a mile in freezing temperatures and high winds after the man died on the Northeast's highest mountain, authorities said. A group of hikers found the man unconscious and not breathing on Mount...

Colorado ski resort expansion halted after tundra damaged

Jul. 29, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has ordered a halt to the expansion of a Rocky Mountains ski resort after contractors mistakenly demolished protected alpine tundra to create a temporary road. The Keystone Resort project involving new trails and lifts was stopped...