Latest Mountains News

Alterra plans to buy Sugarbush

Nov. 13, 2019 3:02 PM EST

WARREN, Vt. (AP) — Alterra Mountain Company in Denver says it has entered an agreement to buy Sugarbush Resort in Vermont. The purchase would increase Alterra Mountain’s total year-round mountain destinations to 15 in six states and three Canadian provinces. Alterra’s chief executive officer...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Nov. 12, 2019 12:10 AM EST

XINING, China (AP) — There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of...

2 Elko-area residents killed in Mountain City Highway crash

Nov. 11, 2019 3:46 PM EST

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Two Elko-area residents have been killed in a single-vehicle rollover on the Mountain City Highway in northeast Nevada. The Nevada Highway Patrol says the driver and a passenger in a Volkswagen Jetta were headed south at a high rate of speed when the car went off the right shoulder and...

Forest Service waives day-use fees for Veterans Day

Nov. 10, 2019 1:08 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some fees will be waived in the White Mountain National Forest in recognition of Veterans Day. The U.S. Forest Service is waiving day-use fees Monday, though visitors still will be charged for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits and other activities. Active duty military members...

Early season snowfall boosts snowpack across the Rockies

Nov. 10, 2019 11:34 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The early season snowstorms that hit the Rocky Mountain region this fall have boosted snowpack levels between two and three times the average. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows snow water equivalent above 150% and 200% of average throughout Idaho, northern Colorado and western...

Historic dam east of Salt Lake City 1 of 5 in poor condition

Nov. 10, 2019 11:26 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The window-like arches on the outside of the towering Mountain Dell Dam provide an artistic facade that fits with the natural beauty of the Utah mountain canyon where the century-old structure sits. The design's historical significance earned it a spot on the National Register of...

2 skiers die in avalanche in Austrian Alps

Nov. 9, 2019 11:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in southern Austria say two skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Alps, the first of the season. Austrian broadcaster ORF reported that the men were skiing off marked tracks in the Ötztal region Saturday when they were caught in a snow slide. ORF reported that one of...

California mountain body matches description of missing man

Nov. 7, 2019 9:47 PM EST

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, California (AP) — Authorities say a man found dead in California's Kings Canyon National Park matches the description of a missing hiker. The National Park Service says searchers discovered the body Thursday on a glacier at the base of Mount Darwin in the eastern Sierra Nevada....

Critics say ski area plan near Vegas harms rare butterfly

Nov. 7, 2019 1:01 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are raising concerns about an expansion plan at a southern Nevada ski resort they say overlaps with habitat for an endangered butterfly. The plans include miles of new mountain biking, skiing and hiking trails along with a zip line, mountain coaster and expanded parking...

S Korea offers to visit stalled joint tour resort in North

Nov. 5, 2019 10:00 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean has offered to send a delegation to check on South Korean-built facilities at a long-stalled joint tourist resort in North Korea, Seoul said Wednesday, as the North is pushing to tear them down. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered the destruction of South...