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Colorado Trout Unlimited, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Colorado’s coldwater fisheries, is now accepting applications from 14- to 18-year-old Colorado students for its inaugural River Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp.The camp, scheduled for June 18-23 at the Ouray Ranch in Granby, is designed to educate students on the importance of coldwater conservation and provide hands-on fly-fishing instruction.The cost to attend the six days of classes and field instruction is $350. It is limited to 16 students who will be selected on their qualifications and a written essay on why they would like to attend the camp. To qualify, students must have been born between June 23, 1987, and June 18, 1992. Students can access applications online at http://www.cotrout.org and must submit the completed application by March 30. For more information, contact Larry Quilling at 303-543-0939.
WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) – About 700 skiers who took the popular Ski Train from Denver to the Winter Park ski resort Saturday were stranded for a few hours without transportation home after a 15-car, Union Pacific coal train derailed near Rollinsville.Passengers found their own rides or waited for buses to arrive from Denver to take them down the mountain, Ski Train spokesman Dan Christopherson said.Passengers were able to get their belongings off the train before departing for Denver, he said. Ski Train was refunding passengers’ fares.The derailment also forced Amtrak to detour its California Zephyr train, which runs from Emeryville, Calif., to Chicago through Wyoming, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said. Passengers headed to Granby, Glenwood Springs, Winter Park and Grand Junction, among other Colorado destinations, were to be bused in from Wyoming.A message left with Union Pacific was not immediately returned.Since cleanup was expected to take about 24 hours, the Sunday Ski Train was canceled.
Arapahoe Basin’s famed East Wall is now open to the public. The steep, above timberline terrain that covers the east side of the ski area has received one foot of snow this week. The terrain on the East Wall is appealing to skiers and riders because of its backcountry feel while still being in bounds.For the last few weeks, patrollers at the ski area have been setting off explosives to reduce avalanche potential. “Avalanches set off by ski patrol cover many of the rocks on the lower part of the East Wall and the control work reduces the chance of an unexpected slide,” said Alan Henceroth, general manager. The East Wall will remain open on a regular basis for the season, weather and snow condition dependent. The area above the traverse will remain closed to hiking, but will open as conditions permit.A-Basin just recently opened its beginner Hi Divide terrain park. The terrain park features beginner jumps and rails. The park is located just east of the lower Lenawee lift terminal. (Summit Daily News)
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