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October 5, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sugar Bowl Resort , on Donner Summit northwest of Lake Tahoe, has signed an agreement to lease and operate Royal Gorge, North America's largest Nordic ski area for the 2012-2013 season and beyond. Royal Gorge operates on 6,000 acres of land and has more than 125 miles of ski trails that cover beautiful High Sierra terrain from the expansive Van Norden Meadows to the scenic Devil's Peak. Sugar Bowl was opened in 1939 by Austrian ski instructor Hannes Schroll. One of his backers was Walt Disney, after whom Mt. Disney is named.
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June 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Black Forest wildfire has become the most destructive in Colorado history, burning at least 360 homes, officials said Thursday. The fire is about 10 miles east of last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which had been the state's most destructive after killing two people and wiping out 346 homes. No injuries have been reported from the Black Forest fire, but one person is believed to be missing in the blaze -- one of four in the state. Officials said the cause is still undetermined for the Black Forest fire, which was reported about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Sixty tourists were stranded and had to make their way hundreds of feet up an emergency ladder when two cars jammed on the incline railway at the Royal Gorge. No injuries were reported Tuesday in what officials said was the first major mechanical failure in the rail ride, which takes tourists to the bottom of the 1,000-foot-deep gorge.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
About 900 inmates at a medium-security Colorado state prison have been evacuated because of the danger from a growing wildfire, one of four sweeping through the state. No injuries have been reported from the four fires that have forced the evacuations of  thousands people in several areas and have destroyed dozens of structures. The largest evacuation was from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility near Colorado Springs. “This is the largest full-scale evacuation in recent memory,” state prisons spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson told The Times on Wednesday morning.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2002 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
My son and I had tried cross-country skiing once--for about an hour on a trip more than 10 years ago. All I remembered was not getting far but still finding solitude, the only sound coming from my pounding heart. For my son, now 21, the memories of our brief outing were even dimmer. I persuaded Joe that we should try again at Royal Gorge, the largest cross-country ski resort in North America, with more than 220 miles of trails for skiers of all abilities.
TRAVEL
March 22, 2009
I found Hugo Martin's article about Royal Gorge interesting ["Time to Make Fresh Tracks," March 15]. I have been going to Royal Gorge for more than 20 years. In the interest of saving money, I suggest readers check out Clair Tappaan Lodge at www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/ctl/. It is close and inexpensive, with a wonderful history and legacy. There are also ski huts where you can spend the night for a small fee. Joe MacDonald Long Beach
SCIENCE
January 3, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Ending a battle to preserve a historic piece of the Sierra Nevada crest, conservation groups recently finalized their purchase of the 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property on Donner Summit. The cross-country ski resort had been placed in receivership after the Bay Area developers who bought it in 2005 defaulted on a $16.7-million bank loan. They had proposed building 950 condos and single-family houses on the acreage, setting off protests from environmentalists and nearby homeowners. The Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land closed on the property Dec. 20, paying $11.25 million.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
About 900 inmates at a medium-security Colorado state prison have been evacuated because of the danger from a growing wildfire, one of four sweeping through the state. No injuries have been reported from the four fires that have forced the evacuations of  thousands people in several areas and have destroyed dozens of structures. The largest evacuation was from the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility near Colorado Springs. “This is the largest full-scale evacuation in recent memory,” state prisons spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson told The Times on Wednesday morning.
NATIONAL
June 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Black Forest wildfire has become the most destructive in Colorado history, burning at least 360 homes, officials said Thursday. The fire is about 10 miles east of last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which had been the state's most destructive after killing two people and wiping out 346 homes. No injuries have been reported from the Black Forest fire, but one person is believed to be missing in the blaze -- one of four in the state. Officials said the cause is still undetermined for the Black Forest fire, which was reported about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  - The damage from the Black Forest wildfire continued to grow  Wednesday with 80 to possibly more than 100 homes already burned, officials said. The fire, one of four burning in the state, has consumed about 8,000 acres, said Dave Rose, chief public information officer for El Paso County. There is zero containment of the fire, which was first reported about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. This blaze is about 10 miles east from last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which destroyed 346 homes and killed two people.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  - The damage from the Black Forest wildfire continued to grow  Wednesday with 80 to possibly more than 100 homes already burned, officials said. The fire, one of four burning in the state, has consumed about 8,000 acres, said Dave Rose, chief public information officer for El Paso County. There is zero containment of the fire, which was first reported about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. This blaze is about 10 miles east from last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which destroyed 346 homes and killed two people.
SCIENCE
January 3, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Ending a battle to preserve a historic piece of the Sierra Nevada crest, conservation groups recently finalized their purchase of the 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property on Donner Summit. The cross-country ski resort had been placed in receivership after the Bay Area developers who bought it in 2005 defaulted on a $16.7-million bank loan. They had proposed building 950 condos and single-family houses on the acreage, setting off protests from environmentalists and nearby homeowners. The Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land closed on the property Dec. 20, paying $11.25 million.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sugar Bowl Resort , on Donner Summit northwest of Lake Tahoe, has signed an agreement to lease and operate Royal Gorge, North America's largest Nordic ski area for the 2012-2013 season and beyond. Royal Gorge operates on 6,000 acres of land and has more than 125 miles of ski trails that cover beautiful High Sierra terrain from the expansive Van Norden Meadows to the scenic Devil's Peak. Sugar Bowl was opened in 1939 by Austrian ski instructor Hannes Schroll. One of his backers was Walt Disney, after whom Mt. Disney is named.
TRAVEL
March 22, 2009
I found Hugo Martin's article about Royal Gorge interesting ["Time to Make Fresh Tracks," March 15]. I have been going to Royal Gorge for more than 20 years. In the interest of saving money, I suggest readers check out Clair Tappaan Lodge at www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/ctl/. It is close and inexpensive, with a wonderful history and legacy. There are also ski huts where you can spend the night for a small fee. Joe MacDonald Long Beach
TRAVEL
March 15, 2009 | Hugo Martin
Wind-blown snow fell so heavily that the frosted pine and fir trees in the distance looked like hazy ghosts. Near the main entrance for the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort, I watched as a family of six prepared to venture into the blizzard that shrouded North America's largest cross-country ski resort. "Boy, they start them off young here," I thought as the parents struggled to fasten rented snowshoes to a couple of toddlers, just out of diapers.
NEWS
December 30, 2003 | Susan Salter Reynolds
Silence isn't golden. It's pure white, powdery and endless. The quiet is broken only by the sound of "snow bombs" falling from Douglas firs and Jeffrey pines or the scratchy cries of Stellar's jays. No grinding gears of chairlifts, no whining snowmobiles, no lift rides with skiers jabbering on cellphones. Just nature, same as it ever was. You're kicking and gliding, you're in the zone. At 21 degrees, you're downright hot. Peel off another layer. Stop. Look up at the clear sky, smell the sweet air. Feel as if you are the first person to discover this spot, this view, this exhilarating aloneness.
NEWS
December 30, 2003 | Susan Salter Reynolds
Silence isn't golden. It's pure white, powdery and endless. The quiet is broken only by the sound of "snow bombs" falling from Douglas firs and Jeffrey pines or the scratchy cries of Stellar's jays. No grinding gears of chairlifts, no whining snowmobiles, no lift rides with skiers jabbering on cellphones. Just nature, same as it ever was. You're kicking and gliding, you're in the zone. At 21 degrees, you're downright hot. Peel off another layer. Stop. Look up at the clear sky, smell the sweet air. Feel as if you are the first person to discover this spot, this view, this exhilarating aloneness.
TRAVEL
March 15, 2009 | Hugo Martin
Wind-blown snow fell so heavily that the frosted pine and fir trees in the distance looked like hazy ghosts. Near the main entrance for the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort, I watched as a family of six prepared to venture into the blizzard that shrouded North America's largest cross-country ski resort. "Boy, they start them off young here," I thought as the parents struggled to fasten rented snowshoes to a couple of toddlers, just out of diapers.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2002 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
My son and I had tried cross-country skiing once--for about an hour on a trip more than 10 years ago. All I remembered was not getting far but still finding solitude, the only sound coming from my pounding heart. For my son, now 21, the memories of our brief outing were even dimmer. I persuaded Joe that we should try again at Royal Gorge, the largest cross-country ski resort in North America, with more than 220 miles of trails for skiers of all abilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Sixty tourists were stranded and had to make their way hundreds of feet up an emergency ladder when two cars jammed on the incline railway at the Royal Gorge. No injuries were reported Tuesday in what officials said was the first major mechanical failure in the rail ride, which takes tourists to the bottom of the 1,000-foot-deep gorge.
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