It was a typical day at Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Resort, 80 miles west of Denver—until a large moose lumbered up to the base lodge.
“It was just hanging out, bedded down next to all of the skis,” says Tom Davies, a district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). When it showed no signs of returning to the safety of the woods, Davies fired a rubber bullet into its hindquarters, a protocol used to condition animals to keep away from people and cause only temporary pain.
What ensued was one of the most harrowing encounters of Davies’ career. “He charged after me so fast. I ran behind a tree,” he says. “He stopped at the tree, kind of huffed at me, and then trotted off into the woods.”
Of the many wildlife species in the Colorado Rockies, moose are the most unpredictable and dangerous to encounter during ski season, says Davies. Introduced in the 1970s in the northern part of the state, Colorado’s moose population has grown tremendously. It’s not uncommon to see the animals wandering through forests, meadows, and ski slopes throughout winter.
(Here’s how to survive an encounter with wildlife—from bears to bison.)
With more people heading outdoors for ski recreation—a 6.6 percent increase from the 2020-2021 season to 2022-2023—there have been more accounts of animal encounters, including moose racing down the slopes and weaving in and out of lines of people at chairlifts. According to CPW, at least 18 moose attacks were reported in Colorado between 2020 and 2023.
So what should you do if you encounter wildlife during your winter vacation? The general rule is that if you don’t bother the animal, the animal won’t bother you, says Davies. “The worst part of my job is putting wildlife down because people were being careless, reckless, or negligent,” he says.
Even if you don’t run into a potentially harmful animal, there are things you can do to maximize safety and fun on your winter break. Here’s what you should know before hitting the slopes.
Colorado ski resorts operating under a land use permit from the U.S. Forest Service must follow ongoing wildlife conservation measures to ensure that various species have safe habitats in and around ski area boundaries.
These measures include roping off sections within ski area boundaries and closing roads, trails, and recreation paths on public lands that are important wildlife habitats and corridors in the winter. They also establish protected winter spaces for deer and elk. This, in turn, helps conserve the mountain lion population, since deer and elk are the lions’ primary food source.
(Hunt for moose bones in the name of science at this national park.)
Forest Service, wildlife biologists, and recreation managers do their best to “strike a
The website maxtravelz.com is an aggregator of news from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the news if you find it unreliable.
What ski culture in the US has historically lacked is the idea of community-based après-ski activities. In the US, après-ski is usually no more than grabbing a drink in the ski lodge bar, and lacks the kind of scale and excitement that makes it a vital part of the ski day, as you’d find in the Alps.
Colorado is a great destination for those wanting to smoke marijuana legally – though it’s important to follow regulations that stipulate you must be on private property. Fortunately, these 420-friendly Airbnbs in Colorado give you a safe space to toke up. With its abundant natural beauty, exciting activities, and laid-back atmosphere, you’ll be sure to find plenty of unique experiences. Along with this, the state boasts a huge selection of dispensaries where visitors can legally purchase cannabis products. Whether it’s exploring the rugged mountains and stunning landscapes or simply taking in all that vibrant cities like Denver and Boulder have to offer – there’s something special here for every cannabis enthusiast.
Denver is known as the “Mile High City” due to some parts of the state capital standing exactly one mile above sea level. After recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado back in January 2014, cannabis-curious travelers can now get high in more ways than one. Flower, edibles, and other apparel must only be purchased from a licensed dispensary and consumed on private property in Denver. Sidewalks, ski slopes, and trails are off-limits but 420-friendly accommodation is a safe haven to space out. These cannabis-friendly Airbnbs in Denver give you the green light to smoke.
A four-hour drive from Denver, the rural town of Granada, Colorado, is home to just 450 people—and, at the end of a bumpy dirt road, the now-empty barracks and haunting buildings of “Camp Amache.” Also known as the Granada Relocation Center, Amache was once an internment camp for nearly 10,000 Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes between 1942 and 1945. Now, after decades of preservation efforts by local volunteers, this site has officially become America's newest national park.
A friend of mine has been shopping for a watch from Switzerland’s most famous brand as a college graduation present for months with no success, as stores are empty—even in Switzerland. Other top luxury brands of mechanical watches have also been disrupted by supply chain issues dating back to the pandemic.
In denim and leather and newly acquired vintage snakeskin boots, the cast and creative team bringing “The Outsiders” to Broadway went on a trip across Tulsa, Okla., last month — a granular, history-flecked tour of the place where, about 60 years earlier, S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age story was written and set. Hinton, 75 and still a beloved local, was a star attraction; the visit was a way of mapping out how the new musical version might fit into, or even build on, the durable legacy of “The Outsiders.”
A commercial jet in Belgrade, Serbia, struck a set of runway lights during take-off on Sunday, which punched a hole into its fuselage that forced an emergency landing an hour later, local media reported.
The Grand Canyon, the Napa Valley, New Orleans — the United States' biggest draws need little in the way of introduction, having long captured imaginations across the globe. But in some ways, big isn't always best, at least where carbon footprints are concerned — and there are ways to take in the country's greatest hits without the correspondingly great environmental cost. From kayaking the Everglades to going electric in Washington, DC, here's how you can tread lightly while still enjoying the very best of the US.
MaxTravelz - your ultimate travel companion! Discover a world of exploration and inspiration with our ultimate travel guide. Whether you're an avid globetrotter or an inquisitive adventurer, join us to ignite your wanderlust and maximize your journeys. Dive into a diverse range of blogs, articles, and travel guides offering practical tips, insider advice, and personal narratives. Uncover captivating destinations, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, and embrace thrilling adventures. Connect with a vibrant community of like-minded travelers, share your own stories, and embark on a journey of cultural immersion and self-discovery. Start your travel adventure today and unlock boundless inspiration.
Owner: SNOWLAND s.r.o.
Registration certificate 06691200
16200, Na okraji 381/41, Veleslavín, 162 00 Praha 6