The permits, available only online through Recreation.gov on a first-come, first-served basis, will be required year-round.
It's been 82 years since Dick Durrance led the first U.S. Olympic alpine ski team and went on to put Aspen on the map as a destination ski resort.
"We still remain behind typical conditions for this time of year in terms of open terrain and base depth," said Vail CEO Rob Katz.
High visitation has littered Conundrum with human waste. In response, the Forest Service may soon require backpackers to pack it out.
If approved, the Forest Service plan based on years of data and an extensive review process, could take effect as soon as summer 2018.
Aspen set the 100 percent renewable goal in 2006 as part of its Canary Initiative, a climate action plan aimed at reducing the city’s carbon footprint 30 percent by 2020.
One clue: An unknown man called Opera Gallery three times to ask about the Christopher Wool painting before this week’s crime occurred.
There was a reported 11 percent uptick in money sent to the federal government during the 2015-2016 season.
The Forest Service is exploring ways to welcome visitors to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, while at the same time preventing damage to popular areas.