YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Elk and other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are beginning to leave the high country for lower elevations as they do each fall.
The most obvious change in Yellowstone occurs in Mammoth Hot Springs.
Typically, several large bull elk venture into the Mammoth area in the fall to compete for the attention of cow elk.
Bulls are much more aggressive toward people and vehicles this time of year and can be a threat to people and property. Several vehicles are damaged by elk every year, and on occasion people are charged by elk and are injured.
Park regulations require visitors to stay at least 25 yards away from large animals and at least 100 yards away from bears.
Aspen, Arapahoe Basin ski resorts set to expand
ASPEN, Colo. -- The Aspen Skiing Co. plans to open 230 acres of new terrain on Burnt Mountain, making the Snowmass Ski Area the second-largest ski resort in Colorado behind Vail.
Crews last week began cutting the first of an estimated 800 trees on 6 acres to link meadows to other trails.
Meanwhile, Arapahoe Basin has unveiled a development plan that includes skiing in the dangerous steeps known as The Beavers just beyond its operating boundary.
That plan would add more than 400 backcountry acres served by ski lifts.
Arapahoe Basin meanwhile is selling a season pass that's good for not just one season but two.
A-Basin's so-called Double Down pass is good for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons and costs $499 for adults. Single-season adult passes are still available for $299.
The ski area says the two-season pass is only available until Dec. 31.