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Doing "shotskis" at a football game tailgate. Photo courtesy of Jayme Dorsett-Sobel.

The cool "après ski" vibe of relaxation and winter fun has moved beyond the lodge, as the lingering pandemic brings a wider appreciation of socializing that can be done in an outdoorsy way.

Why it matters: The trend of cities and towns endorsing "winter placemaking" as a way to coax people outdoors has continued this year. And even though climate change has kept ski slopes closed later than usual, ski culture — often in the form of "shotskis" — is migrating to new places.

What's happening: People attending football games, holiday markets and concerts are lining up to quaff booze (and the occasional hot chocolate) from shot glasses fastened to a downhill ski, whether or not they've ever donned a pair.

  • Shotskis (or "shot skis") are part of an outdoor drinking ritual in which booze is consumed in unison and repeatedly.
  • Punch, a website about wine and spirits, notes that a shotski "involves several shot glasses placed equidistant apart across the deck of a discarded downhill ski, allowing several folks to concurrently down a shot."
  • Shotskis "are the sizzling fajitas of the barroom — you can’t help but notice when someone orders one."

The other side: This year's annual Shot Ski fundraiser by the Park City Sunrise Rotary in Utah was canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases locally.

  • "In 2019, the last time the event was held in Park City, more than 1,300 people stood before 515 skis bolted together into a 2,600-foot-long ski with shot glasses on top."

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Colorado employers are offering unique perks to keep employees satisfied through the pandemic-induced "great resignation" era.

Driving the news: 26 Colorado companies landed on Boulder-based Outside Magazine's annual list of the "50 Best Places to Work" — five of them in the top 10.

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Small businesses see hiring as No. 1 worry

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Almost every small business owner in a Goldman Sachs survey is having trouble hiring — and two-thirds think the federal government has done too little to ease their hiring, supply-chain and inflation worries.

Why it matters: The Goldman Sachs research gives a vivid window into the continuing headwinds and hardship for entrepreneurs.

NATO sends ships, fighter jets to eastern Europe over Russia threat

Service members of Russia's Eastern Military District units attend a welcoming ceremony as they arrive at unfamiliar training ranges in Belarus. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry/TASS via Getty Images

NATO said Monday it's sending more ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe due to Russia's buildup of troops near Ukraine.

Driving the news: "NATO Allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defense as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine," per a NATO statement.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.