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ATM: Glen Plake turned back at Canadian border

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WHISTLER, B.C. – Mohawk-headed Glen Plake was turned back at the Canadian border on his way to talk about skiing at Whistler’s Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. It would seem that Plake, who was voted as among the 35 most influential skiers by Powder Magazine, was convicted for possession of marijuana some years ago.Whistler’s Pique newsmagazine says Canadian border officials are rejecting more American visitors because of new technology that allows them to better tap into files maintained by U.S. Homeland Security. The newspaper says this more finely woven net has stopped enough would-be visitors to Whistler to capture the attention of the San Francisco Chronicle. Whistler Tourism, in turn, has contacted the Canadian federal government to see if the bar for visitors could be lowered.”From our perspective, if it is something within the last five years and is something considered a serious offence, we completely understand that people should be stopped at the border,” said Barrett Fisher, president of Tourism Whistler. Fisher called for “some tolerance for an old offense” such as drunken driving 25 years before.Vail vying to host world ski races again in 2013VAIL – Boosters in Vail are hoping to host the World Alpine Ski Championships once again in 2013. Vail and Beaver Creek previously hosted the championships in 1989 and 1999. The selection will be made next spring at the FIS Congress in South Africa. In reporting the bid proposal, the Vail Daily does not say whether this proposal could damage a bid being assembled for Colorado to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.’Glacial’ and ‘slow’ no longer synonymsDuBOIS, Wyo. – As she climbed Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s tallest mountain, during mid-April, Amy McCarthy dwelled on the connotation of the word “glacial.” It used to mean slow.But the speed with which glaciers on Gannett and elsewhere have been melting, that connotation of “glacial” is outdated. “I was thinking it could be within my lifetime that that beautiful basin of glaciers doesn’t exist,” she told the Jackson Hole News&Guide.McCarthy and six others hiked the remote, 13,804-foot peak in the Wind River Range as part of author Bill McKibben’s Step It Up effort to draw attention to anthropogenic climate change. At a rally in Jackson, also held as part of Step It Up, speakers talked about learning to carpool, using water filters instead of buying bottled water, and other lifestyle changes.On Gannett Peak, climbing guide Forrest McCarthy talked about the changes he has already seen there. Fifteen years ago, enough snow remained into August to allow easy climbing in a key passage called Gooseneck Couloir. Now, the snow is gone by July, leaving treacherous, unstable rock. “If current warming trends continue,” says McCarthy, “they’re forecasting these glaciers will disappear in 20 years.”McCarthy, who is working on a master’s thesis on landscape changes in arctic Alaska, points out global warming predictions that hold that even a 25 percent reduction in carbon emissions will result in an increase in temperatures of two degrees by 2050. “Even with two degree warming, these will disappear,” he said of the glaciers. “The only hope is an 80 percent reduction.”Always looking for the next best thingMcCALL, IDAHO – Since at least 1950, people have been peeling out of Aspen, looking to find the next best ski place.Ex-Aspenite Pete Seibert rummaged around the San Juans and Grand Lake before his Brigham Young moment at Vail in 1957.Ex-Aspenite Kingsbury Pitcher created something new at Ruidoso, N.M., and strengthened Wolf Creek, Colo.Joe Zoline, who had a ranch on the outskirts of Aspen, liked Aspen so much he decided to start the Telluride ski area. The tradition continues even today on various levels. Kelly Hayes, who lives in Old Snowmass, a few miles downvalley from Aspen, writes of a visit to McCall, Idaho, halfway between an old-fashioned ski area called Brundage and a new resort called Tamarack.

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