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Hey Spike! SIA and Big Air hit Denver

The SnowSports Industries of America Show in the downtown Colorado Convention Center has nearly 20,000 delegates in Denver.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Bill Vidal welcomed attendees Thursday morning.

In its second of a scheduled 11-year run in the Mile High City, the show, formerly well-ensconced in Las Vegas, may result in $30 million of economic impact to Denver. On-snow events are slated for Winter Park and Devil’s Thumb. 

In addition to the hard- and soft-goods show, is the “Mile High Snowfest,” a citywide celebration, with more than 30 events, including the first Denver Big Air Competition on a skyscraper-sized ramp of white stuff.

Hey, Spike! sent American Girl skier Jillian to grab some bold names.

Jillian saw Montana Sports of Switzerland CEO Joe Poletti, Breckenridge’s Main Street Outlet-North Face-Columbia’s Steve and Susan Lapinsohn, Sports Authority’s COO Greg Waters with Joe Newsum, Todd Zander Weit and Jay Herman; Virgin Islands Ski Rentals’ Eli Robertson and Yogi Hebron (a two-time Canadian national ski champ); Dave Newkirk, Scott Sodergren, and Andy Meulemans of The Kingdom’s Blue River Sports; Rich Banach of Avalanche Sports; SVC’s Bill McCall, Rossignol’s Scott “Scooter” McDill and Steve “Rossi Steve” Gibb, Montana Sports Crystal Glide Division techs Sean Bishop and Derek Scaletta, Krystal 93’s Tom Fricke, Precision Ski and Golf’s guru Jimbo Deines, and Copper ski instructor/recording artist Chief Leon Joseph Littlebird.


After 17 years, Lisa and George Tousey left Farley’s Chophouse to concentrate on their two other Frisco restaurants.

“The Breakfast Deli, our take-out breakfast restaurant, at 310 Main Street in Rainbow Court in Frisco, is on schedule to open in February,” say George and Lisa.

It will specialize in breakfast burritos, homemade muffins and croissants, fresh fruit, juices, coffees and teas, with “quick service and great prices.” 

Their Deli Belly’s, right across from the Moosejaw, and up from Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters, continues to be a local and tourist favorite.


Spike heard from John St. Pierre, one of Frisco’s early modern builders.

“The Mountain View Center (Seventh and Main) was the first new development on Frisco Main Street,” John recalls. “We tore down the Mountain View Motel (Carol Soucie, remember her?) and the adjacent log house we dragged down the street to where it is now on Fifth Street. And, if you remember, it kinda of forced Frisco to speed up. I built a bunch of duplexes/triplexes over by Bill’s Ranch.”

John also built the combo condo and commercial Frog Hollow (on Tenmile Creek at West Main), which, he says, was named by then-mayor Doug Jones.

“I did not have a name yet, and since my Frisco Volunteer Fire Department nickname was “Frog…” Remember the development sign with the two frogs on it?”

“I was saddened to read about Don Peterson and wish him a speedy recovery. (Don’s getting better) I love your column ’cause it keeps me up to date on the goings on back in my beloved Frisco. I’m semi-retired now and living with my wife Lori in Steamboat Springs for the last year.”

“It never ceases to amaze me when I go through town, how it’s grown from the days of the Red Buffalo, Rendezvous (Lynn Halley) and Loni and Faith at the Log Cabin – all the things you don’t see in the Frisco’s history museum,” John says. “Keep up the great work.”


Is our ever-deepening snow making you wanna feel warmer real quick?

Go to former Friscoite Debbie Hayes’ website to see her “Isla Vista” luxury residence for sale @$5.8m on St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.

This is the second residence she and her now ex, Jim Hayes, built in the Caribbean.

You’ll recall Jim was a Summit High School band teacher before he became a Realtor and hooked up with RE/MAX. Jim has returned to his native state of Oklahoma.

Check this: http://www.StJohnVIRealEstate.com


Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.

Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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