It takes a lot to impress skiers at Jackson Hole |

It takes a lot to impress skiers at Jackson Hole

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JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Colorado-based ski writer Brian Metzler recently visited Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. While others may have more lifts, greater expanses of terrain, and better base facilities, Jackson Hole is almost without rival in the lower 48 states when it comes to pure vertical exhilaration.Because there is so much vertical, he says in a report published in a Denver newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, Jackson Hole has some very good skiers. He illustrates his point by telling about watching a skier launch off a road in the Alta Chutes, smoothly landing a 30-footer.”It was an impressive display of skill and bravado that not only made my stomach drop, but also put my own ski thrills into perspective,” he writes. “Amazingly, no one on the string of chairs who witnessed it clapped, cheered, or so much as uttered a peep.”A local skier explained why. “This is Jackson, and people have seen some pretty wild stuff up here,” explained Jay Bruener. “That was a nice effort, but you’ve got to do something pretty extraordinary to get a round of applause from these people.” Town, developer spar about housing timelinePARK CITY, Utah – City officials and developers of high-end housing at Deer Valley are reported to be at odds. The cause of the friction is the city’s requirement for affordable housing. The developer, Talisker Deer Valley, took over the property at an old mining site called Empire Pass in 2003. City building officials have stopped issuing permits based on the insufficiency of worker housing. The city planning commission wants Talisker to post $2.2 million to guaranteed the worker housing gets built, and it also wants a hastened effort to deliver affordable housing, reports The Park Record.The strongest criticism of Talisker on the planning board came from Rory Murphy, a developer who spent much of his Park City career at Empire Pass. The firm he was formerly involved with, United Park City Mines, sold the property to Talisker in 2003. He told the developers they should have realized the work force housing was required.

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