Mammoth closed, A-Basin open
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. – Mammoth Mountain remained open for skiing through June 15. The resort, noted the local newspaper, stays open weeks longer than any other resort in the West.
But wait – where is Arapahoe Basin if not in the West? The Summit County ski area expects to stay open until July 7 this year. And what about Mount Hood’s Timberline, about an hour from Portland, which stays open throughout the summer?
Whistler gets top award for environmental deeds
WHISTLER, B.C. – Whistler-Blackcomb has often been a bridesmaid, but never a bride, in the competition for recognition of environmental good deeds. That changed this year when the Intrawest-operated ski areas won the Golden Eagle Overall Environmental Excellence Award.
Blackcomb had won five Silver Eagle Awards. The competition is sponsored by Ski and Skiing magazines.
Arthur DeJong, manager of mountain planning and environmental resources for Whistler-Blackcomb, said the best case for environmental deeds is actually economic. “If we can prove that doing good for the environment is good for economics, everyone takes notice,” he said.
Colorado’s largest research telescope goes to Gunnison
GUNNISON – By next winter, Colorado’s largest research telescope is expected to be situated on the outskirts of Gunnison, a small college town about 30 miles from Crested Butte. The public observatory was partly sold as an economic development mechanism.
A $150,000 grant expedited purchase of the 30-inch Cassegrain telescope. However, even in rural Gunnison, light pollution is an issue. However, by locating it on the outskirts of the town, the observatory can easily tap into existing high-speed Internet cable, notes the Crested Butte News (June 5).
New film traces history of ski films and makers
TELLURIDE – Two Telluride filmmakers have compiled a new ski film, “Cinema Vertical.” The film contains clips from films made from the 1920s to the present, including those made by Dick Durance, John Jay, and Dick Barrymore, as well as Roger Brown, Warren Miller, Greg Stump, and more. It also has interviews with most of those filmmakers.
“The film gives a little insight into the lives of these filmmakers, who were all completely self-made filmmakers who just had a dream and made it happen,” explained Dave O’Leske to The Telluride Watch (May 23). “These guys did what they did purely out of passion for the sport and a love of the skiing lifestyle.”
Much the same can be said for O’Leske and his partner, Stash Wislocki. O’Leske was working construction last year before he released his first film, a paean to backcountry skiing.
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