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Park City resort to charge 70-plus skiers

Special to the DailyAround the Mountains.

PARK CITY, Utah – Skiers 70 and older are going to have to start paying to ski at Park City Mountain Resort. The cost will be $249 for season passes. That’s a 75 percent discount, although several interviewed think it’s not enough. Other ski areas at Park City, The Canyons and Deer Valley, also offer discounts but no freebies.The argument of ski areas elsewhere is that with so many people remaining healthy into what used to be old age, ski areas just cannot afford to give that many passes away.Silverton holds first school board election in years

SILVERTON – Further evidence of Silverton’s rebound from the closing of the last mine in 1991 comes in the form of news about a school board election, the first in years. Five people are vying for three slots. The Silverton Standard reports 72 students this year, compared to 56 last year. On the other hand, the building boom that was projected for this year wasn’t exactly earth-shattering, says the paper.Debate continues over thinning trees for Snowmass skiingSNOWMASS Village – The Aspen Skiing Co. gets straight A’s for its environmental actions from those keeping scorecards, but it’s getting marked down by some local reviewers for its plans to further development the Snowmass ski area.There, Aspen wants to thin about 500 acres of terrain on Burnt Mountain that is described by reviewers as having a decided backcountry feel. The result will be a semi-backcountry feel.

“I value Burnt Mountain more than I can tell you as a refuge, a piece of pristine solitude, peace and beauty so near,” wrote one reviewer, Jim Stone, in a letter to the U.S Forest Service.The flip argument presented by other letter-writers is that ski areas need more terrain for people who are not hard-core backcountry adventurers, but sort of want a sort of backcountry experience. Also at issue is the impact to elk. Some say there will be no harm to elk, while others argue the impact is part of a broad trend that needs to be curbed.National forest moves staff into field positionsGLENWOOD SPRINGS – Last spring Maribeth Gustafson arrived from Lake Tahoe to supervise the White River National Forest, one of the nation’s leading forests for recreation. The national forest sprawls from Keystone to Vail to Aspen. Altogether, there are 12 ski areas partially or totally within the forest.

Now, heads are rolling, or at least feet are moving. Gustafson is cutting 25 positions while creating 23 new ones. The goal, she told The Aspen Times, is to get more feet out in the field instead of bunched up in management positions.Vandals alter signs for Teton Parade of HomesJACKSON HOLE – Like many places, a home tour called Parade of Homes was held in Jackson Hole during August. In the dark of night, 40 “Parade of Homes” signs were stolen, and when dawn broke, many had been replaced by signs that said “Parade of Wealth.”Who did it and why? While many of the homes in the tour cost $1 million and far more, it’s not all about the high end. A tour organizer told the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the tour is about “showing the best of what’s being built in all price ranges.” Proceeds from the home tour were earmarked for the local senior citizens’ center.

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