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The Outsider: A Christmas wish come true

The world works in mysterious ways sometimes. Or maybe it's just the Internet.

A few weeks ago, I made a holiday wish for free sunscreen at all Summit County ski resorts. It didn't (and still doesn't) seem like an unreasonable request because it's happened before. I was impressed when Copper Mountain left a tub for anyone to use in the heart of Center Village during the holidays, which led me to wonder why Vail Resorts properties don't do the same when every chairlift is equipped with several thousand dollars (or more) in Epic Mix equipment. Sure, it's the middle of winter and no one is thinking about sunscreen, but that's also kind of the point. Haven't you ever heard that UV rays couldn't give a damn about spotty cloud cover?

Well, someone, somewhere either read the article or read my mind. Or, more likely, is just really good at their job and keyword searching. Earlier this week I got an email from Rachel Lucas, a public relations rep for the Melanoma Foundation of New England. I was tempted to huck it in the trash until I remembered that, hey, I just wrote about melanoma and skin cancer and my frantic searches for slopeside sunscreen. Why not open this one up just to see what it's about?

It didn't take me long. Here's a short snippet from the release Lucas sent:

"(MFNE) just launched a new program to distribute sunscreen dispensers to communities and ski areas nationwide during the winter months and beyond as a preventive measure against skin cancer," the release read. "As one of the top ski areas in the country, we hope that you will help us spread the word to your surrounding communities that this program is now available to them."

And how much does this program cost? Not a penny. Between now and March 30, any interested organization can apply for free dispensers or simply pay outright for as many as they need. The request for proposal (a required form for the free dispensers) is online and available here: http://mfne.org/practice-safe-skin/

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Did my Christmas wish come true? I don't know yet. The goods are all there — it's just a matter of following through. But if anyone ever told VR or its investors that there's no such thing as a free tub of sunscreen, well, they're lying. We'll see what happens come March 30.

Preps, preps, preps

The winter high school sports season started about a month ago, but between the holidays, visitor traffic and all the snow we saw, that first slate of games managed to fly under the radar. Now the heart of the season is nearly here and every Summit team is in action, including wrestling, boy's hockey, girl's swimming and diving, and girl's and boy's basketball. Head to http://www.maxpreps.com for full schedules. Basketball is off to a rocky start — the boys's team is now at 0-8 after losing to Eagle Valley — but the season is young and the team has time to find its footing.

National Safety Awareness Month

January is ski safety awareness month across the U.S. and Summit resorts are hosting a slew of events to keep folks whole on the slopes. Over at Keystone, the ski patrol invites guests to join patrol for an afternoon sweep every day of the month. Patrol performs a sweep each day after a run is closed to make sure all guests have made it safely down the mountain or to an open run. If you're interested, meet at patrol headquarters — located in the basement of the Summit House — at 3:30 p.m. The only requirement is the ability to ski blues.