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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk We Americans are sure funny people. We will drive around a parking lot looking for that "closest to the door" parking space, but by golly, we can't miss a day at the gym. Even more peculiar are the fire lane violators. Do they not get that by parking so conveniently in front of the store, they are a nuisance for everyone else trying to get around them. Duh! With gas prices at an all-time high at pumps across the country, you would think all selfish motorists parked in fire lanes would turn off their idling engines. Yeah, right. Let's all try and do a little bit better - let's be better neighbors, less aggresive drivers and a little kinder to the environment.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column noticing all that little white stuff on the mountains.It snowed! On Tuesday afternoon, we heard the rumors of snow touching down on A-Basin and, quite frankly, many of us were thrilled. We even woke up this morning in Breckenridge to find the Tenmile Range dotted with snow. Some of us still have our grouchy summer shoes on and, well, we’ll just have to let them sulk for a month or so.But the rest of us … wooooooohoooooooo. We’re already testing our bindings to make sure they’re going to hold us in. In fact, we dug out some old wax the other day and found that yes, we’re ready to go ride the mountain.First, however, we have to wait, which makes us as anxious as a third-grader on the last day of school. We’ll just sit and stare out the window until then waiting for our ski pass to arrive and our mountains to gather enough fluff.

If you know of good ways to pass the time, send us an e-mail to, or leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257.***A week or so ago, we printed a letter from Joe Bellante who was in celeb-shock when he ran into pro mountain biker Alison Dunlap. He was just trying to let her know that he appreciated the work she did in inspiring other riders.Joe wrote us back:”Hi. It’s Joe Bellante from Taylor Mill, Kent., (essentially suburban Cincinnati). First off thanks for printing my letter saying thank you to Alison Dunlop. As it turns out, Alison saw the letter and ended up getting in touch with her friend and our teammate Amanda McKay. Hopefully we’ll get a picture. That was very nice of y’all.

“Since we’re cyclist not skiers … we’ll see you next summer.”***And then, we received an e-mail from Amanda McKay:”Hey there out in Colorado,”I would not go as far as to say I am an up and coming pro but it is pretty cool to have a pro license. I was fortunate enough to get introduced to Alison Dunlap by Mike Hall at Carmichael Training Systems and she is the most giving person I have ever met.

“She has been very supportive of me over my first couple years as a pro. It is easy to get discouraged in such a competitive field, it is nice to have someone so amazing backing me, even if she is miles ahead of me. “I wrote because I thought it was funny that you referred to Kentucky as a “strange place”. Believe it or not, we have a very small but thriving biking community in the strange place of Kentucky. We have spandex, helmets and sidis here, too.”Right on, right on. One love.***It’s Thursday, and we’re out staring at the peaks.

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