Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column remembering that there is something to be said for having a little local knowledge stored away among all the useless facts and figures in our brains.Our realization all started with a recent trip over the pass to Vail (a mountain we sometimes like to compare to a big box store) for the much-anticipated opening of Blue Sky Basin.While the snow was phenomenal and certainly more than worth the early-morning field trip, we couldn’t help but remember how the sheer vastness of the mountain had always scared us away from wanting to ski there. We likened the experience to shopping at say, a Super Wal-Mart – the store is so huge it’s tough to find what you’re looking for because you don’t even know where to start.We tend to feel this way about Vail. We know there are a ton of hidden powder stashes that would have us bragging for days to our friends back in Summit, but we feel like it would take an entire season just to find them, and hours to ride enough lifts to access the great snow.Don’t get us wrong. On occasion, we quite enjoy a mountain that’s so massive the hundreds of skiers and snowboarders carving and cutting down the sprawling bowls look like tiny ants from the chairlift above.The moral of our story? We’re always happy to get back to our local mountains, where we know how to get the best bang for our buck – the best free parking spots, the best tree runs and the best cheap eats. Maybe we’re just homebodies.***The back and forth banter about the reasons behind steep local gas prices goes on. This comment comes from Sheena in Alma:”To all of you Summit County gas station owners who use the excuse that the High Country is just more expensive, I live in Alma and go to Fairplay for gas where it is only $2.27 a gallon – a full 32 cents per gallon cheaper than Summit. So you guys are going to tell people that it cost less to haul fuel to Fairplay than Summit County … bull. “So hey everyone, boycott the greedy pigs and drive to Fairplay, just don’t speed through town.”If we ever find ourselves gasless in Fairplay, we’ll make sure to take advantage of the lower prices.***Don’t forget about our Summit Up contest. Everyone is encouraged to send in a picture of your dog with a copy of the Summit Daily. The winner gets a copy of a book titled “Wild Dogs: Past and Present” by Kelly Milner Halls. The deadline is Dec. 17. ***We’re out …
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