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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column covering passenger-vehicle luge, a sport not yet included in the Winter Olympic Games. We at Summit Up doubt Turin, Italy, can afford to build the miles and miles of track needed for regulation passenger-vehicle luge. Fortunately, Summit County has been a natural for the sport this year.

For visitors to our beautiful county, who are not familiar with the sport, some explanation may be in order.Passenger-vehicle luge (PVL) is not exactly a competitive sport. The goal in PVL is to reach one’s destination without leaving the course, or “chute,” as it is officially known, and without colliding with any other competitors.Participants are usually equipped with some form of Subaru. Toyota Tacomas and various types of Jeeps are sometimes used, and occasionally a Jetta or an Audi can be found on the course, but the Subaru is the gold standard.

Degree of difficulty increases as snow accumulates in the chute. PVL professionals welcome challenging conditions, but the average participant usually struggles as it gets harder and harder to see around corners or turn into the driveway.Collisions can be common on beginner courses, such as Granite Street in Frisco. Novices to the sport often remark on the apparent free-for-all nature of PVL.

Here at Summit Up Land, we know PVL competition is an acquired taste, much like curling. Eventually everyone who drives in the High Country competes, though. We think we should all get medals just for participating.***It’s Sunday folks, and we’re out in our Tacoma, hoping Bode gets down his “chute” in one piece.


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