Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column filled with honor for Gerald Ford, and a lot of jokes about a press release that came out on Thursday.Vail Resorts sent out a beauty, letting us know that they would dedicate a ski trail at both Vail and Beaver Creek in his honor. While, no doubt he deserves rewards for bringing Vail skiing to the national stage, we found ourselves giggling at the puns surrounding a presidential ski run.So, please excuse our humor today. We mean no disrespect (or only the good-natured kind) to the former president, but we regress.
First off, what to call the Gerald Ford run? If it’s a green (meaning an “easy way out”), we figured you could call it “Ford’s Pardon.” If it’s a long, tough run, you might call it “Ford’s 800 days” for his term in office.We also think any run honoring “The president who followed Nixon” should include a lot of trees and, therefore, shadows.
And it should probably end when you get to “Carter’s Term,” a short run leading you to Reagan’s Warming Hut (Or, How the Cold War Ended). Once you’re toasty and comfortable, you strap on your skis and take on Bush’s Bumps, which lead abruptly to Clinton’s Bowl and, finally, the W Chute.Or maybe we should just do all this in Summit to make fun of Vail. A-Basin? You up for it?***
We move on to report about our recent traffic findings in Breckenridge. The roundabout, in fact, makes things more difficult, especially when there are 100,000 people trying to get to dinner at 6 p.m.One of our field agents was heading home Wednesday evening only to find a troubling site: Traffic stopped from the rec center to the south end of town. It took our agent nearly 25 minutes to get home from there. And, according to our agent, people were cutting through the grocery store parking lot in hopes of avoiding the highway and the roundabout.Yet, we complain because we can, and because we’ve been living in the mountains long enough to have official “hillbilly” status. This means, when we go to Denver, we usually stop traffic at some point because we’re totally distracted by the pure humanity surrounding us.
More specifically, we gape at the tall buildings and people in suits. Oh well. It will all be over in a week.***It’s Friday, and we’re on the tallest building in Summit shouting: “Don’t drink and drive!” The sheriff called us Thursday just to let us know law enforcement will be on the streets en masse this weekend. Nobody wants to start the new year behind bars.
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