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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that can now stop b#!$&ing about the snow not falling. We’re sorry for those of you lamenting the end to our beautiful Indian summer, but we here at the Summit Daily are pretty stoked for more flakes to fall this week – and having some slopes to ski.And while we’re glad the locals get some snow time before the influx of seasonal workers and vacationers, we’re also really looking forward to the people watching that comes with peak season. From pink-and-fur-clad snow bunnies to neon-wearing skittlethugs, butt plants to yard sales, we can’t wait to share our ski lift and Main Street observations with the Summit Up crowd. Can you tell we’re getting excited over here? OK, OK, though we have an extensive ski vocabulary – being a newspaper located in a ski town – we cheated and looked up some mountain slang. Here’s a new one for us – the Chinese Downhill. According to Mogul Mick “on the Web,” it’s a “race where everyone starts together.” And here, we thought that was just the skier-cross or the boarder-cross… And how about, “chocolate chips?” But we’re not talking Beaver Creek cookies (entries were due this week!). We’re talking “a cluster of rocks pointing out of the snow,” Mogul Mick says. Why don’t we just go with something more forboding like, “shark’s teeth?” Why ruin the wonderful, warm, fuzzy feeling most of us associate with chocolate chips by using the words to describe board-wrenching granite? Eek. Speaking of cookies and better terminology, we’re fans of this one: “death cookies.” What are they, you ask? Well, according to Mogul Mick, they’re “firm or frozen clumps of snow, usually the result of incompetent snow-making.” Well done, Mogul Mick. Well, there’s more we’d love to bring up, but we’ll have to save it for another day – We’re off to wax our sticks. Happy Monday!

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