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Krystal 93's Tom Fricke was in good musical company this past weekend in Steamboat for the Rock Slope weekend music festival. That's him, second from left, with Pat McGee, Ken Block of Sister Hazel and Emerson Hart of Tonic, on St. Patrick's Day after the rockers hung out on Tom's morning show. We'd relate to you Tom's stories of powder skiing, exclusive music performances and hot tub parties, but we're too busy gagging on envy.
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with some important scientific information.This is where you turn for all the latest updates in science and medical technology news, right? We thought so.

The news people at Reuters tell us that some scientists in Norway have made a very important discovery: Fresh, dry powder will sunburn you faster than old wet snow.You probably didn’t think that the world’s community of geniuses was looking out for little ol’ skiers and boarders like us, but they are, apparently. According to this recently published study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, about 90 percent of ultraviolet rays reflect off the snowflakes if they’re fresh and dry; only 10 percent if it’s old and wet.Just as a reference, the water at the beach reflects 6-8 percent of that browning radiation.

Conclude what you want about your prospects for a tan the rest of this ski season, but we’ll tell you one thing: We’re glad to see someone else has figured out an excuse to get out of the office onto the slopes. Next time you’re stuck at work, tell the boss you have to get out to do some very important, Norwegian suntan research.***

Merry Thursday, dear readers. Cross your fingers for a window of sunshine for us, if you will. We want to go watch a baseball game. Tell us a story, share a recipe, gripe about your parents or your roommate – let us know you’re out there – at summitup@summitdaily.com, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just hum a few bars of whatever’s rocking on your MP3 player on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out training with the Norwegian National Suntanning Team …


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