Whistler gets 15 feet of snow in January
WHISTLER, B.C. – Last year was a disaster for Whistler. A year ago, drenching rainstorms were eroding the snowpack. And although Whistler started this winter well, December again was problematic.January was a different matter altogether. Pique reports that the Whistler and Blackcomb ski areas received 461 centimeters (15.1 feet) of snow during January, breaking the previous record of 459 centimeters set 14 years before.Alas, if every dark cloud has a silver lining, the reverse is also the case. Removal crews have struggled to stay ahead of the snow. The bus agency in Whistler was sufficiently annoyed to publicly criticize road crews for failure to get sand spread in advance. Scott Pass, manager of Whistler Transit, also advised weekenders to be prepared: “Don’t come up here if you don’t have proper tires,” he said.Doors being locked near Durango because of methDURANGO – Methamphetamine use continues to get into the headlines in Durango. The Telegraph reports that people in the rural areas of La Plata County are locking their doors and leaving the lights on at night after a series of break-ins into cars and trucks. Crime statistics show no significant increase in theft, assault and burglary during the past year, although the number of assaults had been rising dramatically for most of the last decade.But Wally White, a county commissioner, believes that 85 percent of jail inmates are there for reasons either directly or indirectly related to use of methamphetamines. “No other drug has caused these kind of broad-based problems,” he said.Big year for snow and visitors in SteamboatSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Steamboat Springs continues to report impressive snow totals. Through January, the resort had received 300 inches of snow, which is nearly the average for the full ski season during the last quarter-century. And that snow is one very good reason that tourists have been flocking there this winter. One recent day, all but one of the 1,080 airline seats flying into nearby Yampa Valley Regional Airport were booked.Mostly love in Aspen’s love-hate affair with furASPEN – In 1990, Aspen drew national attention when voters weighed a proposal to ban the sale of fur. Voters rejected the ban after an extended and sometimes frenzied debate about whether fur coats caused unnecessary cruelty to animals raised for their fur.Today, there is little more than the occasional letter to the editor to hint at anything other than acceptance – or, at least, indifference – toward furs and their wearers, reports The Aspen Times.”The town that once flirted with a ban on fur sales is draped in the luxurious outerwear,” the newspaper’s Janet Urquhart reports. “Fur sales are up dramatically and so is the number of stores that sells them. Minks and other fine furs proliferate on shoulders and in shop windows.”While wearers proclaim the heating properties of fur, rivaled only by that of down, all sources suggest that it’s all about fashion. “It’s a fashion statement,” said Mark Goodman, a partner in Mark Richards Fine Outerwear. “We don’t carry any plain-Jane furs.” In other words, he added, it can’t be something that your mother wore.Mickey Alpert, owner of Aspen Fur and Shearling, reports having moved to a store that is twice as large. “The grocery store sells more dead animals than we do,” he told Urquhart. “Fur is a farm-raised product, just like livestock.”Prices of fur coats and other fur-adorned shoes and clothing in Aspen range from a few thousand dollars to more than $100,000.Vodka was the drink at this year’s X GamesASPEN – The X Games were, as expected, a bonanza for merchants and hoteliers in Aspen and nearby communities.Total attendance was estimated at almost exactly the same as last year, 70,000, reports The Aspen Times. Hotel rooms were booked months in advance, bars had lines out their doors, and merchants catering to the younger crowd reported good sales. For whatever reason, customers this year wanted vodka, reported one bar manager, compared to Jagermeister and Bud Light in other years.
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