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Dream big, Eddie O’Brien

Editorial

We, too, are prone to a little dreaming, and we have to agree with Silverthorne’s Eddie O’Brien that the Tri-City Winter Sports Mountain he envisions for the hill beside the Dillon Dam is worthy of some big thinking.O’Brien’s model is the Howelsen Hill complex in Steamboat Springs, a small ski hill that puts the creative energy into Routt County’s love for snow sports.Like Howelsen Hill, O’Brien sees Summit County offering ski jumps, cross country trails, slalom courses and an indoor training club. It all would be visible from Interstate 70.Better yet, it would give Silverthorne a “lighthouse” project. The idea is the product of Silverthorne’s active Economic Development Advisory Committee and its WOW subcommittee, charged with big dreams.Another WOW idea is to some day have a four-year college located in Silverthorne. All we can say to that is that the town might want to hedge its bet and get into the Colorado Mountain College game for a consolidated campus. Frisco is by no means a slam dunk, now that the U.S. Forest Service has to be persuaded to trade land.In the meantime, we hope the WOW committee continues to dream big about the possibilities of replicating a Howelsen Hill here in Summit County.


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