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Mountain Wheels: Outrageous luxury in the all-new fifth-generation Range Rover

I was planning on writing a more topical and heartfelt review of the extremely British, royalty-affiliated Range Rover, and then the Queen actually passed away and … I discovered that many of my friends at home in Canada are secretly more anti-monarchist than the Australians are, and that kinda took the joy out of everything.

But it’s been many months since I actually got to drive this new, fifth-generation Range Rover, so let me try to concentrate on its many regal attributes, some of which are perfectly geared for higher-net-worth Americans in snowy environments such as ours.

As we head into a future, even with a legacy-minded brand such as Range Rover, you may miss the reassuring gurgle of a V-8 engine under the hood, but the partially-electrified, light-hybrid, 3.0-liter, inline-six, turbo engine offers a mostly satisfying motoring experience with 395 horsepower.

This L460 model of the Range Rover, available in both standard and seven-passenger extended wheelbase models, can still be outfitted with a V-8, but that’s largely the realm of the very royal family/prime minister-duty SV model, whose 4.4-liter engine puts out 523 horsepower and also starts at a kingly $193,100. Alternately, you’ll find the same engine in the $164,000 First Edition model, which also comes standard with 23-inch wheels.

The more traditional model I drove was still $104,500 as a starting price, which ought to give you some ideas about the sophistication and largesse involved in the entire model lineup.

The future is coming quickly and while the hybrid power here is used for slightly more efficient driving and the vehicle’s vast electronic tools, a new plug-in, hybrid model is also on the near horizon, with a 51-mile all-electric range.

The increasingly sculpted look of the new model is definitely futuristic, not quite as much as the spaceship-like Land Rover Defender, but it’s certainly distinctive in a show car style, complete with aerodynamic pop-out door handles.

I’m not sure if the late Queen got a chance to tool around in this particular model, which debuted at last year’s L.A. Auto Show, but she likely would have enjoyed its mass of leathery sophistication and the tastefully low-drama application of its high-tech tools and displays.

Fishing around on the multiple settings on the 13.1-inch touchscreen display, not only was I given the most inventive range of gravel roads to bypass stopped traffic near Bailey but, the car also features a setting which will always point the way to Mecca, if your religious needs dictate that. You won’t find that on a Dodge Durango.

While it’s short a few USB ports that you’d find on a standard 2022 (or ’23) vehicle, posh is the name of the game, with deeply carpeted surfaces and all the fine detail of a hand-made attache case — there’s leather everywhere except the ceiling, and I’m sure you could get that too, if you desired.

It’s trimmed with real aluminum panels and real wood, and the cumulative effect is as calming as a spa. You can see that this is the model for the somewhat distant future where cars won’t even have steering wheels, but will instead be luxurious boxes of automated locomotion.

In its more grand VIP-duty configuration, off-roading might not be your first consideration, but I am guessing it’d do a better job than the Maybach SUV. There’s still legit off-road switchgear, including a real low-range mode, terrain and automatic off-road crawling controls, as well as air suspension and a sophisticated 4×4 control screen in the navigation.

Those, plus a slightly hidden central starter button and an undersized shifter, are almost the only physical controls in the entire cabin.

I hate to say that I yearned for that extra 120-something horsepower of the V-8, but the 3.0-liter engine still managed to do the trick, with its 5,500-pound curb weight still stuck firmly in corners and capable of lively uphill work.

You are in a very, very large box — complete with 40.1 cubic feet of cargo space — and it’s a little hard to figure out the Rover’s scale, thanks to those ultra-smoothed external surfaces.

In the back, it’s even more swank, with oversized rear doors and windows, a comprehensive set of shade controls and seat heat all the way back to the third row.

Andy Stonehouse’s column Mountain Wheels publishes Fridays in the Summit Daily News. Stonehouse has worked as an editor and writer in Colorado since 1998, focusing on automotive coverage since 2004. He lives in Golden.

Obituary: Clark Smith

September 1, 1942 – November 13, 2022

Clark Cornwell Smith was born in Los Angeles, California on September 1st, 1942 to KC Smith and Gerald “Big Jerry” Smith. When he was young, he developed a love for fishing and the ocean and found a great escape through reading, writing and academics. He attended UCLA and earned his undergraduate degree in English literature and later attended UCSB where he achieved a master’s degree and all-but- dissertation in English literature. It was in Santa Barbara that he further developed his love for the ocean and began playing beach volleyball. It was also in Santa Barbara where he and his then wife, Virginia Carlson unofficially adopted his nephew, Gerald Smith. He developed his construction skills and became a renowned finish carpenter and began restoring houses and apartments for a living.

In 1979, Clark moved to Colorado for his love of skiing and trout fishing. He and Virginia bought a home and several rental properties in the Old North End of Colorado Springs as well as a home in Dillon, Colorado. In 1980 Clark’s daughter, Courtney, was born and in 1986 his son, Scott, was born. In 1988, Clark and Virginia divorced, and he moved to Dillon, Colorado which became his primary home. He still spent significant time in Colorado Springs and kept an apartment there to be close to his children and participate with Poetry West. While in Dillon, he enjoyed fishing on Straight Creek, canoeing on Lake Dillon, sledding with his children, and making witty and sarcastic remarks about tourists. He also logged significant hours sitting with his cat (William), smoking a pipe, and drinking lukewarm instant coffee at his typewriter. In the summer months, he planted and maintained a stunning flower garden full of columbines and delphiniums that would attract many photographers.

In the mid 2000’s, he partially embraced modern technology and traded his typewriter for a laptop and his rotary dial phone for a cellular. During this time, he bought a property in San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California where he enjoyed many marlin and tuna fishing trips. In 2006, he received the first of two Wurlitzer Foundation Artist in Residency awards in Taos, New Mexico. In 2012, he purchased a trailer that he towed behind his car, generally at slow but deliberate speeds. He frequently visited his daughter in Dillon, Colorado and Las Cruces, New Mexico as well as his son in Durango, Colorado. He and his small dog, Woofie, trailered many times to British Columbia and almost every state in the US. He considered these to be his most productive years for writing poetry, a novel, and a murder mystery. He also enjoyed international travel, with his personal highlights being Central America and Greece.

Clark was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Gerald Stanley Smith Jr., his nephew Gerald Stanley Smith III, cat William “Mister” Smith, and dog Riley “Woofie”. He is survived by his daughter Courtney Stapleton Smith, son Scott Cornwell Smith (Jenn Hight), niece Leticia Watters (Larry), great nephews Spencer Elias Smith, Taylor (Leah) Watters, Logan (Christine) Watters.

His Celebration of Life and Poetry Reading will be held at the Mining Exchange Hotel in Colorado Springs on December 11th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Obituary: Jeffery Voorhees

March 8, 1960 – October 28, 2022

Jefferey Jay Voorhees
On 10/28/2022 we learned about the passing of our brother, nephew, cousin, and loyal friend, Jeff Voorhees. Jeff passed away unexpectedly at his home in Keystone, Colorado.
Born 3/8/1960 to Norman A Voorhees and Jo Anne (Hopkins) Voorhees in Meadville, PA, Jeff grew up in northwestern PA. He graduated from North East High School, class of 1978. He was a proud “Picker Fish,” swimming distance events and relays. He earned All County honors in his junior and senior years. He made lifelong friends during his years in North East, those best friends listed in his phone’s contact list using pseudonyms.
Jeff developed passions for skiing and fishing as a child. He learned to ski at Peek’n Peak ski resort near Clymer, NY, starting at age 9 wearing hand-me-down, lace-up boots, and wooden skis. At age 18, he moved to CO to ski mountains. He spent (nearly) the rest of his life there, and mostly in Summit County. He continued to ski as often as he could. He enjoyed having friends and family come to CO to stay and ski with him. He loved taking guests on fantastic, and at times hair-raising tours of the county.
Jeff started fishing on French Creek in Saegertown, PA at his grandparents’ cottage (he was a catch and release angler). He fished creeks and streams in North East and continued to enjoy fishing in CO. He told his sister Dee Dee that he wanted to retire near a “river full of fish.”
Jeff was a University of Colorado Buffaloes football fan. He started going to home games with his Uncle Phil and cousin Matt years ago. He hugely enjoyed continuing the tradition with Matt after Phil’s death.
Jeff worked for years in the installation of insulation in new construction, working up from installation to account manager. His career took a turn when construction slowed during the COVID epidemic. He was most recently employed by Summit County Mountain Retreats. His coworkers report that he always had a smile on his face, would help anyone in need and was well respected.
Jeff was pre-deceased by his parents, Jo Anne Nye and Norman Voorhees, stepfather Richard Nye, stepbrother Peter Nye and nephew Joshua Stuber. He is missed, beyond measure, by his sister Diana Stuber (Dee Dee Voorhees), brother J. Michael Voorhees, sister Jennifer Voorhees, stepmother Mary Voorhees, aunts Susan Lynne Delinks and Peggy Machinski, cousin Matthew Hopkins and his mother Sharon Willis Hopkins, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be announced in the spring. In his memory, enjoy the outdoors, honor your commitments, and enjoy a little good weed.

Eagle County bans openly-carried firearms on all county property

EAGLE COUNTY — The Eagle County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 29 unanimously voted to ban the open carrying of firearms on county property. People with concealed-carry permits are exempt, as are law enforcement and licensed security officers.

Eagle County Attorney Bryan Treu told the commissioners the resolution is the result of discussions starting in the summer of this year between himself, Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek, County Manager Jeff Shroll, Human Resources Director Hollis Dempsey and others.

The resolution’s genesis was long before the Nov. 19 shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. That shooting resulted in five deaths and a number of injuries. Commissioner Matt Scherr said Tuesday that the incident has been much on his mind, saying the “tone we’ve set in this country is unacceptable,” adding that “We have to do something at a policy level about access to guns.”

Colorado law allows the open carrying of firearms in most public places, not including non-secured areas of airports and some other facilities. Eagle County’s employee manual bans employees from openly carrying firearms.

Treu told the commissioners that the resolution was sparked, in part, when county aviation director David Reid told other officials that someone at the airport wanted to carry a firearm in a non-secured area.

“We looked at the likelihood that the presence of firearms could affect operations,” Treu said.

State law allows counties to prohibit openly-carried firearms on county property. Police facilities can set their own rules. The Eagle County Justice Center already bans openly-carried firearms.

Treu noted that the group that drafted the resolution put a lot of hours into the process. Members had differing points of view on the subject, he added. While there were debates, Treu noted that all members agreed that the topic of firearms is polarizing, no matter what side of the debate they were on.

“Many citizens feel there’s a prevalence of guns,” Treu said, adding that the group came to believe that the presence of guns in county facilities could have a “chilling effect” on operations.

While the resolution applies to openly-carried firearms, Treu said those with concealed-carry permits are exempt due to the fact those people are legally required to be certified as law-abiding, safe users.

Scherr said the regulation demonstrates “the need to regulate responsible gun use and ownership, adding that a blanket ban on firearms would be probably unconstitutional, as well as unfeasible.

“We have to find our middle ground, where we can make gun ownership responsible,” Scherr said.

Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry noted she’s glad that county law enforcement backs the resolution.

The ban extends beyond county buildings and applies to county-owned open spaces.

Violating the new regulation is a Class 2 petty offense. But, Treu said, the new regulation will be advertised by signs at county facilities. And, he added, law enforcement officers will give people the opportunity to take open-carried firearms out of buildings and lock them in their vehicles.

The signs have been ordered, and the resolution took effect on passage.

Permit requirements

Colorado’s concealed-carry firearms law requirements include:

  • A person must be a legal state resident
  • A person must be 21 or older
  • A person must provide evidence of experience from either classes, participation in competition or proof of honorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces
  • Permits are issued through county sheriffs

This story is from VailDaily.com.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority closes on Whitehaven Mobile Home Park

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority closed on the sale of the Whitehaven Mobile Home Park on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The housing authority purchased the mobile home park for $3.125 million on behalf of the residents who live there. Anonymous donations and favorable loans contributed to the purchase of the property.

“We are grateful that with this purchase we have stabilized the situation and the residents know they can stay in their homes,” said Jason Peasley, executive director of YVHA, in a news release. “YVHA will not raise rents in 2023 and intends to invest in infrastructure upgrades and work with the mobile homeowners to create a resident-owned cooperative that can take over ownership of the park.” 

The more than 70 residents feared displacement in August when an unnamed buyer offered to buy the land under their homes. The residents were given 90 days to match the offer of $3 million.

The Steamboat Springs community started a fund in early September to help the residents buy the lot, and in late September, the housing authority submitted an offer to purchase the property, just as it did with the Fish Creek Mobile Home Park in 2007.

That offer was accepted on Oct. 25, and in mid-November, the housing authority board established a new LLC, YVHA Whitehaven Enterprise, a subordinate entity of the housing authority, to assume $2.5 million in loans at a rate of 2.57% used to buy Whitehaven.

The plan is to eventually transfer ownership of the property back to residents.

This story is from SteamboatPilot.com.

Colorado marijuana industry experiencing ‘largest downturn that we’ve ever seen’

DENVER — Colorado’s marijuana industry knows what it’s like to feel the high, but now the buzz is wearing off. Marijuana sales have declined for more than a year in the state, threatening public programs funded by the tax revenue the sales produce.

In an industry that’s built on getting high, marijuana sales are now seeing record lows.

“Right now, the Colorado marijuana industry is going through the largest downturn that we’ve ever seen,” said Truman Bradley, Executive Director of the Wheat Ridge-based Marijuana Industry Group. “Our industry is going through big time layoffs. Thousands of people have lost their jobs and small business owners are going under. Unfortunately, I expect that to continue into the coming year.”

So why is this all happening now? It starts with supply and demand. When everyone was sent home in 2020, let’s just say there wasn’t much to do. That resulted in a big spike in marijuana sales during the pandemic. Now that people aren’t stuck at home, they aren’t buying as much weed.

“The medical market is down about 47% statewide and the recreational market is down about 20%. Those are huge, huge, numbers,” Bradley said. “To put that into perspective, that means there is a hundred million dollars less in marijuana tax revenue than there was a year ago. What that means is critical programs that are funded by marijuana tax revenue are at risk.”

Read more on 9News.com.

Deep into the woods: White River National Forest members give some hands-on tips to Christmas Tree cutting

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — To no surprise this journey begins in a frigid pickup truck cab. A respectable snowstorm just enveloped the Roaring Fork Valley earlier this week. There’s snow everywhere.  

Sipping warm coffee tumblers near 8 a.m. Thursday morning, U.S. Forest Service members Doug Leyva and David Boyd clunked up Four Mile Road past Sunlight Mountain Resort.

The White River National Forest Supervisors’ Office in Glenwood each year displays a freshly-cut fir in its reception area. Leyva and Boyd were fulfilling this tradition.

“It makes the office festive,” said Leyva, a Forest Service timber and fuels program manager, his hands gripping the steering wheel. “But it also kind of gives folks an example of what they expect to find when they go into the forest.

“We try to give a good example of what kind of trees are out there.”

Leyva said thousands of people this time of year buy permits to cut down Christmas Trees in White River National Forest. In 2021, this patch of forestland collected $78,705 in revenue after selling 8,175 permits. Purchases come from local residents, nearby hotels, even international inquiries are made.

“I had a person contact me from Australia, asking if non-citizens could get a permit,” Boyd said. “They were doing a month-long (stay) in Aspen and wanted to know how to get it.”

Traversing acreages designated throughout Garfield County for tree hunting, families and friends also trudge through thick snow, armed with Fiskars, determined to find the perfect fir to fit their living rooms. 

Leyva’s middle daughter stands on his shoulders. A treetop measuring close to her head is about right for their living room of high ceilings.

“You always have to measure your space before you go out,” Leyva said. “It doesn’t have to be an exact measurement.”

There are of course limits on the size of a tree one can cut. It’s illegal to cut down anything over 15 feet tall. It’s also encouraged to select a fir that’s not standing on its own.

“If you’re gonna go out and cut a tree, look for a group of trees and cut from there,” Leyva said. “If you cut one out of the middle of a group of say, five, then when springtime rolls around, the remaining four will have more resources.

“There’s one less tree to take water and nutrients.”

White River National Forest timber and fuels program manager Doug Leyva leads the way into the aspen tree stand to look for a Christmas tree up Four Mile Road south of Glenwood Springs.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

Getting there? Half the fun.

Wind drifts at an elevation of 9,000 feet smacked Boyd and Leyva in their faces as they lifted one leg over the other in otherwise untouched, knee-deep snow.

At a near distance as they slowly made their ascension were groves and groves of trees. Their canopies were silhouetted by the morning’s sun bursting through a bluebird sky.

Once Boyd and Leyva reached the trees, the wind broke and everything grew dead still. Ten minutes passed, nothing. Fifteen minutes passed, Levya still couldn’t decide if he had a keeper.

“What about this, Dave?” Leyva asked Boyd.

Boyd was catching his breath after stepping over a fallen tree trunk.

“Yeah,” he responded, nodding his head.

This didn’t dissuade Leyva from exploring and eyeing other trees. But another five minutes passed and he decided to go back to the tree he originally asked Boyd about.

Leyva said it’s best to cut a desired tree toward the bottom — and bring a saw, not an ax.

“After you take it off the stump, you want to make sure to cut any remaining branches that are on there that you may have missed,” he said. “Cut those off or even just stomp it all the way down to the ground if you can. It’s amazing how long a root system will stay alive with one little branch of green needles sticking out the side.”

It’s not unheard of to have 3,000-5,000 seedlings per acre that regenerate, Leyva said. A healthy growing tree stand is going to have about 1,000-1,500 trees per acre. The White River National Forest comprises 2.3 million acres.

Leyva, however, just needs one. He unfolded a pruning saw as he stood in some thick brush. Within seconds, after a few back and forths with the saw, his Christmas Tree fell over.

There was still quite a long way back to the truck, most of which through more thick snow and racing winds. Leyva said people can sometimes see weasels, lynx and mountain lions while on these tree hunts.

But that didn’t phase him. He slung the tree over his shoulder with a smile on his face.

“It’s all downhill now,” he joked.

Anyone interested in purchasing a permit to cut down a Christmas Tree in the White River National Forest can do so online or at any U.S. Forest Service office. Permits cost $10.

Tree hunting tidbits

Note: Information taken from White River National Forest permit pamphlet.

Places to avoid tree hunting:

  • Wilderness areas and proposed wilderness areas
  • Developed recreation areas
  • Campgrounds
  • Ski areas
  • Glenwood Canyon
  • Commercial timber sales
  • Within 100 feet of Main Roads
  • Camp Hale (Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District)
  • Forest lands within Gunnison County
  • Meadow Mountain (lower slopes) directly behind the Holy Cross Ranger Station
  • Other Forest Order Closure Areas as shown the map

Observe these rules:

  • Any conifer tree may be harvested but avoid cutting Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Trees need to be less than 15 feet and 6 inches or less in stump diameter (at the base)
  • Trees must be used for personal use and cannot be resold
  • Cut your tree as close to the grand as possible (stump height of 6 inches or less)
  • Attach your Christmas Tree Permit to the base of the tree before transporting

Caring for your tree:

  • At home, cut one inch off the base of the trunk and immediately place in water. Do not allow the tree to die out.
  • Regular tap water works great, check water levels at least once a day (more often is better) for the first week
  • Increase the humidity around the tree by misting the needles with water.
  • Again, don’t let your tree dry out — they’re fire hazards

This story is from PostIndependent.com.

‘The athlete’s mountain’: Copper Mountain Resort remains grounded to its roots 50 years after its inaugural opening day

Since its inception in 1972, Copper Mountain Resort has always been “the athlete’s mountain.” Although it wasn’t until much later that Copper readily marketed itself this way, Copper has always had athletes in mind.

Copper Mountain Resort officially opened for its inaugural season on Dec. 5, 1972 with five lifts and more than 20 trails.

Before opening up to the public in 1972, several years of planning took place in order to ensure that Copper would be a place that riders could visit for generations. 

Initially leading the charge to develop Copper was former Dillon District Ranger Paul Hauk. 

According to “Copper Mountain Resort: Fifty Years of Fortitude” by Tim Nicklas, Hauk set out to find a piece of Forest Service land that could possibly be developed for skiing. In 1952, he formally recognized Copper Mountain as an area for a ski resort.

Despite recommending the area for a ski resort, Copper remained dormant until 1967 when Hauk once again recommended the mountain as an ideal site for all the Alpine skiing events for Denver’s 1968 bid to host the 1976 Olympics. 

According to Nicklas, Hauk thought Copper was an ideal spot for Alpine skiing competitions and expected it would remain a popular ski resort for the public after hosting the Olympics. Even though Denver lost its bid for the 1976 Olympic Games, Hauk had sparked a deep interest in developing Copper into a ski area. 

In 1969, Charles Froelicher began the process to develop Copper as a ski resort and soon after named Denver native Chuck Lewis to head the project. With $500,000 from Froelicher’s investment group —Copper Mountain Associates — Lewis and Froelicher both began the process to turn Copper into a ski resort.

After an arduous process to secure permits from the Forest Service, the final term and annual special use permits were issued, giving the green light for construction to begin. 

A wide shot of Copper Mountain Resort during some of its first few years of operation.
Copper Mountain Resort/Courtesy photo

After hosting a snowcat-only skiing season during the 1971 winter season, construction crews worked rapidly in order to officially open to the public by the time winter hit in 1972.

One thing that Lewis, Froelicher, Chris Coleman and Charlie Davis discovered early on when developing Copper was the availability of naturally separated terrain.

Former Copper Mountain employee Peter Siegel said this naturally separated terrain sets Copper apart from other resorts as it allows Copper to offer three distinct zones for guests to explore. Today guests can access expert terrain in East village, intermediate terrain from the Center Village and easy terrain from the West Village.

“Copper has really taken advantage of what the mountain has to offer and that is why it has always been great,” Siegel said. “Another big advantage of Copper is that it is small and that you can be dropped off right at the base of the mountain. It is focused on convenience.” 

After opening up to the public in 1972, Copper quickly became a destination for athletes and recreational guests alike. 

“Before there were any structures here, Copper opened as a ski resort and was pretty quickly identified as a place with great terrain, high elevation and a long season,” said Dustin Lyman, the president and general manager of Copper. “It was these early, multi-generational ski families that were the original athletes here at Copper.”

The families soon paved the way for professional athletes to visit the mountain as an event venue or a training ground. In 1976, Copper hosted the Alpine World Championships, opening the door for a firm relationship with the U.S Ski and Snowboard team and international athletes. 

To this day, Copper remains a hot spot for athletes to come and train. Whether it be on the U.S. Ski Team speed center venue or at the Woodward Copper training facility, it was only a matter of decades before Copper became a go-to spot athletes to train for their upcoming seasons.

“It has always focused towards the athlete,” Siegel said. “If you really want to ski, if you really want to ride and if you really want to experience the mountain this is the place to come.

Andy Daly awards an athlete a medal the 1984 U.S. National Alpine Championships at Copper Mountain Resort.
Copper Mountain Resort/Courtesy photo

Beyond offering a training ground for professional athletes, Copper has also focused on making sure its values are the same they were on opening day in 1972.

 Siegel — who currently is the executive director of three corporate nonprofits at Copper — says the resort has been down-to-earth, personal and accommodating to guests since he first started working for Copper as a ski instructor in 1978.

One thing that has stuck with Siegel  for the last 44 years, is something Lewis said to his employees during employee orientation on one of Siegel’s first days on the job. 

“One of the first things Chuck said was that everyone has inherent worth and dignity,” Siegel said. “That has stuck with me through my life. That is really how you treat fellow employees, that’s how you treat guests. You separate yourself out with how you treat people.”

Skiers await the opening of Copper Mountain Resort’s back bowls during the 1994-95 ski season.
Copper Mountain Resort/Courtesy photo

Lyman strives to provide the same employee and guest experience that Lewis strived for in Copper’s early days, finding the happiness of employees — as well as guests—  fundamental to the long term success of the resort.

“We take a lot of pride in our mountain,” Lyman said. “We take a lot of pride in our guests and how much they enjoy their experience. And we take pride in our employees and what their experience is here. Whether they are here for the winter season, the summer season or year-round, we want that to be an enjoyable experience where they feel like they are participating in something exciting.”

Siegel went on to further say that not much has changed in the time he has been involved with the Copper area. The ski resort still offers the opportunity for guests to come out and experience Copper’s breathtaking runs in a unique part of the country.

“What hasn’t changed is that Summit County is an awesome place,” Siegel said. “Copper skis and rides really well and it is as beautiful in the summer as it is in the winter. You get to be with friends and family and all of that is the same regardless if it is a fixed-grip double or high-speed quad. It is still the key ingredient in why people come out and visit the area.”

A wide shot of Copper Mountain Resort as the resort’s snow guns work to blanket its upper ski runs in snow. Copper Mountain Resort will host two World Cup competitions in December including the U.S. Grand Prix and the Visa Big Air presented by Toyota.
Copper Mountain Resort/Courtesy photo

Siegel said the biggest change over the last five decades is that the sport has drastically modernized. Snowboarding has become mainstream, the shape of skis has changed and terrain parks are common at almost every ski resort. Copper has adjusted with the flow of snowsports and have accommodated the needs of guests along the way.

In the years to come, both Siegel and Lyman hope to continue to see Copper grow. 

“We will always focus on that on-mountain experience and make it the best it can possibly be,” Lyman said. “So always looking for opportunities to expand or improve the venues we have on the mountain.”

Lyman also hopes to offer events and concerts that will continue to bring people to the slopes of Copper. 

Copper Mountain Resort will host a 50th anniversary party on Saturday, Dec. 3. Festivities will last all day, and guests are encouraged to wear their best retro ski gear. 

“I am really excited to meet and interact with some of the people who helped to build Copper into what it is today,” Lyman said. “If not for them we would not be in as strong of a position as we are right now.We are looking to build on that legacy.”

For more information on the 50th anniversary celebration or to purchase “Copper Mountain Resort: Fifty Years of Fortitude”, visit CopperColorado.com. 

Regional author publishes 7 children’s books in one month

John Norton has a problem: he can’t stop writing.

The author has been typing away over the years, and his hard work culminated in publishing seven books in November. Four are illustrated children’s books, and three are for middle-grade readers.

“I can’t seem to turn it off. I just have the need to write this stuff out,” Norton said. “It’s who I really want to be and am right now.”

The children’s books are known as the Birthday Series, and it is currently made up of “When Is Santa’s Birthday?,” “Dear Tooth Fairy, is Today your Birthday?,” “Rudy, Santa’s Ninth Reindeer” and “Henry, The Spare Parts Dog.” For slightly older readers, there’s The Eva and Buckskin Charlie Series, which has the prequel “The Fortunate Teller on the Train,” “Eva’s Secret Name” and “Eva’s New Older Brother.”

The 79-year-old, who has had multiple jobs throughout his life and was previously a biochemist and antiques dealer, only began pursuing writing about five years ago. While driving a delivery truck full of antiques, he sought a distraction away from the monotony and started writing songs about the business. Norton said they were a hit with his colleagues.

That creativity then eventually morphed into stories. Originally from Maine, Norton said long winters in the coastal state breed storytellers. Norton lived in North Carolina for the past 12 years, and he moved to Kremmling a little over a year ago to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Missing his grandchildren is why he wrote children’s books in particular. The character Eva is actually named in honor of one of them, and he set it in Colorado so that she’d be familiar with the location.

“They were just so damn far away, that it was a way to communicate with them,” Norton said.

“Dear Tooth Fairy, is Today your Birthday?” is also inspired by his grandchildren. Norton said one night his youngest took the dress off of her favorite doll and put it under her pillow so the tooth fairy would have something nice to wear after collecting her tooth. 

While “When Is Santa’s Birthday?” is a revised edition, the other three children’s books are brand new.

“I seem to write very fast,” Norton said. “… I could almost write one of those a month. They just seem to happen. I have two — really three more in the pipeline if I have the funds to have them illustrated.”

Lauren Rieth, who he connected with online, has done most of his illustrations. 

“It’s been fun to work with her,” Norton said. “She finds things in my writing and imagery that I didn’t know was there.”

Originally from Maine, John Norton moved to Kremmling a little over a year ago to be closer with his grandchildren. When not writing, he can be found at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Silverthorne.
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Norton writes some contemporary novels for adults, as well. His first is called “Escort Service.” It is about an author on a book tour flying into Boston from California, and there is miscommunication about his media escort, which is like a travel guide or concierge, for the other sort of companion. Not yet published, a sequel is already in the works, as is a novel about his current job working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Silverthorne.

The first three entries of the Eva series are also revisions. Norton said this time around, he rewrote the story to make it more exciting and adventurous. Set in the 1860s, ​it is about a girl from Maine moving out to Colorado and experiencing life in the West. Four more titles are planned, in addition to an eight-part series set decades later.

Called, “The (Extraordinary) Adventures of Eva Rose and Gramps,” the story begins in Denver in the 1930s before the start of World War II and follows the granddaughter of the original Eva. The first in the series is slated to come out in January 2024.

In the meantime, Norton hopes to travel around to bookstores, libraries and schools. He turned “When Is Santa’s Birthday?” into a one-act play for children last winter and hopes to follow up with more performances this holiday season.

“We blocked it out, and I had the kids walk through it and read. It turns out it is a lot of fun,” Norton said.

The self-published books range in price for $5.95 for e-books to $13.95 for paperbacks. All four e-books in the Birthday Series can be purchased for $11.90. Visit JohnNortonWriter.com to order.

“When Is Santa’s Birthday?” is a seasonally appropriate book that writer John Norton recently published, along with six other titles. Norton has also adapted the children’s book into a one-act play.
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Summit County births for November 2022

  • June Evelyn Kunz was born Nov. 3 to Steve Kunz and Erika Wojtech of Dillon.
  • Rylie Marie North was born Nov. 4 to Brittany and Dylan North of Silverthorne.
  • Madix Eldon Galloway was born Nov. 6 to Tyler and Alicia Galloway of Leadville.
  • Riley Paige Fuller was born Nov. 6 to Kelly and Rob Fuller of Silverthorne.
  • Clyde Michael Still was born Nov. 8 to Adam and Christina Still of Silverthorne.
  • Jackson Daniel O. Smitley was born Nov. 12 to Daniel and Carolina Smitley of Gypsum.
  • Adrian Adriel Soto Flores was born Nov. 13 to Joanna and Adrian of Leadville.
  • Marina Irma Mucientes Stenesjo was born Nov. 14 to Lina Stenesjo and Jose Mucientes of Frisco.
  • Snowy Rai Wilbanks was born Nov. 15 to Mary and Travis Wilbanks of Silverthorne.
  • Gradie Lynn Flanigan was born Nov. 17 to Taylor and Fletcher Flanigan of Heeney.
  • Rosy Valeria Torres was born Nov. 21 to Joan Jose Torres of Leadville.
  • Theodore Robert Cardenas was born Nov. 30 to David and Melissa Cardenas of Keystone.