Mountain News: Beginning to look a lot like last year 

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO - snow wish for Christmas Resorts like Steamboat Springs in Colorado are open thanks to their abailigty to produce man-made snow.
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  • snow wish for Christmas Resorts like Steamboat Springs in Colorado are open thanks to their abailigty to produce man-made snow.

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Some parents are objecting. "Especially that October break. That's got to go," asserted one parent. A school official responded that some breaks are scheduled because few kids show up. The days before Thanksgiving, for example, some classes were seeing 40 per cent absentee rates.

As for the lighting, the town council made it clear that winter lighting is acceptable from Nov. 15 to April 13. However, the dimmer switch is needed for the businesses that have been stringing up ever-brighter strings of lights in their outdoor dining areas during summer in what was described as an escalating arms race of brightness. The council also wants businesses to point their lights downward, instead of into the sky.

Salt Lake wants Olympics again

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City has thrown its hat into the ring once again in bidding for the Winter Olympics in 2026 or after.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah leaders emphasize not only their willingness to host the Olympics, but also their argument that they're the best choice.

"You can't do this on the cheap. It's an expensive proposition," said Gov. Gary Herbert. "Utah is the smart and fiscally responsible place — we already have venues in place."

The Associated Press also reports that in announcing its intentions early, Utah hopes to scare off rivals. Also remaining interested are Denver, Reno and Bozeman.

Utah's exploratory committee estimated that it would cost $1 million to bid to become the U.S. candidate and, if that is secured, another $25 million to pursue the international competition.

Shake it however you want, but Vail works

VAIL, Colo. — From its start 50 years ago, Vail has been dismissed as being artificial. It wasn't an old mining town or ranch town. It was a new town, based on what its visionary, Peter Seibert, had seen after World War II in the Alps. It didn't hurt that some of the original business people in Vail also came from the Alps. Still, it has often been dismissed as a shake-and-bake village.

But Vail Village, the original commercial enclave at the base of the ski mountain, works both commercially and aesthetically.

Why does it work? That's the key question as the town contemplates continued redevelopment. To answer that question, the town has hired a local planning consultant charged with formulating recommendations about how to retain that successful character.

The Vail Daily reports a friendly if somewhat skeptical reaction from the town council. Said one: It ain't broke. And another: was it municipal regulation or individual entrepreneurialism?

Mayor Pro tem Ludwig Kurz, a native of Austria, cautioned against too much resistance to change. "I would caution ourselves to not be so locked into what we have at the moment that we can't look at new and exciting and interesting things," he said.

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