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The 4,300 acres of land involved are located in the triangle between the towns of Minturn, Red Cliff and the Vail ski area. Ginn, a Florida-based developer with extensive projects in the Southeast, bought the land for $35 million several years ago.

Planned are 1,700 housing units, some of them in townhomes near former mining zinc mining operations, but others in large-acreage plots in higher elevations on Battle Mountain, above the abandoned mining town of Gilman. A golf course atop mine tailings is planned, as is a gondola connecting the two primary development areas. At the top area, at about 10,000 feet in elevation, a private ski area is planned. Ski lifts of Vail Mountain, although unconnected, would be about a mile away.

 

When it makes sense to burn money

DONNELLY, Idaho – Talk about burning money. On one Saturday night earlier this winter Ryan Skinner was burning all the money he had.

He had been atop Tamarack, the ski area, and had become disoriented in the snow and fog. Instead of riding down the eastern flank, where the ski area is, he headed into the backcountry on the west side.

Soon, he bogged down in several feet of wet snow, unable to snowboard downhill and, he told the Lewiston Tribune, unable even to stand up well.

After slogging through the snow for more than four hours, he dug a snow cave and crawled inside, wet and hypothermic. Skinner, a financial planner, tried to start a fire using money from his wallet. Call it legal tinder.

“I burned at least $30 worth of money,” he said, but to no avail. He became delusional during the night, imagining tracks that weren’t there.

The next morning, wading once again, he finally came to a snowmobile track, which gave him a base for walking. Finally, nine miles from the resort, he was found by a member of the Tamarack ski patrol on a snowmobile.

While the general rule of thumb when lost is to stay put, Skinner says that wasn’t an option. “The only thing keeping me warm was moving,” he said.   He does, however, regret his initial adventurous route, going into an area he was unfamiliar with.

 

Idaho skier dies in tree well

McCALL, Idaho – Yet more evidence arrives of the dangers inherent amid the joys of tree-skiing. The story comes from Brundage Mountain Ski Resort, near McCall, where Brad Peterson, 47, suffocated after falling into an 11-foot-deep tree well. Searchers found him under six feet of snow.

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