Mountain News: Being Shaun White 

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - The New York Times on Sunday profiled snowboard phenom Shaun White and the tensions between him and other competitors.

"Many of his competitors have an ambivalent unease with his success - whether out of jealousy or because of concern about what it means for the direction of a sport that tries to act unaffected by its popularity," the newspaper's correspondent, John Branch, wrote. "They like him. They are not sure about what he represents."

Branch points out that White, like snowboarding itself, "has managed the most difficult trick: mass-market appeal and countercultural cool. He has a unique ability to be an icon to teenage snow rats and widely recognized by grandmothers at the mall."

Citing a study by Forbes , the magazine, the Times says that White earned $1 million in 2008. The newspaper also notes that White frustrated fellow riders last year when Red Bull built him his own halfpipe near Silverton, Colo. He did not, says the paper, share it - as he did not want to give his competitors a blueprint for the tricks he was perfecting.


Vail wants to be ready

VAIL, Colo. - In Vail, work is also underway in expectation that the darkness of the real estate economy will someday recede. Among the largest projects is something called Ever Vail, which would represent $1 billion in investment at a site down-valley from the existing major base village.

The Vail Daily notes that the project is, at a bare minimum, two years away from happening - and likely longer. "There is no question that in this market today we would not launch this project," said Rob Katz, the chief executive of Vail Resorts, the developer and ski area operator. "Timing is everything with projects like these."

Discussions with town officials have focused mostly on parking. The company proposes 1,551 parking spaces, but not all town officials are confident those will be enough. The town has had a severe problem in recent years as municipal parking garages have routinely filled, resulting in cars lining a highway frontage road for several miles.


Developers prepare for better times

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, Colo. - Most of the building has stopped. Lots of carpenters are out of work. But that doesn't mean ambitions have completely died.

The Telluride Watch tells of a hotel developer at Mountain Village, the slope-side town above the older town of Telluride, who is back before municipal officials with a familiar plea: just another floor higher, to make the economics work.

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