Mountain News: Hotels object to ‘free’ skiing offer 

KETCHUM, Idaho - Sun Valley Co., the operator of the Sun Valley ski area and the major hotel operator, has ruffled feathers among other hoteliers with its special pitch.

Through March 25, people who book rooms at a cost of at least $189 per night for two will get a lift ticket as well. The room rates have been discounted from $299 to $219 and the offer of a free ticket is something normally dangled during early and late seasons.

Some hoteliers, reports the Idaho Mountain Express , are miffed, because they cannot similarly offer free tickets unless they buy them. The ski company countered that the lift ticket isn't really free, but rather part of the bigger package.


Mayor defends real estate

TELLURIDE, Colo. - It's a tradition in Telluride for the mayor to deliver a state-of-the-town address in January. This year, Mayor Stu Fraser used the occasion to make a spirited defense of the real estate and second-home segments of the economy.

"Without all of us, our school system would not be as vital, our affordable housing not as important, our economy not as varied, our nonprofits not as diverse and our ski area not as dynamic," Fraser said.

"Each one of us plays into the future of our community. Some who want town to be the same as in the '70s are frustrated because the town has grown up around them and in some cases in spite of them.

"Those who arrived later see Telluride as the answer to their dreams and aspirations. They are no different than those who arrived earlier. Telluride is an exceptional community. We are all fortunate to have shared time here..."

Fraser also said that Telluride has an opportunity to become a "new and unique destination in the otherwise cookie-cutter world of mountain resorts."

He also reiterated the desire for Telluride to step up efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of its economy.


Knuckleheads most likely to find trouble

EAGLE, Colo. - The New York Times last week had a piece entitled Seeing Old Age as a Never-Ending Adventure.

The story told about Tom Lackey, 89, who lost his wife 10 years ago, and since then has "walked" on the wings of flying airplanes many times. It told about Ilse Telesmanich, 90, who sprained her ankle while hiking in South Africa last summer. And it told about Charles Smith, 89, who was heading for the South Pole a few years ago when a woman got off the plane at base camp and started bragging about being 80. But, she was soon informed, there were three in the group older than she was.

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