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Being talked about in the potential $1 million project are a 28-foot freestanding climbing wall with 360 degrees of climbing features and six belay stations. Also under consideration is what is described as a Euro-bungee trampoline, where both kids and adults can jump on a trampoline while affixed to a large bungee cable.

Also in the works; an improved tubing hill, and ice skating rink of either natural or synthetic surface.

The goal, said Ken Stone, the ski company's chief operating officer, is to encourage visitors to linger at Crested Butte longer.

Such family-oriented non-skiing amusements have been the trend at ski resorts since the 1990s, when Vail - having studied trends in Europe - introduced its top-of-the-gondola Adventure Ridge.

The Crested Butte News says the ski area operator is working with the local municipality, Mt. Crested Butte, on a funding partnership.

Lovins named an agent of change

OLD SNOWMASS, Colo. - Amory Lovins was the only discernible individual from ski country to be named in Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Agents of Change."

The magazine cited energy guru Lovins, who is based in an exurban outpost about 15 miles from Aspen, for his work with Wal-Mart to reduce energy use. The magazine said the next move for Lovins and his Rocky Mountain Institute is to help get cities ready to meet Obama's goal of one million plug-in cars by 2015.

Others on the list included politicians, entertainers, move-makers, writers, and technologists.

Park City stays open extra week

PARK CITY, Utah - In March, the snow was looking marginal. Then came the storms - enough that Park City Mountain Resort decided to extend the season for a week past Easter. There were just enough hotel bookings, about 14 per cent of capacity, to justify the extension, but The Park Record suggests a more compelling reason may have been goodwill for the local community. It's spring break for local schools.

Flushing the toilet is just the start

JACKSON, Wyo. - When people think of electrical use, they commonly think of lights, maybe their computers, and perhaps their refrigerator. In fact, water - moving it, purifying it, and then treating the sewage - is one of the largest sources of electrical use in any community.

In California, according to one study several years ago, water is involved in 19.6 per cent of all electrical use. That includes the giant pumping necessary to get water from the Sacramento area to Southern California.

But even in mountain valleys, water is a big part of electrical use. When the city of Jackson and Teton County two years ago studied electrical use, water - mostly from the sewage treatment plant - was responsible for 20 per cent of use.

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