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Durango Mountain Resort, a.k.a. Purgatory, is building base-area real estate, and lots of it – 1,649 units over the next 20 years, plus a hotel, shops, and all the rest. When people own a condominium, they want to use it occasionally – and go skiing.

But baby boomers reaching their peak years for buying vacation homes is only one part of the story. Another part of the story is that of attracting their kids, echo boomers, which nearly all resorts in Colorado are doing with new or updated terrain parks. Durango has one, Paradise Park.

Meanwhile, at Telluride, the $14 million Prospect Bowl expansion was created with one primary motive – attracting destination skiers with its intermediate skiing. As well, Telluride is putting money into making itself more accessible to busy far-away skiers with improved direct flights.

The other two ski areas in the Four Corners area visited by the Durango Telegraph are among only three in Colorado – Ski Cooper is the other holdout – without snowmaking. Wolf Creek rarely needs snowmaking, as it routinely gets the most snow of any resort in Colorado. Lately, it invested in a high-speed quad, as well as hike-to-ski terrain expansion. Otherwise, it’s skiing as it used to be for the Texans and Oklahomans that it attracts.

Finally, there’s Colorado’s newest ski area, Silverton Mountain, a place of unrelenting steeps. Because of the avalanche threat, owner Aaron Brill can accommodate only 80 ski tourers a day, each of whom gets a Sno-cat skiing type of experience. That’s where his market clearly is – and the future of the market, as far as he’s concerned. "As the younger skiers move into their 20s and 30s and start having expendable income, they’re also just getting better, largely because of improved equipment," he said.

City says no Humvee at Sundance FilmFestival

PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City Council had ruled that a General Motors Humvee cannot be prominently displayed at a local shopping complex during the Sundance Filmfestival.

Is P.C. getting P.C., rejecting gas-guzzling conspicuous consumption?

Nah, it’s more complicated than that. A GM competitor, Volkswagen, co-sponsors the film festival, and the city believes that displaying the Humvee would amount to ambush marketing, and hence harmful to the city’s interests.

Owners of the plaza had been promised what they described as a "significant amount of money" to display the Humvee, reports The Park Record. They charged that the Sundance Institute, which puts on the festival, has too much influence over the city. "We believe it is inappropriate for the city to limit corporate sponsorship of activities on private property during the Festival to a select list determined by Sundance," they said in a letter.

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