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Telluride adds 27 per cent more airplane seats

Compiled by Allen Best

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Telluride will have 27 per cent more airplane seats this year, with new flights from the Pacific to the Atlantic. A new tax in the twin resort towns of Telluride and Mountain Village stabilizes funding used to guarantee revenues to airlines.

The newest flight, reports The Telluride Watch, will be on 37-passenger planes from Phoenix. The flight will be marketed using a federal Department of Transportation grant. Also new this year are flights from Newark and Los Angeles. As well, shuttles from Denver have been stepped up, with seven daily to Telluride and seven daily to nearby Montrose. Altogether, 92,000 in-bound seats are being offered.

Little opposition

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — Some 200 people gathered recently to hear about how development of a major destination ski resort at Revelstoke will affect them.

Housing costs will rise, and less rental housing will be available, they were told. As well, there will be thousands of new jobs. But there was no overt dissent to these projected changes, reported the Revelstoke Times-Review.

Brent Harley, a Whistler-based consultant, told the group that planning today could minimize potential negative impacts. "There are very few ski resorts in North America with real communities attached to them," he said. "Where there are, those communities do very well."

But who will be the developer of this major new ski resort at the site of what is now a small community ski hill? That is still unclear. The potential developer, Mount MacKenzie Resorts, is negotiating, but at last report those talks have not gone well. Mediation was reported to be a possibility. However, Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee said that if this group fails to reach an accord with the current ski area operator, another developer may step in. "We’re not prepared to wait one or two more years to get this going," he said.

He did not specify who was waiting in the wings.

‘Sustainability’ promoted

PARK CITY, Utah — Green building techniques are being talked about more frequently in ski towns. A conference on the subject was held in Jackson Hole last spring, and then this fall at Snowmass. Now, Park City’s municipal government is conducting a seminar to teach participants about guidelines to that affect.

Some of the topics that are on the seminar's agenda include renewable energy, efficient water use, marketing green homes and an overview of ordinances and guidelines from other communities. The city government wants to use those guidelines on several new buildings, part of its broader strategy of promoting what is called sustainability.

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