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Who will get the rest of Mammoth?

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Ski industry representatives haven’t come out and said they want base-area lodging, but Crosbie Cotton, who is director of the National Parks Ski Area Association, stresses what he insists will be dire economic consequences to local communities if ski resorts are not "sustainable."

Environmentalists said they do not want to shut down ski resorts in Alberta’s national parks but made it clear they will not entertain expansions, withdrawals for water, or on-site lodging.

More brokers than listings

EAGLE VALLEY, Colo. — The real estate boom is of such magnitude in the Vail-dominated Eagle Valley that there are now more real estate brokers, 670, than there are residential listings, 569. That’s only a third of the normal inventory.

"Properties don’t stay on the market very long at all. Sometimes it’s a matter of hours," said Jim McVey of Slifer, Smith & Frampton, the valley’s largest real estate firm. Another broker, Michael Slevin, said some buyers are so eager that they make offers without actually setting foot on the properties – Internet virtual tours are enough. The average sales price during January was $687,000, reports the Vail Daily. Last year, more than $2.2 billion in real estate was sold in Eagle County.

Woods buys in Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Professional golfer Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin, have purchased land in a gated community in Jackson Hole, spurring new interest in the project, which is called South Park. Lots there list for $1.2 million to $4.5 million.

A prerequisite for Woods was a good airport, but he also was drawn by the flyfishing as well as the privacy afforded by the layout of the golf course adjacent to his property. His wife is drawn to the skiing, real estate representatives told the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Live bodies wanted

KETCHUM, Idaho — Worries about a potentially lifeless high-end second-home project were voiced during a recent meeting of the Ketchum City Council. There, a developer is promising to convert a hotel at the base of the ski area into 17 condominiums. But the city council is hesitant. If that is to occur, said one council member, the condos must be livable – not just a means to getting parking passes.

The council went so far as to ask the developer, Bruce Barsotti, if he would be willing to sell the condominiums to the Blaine County-Ketchum Affordable Housing Authority. He said he would.

Lot sizes could be reduced

HAILEY, Idaho — Want to minimize urban sprawl? The trick is to do infill development, as vacant lots among existing neighbourhoods are commonly called.

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