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In addition to a new mid-mountain restaurant, a new teaching area, and more snowmaking, one or two more lifts are planned to service 400 new acres of intermediate and advanced terrain, reports the Summit Daily News.

The expanded infrastructure will give Breckenridge a comfortable carrying capacity of 18,000 skiers per day. It gets crowds of that size regularly, but does not accommodate them comfortably. Rick Sramek, vice president of operations, said Breckenridge does not foresee significant skier growth. “We’re not seeing an increase of peak days, but a filling in of the season,” he said.


New tram OK’d for Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The Forest Service has given approval to a new aerial tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Capacity of the new tram will be 100 passengers per cabin, compared to 55 passengers for the old tram, and with an hourly uphill capacity of 650, more than double the old tram.

The owner of the ski area, Jay Kemmerer, had first appealed for funding from the state government and other public sources, but last August said he would privately finance the $25 million cost. Dopplmayr/CTEC is to build the new tram, the largest in size and scope among ski resorts in North America.


Caps considered on ‘man camps’

CARBONDALE, Colo. – Town trustees in Carbondale are considering a limit on how many people can live in one house or condominium. The town’s newspaper, the Valley Journal, says that trustees and other town officials have discussed the touchy subject for several years, but have resisted creating “bedroom police.” They are also uncertain how to define a family.

The proposed regulation is a response to a burgeoning job market of the last 20 years in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley that has drawn a flood of immigrants from Latin America.

Carbondale figured prominently in an hour-long television program about illegal immigration that was broadcast in late December. The program, which was narrated by Tom Brokaw, took viewers into a four-bedroom home occupied by 18 people.

At one town meeting last July, 12 Carbondale residents voiced their frustrations about parking, trash, and noise in neighbourhoods where so-called “man-camp” houses have an unusual number of people in one dwelling unit, or where families occupy single bedrooms in houses. Footage didn’t make the final cut.

The newspaper says a parking permit program in a few neighborhoods seems to have had some success.

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