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Instead of 62 passengers, the capacity of the old tram cars, the new cars will carry 100 passengers, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Most of the tram towers will be 30 to 60 feet higher than existing towers.

The tram is designed to operate in winds of up to 75 mph.

Some new tram cars will also be able to carry freight in compartments below, including water and sewage occasioned by a restaurant toward the top of the mountain. A snowgroomer can also be carried up the tram.

Steel for the project is expected to arrive in spring 2008.

 

School of hard knocks

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – If you follow professional basketball, you probably know that some of the top hoops prospects get vetted at special high-school academies on their way to the National Basketball Association.

Several schools, including one in Crested Butte, do the same for snowboarders who aspire to the X Games and the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Wall Street Journal profiled one of the 14-year-olds at the school, Zeppelin Zeerip.

He has, says the newspaper, a stocking cap, sagging jeans, and a broken bone, as do a fourth of the 67 students at Crested Butte Academy. They practice tricks before school in the morning.   In fact, it’s formal school policy to allow three powder days per year of the students’ choosing.

The tuition normally runs to $30,000, although the profiled student gets a sharply reduced rate. Even then, he can afford to be at the academy only from Thanksgiving to April, returning then to Michigan.

 

Squaw considers Olympic museum

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Squaw Valley hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960, but the history of that event is not commemorated in one place. There is now talk in California of consolidating that Olympic history with an existing history that commemorates the history of West Coast snow sports. One official, Placer County supervisor Bruce Kranz, estimates the cost would be no less than $10 million.

 

Public art has them talking

CANMORE, Alberta – Canmore has been a place of drama and furled fists in recent months, says the Rocky Mountain Outlook. The cause has been a 23-foot piece of abstract art, called the Chinook, that was placed last October along the banks of the Bow River.

The sculpture has been so controversial that a petition signed by 500 people, calling for the art’s removal, was forwarded to the municipal council. In a hectoring, unruly session, the council split on the issue, leaving the art in place.

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