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A new twist on an old t-shirt theme

PARK CITY, Utah - "I went to Utah and all I got was this other wife," says one of the T-shirts at a new store in Park City.

The store's T-shirt is one of many that pokes fun at the polygamy once practiced by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, a.k.a. the Mormons. Mormons condoned polygamy until about 1889 - not long after the United States made it clear that Utah would not be given statehood as long as polygamy was tolerated.

A church president in 1890 reported getting a directive from Jesus Christ to ban polygamy - and voila, by 1896 Utah was in the fold. Now, polygamy is practiced only by church splinter groups.

Although Park City from its mining roots to the present has relatively few Mormons, the proprietor of this new shop, Amber Smith, is an LDS church member. "We don't want to be hateful to polygamist people, or to be rude, but to lighten the mood," she told The Park Record .


Vail/Beaver Creek set benchmark

VAIL, Colo. - Although relatively few people will pay it, the single-day lift ticket price at Vail and Beaver Creek this winter will peak at $108 during Christmas week, then drop to $102 in early January. The peak at Breckenridge during Christmas will be $104, and at Keystone $99. Aspen drew the line at $99, reports the Aspen Times , as did Telluride.


La Niña a blessed thing

JACKSON, Wyo. - You think people don't like to backcountry ski in Jackson Hole? More than 600 people attended the Skinny Skis Avalanche Awareness Night in Jackson recently. And according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide , there were cheers every time that the phrase "La Niña" was mentioned.

If not a record, La Niña weather pattern has dumped great volumes of snow on Jackson. The comparison with last winter's sparse offerings are particularly striking.

These early and regular snows have created relatively stable snowpack, meaning that avalanches won't occur as easily. Still, they remain possible, particularly during storm cycles. One sensitive point for state highway officials is the potential for avalanches onto the highway caused by skiers on nearby Mount Glory.

"We need to stay out of there on high-hazard days," said Jamie Young, an avalanche technician for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. "We need to show some consideration for the people below you."


Epic storm delivering rain

VAIL, Colo. - The storm that drenched Los Angeles, and made Las Vegas drizzly and cold, was expected to create snowfall of epic proportions in Colorado. And on mountain slopes it seemed to be doing just that.

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