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Jacksonites can swill

JACKSON, Wyo. - Few people in Jackson and Teton County smoke. Most get their exercise. But when it comes to drinking - well, there's plenty of tipping.

According to a study from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, roughly 23 per cent of Teton County residents reported drinking excessively within a month of being surveyed.

Those statistics land Teton County in the bottom tier of the counties across the country for excessive drinking, notes the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

"It's part of the culture here," said Terri Gregory, public health manager in Teton County, "It's a party town."

She said that trying to curb binge drinking and its associated risks is a goal that for years has eluded public health officials.

 

Remembering Jack van Horn

WINTER PARK, Colo. - He was nicknamed Little Pierre, a name that lingers on a ski trail at Winter Park, as he wore wool knickers, a beret and stood 5-foot-2. But in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Jack van Horn was in Winter Park, people skied on long boards, 210s in his case.

So reports the Sky-Hi News in its eulogy to van Horn, who died recently, recalling a happy era when the recreational skiing was blossoming and the ski industry was booming.

Stretch ski pants were introduced during that time, and skier numbers at Winter Park quadrupled during the '60s.

As happened often, the young men quickly found wives, and in the case of Little Pierre, he and his wife, Helga, built a lodge and restaurant. After Winter Park, he worked as a ski instructor and contractor until 1987, before moving on again to Reno.

 

Sno-cat skiing may be the answer

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. - While American television has the soap opera called "Days of Our Lives," Crested Butte has the potential ski expansion called Snodgrass Mountain.

Snodgrass expansion has been talked about since the early 1980s, and in the latest installment the Forest Service refused to accept the proposal from Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

But "no," it turns out, doesn't mean "absolutely no." It just means no to that particular iteration of three lifts. The Crested Butte News reports that resort and government officials are now talking about what might be acceptable.

The most likely acceptable proposal would involve a Sno-cat skiing operation on the slope of mostly moderate terrain. But other ideas include a backcountry-type of expansion, or even a configuration of two lifts.

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