Aspen CEO teaching holiday ski lessons |

Aspen CEO teaching holiday ski lessons

Allen Best

O’Donnell obtained his snowboard instructing certification last winter. “I was shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who receive their certifications, and I wanted to walk a mile in their moccasins to see how really different it is,” he told The Aspen Times (Dec. 27).

It’s not uncommon for certified ski instructors with the company’s corporate offices to pitch in when help is needed, and many enjoy the chance to get out on the hill. Also teaching were David Perry, a vice president, as well as the company’s in-house lawyer, David Bellack. “It’s not a chore, it’s an opportunity to make relationships with some of our guests,” said O’Donnell.

On average, about 19 percent of people annually who go to Aspen’s resorts to ski enroll in ski school lessons.

Smoke for sickensses?

Judge doesn’t buy it

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A self-described medical marijuana provider was sentenced to nine months in jail and three years probation after pleading no contest to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

At issue in the case of Matte Macosko was whether he distributed marijuana only to those suffering from medical problems. California’s Proposition 215 allows for such things, but the judge in this case described the law as poorly written. “The long and short of it is the law is a mess,” she said.

Although at least one woman testified that he had acted out of compassion, giving her marijuana to help her in sufferings from hepatitis and cancer, prosecutors said witnesses didn’t see him check identification or people’s prescriptions. He had been before the court in 1996 on much the same charges, reported the Tahoe Daily Tribune (Dec. 23).

Powder cows herded off slopes of Durango Mtn.

DURANGO, Colo. – In summer, cattle are grazed in the mountains near Durango Mountain Resort, a.ka. Purgatory ski area. But last summer, a cow and her calf, as well as an unrelated yearling wandered off. Several days before Christmas they showed up at the ski slopes.

Ski patrollers have been called to herd cattle before, but it remains a rarity, reports the Durango Herald (Dec. 24). Noting abundant snow, the newspaper suggested it was a time not only for powder hounds, but also powder cows.

Gunnison County sets record for house price

MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Sale of a 6,400-square-foot house on a one-acre lot for $2.5 million set a record for the most expensive home sale in Gunnison County. The old record, $1.6 million, was set only last June. Average sales price of single-family homes in the town has inched upward from $437,250 two years ago to just shy of $500,000 this year, notes the Crested Butte News (Dec. 26).

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