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Briefs: County’s rep. joins state tourism board

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER – Eagle County’s state representative, Dan Gibbs, D-Silverthorne, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Colorado Tourism Office.

The 15-member board, which oversees state tourism funding at its monthly meetings, includes state legislators and representatives of the tourism and travel industries.

“Tourism is an $8 billion dollar industry vitally important for Colorado’s economy,” Gibbs said. “The ski industry in Summit, Lake, and Eagle Counties contribute greatly to the tourism economy.”

Kaye Ferry, executive director of the Vail Chamber and Business Association she was happy to have a representative from the resort areas.

“As someone who is clearly familiar with the challenges facing the mountain resorts in an atmosphere of increasing competition, he is perfectly positioned to represent our needs and goals,” Ferry said.

ARAPAHOE BASIN ” Friday morning’s frigid temperatures and high winds stymied a military backcountry training course in Montezuma Bowl behind Arapahoe Basin.

A group of seven U.S. Air Force members spent Thursday night in the bowl for cold weather and survival training, and woke up to 40 to 50 knot winds and a wind-chill of around -40, said Master Sgt. Dan Culbertson.

“Basically they made the decision that the conditions were entirely too harsh to continue training so they were going to come out; however, the cold did a number on some of the equipment and (climbing) skins,” Culbertson said.

So, a group of Arapahoe Basin ski patrollers, snowcat drivers and terrain park crew members drove out the group on snowcats, said A-Basin’s Alan Henceroth.

A couple of the military members experienced some minor frostbite, Culbertson said.

The group was from Ft. Carson, Colo. and Ft. Lewis, Wash.

” Nicole Formosa

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