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Bus rides will be part of Whistler Olympics

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

WHISTLER, B.C. In two years Whistler will host the Olympics, and a large question in the mind of residents is this: What about parking? It will be tough to park, responds Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, a member of the municipal council, and people are going to be encouraged to leave their cars at home and get on transit.Olympic organizers plan to provide bus transportation for up to 5,000 people per day from Vancouver, the base for the Olympic festivities. Within Whistler itself, an additional 120 buses will be added to the fleet.Rather than thinking of public transit as the worst thing possible, think of it as the part of the Games experience, said Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS During the last several years more and more campers have been cuddling up in the folds of a Big Agnes.Big Agnes is a backcountry manufacturer formed in 2001 by climbers from Steamboat, taking inspiration from a small peak in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. The first invention, explains The Aspen Times, was a sleeping bag in which a pad is inserted into a sleeve of the bag, avoiding that annoying tendency of sliding off the pad in the middle of the night.The company, explains the newspaper, is a quintessential enterprise of the 21st century. The administration offices, product development and warehouse are in Steamboat. The marketing arm, run by a former Vail ski patroller, is in Carbondale.The laborers who assemble the growing line of products are in China.Growth of Big Agnes products was steady until 2006, when it increased by 60 percent. The companys motto you guessed it The Mother of Comfort.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Steamboat Springs is fast establishing the kind of real estate prices that are more commonly associated with Vail, Aspen and perhaps Telluride. The Steamboat Pilot & Today tells of a 6,277-square-foot slope-side townhome that was subdivided into a duplex. One side sold for $5.4 million and the other side for $5.3 million. Empty lots in the same neighborhood are listed for $2 million.Another property has an asking price of $4.3 million, and real estate agent Arlene Zopf of Steamboat Village Brokers says that many potential buyers see the price as no barrier. I have a lady from Texas coming this weekend, and she only wants to look at ski-in, ski-out properties only the best.


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