Crossing streams shouldn’t be easy |

Crossing streams shouldn’t be easy

Allen Best

SANTA FE, N.M. – Stewart Udall, a former secretary of Interior in the 1960s and an architect of the Wilderness Act of 1964, took a hike in a wilderness area near the Santa Fe Ski Area recently, and the Los Angeles Times tagged along to record his observations.At age 85, he’s moving more slowly now, but he gamely sloshed across a stream. “This is good wilderness,” he said. “Any time you have to struggle a bit to cross a stream you’ve got good wilderness.”Along with Robert McNamara ,he is the last surviving member of President John Kennedy’s Cabinet. Kennedy, he recalls, wanted his senior officials to show some “vigah.” To that end, Udall climbed Japan’s Mt. Fuji and Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro and rafting several rivers while in the Cabinet.Just last year, Udall hiked up from the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail.McNamara also was active. He contributed money for creation of two backcountry ski huts, McNamara and Margy’s, in the famed 10th Mountain Division string between Aspen and Vail. While also in his 80s, he continued to ski into the huts until relatively recently. Tahoe had very, very good winterNORTH TAHOE, Calif. – Are the Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts soon to inherit the crown as the center of skiing in North America? A big winter has at least one economic development official talking such talk.”We are on the edge of the next best thing,” said Andy Chapman, tourism director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. Colorado and Canada have had their turns, and now it’s Tahoe’s turn, he told the Tahoe World.What inspired such optimistic talk was a winter that arrived early and stayed steady, even as resorts to the north faltered. As a result, lodging tax collections – a good barometer of the tourism economy – were up 21 percent between Thanksgiving and December period, and 10 percent the first few months of the year. Whistler wants tubing parkWHISTLER, B.C. Intrawest is tinkering with how to create a tubing park at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski areas. Pique reports that the staff is reviewing similar tubing parks at Mont Tremblant in Quebec and just on the other side of Vail Pass, at Copper Mountain.Vail, Colorado

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