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Everest skier guided by Buddhist monk

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. ” Last year Kit DesLauriers skied from the summit of Mt. Everest. Others had done so before, but she was the first to ski from the summit of the high mountains on all seven continents.

But while traveling to the mountain, she says, she talked with a Buddhist monk, Lama Gieshe, who gave her advice that stuck: “You must have the kindness of other beings at the root of your reason, for only then will you find continued success.”

She vowed after her success on Everest to help others less fortunate than herself pursue personal balance, worthy projects, and self-fulfillment. Recently, using money from her own benefactor, who remains unnamed, she has awarded $18,000 to eight applicants.

Recipients include an 18-year-old who will get $500 for violin lessons and a Jackson Hole couple who got $4,000 for a Habitat for Humanity mission in El Salvador.

CRESTED BUTTE ” The ski area at Crested Butte is expecting a worker shortage this winter as the result of a national surge in requests for foreign seasonal workers under the H-2B visa program.

The resort company last year had 105 workers under the program. This year it applied for 225 ” but not until late September, by which time the national cap for the winter months had been reached. While bills now being debated in Congress would lift that cap, there is no certainty they will be passed, reports the Gunnison Country Times.

Crested Butte has several new lodge that need employees . The resort had hoped that employees with H-2B visas would comprise 20 percent of the workforce.

However, the company hopes to fill staff positions with students holding J1 visas.

Other resort operators, such as Vail, seem much less distressed about the H2-B visa shortage, owing to more advance work in securing employees.

GRANBY ” Almost quietly, Granby, Colo., has been one of the major boom areas in the mountains during recent years.

It has annexed well more than 5,000 acres of land that is now being reconfigured into weekend homes for those wanting a slice of “Colorado as it used to be.”

Of course, Granby as it used to be is fast changing ” and some would say for the better.

The Sky-Hi Daily News reports the ground-breaking for a Denver International Airport-style building that will house a soccer field, complete with turf.


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