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Heliskiing lodge goes water-power

Allen Best

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – A lodge used as a base for heliskiing in the Selkirk Mountains near Revelstoke is now being powered mostly by a small hydroelectric plant, called a “microhydro.”The microhydro eliminates the need to burn large quantities of diesel and propane, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere by 226 tons annually.The Revelstoke Times Review reports that the dam, called a weir, measures 16 feet across. Site of the dam was chosen carefully so as to avoid separating the creek’s bull trout and the insects they eat. Total cost of the project has been $500,000, but given the reduction in cost of other fuels, the payback is expected within seven years.Resort on verge of a villageTRUCKEE/LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A Colorado-style base village will soon open at California’s Northstar ski area.The first phase of the project includes 72 condominiums, a large ice-skating rink and three buildings for shops like The North Face and Helly Hansen and restaurants like Earthly Delights and Euro Snaks. Some 70 percent of the retail spaces have been leased, reports the Sierra Sun.Construction last fall was slowed by rains. A shortage of materials resulting from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina also caused delays. Building of the second phase, which will include two buildings of condominiums, is underway. Developer of the project is Colorado-based East West Partners.Squaw hotel rooms converted to condosSQUAW VALLEY, Calif. – A $53 million renovation at Squaw Valley that includes conversion of 405 hotel rooms into 238 condominiums has been completed.Of those condos, 200 have been sold. Still, with separate entrances to each room in the two-bedroom and penthouse condominiums, the former hotel rooms can function as before. As such, 375 rooms – 90 percent of the original rooms – will be available for rent.Next, the Resort at Squaw Valley plans to add 160 condominiums, a four-story parking garage, and 50 employee housing units, although the construction schedule has not been nailed down.Vail, Colorado

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