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Hot springs planned at Ridgway

Allen Best Special to the Daily

RIDGWAY – A fancy hot springs and 64-room hotel is being planned in Ridgway, at the turnoff for Telluride. Either Marriott or Hilton will operate the hotel, the developer said last year.

As for the hot springs, none now exists at the site, says The Telluride Watch. If drilling to 1,000 feet fails to yield a geothermal source, then water will be heated conventionally, according to development representatives.

However, there are grounds for optimism. Two commercial hot springs, one clothing optional and the other clothing mandatory, are located within several miles, the latter at Ouray. A variety of motels also have their own hot springs in Ouray.

Avalanche lessons learned in Canada

SILVERTON – The San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado may have the most avalanche-prone snowpack in the United States. Certainly, the highway that traverses the west side of the mountains, Highway 550, can claim that distinction.

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It’s only appropriate that the nation’s oldest avalanche school is located in Silverton. Founded in 1962, the school’s students have changed little over the decades, but the depth of snow science has.

Still, knowing what causes avalanches is not the same thing as taking care to avoid them, points out the Durango Telegraph. A recent study in Canada showed that 75 percent of avalanche fatality victims had received some avalanche-awareness training. Survivors again and again told of their drive to cut first tracks overwhelming their logic and good planning.

The Silverton Avalanche School has reviewed this finding and adjusted its curriculum accordingly. “People need to understand that backcountry travel is a constant series of decisions,” says Bruce Conrad, director of the school.

Neighbors slug it out in Telluride

TELLURIDE – Telluride is the latest among ski towns to have a night at the fights. More than 600 people ponied up $60 each to watch their neighbors beat at each other in what in older days were called “smokers.”

Some things have changed Smoking, of course, is becoming taboo. Women beating on other women is now part of the night. But the girl-girl stuff apparently doesn’t end just there. According to one viewer who confided to The Telluride Watch, the night’s most interesting moments were provoked by the between-fights ring girl.

Shedding more clothes with each successive bout, tantalizingly flickering her twice-pierced tongue as she stalked the ring, she had the boxing fan mesmerized. Then, in an exclamation mark, the ring-girl engaged in some very, very enthusiastic, affectionate encouragement of a female boxer.

The same promoter has put on shows in Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs, and he will soon stage slugfests in Vail and Winter Park.

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