Ice skaters denied access to U.S.
KETCHUM, Idaho – Enough is enough, says the Idaho Mountain Express, after Olympic gold-medal ice skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier were denied admission into the United States. The pair were traveling from British Columbia to perform at the Sun Valley Resort.The U.S. immigration official at the border said the pair lacked proper work papers and hence could not continue traveling to perform at Sun Valley. The INS “surely knew the celebrated skaters were regulars on the U.S. ice show circuit and could have used discretion in allowing them to continue to Sun Valley to perform while paper shufflers figured out the error,” said the paper.Crested Butte gussies up for prime timeCRESTED BUTTE – With new owners at the ski area and the real estate slump over, things are happening at Crested Butte.On the mountain, new owners Tim and Diane Mueller are investing $6.5 million in what is described as a “cosmetic overhaul.” There’s one new lift, servicing a new real estate subdivision, some improved lifts that run to the mountain’s extreme terrain, and a smidgen of new intermediate terrain. The paint brushes also seem to be out.With deeper pockets than the former owners, the Calloway and Walton families, the Muellers intend to open the ski area earlier and keep it operating longer. This year, the Crested Butte will open before Thanksgiving, a sharp contrast to the last several years, when the ski area either did not charge for skiing during early season or waited until just before Christmas.