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Language of snow celebrated at resort

Allen Best

WHISTLER, B.C. Ð Whistler is amid a small but culturally important project call Words for Snow.

Already, an aluminum panel has been wrapped around the fire hydrant near a prominent bridge in the town. The panel features six words from the Inuit language along with their definitions in English, plus slang words for snow used in Whistler. Local libraries are leading the search for other words, 100 altogether, in other languages.



The reason for the project, explains Pique, is that snow is a passion for those who love Whistler. “It is essential to the experience and history of this place, and deserves celebration,” explains the newsmagazine. “The Words for Snow project celebrates the phenomenon and language of snow.”

Instead of one focal point for this project, seven or eight panels may be created, each featuring different collections of words. The panels may be in various forms and may be displayed to enhance utilitarian objects such as fire hydrants.



Coyotes attack dog near Telluride

TELLURIDE, Colo. Ð Coyotes are being fingered in the attack of an 80-pound dog on the outskirts of Telluride.



A woman said the dog suffered puncture wounds and a gash while she was walking the dog, off-leash, at the town park. Coyotes had previously been heard in the area.

A veterinarian told The Telluride Watch that coyotes don’t often attack large dogs, and speculated coyotes had cubs in the area.

Canada seeing more snowboarders

WHISTLER, B.C. – Dale Reynolds began snowboarding at age 50 at Whistler, at a time when older people on snowboards were a distinct anomaly.

But he persevered, and in a lift line one day he got to talking with a man and the man’s 10-year-old son. The boy continually looked at Reynolds and then at his board.

“I said I’m pretty old to be on a board, eh?” Reynolds recalled in an interview with Whistler’s Pique.

“He said yeah, then asked me: ‘Mister do you take air?'”

“I told him at my age I was more likely to pass air. The rest of the line probably appreciated that more than him,” added Reynolds.

By one estimate, snowboarders now make up 30 to 40 percent of ski pass users in British Columbia. Overall in Canada, reports the Canadian Ski Council, 63 percent of ski hill users are on alpine skis, 31 percent on snowboards and 4 percent on snow skates. Many users switch from one to another.


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