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I am writing to disagree with the letter from D. Cordes, who contends that the slopes have been made more hazardous by the presence of snowboarders.

As an adult beginning skier in the early ’80s, when there were no snowboarders, I found the slopes to be more hazardous than they are today due to the presence of young (and sometimes not so young) out-of-control skiers.

I was personally run down by young skiers more than once, and witnessed some stupendous collisions caused by young hotshot skiers going straight down the mountain without making turns. I once spent an afternoon in the waiting room of the Snake River Clinic at Arapahoe with some terrified young skiers who had run down a young woman skier, and thought they might have killed her.

I am still a skier and have no interest in taking up snowboarding, but I would much rather share the slopes with young snowboarders than with young skiers.

Why? The learning curve for skiers is much steeper than for snowboarders and boarders learn to stay in control much more quickly.

Young people have always craved speed, but my personal experience has been that young speeding snowboarders are in better control and are far less dangerous than young speeding skiers.

Guy Ayrault


Great work

In the name of the entire interfaith chapel community, I want to express a public thank you to Kris Sabel, Steve Black, sound technician extraordinaire, and the entire crew at the Vilar Center for allowing theVail and Beaver Creek interfaith chapels to hold Christmas Eve services intheir fabulous facility. Their kindness and hard work allowed many in the valley to celebrate the birth of Christ through worship.

Rev. Eugene Scott

Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Chapels

No excuse

In response to Mr. Gossett’s criticisms of Mr. Braunholtz’s well-considered editorial: Most of the uses cited can and should be met by private-lands forestry.

There is absolutely no excuse for the U.S. Forest Service to lose millions of dollars in taxpayer money every year on unsustainable, cut-rate timber sales such as the one pictured below.

The great news for fans of “renewable resources” extraction on public lands is that the Bush administration has plans for more deficit forestry efforts just like this one! And they’re busy making sure that you and I will have nothing to say about it.

As to “once they’re gone, they’re gone”: While sustainably harvested trees might be renewable, wild forests and the habitat they represent are not.

Jonathan Staufer

Colorado Wild


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