Mammoth’s new half-pipe "Super-Duper’
The secret to the behemoth, explained the newspaper, is the Zaugg Pipe Monster, the granddaddy of all pipe machines.
“This baby can sculpt a perfect pipe without breaking a sweat. S When Mammoth pros like Tommy Czeschin and Tara Dakides hit the Super-Duper Pipe, don’t be surprised to see them launching as high as 35 feet off the ground.”
Crested Butte Club Med pushed to open in summer
CRESTED BUTTE – There’s talk that the Club Med Crested Butte may open for summer operations, something it hasn’t done since acquiring the hotel two years ago.
We’re begging for it,” said Victoria Johne, financial and administrative manager. But the Crested Butte News (Jan. 17) reports that Club Med’s new chairman, Heenri Giscard D’Estaing, is unwilling to make such a move so soon into his presidency.
Upgrades to begin on Highway to Whistler
WHISTLER, British Columbia – Driving between Vancouver and Whistler will be slowed somewhat beginning in March as work begins to improve a short segment of the highway. A separate project to upgrade the highway from Horseshoe Bay to Whistler, partly in preparation of the possible 2010 Winter Olympics, is currently going through the approval process, reports the Whistler Question Jan. 16).
Poaching may cost two years of skiing
TELLURIDE – Ducking boundary ropes to poach powder can be expensive at Telluride, with the penalty being from 30 days to two years of lost skiing privileges.
The Telluride Watch says that at least 12 pass- and ticket-holders had their privileges revoked on New Year’s Day. Most had ducked the rope into an area of the mountain where ski patrollers were controlling avalanches by setting off explosives.
Escort service expects brisk but not frisky biz
PARK CITY, Utah – An escort service called Hometown Babes has opened an office in Park City’s Main Street district, hoping to cash in on the resort’s convention business, as well as the imbalance of male skiers to female skiers.
The owner, identified only as “Victoria,” expects a brisk business, but not a frisky business. Her employees – typically models and students from nearby Salt Lake City – understand what they can and cannot do, she said.
“I’m telling them they have to be legal,” she told The Park Record (Jan. 11).
The local chamber of commerce greens the new business.
“Any service we can offer our destination visitors is an additional amenity,” said Shawn Stinson, chamber spokesman. “If it’s a service that’s requested enough, whether food or beverage-oriented or companion-oriented, it adds to the product mix.”
Among Vail’s volunteers, we tracked down Bob “Buckwheat” Buckley, Tony White and Brooke Franke Gagnon. They all said it was tough, that they loved it and suggested that if you try it you’ll love it too.