New avalanche book draws praise
WHISTLER, B.C. A new book about avalanches and the lure of the backcountry provoked a favorable review from G.D. Maxwell, of Pique newsmagazine.”In the Path of an Avalanche,” by Vivien Bowers of Nelson, B.C., examined an avalanche in 1998 that killed six skiers, but her broader goal was to delve into snow science and the even more puzzling question of why people put themselves in harm’s way.”It’s suspenseful, which is no small trick considering the outcome is well known,” writes Maxwell of the book. “It’s educational without being pedantic, preachy or insufferably dull. It’s multidisciplinary in its attempt to explain what happened, how it might have happened, and even takes a crack at shedding light on why it happened.”Mostly, the book comes close to capturing the lyrical lure of the mountains, he says: “There is no attempt to directly answer the question of “Why do they go there?’ because the author understands that question can’t be answered to the satisfaction of anyone who doesn’t already know.”Jackson gets first “urban’ downtown buildingJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Downtown Jackson has a new building that some are calling “Tribecca in Jackson,” a reference to an area of New York City. The 42-foot-tall development has office space on the bottom floor and six residential apartments on the second and third floors the first truly urban dwellings in the valley, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Cost of the uptown digs range from $256 to $406 per square foot.Town residents, meanwhile, continue to argue the merits and imperfections of a rezoning that will allow more such taller and bulkier buildings. Some say the bigger buildings will not benefit the community, while others maintain denser downtown building will reduce sprawl.Wally World ad isn’t from little, old CanmoreCANMORE, Alberta Canadian television viewers will soon see a Christmas commercial for Wal-Mart that suggests the setting is scenery-blessed Canmore. In fact, in-store scenes were shot in Calgary and the outdoor shorts in Golden, B.C. For that matter, Canmore doesn’t even have a Wal-Mart, nor does Wal-Mart have plans to build there.Still, the local tourism director told the Rocky Mountain Outlook that the television exposure “can’t help but be a positive thing” for Canmore. Sounds like the Hollywood publicist for the scandal-tainted actress, who said the only bad news is an obituary.