Parking woes in the backcountry
A quarter-century ago, there were maybe a half-dozen cars each day parked at Teton Pass, carrying mostly cross-country skiers. Today, it’s not uncommon to see skiers, snowshoers, snowboarders and snowmobilers parking 90 cars. And that means the potential for lots of conflicts in the backcountry.To that end, Jay Pistono is helping organize a volunteer force for the U.S. Forest Service, to gently help people adopt rules. “In the early “80s, it just didn’t matter, because there were only five or six cars up there,” he told the Jackson Hole News & Guide.The volunteers hope to get skiers and snowboarders to pick up the poop left by their dogs along the trails. They will also suggest that users yield to those going downhill, as snowboarders in particular need to maintain their downhill momentum.Boarders, “shoers, and “bilers are asked to avoid walking or riding over ski tracks. And snowmobilers will be steered away from designated wilderness areas.Tahoe home prices soarSOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. Median sales prices of homes in the South Lake Tahoe area increased by 18 percent last year. Most of the homes selling were in the $300,000 to $400,000 range, with fewer homes in the below-$200,000 range as compared to last year.Realtors contacted by the Tahoe Daily Tribune said they believe that the prices will continue to rise, because the supply in the South Lake Tahoe area is limited. Prices there, however, still remain far below those in Colorado destination resort areas.Couple claims heater caused poisoningMOUNTAIN VILLAGE, Colo. A couple from Miami have filed suit, claiming permanent brain damage caused by leaking carbon monoxide from an improperly repaired water heater.The lawsuit, reports The Telluride Watch, says that when police arrived the carbon monoxide levels were at 262 parts per million and this after the doors and windows had been open for several hours.The EPA standard for human exposure to carbon monoxide exposure is 9 parts per million for an eight-hour period once a year.Nail-banging rebounds in Park CityPARK CITY, Utah Construction in Park City rose last year to $59 million, topping the $51.5 million expended in 2002, although still far below the $119 million recorded in 1999 when Park City was revving up for the Winter Olympics and the national economy was roaring.City officials tell The Park Record that they expect the building pace to pick up this year.Vail, meanwhile, had its busiest construction year ever last year – $94.2 million. The two largest projects begun were expansion of a private school and a major affordable housing project. Town officials expect this to be even busier as work begins on several new hotels and other redevelopment projects.