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Rain fell on Whistler’s Christmas

Allen Best

WHISTLER, B.C. “At least in early winter, Whistler is always on the margins between rain and snow. This year, with a temperature averaging one full degree warmer, rain prevailed to the very summit of Whistler-Blackcomb.

Down lower, in the valley, the rain was destructive to businesses that depend on snow. “We’ve never been closed for Christmas, ever,” said Kim Wilson, owner of Blackcomb Snowmobile. Her business was closed for 10 days.

Soon after Christmas, temperatures chilled, producing about 3 1/2 feet of snow in a week’s time at higher elevations. Still, there are worries that this year’s rains ” on top of torrential rains last year ” will dampen reservations for next year, reports Pique.

PARK CITY, Utah ” Like so many ski towns, Park City has its roots in the mining era. As such, Main Street first was a place of groceries, hardware stores and other such shops.

Main Street now serves a different clientele, of course, but curiously sandwiched between two art galleries is an old-fashioned Laundromat, where it’s $1.25 a load.

The Park Record doesn’t say exactly why the owner hasn’t long ago cashed out, except that the place seems to thrive ” partly because it’s so close to the bars. For some, a load of laundry is just enough time to get a quick beer.

FRASER, Colo. – The towns of Fraser and Winter Park, which sit cheek by jowl, are talking about consolidation.

Already, they share a border and police officers. They will soon share building inspectors. And, says the Winter Park Manifest, it would make sense for them to share land-use planning. Heck, the newspaper even foresees the day of the two sharing a name.

What name would that be? Fraser is the older of the two community, with a history dating to the post office that was established there in 1876, even if it was not incorporated until 1953.

Winter Park began life as a railroad camp in the 1920s, but very quickly became something of a ski resort that, after World War II, was known as Hideaway Park. It was incorporated in 1978 and given the name Winter Park, to create a common identity with the ski area of the same name.

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