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Ski jumpers duke it out in Steamboat

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

BSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado Ski jumping has become largely an intramural event in Colorado. Only Steamboat Springs, with its jumps at Howelsen Hill, has the big jumps that have now bred several generations of Olympics.This is, observes Gary Crawford one of those Olympians far different than even 35 years ago. Then, he told the Steamboat Pilot & Today, he crisscrossed the state, to compete in Nordic combined competitions at Winter Park, Frisco, Aspen and Durango.But most of those places have abandoned their jumps, or have no more than smallish 15- or 20-meter jumps. As such, the Rocky Mountain Division ski jumping and Nordic combined competition that was held recently in Steamboat was a misnomer of title.It was, says the Pilot & Today, largely a case of Steamboat skiers left to duke it out amongst themselves.

CRESTED BUTTE Even in those places where its a disaster if it doesnt snow, snow season tends to take people by surprise.Witness the story in Crested Butte told by Ben Swietizer, who owns a hardware store. After a month of heavy snow, he told the Crested Butte News that there had been a run on snow shovels. We had 1,210 shovels in the last order. Theyre already gone, he said.Such purchases, he said, are spur of the moment. We dont sell a single shovel until we get several feet, he said.And Crested Butte has had several feet of snow this winter, and then some. The snow has been sufficient that town and county officials were scratching their heads about the costs of snow removal. The problem, said Crested Butte town manager Susan Parker, was that it has come in such major storms, causing huge amounts of overtime.The big snowfall this winter is also posing problems of where to put the stuff. In Crested Butte, there are fewer vacant lots than there used to be. If the snow has to be hauled downvalley, that will further escalate costs, she said.

PARK CITY, Utah Construction increased again last year in Park City, with a market of nearly $240 million in new projects. The previous record, set the year before, was $173 million. Building officials tell The Park Record that less of the building is explained by single-family houses. Instead, there were far more condominiums and townhouses. A few big projects, including hotels adjacent to the slopes at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort, boosted the numbers, as did the start of a hospital.

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