Steamboat aiming for Vails skiers |

Steamboat aiming for Vails skiers

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Look out Aspen and Vail; Steamboat is gunning for your skiers.The resort is adding a substantial number of airplane seats next winter, and will have 490 potential passengers every Saturday from the three major airports in and near New York City.Accompanying the fact that New York is the single most lucrative ski market is the fact that its the single most expensive media market, said Andy Wirth, vice president of sales and marketing for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp, but in this case, we felt the financial reward is there.Unlike flights from Atlanta, on which about 40 percent of passengers actually come from Atlanta, about 98 percent of passengers on the Saturday flights from New York will come from New York.Wirth told the Steamboat Pilot & Today that this is the single biggest undertaking of total capacity and new markets the resort has ever seen.

PARK CITY, Utah Municipal officials in Park City have asked residents to cut back on outdoor watering. Maybe people havent switched their thoughts to the bigger picture around us, said Mayor Dana Williams. City officials say that daily water use is consuming 85 percent of capacity, with three-quarters of that use devoted to landscaping. Fire officials, reports The Park Record, are worried about the fire danger after a hot May and June elevated the risk of wildfires.

JACKSON, Wyo. Jacksons town government is talking about taller buildings in the community core once again and how high is too high.Current regulations allow 35 feet though projects that include affordable housing and extra parking are given 48 feet. But the latter height has produced buildings that are bulkier than what municipal councilors want to see.In response, the city is now looking at a proposed 42-foot limit downtown, reports the Jackson Hole News&Guide. The thinking is that a little bit taller buildings will result in more residential housing on the upper levels, and hence mixed-use, walkable communities. Councilor Mark Obringer said the change could net a couple hundred housing units in downtown Jackson.Councilor Bob Lenz, who has long opposed four-story buildings, said he believes the proposed 42 feet will result in high-ceiling living units directly conflicting with Jacksons avowed goal of having a smaller carbon footprint. It is a hypocrisy saying we are going green and going to conserve energy and then create more large living units, he said.

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