Steamboat halves snowmobile fleet |

Steamboat halves snowmobile fleet

Allen Best

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Ski town newspapers prominently carried the story of a Dec. 19 collision of a snowmobile on Vail Mountain with teenage ski racer Ashley Stamp of Steamboat Springs, and with good reason. Who hasn’t seen a snowmobile roaring its way up a slope and felt apprehensive?The Steamboat Pilot reports that well before the tragedy at Vail, managers at the Steamboat Ski Area had undertaken a plan to reduce the potential for a similar collision there. Doug Allen, Steamboat’s vice president of mountain operations, said that Steamboat trimmed its snowmobile fleet almost by half during the last two years.With the same goal of reducing the potential for a collision, Steamboat has been leaving snowmobiles dispersed around the mountain. When a ski company employee needs a snowmobile to complete a task, he or she can ski to the closest snowmobile to the task, reducing how much the snowmobile is used.B.C. biking called top notchWHISTLER, B.C. The International Mountain Biking Association for the second consecutive year has named British Columbia as the best location for mountain biking in the world. Whistler’s freeride park was part of the reason for B.C.’s top ranking as it is the “benchmark for lift-accessed mountain biking, said IMBA.B.C.’s downside? “Not much … perhaps getting too popular,” IMBA said.In the lower 48, only West Virginia got an A from IMBA.Slide warnings posted around Park CityPARK CITY, B.C. Last February a snowshoer was killed by an avalanche in a canyon adjacent to Park City. To reduce the chances of such a thing happening again, town officials have posed signs at popular trailheads that lead to risky slopes.Charlie Sturgis, the manager of a store selling outdoor goods, told The Park Record that the effort to remind people to be aware of hazardous conditions is a good thing to do. “Even after 30 years of dealing with the public in retail, you can’t give them too much information,” he said.Vail Colorado

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