Story of skiing addiction told |

Story of skiing addiction told

Allen Best Special to the Daily

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.-“Snowblind Love’ is the name of an exhibit being featured at the Teton County Library.

“The love for snow in this town is absolutely unconditional,” said curator Jill Anderson. “Despite the expense, all the ACL injuries, all the risk, the cold weather, the avalanches, people love their skiing. In that way, it’s so blind, but it’s definitely love.”

Exhibits tell the story of skiing –from early ranchers who made skis out of red fir with elk skin on the bottoms to the first person to snowboard down the Grand Teton.

No pot of gold after 55 years

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. – Are there pots of gold at the end of the rainbow of ski area development? No, says Alex Cushing, who has 55 years experience in testing that proposition.

Cushing began building Squaw Valley from a one-lift ski hill in 1949, and by 1960 the resort held the Winter Olympics. Today, at age 90, he still lives within walking distance of Squaw’s main base-area ski lift. He was recently inducted into the U.S. National ski Hall of Fame.

“I’ve been doing this for 55 years, and what you really get out of it is that there’s no reward at the end of the rainbow,” Cushing told the Sierra Sun. “It’s the day to day; that’s what you get out of it. That indicates that if you’re smart, you do everyday what you really like to do, if you can.”

Energy industry fouls the Durango-area air

DURANGO – Californians have flocked to Durango with its red-rock deserts on one side and 14,000-foot peaks on the other. But it turns out that Durango is in the same league as Los Angeles for ozone, an odorless stew of gases that becomes toxic when heated by sunlight.

Durango’s traffic congestion is not a major problem, though. The primary culprits, reports the Durango Telegraph, are gas-well compressors and coal-fired power plants in nearby New Mexico. Up to 13,000 new gas wells and associated compressors have been approved, and there’s a proposal to build another coal-fired electricity plant in the Four Corners area.

The damage from compressors can be fixed by installing catalytic converters, says Mark Pearson, executive director of the San Juan Citizens’ Alliance. “So far the industry has been too cheap to do that.”

High-speed ISPs reach Crested Butte

CRESTED BUTTE – Add Crested Butte to the list of remote mountain towns where computers can now gulp down buckets of data from the Internet.

Before September, most residents relied on satellite television packages, T-1 lines or wireless connections using antennas and small dishes.

Soon, however, there will be two companies offering broadband. The Crested Butte News reports that the Internet connectivity could make the community more attractive for business relocation.

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