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Telluride won’t cater to biking extremes

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

TELLURIDE, Colorado ” If you’re a mountain biker at Telluride, there’s no real place to throw the wheels down a steep fall line ” not legally, at least.

That’s not to say it doesn’t happen. In fact, it’s getting to be a real problem at the Telluride ski area.

The U.S. Forest Service, which administers the land, says the trails tend to go straight down fall lines, resulting in erosion that removes the shallow forest earth down to bare rock. When that happens, mountain bikers go elsewhere, to repeat the scaring, erosive process. Thus created, the ravines tend to grow over time.

At some ski areas, such as at Whistler and Blackcomb, operators have catered specifically to extreme mountain bikers. That will not happen at Telluride.

The reason, said Dave Riley, chief executive officer of the Telluride Ski and Golf Co., is there isn’t enough money to be made in biking. Some of the mountain-bike parks in North American work best when they are near a large city, he went on to explain.

“If you can get a high level of participation, then you come close to breaking even,” he said.

A major cost, a report in The Telluride Watch indicates, is liability.

DURANGO, Colorado ” The Durango-area real estate market continues to tread water. Bob Allen, a real estate analyst there, said home values in 2008 will be “flat, at best.”

This flies in the face of press releases issued by the National Association of Realtors, which continue to argue that the market has been stable or stabilizing. “It just keeps stabilizing and stabilizing and stabilizing,” he said.

The Durango Herald also notes that John Wells, of The Wells Group, thinks there will be fewer real-estate brokers in the area by the end of the year.

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. ” Like a lot of ski towns, Mammoth Lakes is atwitter about the height of a proposed 112-unit condo-hotel. The building would average 48 feet, topping out at 77 feet.

There are the usual complaints from adjoining property owners about blocked views, traffics congestion and light pollution. But The Sheet reports a new twist: A member of the Audubon Society warns about the impact to two species of birds, tree swallows and common night hawks.

The birds eat insects, which can be found in the creek that runs through the site. The birds fly up to 100 feet on either side of the creek ” and bam! Yes, he sees the birds flying into the building.

“Putting a tall building with reflective glass so close to Mammoth Creek would cause a great threat to these birds,” said Kent Wells.


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