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Transceivers, shovels required in Telluride

Allen Best

TELLURIDE – Ski areas continue to diversify their portfolio of skiing experiences. Consider Telluride, where ski area managers expect in January to open a trail called Mountain Quail.Getting to the trail requires a 30-minute hike from the nearest lift. Those getting there will be led by experts from the ski school and ski patrol, and will be required to wear avalanche beacons and carry shovels, as well as go through a 10- to 15-minute orientation.The reward for all this is virtually guaranteed deep powder, an experience that is gone on many ski mountains by noon, even after heavy snow storms.In other words, the new Telluride experience sounds an awful lot like skiing at Silverton Mountain, Colorado’s newest ski area. There, on almost uniformly double-black-diamond terrain, guides and avalanche transceivers are mandatory.Third lawsuit filed against ski villageWOLF CREEK PASS, Colo. – Yet a third lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to block construction of a base-area village at the Wolf Creek ski area.The village is proposed by Red McCombs and other investors. McCombs is a co-founder of Clear Channel Communications and also owner of the Minnesota Vikings. After a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service during the 1980s that environmental groups say was questionable, McCombs now has 287 acres he proposes to develop. The vision, says the environmental group Colorado Wild, is of a city of 8,000 people in one of Colorado’s snowiest passes. The ski area many years has the deepest snow of any resort in Colorado.But the ski area itself, after first cutting a deal with McCombs, is now suing in attempt to block his proposal for 2,172 housing units, 12 restaurants, and several hotels. So is Colorado Wild and a parallel group, the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council. These groups claim that the county commissioners in Mineral County, where the ski area is located, violated the law on both procedural and substantive grounds, failing to consider sufficiency of water and impacts to wetlands.Vail Colorado

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