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Lou Dawson, 53, is the first person to have skied down all 54 of Colorado's fourteeners.
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VAIL – Lou Dawson, a member of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, will sign his books at the Colorado Ski Museum from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday.The Carbondale man is considered one of the top mountaineers in the world. He’s also written several books on mountaineering. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in October. “I feel really good that I’ve been able to have several decades to be able to communicate about the sport with people,” he said.Dawson, 53, is the first person to have skied down all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners. He started with the descent of Castle Peak in 1978 and finished in 1991 with Kit Carson Peak in the Sangre de Cristo range.Dawson said he’s been doing some backcountry skiing this year near his home in the Roaring Fork Valley and he might try to do some skiing at Vail Pass Tuesday morning before the book signing.

Although big snowfalls can change the instability of snowpack, the high amount of snowfall this year is better than thin snow in the backcountry, he said.”It’s always a good trend to see more snow in Colorado in terms of avalanche safety,” he said.His books include “Dawson’s Guide to Colorado Backcountry Skiing,” “Colorado 10th Mountain Trails,” “Dawson’s Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners” and “Wild Snow.”- Edward Stoner

AVON – This week’s edition of Waterwise Wednesday deals with the role of elected and appointed board members of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District and the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority. The free session begins at 5 p.m., Wednesday at the Avon Public Library.The agencies are responsible for, among other things, providing enough clean drinking water, treating sewage, whitewater parks and studying a reservoir proposed in Wolcott.Presenters include Dennis Gelvin, general manager for the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Water and Sanitation District board members David Viele and Kent Rose, and Steve Friedman, a member of Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority’s board of directors.- Daily Staff Report



GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A private pilot ground school is being offered by Colorado Mountain College, Blake Street Center in Glenwood Springs starting Jan. 17. The class runs through May 2.This course prepares the student to take the private pilot written exam, a requirement for acquiring a private pilot License. The class is taught by local flight instructors Dick Weinberg and Jessica McMillan. Cost for the four-credit course is $172 plus books and supplies. Register by Sunday online at coloradomtn.edu or at any CMC campus.- Daily Staff ReportVail, Colorado


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