Vail-Winter Park ski route identified |

Vail-Winter Park ski route identified

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

FRASER, Colorado While some people have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to install a monorail or some other train up Colorados Interstate 70 corridor, Jean Vives of Fraser has been confronting another challenge: How to ski it.Formerly of Aspen, where he was co-director of Aspen Alpine Guides, he now lives in Fraser, near Winter Park, and from there he has laid out a ski trip from Vail to Winter Park. He thinks it can be done in seven to 10 days, without once spending the night in a tent.It goes like this: Vail to a backcountry ski hut near Vail Pass, then Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Loveland Basin. Then to the Henderson Mine, and the final leg to Winter Park. Altogether, thats not quite 63 miles.It sounds daunting, and it would take skill, Vives, 56, told the Middle Park Times. But there is only one spot where an ice ax and crampons might be handy. Otherwise, its all just basic backcountry skiing.

TELLURIDE A voluntary carbon offset program has been set up for the Telluride community. Called the Green Fund, it allows people to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide they are contributing to the atmosphere as the result of their travels, and to then make contributions accordingly.The collected money will be used for projects that reduce the communitys carbon footprint. For example, solar panels will be installed at the combined middle and high school in the first project. The eight panels, says The Telluride Watch, will produce enough electricity to power about six desktop computers for eight hours a day. The project is projected to cost $20,000.Chris Myers, a Telluride-based energy consultant, had asked for such a program.Ultimately, I think we each need to create as little carbon as possible, he said. But when I do travel I want to be able to offset the impact of that.Myers noted that on-line carbon-offset programs are available, but not knowing where his money was going, he distrusts them. Now I can say I helped put the solar panels on the roof.

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Walgreens is considering opening of a drug store in Jackson. A Walgreens spokeswoman told the Jackson Hole News&Guide that when selecting communities for new stories, it seeks areas that are popular with retirees, have significant tourism, and have hospitals. Jackson Hole fits the bill on all three counts.

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