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Versatilte socks for saleSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – SmartWool, the stocking manufacturer based in Steamboat Springs, has a new line of socks.Called Adrenaline, the model is designed for crossover outdoor enthusiasts – the sort who engage in several different kinds of activities in the same day.Accordingly, the stockings are lighter, but without sacrificing the heel padding. They will also be more expensive, $1 to $2 more over what is among the most pricey on the rack, notes The Steamboat Pilot (Aug. 31).Ski area for the eliteBANFF, Alberta – Sunshine Village ski area already has an area, called Delirium Dive, where avalanche transceivers, shovels and buddies similarly equipped are prerequisites.Now, for those who have tamed those runs, the ski area has a new Wild West area, reports the Banff Crag & Canyon (Aug. 28). John Ross, marketing director for Sunshine Village, estimated that only 1 percent of skiers will have the necessary skills.Jackson OKs taller buildingsJACKSON, Wyo. – New zoning has been adopted that seeks to encourage both higher and larger buildings in Jackson’s downtown core. The ostensible goal is to encourage more density, including affordable housing, as a way of curbing sprawl into surrounding Jackson Hole.The new law allows buildings to be 46 feet high, compared to the previous 35-foot limit, and allows a fourfold increase in bulk. While council members say they hope the looser zoning will result in more three- and four-story housing units, particularly those more affordable to Jackson’s workers, the zoning has no requirements to that effect.Some local residents say this approach leaves too much to chance.”When I hear that free-market, supply-and-demand approach, I feel frightened,” said Jean Ferguson.But Mayor Mark Barron said that previous efforts to eliminate problems by regulation have caused “severe, unintended consequences” that this rezoning seeks to address. In particular, he said, the Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 1995, “spawned a real estate market we will never catch up with.”Aspen, Ketchum, and Vail have also been struggling with some of the same issues. Vail has authorized an increase in density in its base-area complexes, Vail Village and Lionshead, partly as a way of getting rid of architecture from the 1960s now considered obnoxious. Aspen has yet to take action, but is also weighing the consequences of bigger buildings. After several months of heartburn, Ketchum just allowed a new hotel to rise to 47 feet.Four golf courses link together for promotionGRANBY – The four golf courses in the Winter Park to Grand Lake area are taking a cue from cooperative marketing in other areas, including Myrtal Beach Golf Holiday in South Carolina and the Reno-Lake Tahoe’s “Golf Along the High Sierra.” The latter is a coalition of 19 courses and dozens of hotels.Beginning last year, the four golf courses – Pole Creek, Grand Elk, SolVista, and Grand Lake – began pooling funds in a marketing promotion called “Grand Links.” Also included are 10 hotels and lodges.”It’s like gas stations,” said Brian Ryall, director of golf at SolVista. “If you put four gas stations at an intersection they’ll do better than if they’re standing alone.” The budget is a shoestring of $10,000, half of that coming from government, reports The Denver Post (Aug. 21).


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