Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mountain Town News


By ALLEN BEST - MTN TOWN NEWS SERVICE

Vehicles 10, moose 0 in Jackson encounters

JACKSON, Wyo.—An estimated 10 moose have died on the segment of two-lane highway between Jackson and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort during the last year, half of them during this winter alone.

Appalled by the carnage, a long-time resident of cushy Teton Village, Uta Olson, donated $30,000 to buy portable message boards to remind drivers of the hazard.

"5 MOOSE KILLED NXT 1MI," one of the signs says.

Some wildlife advocates have called for a reduction in speed limit, now 45 mph, to 35 mph during evening hours.

Barn-burner month recorded at Whistler

WHISTLER, B.C.—If anybody can catch time for a breath, it's an occasion for hurrahs in Whistler. Lodging occupancy numbers for January were up 23 percent compared to the same month last year—and 6 percent over the previous record, set in 2001.

Part of Whistler's success is due to its promotional programs. Among other things, the resort offered a free vacation—including salary—to a lucky winner. That winner was from the U.K., which also happens to be one of the places from where destination visitors are now starting to book earlier and more often. A surge in visitors from the U.S. is also reported by Pique Newsmagazine.

Only one thing keeps the enthusiasm at bay. Visitors are still getting cheaper rooms than before the recession.

Another avie death in Utah sidecountry

PARK CITY, Utah—Another avalanche death, this time in a gulch adjacent to The Canyons ski resort. It's the fourth avalanche death in Utah this winter, and the second in the past seven years at this particular site. Officials tell the Park Record that the victim and his companions were not wearing avalanche beacons or equipped with shovels.

Gay ski weeks offer outdoor conviviality

PARK CITY, Utah—After a decade of promoting gay ski week at California's Mammoth Mountain, Tom Whitman now returns to Park City for what has become the second annual gay ski week there.

The event in Mammoth has grown enormously. He hopes for the same success at Park City.

"Last year we had 200 to 300 people, and this year we're expecting 400 to 500," he told the Park Record. "I want this to be the second biggest event in Park City next to the Sundance Film Festival."

Whitman said he first visited Park City when he was on the ski team at the University of California-Los Angeles.

"The gay community has expanded in how it's becoming more prevalent in different places around the country in the last 10 years," he said. "There is still a need for events catering to the gay community—guys and girls can come out here and feel comfortable."

One of the event organizers, John Manelski, told the newspaper that the concept of a gay ski week saved snowboarding for him.

"When I came out of the closet, I couldn't find anyone to golf or snowboard with," he said. "Those happen to be two things I love doing."

Plant hardiness changes in mountain towns

FRASER, Colo.—The U.S. government recently issued revised maps for plant hardiness zones, the first revision since 1990.

The zones have shifted somewhat. The new maps draw upon more temperature gauges. Particularly in mountainous areas of the West, this has had the perhaps unexpected result of putting valleys into colder zones than they were in previously, according to the website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But the broader sweep of the past few decades has been increasing temperatures, especially on winter nights. The zones are based on the minimum winter temperatures between 1976 and 2005.

And in places like Aspen, Jackson and Fraser—the latter a Colorado town that once called itself the icebox of the nation—temperatures have clearly been rising in the last decade as compared to the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

In Aspen, the new zones were taken as restating the obvious impact of human-caused climate change. The town had previously been in Zone 3, with low temperatures between minus 30 and 40. Now, it's in Zone 5, with temperatures not regularly any lower than minus 10 to 15 degrees.

Gyles Thronley, a landscape architect, told the Aspen Daily News that the new hardiness zone will give planters license to use trees, shrubs and perennials, among them honey locusts, that previously were thought not to be hardy.

"It actually makes the life of landscape architects and gardeners much easier, because it gives us more options," he said.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads



-->
 Local Weather 
Search archives:


Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.