STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Sven Wiik has been skiing now for 89 years, and he owes his vigor to at least two precepts.
First, he skis nearly every day on the Nordic tracks around the Scandinavian Lodge that he founded in the 1960s in the hills above Steamboat Springs.
"There are two reason I ski," he told The Steamboat Pilot and Today. "It's enjoyable, and I do it to stay in shape. I need the exercise. I eat a lot."
His 91st birthday was celebrated on Sunday, and the Pilot and Today says Wiik's advice was conspicuously demonstrated.
"Moderation," he stated simply. "I've been eating all my life, and that's the word I use more than any. Moderate in everything."
Surrounded by a field of decorated cupcakes, he carefully selected one — but only one, says the Pilot and Today.
"The thing that doesn't appeal to me is when people start to talk about when you shouldn't eat this or shouldn't eat that. Eat dessert. But eat it in moderation."
A native of Sweden, he competed on behalf of that country in the 1948 Olympics as a gymnast, then a demonstration sport. Later, for 19 years, he was ski coach and an assistant professor of health and physical education at Western State College, located near Crested Butte. He also helped guide the U.S. cross-country and Nordic combined ski team at the 1960 Olympics at Squaw Valley.
Deep pow in spots, wind-crust in others
VAIL, Colo. —Winds were ferocious across Colorado last week. Ski-town newspapers were full of stories about closed highways, avalanches on wind-loaded slopes, and power outages.
The most interesting story came out of Vail, where the ski area initially posted reports of 30 centimetres of new snow one morning. By mid-morning, however, the ski company had posted a message on its Facebook page saying that the earlier report was inaccurate.
Actually, Vail Mountain got more than 30 centimetres on some runs, but almost nothing on other runs.
Chris Jarnot, the chief operating officer at Vail Mountain, tweeted an apology at noon. "We blew the snow report this a.m. — apologies to those who were disappointed. Our goal is to be accurate and over deliver," he said, according to a report in the Vail Daily.
Vehicles 10, moose 0
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.