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Said the other regular musician from the bar, George Souza, "I think the guy has a future in show business."
Telluride what Colorado used to be
TELLURIDE, Colo. The "Were Not Another Congested I-70 Resort" theme that has been noted in Crested Butte, Steamboat, and Aspen has now spread to Telluride and Mountain Village.
There, the new executive director of the convention and visitors bureau, Leary OGorman, is aiming to close the gaps on the shoulder seasons. One of the initiatives aims at the Colorado Front Range, trying to entice visitors for long weekends. "People are taking shorter vacations, and four-day excursions are close enough to use the car," he told The Telluride Watch. Telluride is about seven hours from Denver.
In its advertisements in newspapers and on buses in Denver, Telluride is iterating the "Colorado as it used to be theme."
"Telluride is what Colorado was 50 years ago," he says. "Remember the first time you drove over Loveland Pass and saw Summit County? Now you drive through the tunnel and see the strip malls of Summit County."
Its getting ugly at some resorts
SILVERTON, Colo. The lower portion of Vail Mountain looks like something you left in the refrigerator too long. At Snowmass, the lake under one lift looks deep enough for waders for anyone attempting to retrieve a glove or a ski.
But at Silverton Mountain, theres still powder. A storm the first weekend in April delivered 26 inches of snow. "It might be golf season in the lowlands, but up at 12,300 feet it is still mid-winter," crows the new resort. Discounted skiing for its guided tours are available through April.
Meanwhile, Silverton Mountain continues to await word from federal officials as to what will be allowed on federal lands. Silverton hopes for unfettered skiing, but the more likely prospect is continued requirement of guides, as is being done now in the trial program. Few places have as much steep-and-deep terrain and hence as much avalanche threat. However, according to reports in various newspapers, the new resort has shown it can do avalanche control well.
Steamboat planning a grape idea
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. It has worked in Aspen and Vail, and so now Steamboat is planning what The Steamboat Pilot calls a "grape idea." The idea, of course, is a wine festival, but Steamboat is planning to hit a somewhat lower price level than its sibling resorts, with $40 tickets.