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Mountain News: Gaglardis invest in Revelstoke



The Gaglardi family of Vancouver, who are at the helm of the proposed Garibaldi at Squamish ski resort, have bought a significant equity interest in Revelstoke Mountain Resort development.

The purchase was more than $10 million according to a report in the Vancouver Sun.

The billion dollar Revelstoke development is set to open Dec. 22 for the ski season.

The principles in Revelstoke Mountain Resort now include four partners: Denver developer Don Simpson, Toronto developers Hunter Milborne and Robert Powadiuk and the Gaglardi family.

The Revelstoke resort is expected to be completed over 15 years and will include more than 5,000 housing units and 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and a golf course.


Beacon saved sledder

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – A happier report was filed from Bondurant, Wyo., where a snowmobiler from Jackson was caught in an avalanche on Dec. 2. The slide was relatively small, but it buried his head under two feet of snow.

“When it started slowing down, that’s when I started freaking out,” said Jason Blair, 33. “It got tight, and I couldn’t move.”

Ending up face down, he told the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the weight was “unbearable,” as if somebody had dumped snow from the bucket of a front-end loader onto his back.

Luck was with him. He had eight companions that day, and they immediately rushed to where they believed he was. He was wearing an avalanche transceiver, and it worked. His companions also had beacons, although some discovered that their batteries were dead. One of those without a workable beacon began probing, and within the fourth try luckily hit Blair’s helmet.

Within five minutes, the companions got air to Blair’s mouth and nose, which were packed with snow.

He was also lucky in another way. He had put the beacon into his backpack. It wasn’t ripped from his body in the slide, but it could have been. From now on, said Blair, his beacon goes around his body.


Mining history on the move

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – Breckenridge continues to reconfigure its landscape, softening the hard edges of its mining heritage. That heritage included the churning of vast piles of gravel in rivers and creeks by steam-powered dredges, yielding minute quantities of gold. In some cases, the rivers were dredged up to 50 feet deep, down to bedrock.

Although the dredge mining ended in 1942, vast piles of rock remained piled high in the Blue River at the town’s entrance well into the 1980s. Some piles remain even now in the Blue, as well as its chief tributaries, French Creek and the Swan River.

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