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Blann said the building did exactly as it was supposed to do, protecting the people within.
Snowfall record set
ASPEN, Colo. – All the news about the economy has overshadowed somewhat the phenomenal snow year at some ski resorts in Colorado. All sorts of records were broken last year in December, but this winter’s marks for December have surpassed them at Aspen Highlands, where 102 inches fell at the top of the mountain. The measure at Aspen Mountain was just shy of last year. However, other ski areas just a few miles away — Snowmass and Buttermilk — weren’t as close to their 2007 marks.
Sun Valley Co. plans gondola
KETCHUM, Idaho – The Sun Valley Co. has announced it will install a new gondola this summer on Bald Mountain. The eight-passenger gondola will provide day and night, winter and summer, transportation from the base area at Warm Springs to an on-mountain restaurant called Roadhouse. The gondola, says the Idaho Mountain Express, was originally to have been installed last summer.
Robins hanging around
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Robins usually disappear from Steamboat Springs during the duration of winter. Not so this one. A bird count in December revealed 110 robins, compared to four the previous year.
“I’ve never seen a winter like this. We’re really scratching our heads on this one,” the Yampa Valley Birding Club’s Tom Literall said.
Literall told the Steamboat Pilot & Today that he believes the birds had migrated from farther north, and normally would have made their way to the Gulf of Mexico, or even Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the resort of Cancun is located. But last year’s heavy snows resulted in an uncommon berry crop, with an abundance of dried fruit still clinging to the branches of many bushes.
Vail sales top $2 billion
VAIL, Colo. – Real estate sales haven’t completely hit the wall in Vail and the Eagle Valley. The Vail Daily reports sales in Eagle County will top $2 billion for the fifth straight year.
That figure was helped by some big-ticket items in Vail, where five units in the Manor Vail, located at the base of Golden Peak, sold for $29.6 million. That’s nearly $6 million each. Another major source of sales was at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, located in Avon. Both were projects of East West Partners.