TELLURIDE, Colo. — Whether at 26,000 feet or at sea level, Telluride Mountainfilm takes on existential issues with big gulps.
The festival — held in Telluride on Memorial Day, but with highlights then taken to other ski towns of the West through the year — began in 1979, patterned after an Italian festival devoted to adventure and mountains.
"At our roots, our core, we are about mountains and adventure," says Peter Kenworthy, executive director of the festival. "But since the 1990s, we have also been about — as the mission statement says — issues that matter."
This year, the festival has a day-long session devoted to population — appropriate, given that the world population is now tipping over the seven billion mark, says David Holbrooke, festival director. Among those speaking will be Paul Ehrlich, author of the seminal tome, The Population Bomb, from 1968.
Also returning this year to debut his new series about the Dust Bowl of the 1930s is celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns.
The Telluride Watch notes that what may best epitomize the festival was the 1991 appearance of Sir Edmund Hillary, who was celebrated not only for his stature as the first confirmed climber to reach Everest's summit, but also for his work building schools in impoverished Nepal.
"It wasn't just mountaineering anymore," writes Peter Shelton. "It was the things that mountaineers saw out there and what moved them to give back."
Adventure tourism program set for next year
REVELSTOKE, B.C. — Thompson River University plans to launch an adventure tourism program in autumn 2013. The program currently accepts 50 students a year and offers courses in the Revelstoke area such as advanced ski touring and avalanche training, notes the Revelstoke Times Review.
Immigration paperwork cited for worker layoffs
PARK CITY, Utah — Park City's preeminent five-star hotel has fired an unspecified number of workers after a random audit by U.S. immigration authorities revealed that invalid or inaccurate or incomplete information had been provided on I-9 forms.
The Park Record said that the chief executive at the Stein Eriksen Lodge declined to say which countries the employees were from. Some of the employees had worked at the hotel for years and others just for a season. They will be invited to return pending the submittal of complete information.
The case had provoked the hotel to use the e-Verify on-line system to check whether someone is eligible to work in the United States.
What happens in Rio now affects Snowmass
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. — Reflecting the shifts in the world economics, the business level at Snowmass and Aspen now varies greatly depending upon when the Brazilian holiday of Carnival is held.
Last year, the Carnival was held in March, and rooms in Snowmass filled. This year, it shifted to February. February lodging was up 16 per cent, reports the Aspen Daily News, while March was down nearly 13 per cent.