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More snow than clothing

MINTURN, Colo. - Four of this year's U.S. Olympians were featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and two of them - Lindsey Vonn, 25, and Clair Bidez, 22 - are from the Vail area. There's snow in these photos, as they were taken at Whistler. But there's not a lot of clothing.

Vonn, the odds-on favourite to win hardware at Whistler if her damaged shin repairs sufficiently, moved to Vail when in high school for better training. Bidez, a snowboarder, grew up in Minturn, an old railroad and mining town around the corner, where her father had an electronics store.

The mother, Patty Bidez, accompanied her daughter to Whistler for the photo shoot. "The people were fantastic," she told the Vail Daily . "I think it's great, and they're great pictures, but (Clair's dad) Earle's jaw dropped when he first saw them. But now even grandpa's happy."

The Vail Daily also talked with Bidez's younger brother, Dylan, a competitor on the Dew Tour this winter.

Asked if he'd seen the photos on-line, reports the Vail Daily , he replied the way a little brother should: "I looked at about three (photos), and I'd seen enough," he said.

 

Developers eye another village

REVELSTOKE, B.C. -  Although the first base village at the still-new Revelstoke Mountain Resort has yet to get fully developed, a set of brothers in Revelstoke are talking about another base village, this time on the north side of Mount MacKenzie.

"The Greely Creek (the north side) is a passion of ours to see the resort into a European-style ski resort with different villages and to add real character to the whole resort," brothers Brydon and Jason Roe told the Revelstoke Times Review , teaming up to create one rather unwieldy sentence.

The brothers grew up in Ontario, where their father was a ski school director and they both spent time at ski resorts in Europe and New Zealand. In Revelstoke, they own a variety of real estate and vow to stick around for the long haul - which they recognize will be necessary if they hope to see through their vision for the new base village.

But they like Revelstoke and the new energy there. "You definitely notice a change even in the last five years in Revelstoke, but we're not even close to seeing what's going to happen," said Jason. "We're just glad to be part of it all."

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