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Lots start at $4.2 million

TELLURIDE, Colo. — In a way, Telluride has been the poor man’s Aspen. That’s not to say you can afford to buy real estate anywhere close to Telluride unless you’re among the richest of Americans, but it does identify the pecking order.

Just the same, things can get pricey, as The Telluride Watch revealed in a story about a high-end and high-elevation project called Sunnyside Ranch. The ranch was split into 25 lots, and the roads and telephone lines laid to the 35-acre parcels, with pleasing ponds scattered about.

The cost for all this exclusivity begins at $4.2 million. The houses are extra. Package costs start at probably $10 million, although two spec homes currently under construction are priced respectively at $12.5 million and $12.9 million.

The homes have views, views, views, of course. Another selling point being advanced by the real estate agent in Telluride is that anything comparable in Vail or Aspen would mean neighbours so close you could hear their arguments.

Avalanche kills two

BANFF, Alberta — Two climbers from Europe were killed by an avalanche during late July on Mount Robson. At 12,972 feet (3,954 metres), it’s the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

The Rocky Mountain Outlook reports that avalanche dangers this summer have been unusually high. Record rainfalls down in the valleys during June and into July yielded probably record snowfalls up high, As a result, snow persists in areas of Banff National Park and elsewhere that normally are free of snow by now. Climbers were being advised to monitor the overnight weather conditions. When it is cold enough for the snow to freeze, it’s less likely to avalanche.

More elk problems predicted

CANMORE, Alberta — Bustling Canmore is being advised that it can expect fewer wolves and more elk in years ahead, similar to what happened in nearby Banff in the mid-1990s. However, that’s not necessarily for the better, says Mark Hebblewhite, a wildlife ecologist who co-wrote a report in the current issue of Ecology.

"The ecological and human problems that we saw happen in Banff in the mid-90s are potentially going to pale in comparison to problems in Canmore of a growing elk population," he said.

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