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Vail hoping to host three World Championships in 2009

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Compiled by Allen Best

VAIL, Colo. — It’s Vail against the world in a meeting of the International Ski Federation Congress being held in Miami during early June. Vail, as it did in 1989 and 1999, wants to host the World Alpine Ski Championships again in 2009. It will be vying against mountains in Austria, Germany, and France.

This time Vail proposes to also host the Snowboard World Championships plus the Freestyle World Ski Championships. Korea is gunning for the former, and Japan the latter.

Invermere opposes Jumbo

INVERMERE, B.C. — A sharply divided Invermere council has voted to oppose the proposed ski resort at Jumbo Glacier. There is some doubt whether the municipality has the legal authority to take such a stance, notes the Invermere Valley Echo, but those supporting the stance say that public input from the residents of Invermere has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the proposed $450 million resort.

Skier deaths decline

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Only six skier deaths were recorded in Colorado this year due to collisions, hitting trees, and falling into tree wells. That compares with 15 skier deaths the previous season, reports the Summit Daily News.

Why the sharp decline? Representatives from Vail Resorts say they were trying to see if there was a cause, including evidence that safety promotions had worked, but could not verify any connections.

Summit nearing buildout

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Given current zoning, Summit County is at about 69 per cent of buildout for residential and 61 per cent for commercial. Planners say that 25 per cent of building capacity was absorbed by the market during 1992-2002, and believe another 25 per cent will be absorbed by the year 2012. Buildout – assuming no change in zoning – is expected by the year 2013 under a business-as-usual scenario, but planners expect buildout by 2024 even if growth slows, reports the Summit Daily News.

But will zoning remain as it is? One of the major issues before the county commissioners currently is a proposal to upzone Copper Mountain. Both Intrawest and Vail Resorts have benefited from major base-area rezonings during the last decade.

Building permits on rise

PARK CITY, Utah — The economic lull is over. Building activity is returning to more robust levels once again in many resort towns across the West.

For example, Park City reports building permits worth nearly $21 million through April this year, compared to about $12 million for the same months last year. In Mountain Village, the on-mountain town at Telluride, construction levels have nearly tripled this year as compared to last.

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