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Revelstoke real estate coming

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — While there seems to be some debate about how fast to begin the residential component of the new Revelstoke Mountain Resort, current plans call for pre-selling the lots this coming fall. Delivery to buyers would come later, in fall 2007.

The Revelstoke Times Review, after meeting with development partners Robert Powadikuk and Hunter Milbourn, also reports plans for a great deal of underground parking.

The hard choices for a parent

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Among the many decisions faced by parents in snow country is how should their first-born be allowed to learn to slide on snow.

For the 4-year-old son of Patrick Brower, publisher of the Winter Park Manifest, snowmobiling is out of the question. And it’s not really a matter of skis vs. snowboards. That juncture comes later.

You might think that leaves cross-country skis. But then you‘re probably not a cross-country skier. Daddy Patrick explains that the anguished choices are the diagonal stride, his first love, and skate skiing. Son Sebastian will be striding first.

Brower has no illusions about the long term.

"I fear that once he’s exposed to alpine skiing – whether on skis or a snowboard – he’ll never want to cross-country ski again, because the thrill of careening downhill at extremely high speeds, frequently out of control, in the midst of trees and other out-of-control kids, its tough to match on cross-country skis," he says, adding wryly: "Although I’ve done it."

Panty tree down

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — A panty tree at the June Mountain ski area was cut down last summer. The tree was thick with unmentionables, explains The Sheet, including coconut bras and granny panties. Carl Williams, the general manager of the ski hill, said the tree was too difficult to clean. "That underwear was faded, ugly and old."

Will another panty tree at June Creek be allowed to bloom? "As long as we can keep it clean," Williams replied briefly.

Forest fire danger continues

DURANGO, Colo. — In the summer of 2002, the Missionary Ridge Fire burned more than 70,000 acres, although leaving most of the trees standing.

While some of those trees have already fallen over, notes the Durango Herald, the most perilous times lie ahead. Research conducted by the U.S. Forest Service in the Northern Rockies found that ponderosa pines fall in increasing frequency four to five years after a forest fire. That means this year and next years are the most perilous for motorists using county roads, as well as hikers, hunters, and others who use the burned area.