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In Jackson Hole, Teton Pass is like a mini-ski area, except that it’s all backcountry. And there, even among backcountry skiers, there are mostly unspoken rules of etiquette. Vanessa Pierce, a guest backcountry columnist for the Jackson Hole News & Guide, notes a recent excursion when she took big, arcing tele turns.

Reaching the bottom, she looked back upslope to admire her work, but was instead chastened. "Um," her skiing partner said diplomatically. "We’re going to have to learn how to farm our turns."

The goal, she explained, is to use only as much space as you need, leaving room for others to get fresh turns.

Winds derail gondola cars

BANFF, Alberta — High winds caused two empty gondola cars to come off their railing and fall four feet to the ground at Sunshine Village. Although then tumbling farther down the slope, they were only slightly damaged. The resort was closed for several days while the gondola was inspected, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Brewing biz robust

KETCHUM, Idaho — Cabin Fever Ale is among the latest offerings of what the Idaho Mountain Express reports is an expanding number of brewers in the Wood River Valley.

The oldest, founded 20 years ago, is Sun Valley Brewing Co., which is located about 10 miles downvalley at Hailey. It is now large enough that it recently began selling its White Cloud Ale at 25 grocery stores in Idaho owned by the Albertsons chain.

Another company, River Bend Brewing Co. is a one-man operation in Hailey who distributes to local restaurants. The latest addition is Trail Creek Pub, which opened in November in Ketchum.

The Brewers Association reports 7 per cent annual expansion of the microbreweries even as sales of the major breweries are declining. Still, the biggies dwarf the sales of the locals, yielding this exhortation from the micro guys: "Drink Local."

A strange tale from Telluride

TELLURIDE, Colo. — James Arthur Hogue, described as a world-class con artist, has turned up again, this time with a house full of stolen booty at a home in Mountain Village, the slope-side town at Telluride.