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The Steamboat Pilot explains that upon arriving at a destination, the Destinators challenge a previously chosen local production team to compete in a "show down" to produce the most effective eight-minute video travel guide. Each team will have 72 hours to complete its video. The series will be broadcast on the R&R (Residence and Recreation) Network, which is available to Dish Network subscribers as well as Time Warner Cable customers.

Snowslide provokes policy change

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The fallout from a rare but major in-bounds avalanche at Arapahoe Basin last May was first a fatality, and now a new policy. That policy will allow ski patrollers to err more on the side of caution if they encounter snow conditions they find suspect.

Joe Foreman, the Forest Service snow ranger for Arapahoe Basin, said steep, slide-prone slopes could be closed earlier in the year, based on more detailed observations of temperatures as well as snowpit data from new locations.

In reporting this, the Summit Daily News notes that the Forest Service intends to improve understanding and hence forecasting of wet-slab avalanche with research at several places in the West.

It must be cheap

HAILEY, Idaho — County officials in Blaine County, which is where Ketchum and Sun Valley are located, are looking at adopting inclusionary zoning as a way of ensuring more affordable housing.

The proposal calls for 20 per cent of the lots and houses in county subdivisions to be permanently restricted as affordable housing. That zoning requirement has already been adopted by the town of Hailey, where the county seat is located, while Sun Valley requires 15 per cent. Ketchum, explains the Idaho Mountain Express, has an incentive-based program that allows for increased density in developments that include affordable housing.

In Colorado, Steamboat Springs city officials have also been studying inclusionary zoning.

Real estate sales rise in Park City

PARK CITY, Colo. — Park City’s total real estate sales last year hit nearly $2.1 billion, a 70 per cent gain over the previous year. It was also the first time past $2 billion for the resort area.

As in other resort areas, condominiums saw the largest activity, edging out single-family homes. As relatively new inventory is coming on line this year, demand is expected to squeeze prices higher yet, although a new record is now expected for this year, real estate agents tell The Park Record. Real estate agents partly explain the growth by the proximity to the airport at Salt Lake City, only 45 minutes away.