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Winter to be warm and wet
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Steamboat is expecting another solid winter based on the prediction of Jim Pringle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Pringle predicts a moderate El Niño episode, which means a relatively warm and wet winter. Unlike last year, when the southern half of Colorado tended toward dryness until late in winter while northern resorts bragged of early season records, this year the blessings of snow appear to be more evenly distributed, reports the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
School numbers rising
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – The dip in school enrolment of the early 21 st century seems to be ending. Several school districts in mountain resort areas are reporting marginally increased student enrolments this fall.
In the Crested Butte-Gunnison Schools, enrolment was up by 83 students. However, this compares against a drop of 100 students since 2000. The school district in Steamboat Springs and an adjoining school district, South Routt, are also reporting a slight increase in enrolment.
While public schools in most of the rapidly growing resort areas of the West swelled during the 1990s, enrolments leveled off or even dropped beginning in about 2000 — even as resort areas continued to grow. One reason is that the Gen Xers, who have been in their 20s and 30s, were small in number to begin with, as compared to Baby Boomers. Too, because of the high prices in resort areas, many had chosen to instead move to cities when rearing families.
Wolf Creek goes for wind-power
WOLF CREEK PASS, Colo. – Add Wolf Creek ski area to the growing number of resorts who are buying electricity that is created on wind farms, in this case in Wyoming. The Durango Telegraph reports that the lifts need an average of almost 146,000 kilowatts a month to operate. This is part of a major ski industry initiative organized by the trade organization, the National Ski Areas Association.
Wolf Creek, one of Colorado’s most traditional ski areas, with not a stick of slope-side lodging, is also getting more modern with the addition of a new detachable quad. As for the future, ski area president Davey Pitcher is talking of leaving the door open for expansion on the west side of the pass, but does not have concrete plans.
French school likely in Revelstoke