Grabbing a sixer
Construction began earlier this summer on installing the Leitner Poma, which will cover 4,213 feet on a 300-skiable-acre expansion area that’s been owned by Nordic Valley but never developed. Brandon Fessler, Nordic Valley general manager, said around 50 of the 300 acres in the expansion area will be skiable this winter.
“The pioneers who started Nordic Valley dreamed of sharing this amazing terrain,” Fessler said in a statement. “Our team has worked hard to realize that dream, and we cannot wait to share it with our guests, our friends and our neighbors this winter.”
Right now, the focus is on the installation of the lift and Phase 1 of trail development, Fessler said. When the 300 acres are fully developed, it will more than triple the resort’s skiable acreage.
In addition, to the work at Nordic Valley, MCP is also installing a high-speed chairlift/gondola combination at Arizona Snowbowl.
For Purg Power Pass holders, skiing at Nordic Valley and Snowbowl are free, as well as Hesperus; newly acquired Brian Head, near St. George, Utah; and MCP’s New Mexico ski areas. This year’s Power Pass also includes three free days at Loveland, Copper, Monarch and Utah’s Sundance.
If you’re on the fence about buying a season pass this year, you have one more day to stew over it. The last day to buy a pass at the discounted early bird rate is tomorrow, Fri., Aug. 28. As far as we can tell, Purg has not set an opening date – in the meantime, the mountain will be open weekends plus Labor Day through Oct. 4.
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- Here comes the bus
Durango School District 9-R is getting on the bus – the electric bus, that is. Last week, 9-R announced it won a $328,803 grant for a fully electric school bus and charging infrastructure. The 81-seat bus is expected to be operational by next fall.
- Good QRma
The days of scrawling your name and phone number with a Sharpie on your gear are over. A Boise-based company has come up with a tech-age solution to the age-old problem of lost or yard-saled gear.
For $3.99, Karmik Outdoors will send you a QR code decal for all your most precious toys. The unique code will trace you gear back to you, all with a simple smart phone scan (provided, of course, that whomever finds your flotsam, jetsam and improperly secured roof items is a believer in gear karma in the first place.)
Adding to an already grim year of statistics, last week was the deadliest week of avalanches in the U.S. in more than a century. At least 15 people were killed in avalanches in six states between Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, including three in the San Juans alone.
To help folks better contend with this season’s treacherous and unprecedented conditions, Friends of the San Juans wants to equip them the best tool possible: knowledge.
- Serving up help
Early in the morning of Feb. 6, local chef Seanan Culloty narrowly escaped an apartment fire with his life and his faithful dog, Bubba. However, Culloty, the head chef at Manna, escaped with little else. To help Culloty get back on his feet, friends and co-workers are hosting a GuFundMe page. The money will be used to help Culloty replace his belonging as well as with a deposit and first month’s rent on a new apartment.