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Making a policy of requiring helmet use for ski patrollers and all mountain employees(paid or unpaid) is overbearing,and simply stupid. While there is certainly evidence that helmet use can reduce injuries,there is also ample evidence that skiers and riders can and will get injured while wearing a helmet as well. Ultimately,it is the person,not the equipment that determines safety in most cases. I would never discourage anyone from using a helmet(some people even look good in them!),but I am tired of narrow-minded requirements that please no one but insurance companies and helmet manufacturers.It's just another example of those who think they 'know" what's good for us.
Regarding the noise complaints from residents of downtown condos that are in close proximity to a number of bars and restaurants. I agree with the previous comments;certainly a prudent condo buyer could have anticipated an increased amount of noise for someone living in that location.Barring an unusually loud,irregular amount of noise,they simply have no basis for complaining, It is unfair for the businesses in the area that are struggling in a down economy and need to make a profit somehow to have to put up with this sort of complaint.Downtown Steamboat is noisier than most other places in the area;learn to live with it.
This is the sort of article that is pleasing to find in the newspaper. A very impressive feat;you go,ladies!
A lot of interesting points were made and opinions expressed concerning the County Board of Health's decision to shut down Sweet Pea for what are now past health violations. I tend to agree more with those that object to this action,for most of the reasons stated. It seems clear that the Health Department's decision was at the very least unduly harsh.I agree that the Health department could and should have shut down the operation immediately upon noting the violation of the lack of a second bathroom,rather than continuing to impose fines and then finally shutting down the operation AFTER compliance had been reached. That would have made their enforcement efforts much more effective,and reduced the impact on this business. Rigid code enforcements where there are no apparent serious health concerns is bureaucratic and petty. This was a bad decison.
While it is true that there are no designated non-motorized areas in the Columbine area,there was generally good cooperation among the users. It would be nice if that could continue. Putting a trail through an area that was traditionally used by skiers and shoeshoers and very few sleds is simply messing up a good thing for no reason. Snowmobilers can get to so many more places than skiers can;it doesn't hurt to have an area where they can voluntarily keep their use to a minimum. The more cooperation there is between user groups,the less regulation that the county or the Forest Service ends up imposing on everyone.
He certainly should be sent a bill for his rescue.
I guess we will find out what the market value of these properties is currently,if the new owner offers them at a reasonable price.. I'm not holding my breath.
I hope it snows soon in our little burg.
Nice job, Steamboat firefighters!
Vail and Aspen continue to insult the skiing public by charging such daily rates. They are proud of themselves for having the highest prices. Steamboat is only slightly better in this regard. It seems that these and other ski areas in the state are not interested in the business of Colorado skiers,rather they seek the out-of-state skiers who they can gouge more easily. The Colorado resorts could learn a lesson from the resorts in Utah,which routinely charge far less for a daily ticket,and often deliver a better skiing experience.
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