Breckenridge officials are discussing a tax on lift tickets to help the town pay for parking and transportation. One councilman argues that the town is interested in the tax because other communities have it and Breckenridge’s budget is hurting. But Breckenridge resort CEO Lucy Kay says the resort currently funds transportation and parking services, even though some municipalities cover those in other ski communities. Breckenridge Resort does not favor the proposal, given the economic conditions. A tax on lift tickets would have to be put on the ballot and be approved by voters. Breckenridge officials have discussed such a tax in previous years.
Today Vail Resorts announced that all its employees will be required to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding on the job starting with the 2009-2010 season. Vail also will require helmets for all children age 12 and under who take group lessons through its schools, and helmets will be part of the resort’s children’s rental packages unless parents or guardians sign a waiver.
Vail Resorts, based in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, owns the Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone resorts in Colorado and Heavenly in California. The policy will be in force at all five of its resorts in Colorado as well as Heavenly. The company says it strongly recommends helmets for skiers of all ages
Unless you are an experienced, skilled skier, taking a ski or snowboard lesson is always a good idea and for beginners it is essential to learning the basics of either sport. Beginners should learn the basics from a professional, not a well-meaning friend. Attempting to ski or snowboard with little or no instruction increases your risk of injury and can result in an unfavorable or disappointing first experience.
CLIF® BAR presents the first iPhone application to combine ski resort snow conditions with environmental steps the resorts are taking to combat global warming. CLIF BAR Save Our Snow (SOS) iPhone App can be downloaded free from your iPhone or iTouch App Store (search “Save Our Snow”) or from www.clifbar.com/sosiphone. U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and snowcountry.com are providing weather reports and other snow-related data. The NSAA is also participating by providing environmental information and statistics.