From the DSJ Media Dept:

*DSJ Southwest Area Resorts fare well in Ski Magazine’s “Top Ten” Lists:  Taos, Telluride, Crested Butte, and Mammoth comprise four of the top ten “Challenging Resort” spots. That’s some horsepower to be proud of! And that doesn’t even count the granddaddy of them all – the “un-resort” Silverton Mountain. Wolf Creek made the list for top ten “Resorts for Snow”.

“Stay safe my friends”:  The latest issue of Powder Magazine has an eye-opening article entitled “Nature’s Feedback, Why are so many of the best skiers dying?”  Since 2001, 31 high profile skiers have lost their lives with all but four being in the last six years. The roster includes such names as Doug Coombs, Shane McConkey, Arne Backstrom, Jamie Pierre, and Sarah Burke. Just last month an avalanche in Nepal took eleven lives and very nearly claimed skiing icon Glen Plake. 

*Taos Ski Valley Expansion Plan (First Tracks!! Online):  The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan to expand Taos’ lift-served terrain by 60 percent, with two new lifts accessing the high alpine summit ridge and Kachina Peak for the very first time.  The new plan was approved by the USFS explaining that Taos needed the high alpine expert terrain to remain competitive with neighboring ski resorts in Colorado.  Much of Taos’ high alpine terrain can only be reached currently by hiking above the lifts, and the plan calls for the installation of two new lifts to access this popular terrain. A fixed grip quad that would eliminate the hike to the West Basin Ridge and fixed grip triple would terminate at 12,450 feet of elevation, just below the summit of Kachina Peak. More than half of Taos’ current hike-to terrain would become lift served under the plan, but access to the resort’s Highline Ridge would remain for hikers only.  The plan also calls for the upgrading three lifts at Taos Ski Valley and two new gladed areas will be thinned for advanced intermediate to expert skiers.                                                                                           

(Editor’s note: no time frame for these projects was given)

*Big, bigger, biggest – “Move aside Whistler!”:  The Canadian government recently approved the development of a new resort in southeastern BC. Jumbo Glacier Resort would cover four glaciers in two valleys, have as many as 25 lifts, and offer year around skiing. With a vertical drop of 5627’, it would be the most in N. America.

From the DSJ Surgeon General – some important medical tips:

*To avoid amnesia: To remember where you parked your car in a large lot, take a photo of the row or spot number with your cell phone.

*To avoid the chills: Always close all the Velcro fasteners on your ski wear before washing. Lint from the machines clogs and ruins the micro hooks.

*To avoid skin cancer: New regulations from the FDA regarding the legitimate accuracy of sunscreen ratings start in December. 

Finally, DSJ Black Ops Cmdr. Bill “Ghost” Evans recently surfaced in a discreet  small midwest location to tweet this:(Armada) JJ’s just checked into the shop for a grind… Silly rabbits wanted to back off my dins… “Negative”, said I. We are in Ohio. “You may wax and are not authorized to address any matters of import. You should be thankful I am feeling lazy and allowing you the opportunity to work on real gear at all.” No eye contact, and be snappy about it. It’s dumping in Montana…                                      He probably had those poor shop rats braced up against the wall for a fingernail inspection before they were allowed to touch his skis. Old school hardass – becoming a lost art!

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