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Janet Day – Is it really already winter in the Fraser Valley?

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado

That Was Fast: Seems like winter’s here already. The peaks are dusted in white – I always think they look so much bigger with snow on them. Ski and board season starts at Winter Park Resort in little more than a month. And we’ve had a few days of blizzard-like conditions. Such is autumn in the high country.

Deals are everywhere for the coming snow season thanks to the wretched economy. Passes, lodging and equipment can be found at still-low prices. Grab what you need now because it should be an exciting season with Winter Park celebrating its 70th anniversary and the ski train close to becoming a reality again – a much larger reality bringing even more people to the area.

With all the new things going on, it’s alarming to see so many blogs and other online posts using information from last season or earlier. I bet I’ve seen dozens using last year’s ski train information, a few with last season’s detail about the Village and a handful with last season’s ticket prices. Doesn’t anyone do their own research?

The coming of snow season usually means plenty of changes in town and this year is no different. Look for a lot of movement at Cooper Creek Square with some local favorites going to the red brick shopping area and others expanding.

If you’re heading over to Cooper Creek, check the Mountain Grind web site first – http://www.mountain-grind.com – for details about the daily coffee and lunch specials. Scroll down the home page to find a list of menu specials updated each day. If you call ahead, Sue Volk and her staff will have your order waiting for you when you walk through the door. And did you know you can order the store’s yummy fudge online? There’s free shipping for large orders and fund-raising opportunities for groups.

Back for a Bit: Who but Bill Wolvin, former mountain manager at Winter Park, would be driving around with a bumper sticker that says “Got Nitro?” The man loves to blow things up. He was back in the valley last week for a bit. He’s loving life in Durango where he rides his motorcycle to his demolition jobs each day.

Helping Out: The annual Race for the Cure was held this past weekend with thousands of people running and walking to raise money for breast cancer research. They run on a large scale in Denver and a smaller scale in Grand Lake. Dozens of other events take place around the state.

Until that cure is found, cancer will continue to strike. It can rob a woman of energy, appetite and self esteem. But a new program at the Granby Library can help with that last issue. The free Look Good … Feel Better program teaches beauty and cosmetic techniques to women undergoing cancer treatment. The class is held the first Tuesday of each month starting Nov. 3 from 10am until noon. To register or for more details, contact Colleen Stephens at 970.509.0917 or camoore757@aol.com.

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