Janet Day – Grand County gets good press, regionally and nationally
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado
Snow News: I write this with eyes on the skies, begging the blue patches to cover up with clouds and hoping those clouds are ready to drop some significant amount of snow. Those of us who live here know it’s all about the snow. Good snow equals happy visitors and more business.
While we could still use some more snow, conditions haven’t stopped Winter Park and Grand County in general from getting a lot of good national publicity.
Last weekend’s Broncos-Raiders game featured plenty of ski and snowboard footage at Winter Park Resort.
Earlier in the month USA Today profiled the second-home market in the area, particularly at the Village at Winter Park, noting that home prices here are still about half of Summit and Eagle County. ReMax Peak to Peak Realtor Lance Gutersohn reminded readers that the influx of second-home owners has led to more restaurants and other non-ski activities developing in the area.
AirTran Magazine also published a profile of our area, giving a nod to Mary Jane for bump skiing and the family-friendly nature of our town. On the con side, the magazine dinged us being “still behind in terms of the quality of the restaurants, shopping and nightlife.”
The New York Times Travel Section liked the lack of high-end buzz in Winter Park, reporting earlier this month that “this family-friendly resort remains both unpretentious and affordable. Many Denver residents learned to ski on its wide slopes and mogul-studded steeps. The neighboring towns of Winter Park and Fraser are packed with restaurants and lodges that cater to locals.”
Then there’s the story in the Denver Post a couple weeks ago detailing activities that must be undertaken before long-time but non-native residents can really call themselves Coloradans. You can tell the writer, Denver-based non-fiction author Mark Obmascik, has a second home in Grand County and has spent a lot of time here during his 25 years in the state. For him, being considered a native means, among other things, that you have:
• Spent three hours driving three miles on I-70
• Paid more for your bike than your car
• Shoveled your roof
• Learned to ski at Winter Park
• Heard bugling at Rocky Mountain National Park when there were more elk than people.
To the Rescue: I crested Berthoud Pass last Saturday to find dozens of Search and Rescue, Police, EMT and Fire Department vehicles crowding the parking area and road shoulders. Fortunately, reports of people buried in an avalanche turned out to be untrue. But anyone who skis or boards in the back country should be impressed with that kind of response. I certainly was.
Color Scheming: At what point in my life did I completely lose touch with fashion trends? It probably happened when I left the corporate world and moved here full-time.
While scouring local shops after talking to teenaged friends about what to get the teens in my life, I learned that only purple would do this year. Anything from magenta to violet was fine, but definitely not pink. Really? Purple? Wasn’t it just last season when those sickly shades of olive green were the to-die-for colors of outerwear? And when did faux fur-trimmed hoods re-appear on jackets? I should have saved all that stuff from decades ago.
– Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com. Follow me and local tidbits at http://www.twitter.com/DayJan or http://www.twitter.com/DayDreamCrafts.
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