Janet Day " The Goodbye Season is upon us in Grand County
Fraser Valley, Colorado
The Goodbye Season. We’re approaching that time of year when people start to leave the valley. Seasonal workers pack up as staffing levels taper off. Second-home owners get out before the mud gets too deep. And some full-time residents wander off looking for greener pastures.
Among the last category is Kristen Schuring, my former neighbor, co-worker, friend, local television personality and kindred spirit in owning peculiar-looking dogs. Oregon will now be her home.
Kristen was an energetic supporter and promoter of the Fraser Valley, whether having fun making commercials about local beers, helping second-home owners become part of the community or working her off-hours at fundraising events.
We could use more like her. I’ve grown weary of the negativity from so many locals who have made a hobby out of complaining, of being against anything that represents change. A lot of energy ” and sometimes a lot of money ” is spent tilting at windmills to try to return things to the way they were.
But time doesn’t go backwards. The Railyard Terrain Park won’t be torn out to restore the Allan Phipps trail to what it had been; parking won’t get closer to the Zephyr Express chairlift; the Grand Park development won’t be plowed into the ground.
I, like many in this valley, had a great time in the 1970s and ’80s, but I don’t want to stay in the ’70s and ’80s. Change, whether it’s viewed as progress or not, can’t be stopped. It can only be managed, which is where energy and money should be directed.
None of which is meant to deny the past or our desire to look back at it and smile. Westword Editor Patricia Calhoun, a life-long fan and friend of Winter Park, last week wrote about her history with Colorado skiing, noting that it started when “my parents would leave their children at home with a babysitter in suburban Chicago in order to hop first on the Denver Zephyr, then the Yampa Valley Mail, changing their clothes in a railcar filled with milk and mail deliveries, only to emerge in ski togs at the base of Winter Park, ready to shuss the day away. When we kids got old enough, we joined them ” and I’ll never forget my first, terrified look down what remains a very steep beginner’s hill.”
For a broader cultural history of skiing in the state, check out the book “Ski Style: Landscapes and Culture of Colorado Skiing” by Purdue University historian Annie Gilbert Coleman.
Hello Again. The ever-entertaining Rich Grant, communications director for Visit Denver, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, has a great blog titled “Walking and Drinking Beer.” Last week he added “Rolling and Drinking Beer on the Ski Train” to the posts.
“On the return trip, two of the 14 cars on this quarter-mile long yellow-orange train become lounge cars ” the longest rolling bar in the nation. After a day of skiing or sledding, it’s incredibly relaxing to have a beer or wine on a train, while winter scenery flies by the window. And it’s pretty great scenery too.” He also gives The Lodge at Sunspot his vote for “one of the best on-mountain cafes.”
Wearin O’ the Green. If you work with fabrics, get your Irish on Tuesday and head to The Fabric Nook in Granby where the shop is offering 30 percent off all purchases if you’re wearing green and 30 percent of any green purchase.
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