Nothing like a little snow to cover the Fraser Valley’s warts |

Nothing like a little snow to cover the Fraser Valley’s warts

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Winter Park, Colorado

Under Cover. It’s amazing what a few inches of snow will do to hide a multitude of sins. The snowfall of the past few days has started to cover the slash piles, stumps, torn-up lots, barren flower beds, piles of dirt and construction debris. Our town is starting to look good again under a white blanket.

I love how the Hideaway Park makeover turned out and the large number of white lights on the trees, sparkling on the snow, makes it just as pretty at night as it is during the day.

Another new visual we have in the community is the Cabriolet open-air gondola that will soon be ferrying guests from the Vintage Hotel parking lot to the Winter Park Resort base. I think it’s a very cool visual for visitors or drive-bys as they come down the pass and head north. The red open-air cars moving above a parking lot present a fun announcement to drivers that they’re passing a ski resort. Reports are that the cabriolet will be operating in the next few days.

There’s some grumbling about where it deposits guests ” near the parking garage in the new village. But if you think back to what was the Village lot a few years ago, the drop-off spot is as close in as the pay parking used to be. And the Vintage lot plus cabriolet ride are free.

Other lifts are going to take some time to open, so please, people, relax. Fights were breaking out in the Arrow lift line over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as if that would speed things up. A foot or so of new snow isn’t going to greatly expand any terrain openings in the early season. Bases need to build. A two-foot snow measurement may sound great for this time of year, but not if there are three-foot rocks on the trails.

But conversation topic No. 1 seems to be the wind. Can we remain sane through another winter of brutally high winds day after day after day? It seems like we’re setting up to have another blustery season. Does that mean the area is getting windier or does it mean that with fewer and fewer trees to break it up, normal winds roar through areas not used to them? Whatever the reason, it’s annoying me already.

Art for Eats. The Grand Lake Art Gallery and artist Annie Surbeck are teaming up to assist the Mountain Family Center food banks in Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling. Surbeck has donated a framed original watercolor (a $150 value) for a drawing. To enter, take two canned food items to the gallery, fill out an entry form and keep your fingers crossed.

The drawing will be held Jan. 2. Any non-perishable food items are welcome, but the food bank reportedly really needs peanut butter, canned tuna or canned chicken meat, soups, canned fruit or vegetables and pasta/noodles. For more information, contact the gallery at 970.627.3104.

Arts and Eats. Art Out of Thin Air, the newly formed visual artists coalition, is having its next meeting and get-together on Thursday at the Seven Trails Grille at the base of the Sol Vista ski area. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 7:30pm and will include information about upcoming art shows and plans for the group’s future. If this meeting is anything like the last one at the Tabernash Tavern, there should be a full house of fun, talented artists in Grand County. New artists are welcome.

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