Peace on Earth
FRISCO — Dear Summit Voice readers. Please enjoy a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas.
“It’s Christmas. Build community and invite your guests to be part of it. Be real. Hold on to your culture. Don’t be afraid to let your spiritual values shine through. Celebrate the mountains for the joy and comfort they give. Protect the forests and the streams. Nurture your children and give them hope.”
By Bob Berwyn
Christmas and skiing have been inextricably linked for me ever since I was an “army brat” growing up in Frankfurt, Germany. The classroom Christmas party on the last day of school (yes, we called it that back on the pre-politically correct days) wasn’t nearly as exciting as the thought that we’d soon be on starting our annual two-week ski vacation to Austria.
Sometimes there was snow on the ground; slushy, dirty city snow that splattered as the cars passed by. But more often than not, it was just gray and dreary, and my heart always skipped a beat when that finned, white 1960 Chevy Impala rolled up. Everything fit in the trunk of our classic American car, even our two-meter-plus skis, so there was plenty of room for my brother and I to sprawl in the back seat. No fast food stops for us — there was no McDonalds or Burger King along the way, so we ate well; cold schnitzels my mom had made earlier that day, or open-faced sausage sandwiches with tangy pickles, carrot sticks and wedges of green bell peppers.
Sometimes we dozed, but more often than not, we were still awake when we slowed to a stop at the border, where customs officials in long, thick wool coats decorated with epaulets scanned our green U.S. passports, then waved us through with a friendly smile and a “Merry Christmas.”
The mountainous frontier south of Munich was the gateway to snow country. By the glow of the headlights, we gauged the depth of the berm alongside the road to get an idea of how the skiing would be. Here the road narrowed and twisted through a river-carved canyon, mysterious and new each time we made the trip. Our destination was Saalbach, then a small, up and coming ski village that has since succumbed to the same development pressures that have afflicted so many mountain communities during the past few decades. (more…)
No place like home for the holidays …
FRISCO — A handful of holiday images for this week’s #FriFotos Twitter chat. Looking forward to seeing festive pics from around the world. Join the fun — upload your pics to Twitter via your favorite app, tag them with #FriFotos and don’t forget to share your faves! (more…)
Outdoor recreation, forest restoration in the spotlight
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Along with all the election hoopla, Summit County will have a chance to get their first taste of the upcoming holiday season, as the Capitol Christmas Tree makes a two-hour stop in Dillon (Buffalo Street; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
The 75-foot spruce was cut last weekend from the White River National Forest near Meeker and will make an extensive loop through the U.S. before reaching its traditional holiday spot in Washington, D.C. around Thanksgiving.
To track the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, visit www.CapitolChristmasTree2012.com. You can also follow the tree on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapitolChristmasTree2012, Twitter: www.twitter.com/CapitolTree2012 and Pinterest:
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National tour to promote forest conservation and outdoor recreation
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —After being harvested from the White River National Forest in early November, this year’s national Christmas tree will tour the country, with 30 stops scheduled to promote forest conservation and outdoor recreation.
The tour includes several stops in Colorado, including Dillon, sometime in early November.
“The Capitol Christmas Tree provides the chance to celebrate the conservation legacy of our national forests, the outdoor recreation opportunities they provide, and the importance of stewardship and restoration of our nation’s forests,” said White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.
The tree will be harvested on the Blanco Ranger District near Meeker, then wrapped and transported on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck driven by former U.S. Senator, Ben Nighthorse Campbell. The tour will cover more than 3,000 miles in 23 days, with numerous stops in Colorado, as well as a half-dozen other states. (more…)
Peace on Earth, goodwill to men
SUMMIT COUNTY — Christmas greetings and happy Hanukkah, joyous Kwanzaa and best wishes for whatever festival you’re celebratiing today. Here’s hopes for more peace, joy and happiness in the new year. Let’s all work at it together. We can make the world a better place!
Foresters and landscape architects to select tree from White River National Forest
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — For only the third time on record, Colorado will provide next year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, according to U.S. senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Congressman Scott Tipton, who announced this week that the 2012 tree will come from the White River National Forest, near Meeker.
The selection will give the state some publicity, drawing attention to its abundant natural resources, as well as threats to those resources, including global warming and insect infestations, Udall and Tipton said.
“I want to thank Choose Outdoors and the other private and non-profit partners, as well as the U.S. Forest Service employees in Colorado, whose hard work will allow us to share a piece of our state’s glorious natural landscape with the rest of the country,” Udall said in a press release. (more…)
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An early morning walk …
ENGLEWOOD — It was so still on Christmas morning in this Florida neighborhood that, as I strolled around the block, I could hear oranges dropping off trees and kids tearing the wrapping paper off their presents inside the homes on the quiet street. More after the break … (more…)
Skiing with family is the best gift of all
By Bob Berwyn
Christmas morning dawned snowy and cold, just the way it should in the mountains of Colorado. After all, skiing a few inches of fresh powder with loved ones is the ultimate gift for anyone obsessed with sliding down mountains. Who needs anything more?
I tried to explain that to my son, Dylan, as he rummaged through the pile of presents under our tree. He turned to me at one point and said, “Where’s yours, Dad?”
How to tell him that making turns together during a radiant Christmas Eve sunset under the lights at Keystone the night before was by far the best gift I could get?
How to make him understand these hours of family time are immeasurably more precious than any trinket or bauble? Will he realize it before he has kids of his own? (more…)