Week In Review September 13: Flash Floods in Colorado & Starbucks in Jackson

CRJ Movie premiere Saturday in Squaw, Steamboat's Tugboat Grill auctioned off, & Roger Moore quits skiing

PHOTO: Matt Stensland/Steamboat Today

PHOTO: Matt Stensland/Steamboat Today

Steamboat’s Tugboat Grill & Pub Auctioned Off

After being seized by the state for nearly $11,000 in unpaid sales taxes, the assets of a longstanding fixture in Steamboat’s Ski Time Square, the Tugboat Grill & Pub, were auctioned off on Wednesday. Over 200 bidders packed the live auction that sold everything from sports memorabilia to arcade games to liquor and kegs. One local, Richie Imperato, was even at the auction to buy back the stuffed head of a wildebeest he shot in Tanzania when he was 19 which he donated to the bar, and in fact many locals were there to recover artifacts and memorabilia they’d put on the walls over the years. Kier Delaney spent $200 to buy an autographed photo of Michael Jordan skiing that was addressed to the ski instructor who first got him into the sport. ()

New Hampshire’s Mt. Eustis To Re-Open After 40 Years

The tiny 33-acre Mt. Eustis Ski Tow, steps from I-93 in Littleton, New Hampshire, is set to re-open this winter under the management of a community non-profit. The gas-powered 1,300 foot rope tow is being rehabilitated by automotive tech students at the local high school, and in addition to clearing the existing trail, plan to cut a second and have gladed terrain in between and light both areas for night skiing. The ski schedule will be oriented around training for local school-age skiers and snowboarders as well as families and beginners.

Starbucks Enters Jackson’s Town Square, Scaring Locals

PHOTO: Planet Jackson Hole

PHOTO: Planet Jackson Hole

On September 20th, the first Starbucks in downtown Jackson will open on a prominent corner of Town Square after edging out the owner of JH Roasters for the lease in Lee’s Tees. The move has ruffled feathers in a sophisticated and saturated ski town bean market that has no less than 11 local cafes already, who fear that Starbucks will slowly sap their market share and use their deep coffers to wait until most of them have to close. Still, other foretell a short tenure for the Seattle-based behemoth in Town Square, as other national chains like KFC, Arby’s, The Gap, J. Crew, Polo, and Benetton have only lasted temporarily in the downtown core.

Aspen Vice

The 62-year old purported ringleader of an “over-the-hill” drug gang in Aspen, Montgomery Chitty, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring that extended to California. Chitty was at times a consultant to the Democratic National Committee and to various national political campaigns and a friend to successions of Aspen sheriffs as well as Hunter S. Thompson and Ed Bradley. Due in part to a 1990 conviction of marijuana trafficking in Louisiana, Chitty’s sentence was more than twice the duration of the combined sentences of the three other men sentenced in the case, who all cooperated with authorities.

Roger Moore quits skiing “because of snowboarding”

Thirty-six years after the epic Alps ski chase scene in The Spy Who Loved Me, former James Bond mascot Roger Moore, now age 84, has announced he is quitting skiing due to his concerns about being hit by a snowboarder. Moore, who has lived in the Swiss Alps for years, told The People newspaper: “I have stopped skiing because I’m nervous about all the snowboarders. I’ve been hit by a couple. It’s really knocked my confidence. It’s much more difficult getting up at my age.” By the way, to all children of Switzerland – get the hell off of Roger Moore’s lawn!!

Squawvents

Two worthy events are going down at Squaw Valley this weekend. The first is the premiere of CRJ, a movie celebrating CR Johnson’s life and his time at his home mountain. It will take place at 6 pm Saturday outside at the KT Base Bar, so bring your jackets/blankets for the free showing, which will be followed by an after-party at the Plaza Bar.

A competing event will be over at the Resort at Squaw Creek, where the Friends of Squaw Valley, a group of locals working to influence the scale and scope of KSL’s base village project at the base of the resort, will be hosting a showing of Hunter Sykes’ 2007 movie Resorting to Madness, which “addresses the impacts of the modern ski resort industry on mountain communities and environments.” The event will also include an update on KSL’s plans for the village, which have allegedly changed over the course of the summer, and will no doubt include a hearty or heated debate about what’s to come this winter.

Wreckallections

Mike Hornbeck has been holding it down on the style side for a very long time, and has apparently also discovered powder skiing recently. If the trick at 2:47 is any indication, 2014 is going to be all about crashing into things covered in powder mid-spin, and I’m all about that.

Yes, Even More Pass Swaps

If skiing in 2014 is going to be all about crashing into things covered in powder mid-spin, ski resort marketing in 2014 is going to be all about the join pass offer. Some of the new ones of that ilk include an offer for Solitude and Telluride passholders of three free day tickets at the opposite mountain, while Arapahoe Basin and Taos have announced the same thing, except for two days of free skiing.

Flash Floods Hit Colorado

Storms have dumped up to 10 inches of rain across central Colorado have killed three people while completely cutting off the small town of Lyons and flooding dorms at CU-Boulder, which was closed Thursday. Forecasts call for much of the same heavy rains through the weekend, and mandatory evacuation orders are in place for various areas in Boulder County and in Coal Creek Canyon.

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