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Although availability is limited, lodging information for Christmas and the Sundance Film Festival can be accessed through the Park City Chamber of Commerce at (800) 453-1360. Lodging information for the weeks of the Sundance Film Festival can also be accessed by calling (877)-SFF-STAY. Ski memory books The Canyons, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek and Vail have teamed up with Web pioneer SharedBook Inc. to offer skiers their own individually customized memory books.

Using SharedBook’s patent-pending Web technology part blog, part photo album, part online community ski enthusiasts add their own material to an interactive, online resort template. Working alone or in groups, they customize their personalized ski book online, adding up to 800 photos and extensive text.

Visitors to The Canyons can order the books in January. Visitors to Steamboat Springs, in Colorado can order their memory books beginning Dec. 1 and start building them online, three weeks later. Visitors to Beaver Creek will be able to order and build personalized books starting in early 2006. Vail will be moving to launch with a summer book.

To learn more about how four top resorts are enhancing the ski experience by partnering with SharedBook, or to speak directly with Caroline Vanderlip, SharedBook Chief Executive Officer, please contact kbarbaraor call (212) 871-3020 ext. 107. Luxury sweater released in Park City

Clothing company Watson and Pastor recently released a new fabric in men’s sweaters. It is 100 percent Royal Baby Alpaca a fine wool from choice yearling Andean Alpacas. One of the first locations to carry this new product is Hilda’s of Park City, located at 541 Main Street. The sweaters range in price from $240 to $325. For more information cal Hilda’s at 649-7321. Unemployment rate drops in Utah The Utah Department of Workforce Services seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for November registered 4.0 percent, down over one full percentage point from the unemployment rate of 5.1 percent registered a year ago in November 2004. Approximately 49,900 Utahns were unemployed in November 2005 as compared to 61,000 in November 2004. October’s unemployment rate is unrevised at 4.5 percent.


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