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Letters to the Editor, March 24-27, 2012

Whew! 'Get Out & Play' wraps up for 2012

Editor:

Last week marked the end of the 2012 Get Out & Play winter program.

If you were one of the 100+ parent volunteers, you are looking forward to your Friday afternoons without anywhere from 10 to 110 kids to keep track of, from school to venue, on the mountain or trails, and back to school.

If you were a coach, you are wiping your brow, and getting back to coaching your regular club athletes.

If you are with PCMR or Canyons, you are just thankful that you don’t have to facilitate the extra flow of 200+ students coming in on Friday afternoons, not to mention those buses!

But most importantly, I think that if you were a student who participated in the Get Out & Play program, you are walking away with great memories, increased skill in your winter sport, and an added level of confidence, not only athletically, but also personally.

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I would like to thank each and every one of you who worked so hard to make this year a huge success!

Park City Mountain Resort & Canyons for welcoming over 500 students to their mountain for five weeks in Session 1.

White Pine Nordic Center for facilitating equipment and track passes at a greatly reduced cost for both sessions this year to over 100 students

Utah Olympic Park for facilitating over 120 students to come up and jump, fly, spin and twist!

The local clubs, Park City Nordic, Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy, Fly Freestyle, Axis Freeride and Team Utah for offering their coaching expertise to these kids.

All 200+ parent volunteers who helped gear up, chaperone, divvy out snacks, wipe tears, wipe noses

All Resort for so patiently coordinating over 30 buses from five schools to four venues, at all different times of the afternoon, and during Sundance!

All of you who generously donated towards our scholarship funding. Thanks to you, we were able to award 120 scholarships to students who otherwise would not have been able to participate.

Kerry Morgan

District program coordinator, Get Out & Play

Youth Winter Sports Alliance

Let’s keep the ski lifts in the ski resorts

Editor:

I think Talisker’s Link lift will only benefit Talisker and access to their developments.

As I read another article addressing how "SkiLink" will now give Utah some super marketing advantage over any other resort in the land, I have to laugh. Right now you can ski from Alta to Snowbird. And from Brighton to Solitude. Deer Valley and Park City are no more than 100 feet apart at the top of the Empire & Lady Morgan lift. But they are not connected. Why? If it was such a great idea, wouldn’t they connect?

So we should be asking why is Talisker interested in spending the millions of dollars to buy the land and put in the lift? I can’t see this lift making a difference to anyone, unless you are looking to sell property in the Canyons or Solitude. The rest of their story about how it will reduce traffic is a scam.

The true beauty of our ski areas are that you can feel miles from anywhere, while still being so close to everything. Let’s keep the lifts in the resorts. In a few years, the real value will be the undeveloped areas without houses, lifts or hotels.

Thank you,

Michael Costello

Park City

Stacked timber just doesn’t stack up

Editor:

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, by Frank Gehry, is faced in titanium and renowned as "the most significant building of the century" (http://www.vanityfair.com, Aug. 2010, page 156).

The Einstein Tower in Potsdam, by Erich Mendelsohn, is one of the world’s most outstanding monuments. Finished in white concrete, it is described by Mendelsohn as "expressionism tour de force."

At the Paris Louvre Museum, the I.M. Pei pyramid in glass has captured international attention.

The gold facing on a structure at the end of the main street in Innsbruck, Austria, commands every visitor’s goggle.

In Sydney, Australia, a world competition for the opera house was won because of its architecture. It has now become one of the most visited art centers in the world.

If Bilbao, Potsdam, Paris, Austria and Australia can claim exotic materials or architecture on their memorials, then why does Park City just get a pile of old wood as its crown jewel at Kimball Art Center. Some may say stacked timber doesn’t stack up.

Rudy Lang

Park City