Skate clinic Saturday at Nordic Center
The Nordic Center at Purgatory will hold a womens skate clinic at 1 p.m. Saturday.
There will be classes for all levels of skiers.
Equipment rentals are available on site.
The cost of the clinic is $15 for Nordic season pass holders or $25 for other skiers.
Daily trail fees at the Nordic Center are $12 for adults and $5 for children.
For more information, call 385-2114.
Seniors Outdoors! plans outings
Seniors Outdoors! announces the following activities:
b Every Monday and Friday through the ski season, Seniors Outdoors! meets for downhill skiing at 9:30 a.m. at the base of the six-pack chairlift at Purgatory. First-timers should contact John Montle at 769-6108 or firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time. Back-up contact is Betsy Petersen at 259-5417 or email@example.com.
b There will be a moderate, five-mile snowshoe hike around Spud Lake at 9 a.m. Saturday. RSVP to John Martin at 385-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
b At 10 a.m. Sunday, there will be a snowshoeing-for-beginners session. Meet at the southwest corner of the Albertsons parking lot. Bring lunch and snacks and all needed equipment. Half-day snowshoe rentals are available at Pine Needle Mountaineering and Your Running Store. RSVP to Dell Manners at 385-0533 or email@example.com;
b There will be a moderate-to-hard ski outing at the Madden Peak Road at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Snowshoes can be used, but those using snowshoes will be behind the skiers. RSVP to Bob Thomson, 382-9271.
b The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Rita Park to walk the Animas River Trail to Home Depot and back. For more information, call Eric Pahlke at 247-1130.
b At 9 a.m. Thursday, there will be a moderate snowshoe hike along the Haviland Lake loop. RSVP to Bill Cagle at 385-4566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
b The following week, from Jan. 14-16, there will be a cross country ski trip atop the Grand Mesa near Grand Junction with easy- to-challenging outings. For more information and to RSVP, contact Charlie Berglund at 247-9747 or email@example.com.
Balloon takes Santa on wild Utah ride
MIDVALE, Utah (AP) If only Santa was as good with hot air balloons as with reindeer sleighs.
A man in a Santa outfit took a wild ride through Utah skies Christmas Eve when his balloon took off without a pilot.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Santa was tossing candy to kids from the balloon during a Midvalley Elementary School fundraiser when the craft landed too hard, and the pilot tumbled out.
That left Santa alone and the lighter balloon shot back into the air.
Police Sgt. Torin Chambers said solo Santa traveled 1.7 miles across Midvale before the craft lost enough air to come down.
A crowd at the school tailed the balloon through town and helped hold it down once it landed.
Chambers said neither Santa nor the pilot were hurt.
Santas fine and everythings good.
BMW ends backing of Americas Cup
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Americas Cup champion BMW Oracle Racing said German automaker BMW is ending its sponsorship at the end of the year, by mutual agreement.
BMW has been part of the syndicate since 2002, contributing in the areas of structural engineering and lightweight, composite construction.
BMW Oracle Racing swept Alinghi of Switzerland in two races in February to win the Americas Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports. Its radical trimaran was the fastest boat in the history of the Americas Cup.
BMW Oracle Racing is owned by Larry Ellison, CEO of business software-maker Oracle. Corp.
Tahoe boat inspection program praised
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) A regulatory agency is hailing a boating inspection program at Lake Tahoe, saying it prevented the introduction of aquatic invasive species into the huge and popular lake this year.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials think the lack of any quagga or zebra mussels in Tahoe shows the success of the program.
Inspectors managed by the Tahoe Resource Conservation District performed more than 8,000 boat inspections in 2010.
Of those, 11 watercraft containing aquatic non-native species were intercepted and decontaminated.
Officials said decontaminations of suspicious watercraft doubled to 1,208 in 2010 from the previous year.
The goal is to try to keep non-native mussels that attach to a boats hull in other waters from becoming established in Tahoe.
Florida hunter shoots himself in foot
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida wildlife officials said a Panhandle deer hunter shot himself in the foot while standing on a tree limb.
Ronald Mills, 39, was able to climb off the tree and drive himself to Tallahassee Regional Medical Center after last weeks accident in rural Leon County.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Mills was standing on the tree limb and resting his gun on his boot when he accidentally discharged the rifle.
Salt Lake City No. 1 winter getaway
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Salt Lake City ranks as Travel and Leisure magazines No. 1 winter/Christmas getaway.
The Deseret News newspaper eported the magazines December issue also ranked the city tops in cleanliness and safety, and No. 2 for family vacations and affordability.
Travelers and residents polled rated Salt Lake 15th overall among 35 cities.
It ranked No. 3 in parks and access to outdoors, No. 4 for peace and quiet, public transportation and pedestrian-friendly environment and No. 5 in people categories such as attractiveness, friendliness and athletic/active.
The city ranked at or near the bottom for its cocktail hours and singles scene.
Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesman Shawn Stinston lauded the article for putting Salt Lake in its rightful place.
Road woes hit Arizona resorts
BELLEMONT, Ariz. (AP) Ski resorts in Greer, Ariz., and Flagstaff, Ariz., are welcoming the snow being loaded onto the slopes, but some skiers and snowboarders may have to wait until later in the week to get there.
About 2,000 people were at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff on Thursday, about half of whom were out-of-town travelers who beat road closures.
The road leading up to the Snowbowl is open, but major roadways into Flagstaff arent.
Snowbowl general manager J.R. Murray said he expects up to 1,000 more visitors once the roads become passable.
The ski and snowboard resort opened on Christmas Day, a week ahead of schedule because of the recent snowfall.
Officials at Sunrise Ski Resort in Greer said skiers slowly were trickling in Thursday morning.