Peter Shelton

Solving the Hot Dog Problem

Posted in How the West was Lost, Watch columns by pshelton on September 29, 2011

It wasn’t that Vince Kontny was being impolite. He was just busy solving the hot dog problem. (more…)

Trend Report: Old Is New

Posted in Ski evolution, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on September 22, 2011

I don’t blame them. The editors. Ski magazine’s Buyers Guide is down to a 98-page weakling. So, they should be forgiven for hyping a bunch of product “trends” as “cutting edge,” when in fact they are either old ideas coming around again or subtle tweaks in proven technologies and materials. At least one “trend” – the one on the parity, finally, of women’s performance boots with men’s models – just made me laugh. It’s the same old “You’ve-come-a-long-way-Baby” sales pitch. (more…)

Born to Run

Posted in Animal Dreams, At the Movies, Watch columns by pshelton on September 15, 2011

I don’t run the Imogene; I’ve never run the 18 miles up and over from Ouray to Telluride. I don’t run much at all anymore, unless it’s to sprint after a grandchild who is crawling toward the stairs.

But I do remember the feeling, from years past, when limbs and lungs were working just right, and the trail led away into Siren-call hills and it felt as if I could run forever. (more…)

Ten Years After

Posted in At the Movies, Watch columns by pshelton on September 8, 2011

With the “royal wedding” of politics and fashion in Ridgway this past weekend, I kept having this fantasy: What if I were stuck on the gondola with uncle-of-the-bride, George W. Bush? What would I say to the 43rd president? (more…)

Raven Steals the Sun

Posted in Animal Dreams, Watch columns by pshelton on September 1, 2011

The first golf ball was not far outside our fence line, within driving distance (or long-iron range), maybe, of the house.

There it sat in the adobe clay, like a shiny white egg. What the . . ? What was a golf ball doing out on this dry sage hillside? (more…)