Peter Shelton

April Showers Bring . . . Déjà vu

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on April 12, 2013

A late-season storm rolls through, a big one, the day after the Telluride ski area closes. A cruel irony? A classic bit of ski-bum lore? (more…)

New Kids on the Block, Part 2

Posted in How the West was Lost, Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on March 1, 2013

The town won its case against Don Nordlander and his mining equipment across the street from us on South Cora. We didn’t have to testify. (more…)

New Kids on the Block

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on February 25, 2013

An obituary in the Montrose Daily Press did more than catch my eye; it brought on a flood of unpleasant memories from our early years in Ridgway. (more…)

High Lunacy in Savage Basin

Posted in Uncategorized by pshelton on June 14, 2012

Apparently the craziness at this year’s Lunar Cup ski race got so crazy that one of the revelers was bucked off his bike and now lies in a coma at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

It’s a shame it happened, and it has generated word on the street to the effect that now is the time, maybe, finally, for the Lunar Cup to be permanently retired. (more…)

Flight of the Ski Season

Posted in Uncategorized by pshelton on April 13, 2012

Closing weekend at the ski area was all about flight.

Not flight from Telluride, though that too was about to happen, as locals who have been working since before Thanksgiving flee the sudden quiet and the retreating snows.

No, this was about the little girl standing rock still near the picnic tables at the top of the mountain hoping to lure a camp robber with a cracker in her outstretched hand. (more…)