Monday, February 05, 2007

Talk about a boom town

The Denver Post published today that a Texan near Ouray can't build his dream vacation home because it's right in the path of artillery used to clear avalanche paths on Red Mountain Pass.

The problem hadn't come up before on a corkscrew stretch of U.S. 550 known for its nerve-racking, sheer drop offs, 101 avalanche paths and average of 250 inches of snow each winter. No one else has asked to build there. So for three decades, the state Transportation Department has been blasting away to trigger small, controlled avalanches from several metal-lined concrete firing boxes with clear shots at some of the worst spots.


zen said...

I'd say this is a textbook case of buyer beware.

Dave Philipps said...

Charlie don't ski!