Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Remember the budding skiers

It's likely that today's grandfathers developed their love of skiing by sliding down Penny Hill on their rumps or some makeshift sled.

For more than three generations, Penny Hill or whatever it was named in the mid-1930s, served as the introduction to skiing for the toddler set.

Now, tomorrow's tykes need to be remembered as the Sun Valley Co. and the city of Sun Valley ponder proposals to develop Penny Hill for resort homes.

Obviously, the resort has rights and a responsibility to its economic future to sensibly develop property within the city's planning and zoning ordinances.

And, yet, the resort and city should also recognize the major economic benefits of always having a Penny Hill to fire up the first instincts for downhill skiing.

A Penny Hill is apt to breed hundreds of future skiers who will graduate to Bald Mountain's slopes, and even be future resort hotel guests along with their offspring.

Cultivating new skiers even at the toddler age is a sound investment, and one way of preventing America's first destination ski resort from losing new generations of young family skiers.

If the current Penny Hill must be developed, then another site should be a prime project for the resort and the city.

To fracture Ben Franklin's wise maxim: A Penny Hill saved is a bunch of dollars for the future earned.

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