Cowboys on skis -- it`s possible

Cowboys on skis -- it`s possible

There are 15 comments on the Estes Park Trail-Gazette story from Jan 13, 2011, titled Cowboys on skis -- it`s possible. In it, Estes Park Trail-Gazette reports that:

A proposal discussed Tuesday night at a town board work session would bring a snow-related site to the historic Elkhorn Lodge.

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United States

#1 Jan 13, 2011
Could we please waste taxpayer dollars during town board meetings and precious newspaper space on more relevant things. Please go back to Iowa and open a Hawk-eye amusement park, complete with merry-go-round and fried bacon. Why does everyone try to make Estes Park into Coney Island? Why didn't the trustees kick these two jokers out and get naked in closed session like they always do (We have to go to executive session now to get naked and smoke pot - We'll show them sunshine laws)? Ha-ha-ha - Could the town board be any stupider - Why not turn Elkhorn Lodge into a legal brothel and teacup ride?

Alvord, TX

#2 Jan 14, 2011
The proposal has merit for consideration.

I personally think we could do without the mountain bikes and any reference to the "X Games" is the wrong concept for Estes Park!
The X games

United States

#3 Jan 14, 2011
Why not the XXX games? Let the naked trustees model their stunning bodies on platforms of ice while smoking reefer. I think the reason that people don't live in Estes Park year round is because they want to roller coaster on artificial snow. Move to Utah and open a toppless hot-dog stand, loosers.

Boone, NC

#4 Jan 14, 2011
I'm guessing that none of those with negative comments are business owners ? Seasonal business could greatly benefit from off season traffic.

United States

#5 Jan 14, 2011
Wouldn't this be true anywhere, like Alaska when the cruise ships stop running? If Steve proposed that Alaskans all buy blow-dryers and heat the ocean in the winter until the ice went away, I'm sure that business people would love this idea. But how realistic is it? Compared to asking the Alaskans to strip naked and attract tourists with their pudgy white flesh? That sounds like a pretty solid idea that would definitely increase tourism, if the town turstees would start inviting tourists into their executive sessions and show them some real executiveness
EP Local

United States

#6 Jan 19, 2011
As someone who has lived in estes park my whole life I would like to see something done to bring in more winter traffic to our valley. This idea like all ideas has some holes in it but it should not just be thrown out the window because it is different. The town makes very little attempt to bring people in during the winter months, events like winter fest are nice for a weekend but they dont do anything to really boost economic stabilty year round in our town. There are lots of things that could be offered to keep the lights on during the winter and this idea is a start. As far as the skiing is concerned, I dont see the potential for attracting true skiing/boarding enthusiasts as the terrian and snow is just too limited at such a low elevation. However there could be some potential for building terrain park features and attracting a different crowd (check out Echo Mountain). There could be beginner terrain for people learning as well as a nice terrain park to attract people from the front range who enjoy riding terrain parks. A roller coaster like they are proposing is not a true amusment park coaster but more of an alpine slide which I think would be a great idea for the town. This proposal is far from any sort of "coney island" concept. If you have ever been to a similar type of facility in breck, vail, aspen, etc. you would know that it can be designed to bring people closer to the mountains during the winter. I applaud an idea such as this that aims to bring more of a stable economy to those of us that are privelaged enough to live in this great area. It would only benefit us all.
Well first

United States

#7 Jan 20, 2011
you could learn to spell privileged, which you clearly are not.

I'm all for getting people here year round. How about bringing in some things that have been demonstrated to work, like gambling or marijuana?

Oh, but you say, this is not the kind of thing I'm talking about. Yes, you are, you are just talking about a different form of mindlessness to get rubes up here and fleece them.

Why not build something wonderful that attracts people with actual money, rather then blue-collar workers like you? Why not build something like the Broadmoor, which has a professional skating rink? Why can't we aspire to that?

Instead of reaching for the stars, we reach for yet another giant slide for the underclass.

This is why nobody of prominence lives in Estes Park. This is why people with any standards flee as fast as possible.

Shame on you.
Blue Collar Worker

United States

#8 Jan 20, 2011
Well first, I'm sorry that we all weren't given a trust fund from mommy and daddy so we can sit on our high horse. Us low life, underclass blue collar workers just have no standards I guess. How dare we have to work hard for a living without having everything handed to us. I'm all for building a fancy events center for you high class citizens to piss your money away at (hell it will even give us lowly slobs some work to do in this town oh and we love gambling and marijuana so thats a great idea too-def attracting some high class people). Maybe the thing that makes this town great is that it doesnt have anyone of prominence living here. Its just a nice place for people from the front range to be. If you want to gaze at the stars you should do us all a favor and get out of here asap! I'm sure you wont be missed sinced nobody of prominence like you lives here, just us low life blue collar workers.
Blue Collar Worker

United States

#9 Jan 20, 2011
Plus, I go out on the giant slide when it is closed and slide down and say "Weeeee" because I love the giant slide. People from all over the world come to see the giant slide. I wish it was on the front cover of every magazine published about Estes Park. It is what makes Estes Park so special, the fact that other communities have actual things to be proud of and we have a bunch of hillbillies like me spewing vomit on the tourists as we stumble out of the bar.

Help me out with:**** your money away at

What do the stars stand for?

Have you ever slept on anything other than a straw bed with a blanket provided by the agency?
Blue Collar Worker

United States

#10 Jan 20, 2011
And I'm so stupid I can't make the connection between having people with money moving up here and increased construction.

But I guess the construction I want to be a part of is constructing more things out of mud and other materials I can afford, like sticks and twine and colorful plastic.
Blue Collar Worker

United States

#11 Jan 20, 2011
I just want money to flow magically into my pocket. Maybe the government can set up some kind of welfare for places like the Elkhorn Lodge, which cannot succeed without massive injections of skeeball and corn fritters. What about bringing in a bearded lady and some kid with flippers instead of legs. A real freak show to match downtown after last call, where me and my friend break pool cues over each others heads.
Help me

United States

#12 Jan 20, 2011
I am now an adult but I must have constant gratification like a 7-year-old child. I must have cartoons and I must be able to wear my footie pajamas and I must never grow up. This is why I live in Estes Park, so I have year-round access to kids things like water parks and go-carts and ski resorts similar to what they have in Iowa.

Can you imagine the marketing angle and how great we will look compared to other ski resort nearby?

Come to Estes Park, where you can ski just like they ski in bumfk Iowa!!!
The Man

United States

#13 Jan 20, 2011
Do people really think that a ski area would work up here? It doesnt snow here so good luck with that and what could you offer, 200-300 ft vertical runs? Just not going to attract many people for the skiing. However, to get more families up here you need to offer things that kids can do so I am not completely opposed to the slide idea. They are actually pretty fun for people of all ages. If you have any doubts just ride breck's new coaster! Another deterent is that this spot is mainly located on the north side of the ridge and thus doesnt recieve much sun during the winter. You could have a skating rink where local kids could play hockey and skate but I think that given the characteristics of that site the best approach would be to go for some kind of nordic center. You could offer dog sledding, snow shoeing, x-country skiing, etc. I think the intentions of this idea are good but I think that they just need to be re-thought. I'm sure it will never happen anyways so there is not much point to all this...

United States

#14 Jan 20, 2011
The two bozos behind this only have enough energy to make a crude crayon sketch of the layout and then stumble into a town meeting trying to score the free weed, they aren't actually going to go through with their blue collar amusement park for people who have never seen snow and don't realize that skiing in Iowa isn't skiing.
Why not do

United States

#15 Jan 20, 2011
you shut up? Everyone in Estes Park needs money, and Black Hawk is starting to siphon off our fake pawn jewelry sales. All of our hardworking blue collar workers that work their fingers to the bone have apparently never heard of light industry or manufacturing. Maybe we could turn the Elkhorn Lodge into a prison - Lots of money to be made in taking prisoners from overcrowded states, then our blue collar bandits could be guard, and smoke confiscated weed.

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