A Yurt can't hurt

NORTH CREEK Johnsburg town officials are hoping the addition of a yurt at Ski Bowl Park will create the kind of buzz that will lead to grant money to build a permanent ski hut. But until then, theyre confident a yurt cant hurt. But what is a yurt? you may be wondering. Think of it as a high tech Mongolian tepee. A Yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia, (or a temporary ski hut to be used by patrons to Ski Bowl Park this coming winter.) Town Supervisor Bill Thomas told the Town Board on Tuesday that Gore Mountain and Mike Pratt intend to install a yurt at the park to serve as a temporary ski hut. The Yurts placement at the park will likely extend into the park road and will require the town to change the traffic pattern in the park, Thomas explained. Well need to start creating a circle instead of through traffic, Thomas said. Instead of allowing through traffic at the park that allows patrons to enter at one end and exit at the other, the road will be blocked and a loop will be created to accommodate the yurt. Is this OK? Thomas asked. Its just common sense, replied Board Member Arnold Stevens. Thomas said the yurt will be a conversation piece. That would give us a lot of good publicity to get grant money to build a ski hut, he said. Judging by the buzz generated during the yurt conversation at Tuesdays town board meeting, the yurt may indeed serve that purpose. Town attorney Tony Jordan suggested a contest based on the yurt. We could hold a Name the Yurt contest, Jordan suggested. There arent any of us who want to be perceived as anti-yurt, joked Board Member Sterling Goodspeed. Goodspeed said the yurt is a sign of Gores commitment to the towns vision for Ski Bowl Park. It shows Mike Pratts commitment to seeing this project go forward to having night skiing, to building the ski hut, to all of that, Goodspeed said. Ski Bowl Park Committee Chairwoman Andrea McKee said that yurts arent all that uncommon. There are a lot of ski resorts who have these yurts as their indoor/outdoor ski huts, she said. Add Johnsburgs Ski Bowl Park to that list.

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