Powder Burn by Daniel Glick
Arson, Money and Mystery in Vail Valley

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In October, 1998 an arson caused $12 million in damage at Vail, the country's largest ski area. A shadowy radical environmental group called the Earth Liberation Front claimed credit for what the FBI called the costliest act of ecoterrorism in U.S. history. But as it turns out, credible suspects were everywhere, since Vail was owned by a New York investment firm that had alienated a wide swath of Colorado's high country residents."Who couldn't have done this?" wondered a local sheriff's investigator. More than a clever whodunit, Powder Burn scrapes away the glitz of America's premier ski destination to reveal a cautionary tale about runaway opulance and rapid change in the New West. As the Denver Post put it, "Vail is a microcosm of the disputes over growth raging across the Rockies, and Glick's take on the fire helps to fan the flames."

Packed with odd characters and paranoia, with beautiful mountains and despicable actions, Powder Burn is about corporate greed, the environment, a small town and a mysterious unsolved crime. As Vail celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a full season of hoopla and self-promotion, this book makes compelling reading for skiers, true crime enthusiasts, or anyone interested in the environmental, social, and political issues raised by the evolution of the new West.
 

About Daniel Glick

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Daniel Glick worked for "Newsweek" for more than 12 years, as a Washington correspondent and as a special correspondent roving the Rocky Mountain West. He has also written for "Rolling Stone," the "Washington Post Magazine," the "New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Men's Journal" and numerous other publications, and is the author of "Powder Burn: Arson, Money, and Mystery on Vail Mountain," Having traveled widely and lived on four continents, Glick now lives in Colorado with his two children.
 
Published January 7, 2003 by PublicAffairs. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Indeed, federal investigators found themselves confronted with a bewildering proliferation of suspects for the fires: it seemed that everyone within a 50-mile radius of the resort had a serious grudge against its owners, whose corporate HQ was known locally as ""the Death Star."" Combining solid ...

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