Lou Dawson, a guidebook writer in Carbondale, Colo., was the first person to ski down Colorado's 54 "fourteeners." He also hunts, jeeps, snowmobiles and once started an avalanche while downhill skiing out of bounds at Aspen Highlands, suffering an injury that still nags him:
biodiversity is a mistake. Human beings are selfish creatures, and
the average human being will only value the land when they get
something back from it. The environmentalists who say, "I can be
crippled, and all I need is to know that the wilderness is there."
Well, that's a noble sentiment, but I'm afraid that only a minority
of people will ever feel that way." "
says, to manage for use. "It just doesn't work to legislate people
out of existence. It's not a functional way to manage people."
Dawson says environmentalists can be elitists,
particularly cross-country skiers: "They're on such moral high
ground, it's incredible. They are just so fanatic that they are the
people and theirs is the way, and snowmobilers are just a bunch of
fat-ass old men and women who like to putter around and burn
gasoline - just a bunch of sinners, basically."
One time, while laid up with a knee injury,
Dawson went snowmobiling, and at the trailhead several backcountry
skiers showed up. "I said hi, and I tried to talk to them, and they
completely snowed me, 100 percent. They wouldn't even look at me.
It was total social snubbing."