News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Eric Albinson’s boss at Stark Mountain Woodworking offered him and other employees $1,000 just for riding to work. He only lives three miles from the shop. Oh, but there’s a catch, of course. Employees had to log 650 miles riding to work during 2006.

The concept was the idea of company co-owner Skimmer Hellier who hatched the plan one morning fresh from his bike ride to work, says The Burlington Free Press. The deal was $500 up front to buy a bike, and another $500 when they completed the 650 miles. The employees had to give back a buck for every mile they fell short. Eric figures he’ll hit the goal in December. Is it working? Yes, say the owners. Employees arrive fresh and ready to go. Hope there are no early snowdrifts.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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