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Good morning, and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is really perksertok-ed, if you know what we mean and we think you do. Scotty Bondo, the morning DJ at KCMV-106.3 FM, sends in this informative and amusing riff: I have recently heard many people say to me after a discussion of skiing; “You know the Eskimo’s have ____(Insert any number) words for snow and the English language has only a few…” I decided to research this assertion, as it seemed to me maybe to be a myth. After some Google searches and some e-mail to Inuit language and cultural sites, I have learned some interesting things. First, to be properly correct, the term is “Inuit” and not “Eskimo.” Even the term “Inuit” does not cover all the indigenous people found in the northern latitudes. It is a very rich, fascinating and diverse culture with many languages and dialects. There are some very talented and learned people who are trying to preserve these cultures and languages all over the world. I post this not to take anything away from their culture but instead to dispel any stereotypes that we inadvertently may be perpetuating. Secondly, it is a myth that the inutitut (or Inuktitut) language has many words for snow. They really only have a few base words for snow. Their language, like ours, depends on the use of qualifiers, prepositions and adjectives surrounding the word “snow” to describe the various conditions encountered in a snow and ice environment. The general word for snow in inutitut is “aput” or “aputi” (and is a popular romantic name for someone who has been born in the winter) Recently drifted snow is “akeolral” or “perksertok.” The verb “to snow” is “ganik.” One reason for the perpetuation of this myth is from journalists who jump on this inaccuracy to help make a humorous point. This trend can be found in an interesting list compiled by linguist Mark Liberman. At, he documents this myth from articles he has found that lists the number of words the Inuit allegedly have for snow from 20 to 100 words. So let’s bust this myth and remind people that backcountry snow enthusiasts have many more words for snow than anybody! Below is our vocabulary list that skiers and riders use at any given time to describe the snow around where we live and play. I have compiled 182 words/phrases from several sources: Telemark Tips message forums (of course,) glossary of meteorological terms, and the Snow Sense avalanche primer, as well as from my own observations in my daily conversations with skier types. There are several words/phrases for the same type of snow condition, some foreign words that have entered popular lexicon, local colloquialisms, and a bunch of snow-science terms that are used when describing avalanche and snowpack conditions. My only criteria was that is a solid or near solid water-based substance or condition that a person can access or travel across. 1. POWDER 2. CHAMPAGNE POWDER 3. PACKED POWDER 4. CARDBOARD POWDER 5. LOUD POWDER 6. COLD-SMOKE POWDER 7. CONSOLIDATED COLD POWDER 8. DRY POWDER 9. SPRING POWDER 10. BLOWER POWDER 11. STELLAR POWDER 12. FLUFFY POWDER 13. FEATHER POWDER 14. NECTAR OF THE GODS 15. KOOTENAY GOLD 16. WHITE GOLD 17. BUTTER LOVE 18. POWDAH! 19. POW-POW 20. POW 21. SNORKEL SNOW 22. LE POUD 23. POUF DEVILLE 24. FRESHIES 25. PILLOWS 26. SILK 27. FAIRY DUST 28. CHALK 29. CHOWDER 30. CHUNDER 31. CORDUROY 32. ON-PISTE 33. OFF-PISTE 34. GROOMERS 35. MAN-MADE SNOW 36. MACHINE GROOMED GRANULAR 37. NATURAL SNOW 38. STOP-GO SNOW 39. SUGAR SNOW 40. EGO SNOW 41. BONER SNOW 42. SCHMOO 43. SCHNEE 44. ELMERS 45. STYROFOAM 46. CREAMY 47. GLAZED 48. CAKE FLOUR 49. BRULEE 50. OATMEAL 51. MUSHROOMS 52. SOUR CREAM 53. SHAVING CREAM 54. COTTAGE CHEESE 55. CREAMY BUTTER 56. SPONGE CAKE 57. SLURPEE 58. SHERBET 59. MASHED POTATOES 60. MERINGUE 61. HARDPACK 62. BOILER PLATE 63. RUTT PLATE 64. BULLETPROOF 65. PORCELAIN 66. ICE 67. CLEAR ICE 68. BLACK ICE 69. BLUE ICE 70. ICE LENS 71. NEW SNOW 72. OLD SNOW 73. LOOSE SNOW 74. WET SNOW 75. MOIST SNOW 76. ROTTEN SNOW 77. MANK 78. CRUD 79. BABY HEADS 80. FROZEN CHICKEN HEADS 81. DEATH CANTALOPES 82. DEATH COOKIES 83. MORTALITY BISCUITS 84. CORAL REEF 85. SIERRA CEMENT 86. CASCADE CONCRETE 87. DINNER-PLATE CRUST 88. DEATH CRUST 89. WIND CRUST 90. KILLER CRUST 91. BREAKABLE CRUST 92. FACETED CRUST 93. RAIN CRUST 94. SUN CRUST 95. FURROWED CRUST 96. DUST ON CRUST 97. MELT-FREEZE CRUSTS 98. RADIATION RECRYSTALLIZED CRUSTS 99. NEAR WET-LAYER CRUSTS 100. WIND PACK 101. WIND AFFECTED 102. WIND DEPOSITED 103. SPINDRIFT 104. RUNNELED 105. HARD SLAB 106. SOFT SLAB 107. WET SLAB 108. VARIABLE 109. CHOPPED/CHOP 110. CHUNKY 111. STICKY 112. BOOTABLE 113. GOOD PACKING 114. QUARRYABLE 115. SPARKLY 116. FIRM 117. SNOT 118. ELEPHANT SNOT 119. PENITENTES 120. SASTRUGI 121. PINWHEELS 122. FIRN 123. FIRNSPIEGEL 124. SLUSH 125. SLOP 126. GLOP 127. GLIT 128. GRAUPEL 129. CHOSS 130. SLEET 131. HAIL 132. FROZEN RAIN 133. ICE PELLETS 134. BLOWING SNOW 135. HORIZONTAL SNOW 136. DRIFTING SNOW 137. LAKE-EFFECT SNOW 138. ROLLED SNOW 139. THUNDER SNOW 140. UNMETAMORPHOSED NEW SNOW 141. ERASER SNOW 142. REFRIGERATOR SNOW 143. YELLOW SNOW 144. PINK SNOW 145. BROWN SNOW 146. SPRING CORN 147. DRY CORN 148. HOLLOW CORN 149. HERO CORN 150. SLOUGH/SLUFF 151. GRANULAR 152. FROZEN GRANULAR 153. CRYSTALINE 154. BOTTOMLESS MUSH 155. SUN CUPS 156. SUN BLASTED 157. WIND DEPOSIT 158. SURFACE HOAR 159. DEPTH HOAR 160. HOAR FROST 161. NEAR-SURFACE FACETS 162. INTERMEDIATE FACETS 163. ADVANCED FACETS 164. NEAR WET-LAYER FACETS 165. NEAR CRUST FACETS 166. SHARP-EDGE CRYSTALS 167. FACETED GRAINS 168. ROUNDED GRAINS 169. WET GRAINS 170. CUPPED GRAINS 171. STELLARS 172. SPATIAL DENDRITES 173. NEEDLES 174. CAPPED COLUMNS 175. HEXAGONAL PLATES 176. SQUARES 177. RIME 178. CONSOLIDATED SNOWPACK 179. TENDER SNOWPACK 180. AVALANCHE DEBRIS 181. NEVE 182. APATI Thanks Summit Up for your daily fun and insights! Well, thanks to you, Scotty, and here’s hoping you’ll be enjoying your favorite version of the white stuff (Hah! See? We just added another one!) all winter long! It’s Sunday, and we’re out sliding on frozen water crystals.

Final results from the 16th annual U.S. Extremes

FEMALE JUNIOR COMPETITORS 1 Francesca Pavillard-Cain Steamboat Springs CO 95 points 2 Colby Adams Breckenridge CO 92.6 3 Katherine Crew Denver CO 88 4 Erin Kerr Whistler WA 67.6 MALE JUNIOR COMPETITORS 1 Tyler Ceccanti Lake Tapps WA 123.2 2 Matt Potter Morrison CO 119.6 3 North Parker Hailey ID 111.4 4 Max Weintraub Norden CA 110.6 5 Zach Coffey Gunnison CO 108 6 Ian Lockhart Avon CO 106 7 Brandon Clabaugh Aspen CO 105 8 Benjamin Costa San Rafael CA 96.4 9 Jesse Tibbetts Santa Rosa CA 92.6 10 Matthew Stern Mill Valley CA 92.2 11 Nick Coffey Gunnison CO 91.6 12 Ian Lowell Aspen CO 78.6 MASTER WOMEN 1 Kelly Walter Crested Butte CO 52 ADULT WOMEN 1 Laura Ogden Crystal Mountain WA 114 2 Hannah Whitney Gunnison CO 102.2 3 Carrie Jo Chernoff Crested Butte CO 100.8 4 Phillipa Hunt Salt Lake City UT 97.4 5 Crystal Wright Wilson WY 96 6 Tanya Christensen Crested Butte CO 92.4 7 Karolina Ekman Gothenburg Sweden 86.8 8 Ashley Carruth Carbondale CO 83.4 9 Suzanne Graham Salt Lake City UT 78.4 MASTER MEN 1 Peter Bowers Incline Village NV 111.4 2 Jonathan Love Carbondale CO 93.6 3 Leo VanDerBosch Telluride CO 89.8 4 Mark O’Neill Crested Butte CO 87.8 5 Rich Shaw SLC UT TDQ ADULT MEN 1 Aaron Estrada Carnelian Bay CA 133.6 2 Tyson Bolduc Avon CO 132.4 3 Griffin Post Denver CO 131.2 4 Cliff Bennett Ward CO 129.2 5 Lars Chickering-Ayers Plainfield VT 128.4 6 Ben Furimsky Mt. Crested Butte CO 127.6 7 Ryan Sutton Crested Butte CO 127.4 8 Kent Hyden Park City UT 122.2 9 Chris Dach Crested Butte CO 117 10 Justin Modroo Red Lodge MT 116.6 11 Dylan Crossman Randolph UT 115.8 11 Jesse Hall Salt Lake City UT 115.8 13 John Nicoletta Aspen CO 112.6 14 Ben Somrak Crested Butte CO 110.6 14 Cody Price Gunnison CO 110.6 16 Tanner Flanagan Jackson WY 109 17 Forrest Coots Mount Shasta CA 108.4 18 Chris Tatsuno Gunnison CO 107.8 19 Cory Zila Mammoth Lakes CA 107.4 20 Bobby Block Crested Butte CO 105.2 21 Alex Else Crested Butte CO 100 22 Lucas Urtiaga Belen NM 69.6

Summit Rotary Club deploys the ‘ice device’ on Lake Dillon for annual contest

Members of Summit County's Rotary Club gathered Saturday morning at the Dillon Marina to position the device used for the club's 29th annual Dillon Ice Melt Contest. The device, a bright-orange 55-gallon drum, will measure the official time Lake Dillon's ice melts with clocks that stop when it falls in the water. People can buy tickets to make guesses for when the ice will melt. The person whose guess is closest to the time recorded by the clocks wins a $4,000 prize. Second place wins $2,000, and third place $1,000. Diane Monaghan, chair of the Ice Melt committee, said money raised through ticket sales funds the prizes and extra money goes to Rotary projects and programs. Volunteers with the Summit County Water Rescue Team helped load the device onto a hovercraft and unload it in the middle of the lake, where Monaghan said the ice is the thickest. Most years, the ice melts sometime in May. Last year, the official drop time was May 20 at 5:52 p.m. The earliest drop time in the contest's history was recorded on April 11, 2012, and the latest on May 26, 1995. Those who want to make a historically informed guess can find every year's drop time on the Ice Melt's website. Corresponding weather data must be checked separately.


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Armstrong keeps overall lead; McEwen wins stage

KARLSRUHE, Germany ” Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France on Friday, cruising safely to the finish of a rainy seventh stage won in a sprint by Australia’s Robbie McEwen. Armstrong finished 53rd and in the main pack, recording the same time as McEwen as the Tour veered into Germany. The Texan avoided a crash in the closing straightaway that took down two riders. Armstrong is trying for a seventh straight victory in cycling’s showcase race before retirement. He leads Discovery Channel teammate George Hincapie by 55 seconds overall and Kazak rival Alexandre Vinokourov by 62 seconds. “We’ve made it through the first week, there have not been any major crises, in fact I think it’s been a pretty good week,” Armstrong said. “Of course these stages are always scary, you have to stay out of trouble, but I’m glad to be one week down, two to go.” Riders observed a minute’s silence at the start of the race to mourn victims of Thursday’s terror attacks in London. Rain fell heavily for a second straight day, making roads slippery and treacherous during the 142-mile run from the eastern French town of Luneville to Karlsruhe in Germany. The stage victory was McEwen’s second of this Tour and seventh of his career. Sweden’s Magnus Backstedt was the runner-up, followed by Austria’s Bernhard Eisel. “Every now and then I think: ‘You’re 33 now and you’re going to start slowing down.’ It hasn’t happened yet,” McEwen said. He is vying with Belgium’s Tom Boonen for the green jersey, awarded at the end of the Tour to the best overall sprinter. Boonen placed seventh Friday after crashing earlier in the stage, tearing his shorts and grazing his left buttock. Large crowds turned out to welcome the riders as they crossed the border into Germany. “We expected a lot of people but that was just out of this world, the amount of people standing out there in the road,” McEwen said. “We only had half the road to use because there was just people everywhere. It’s nice but in a way it makes it a little bit dangerous.” The eighth stage Saturday starts in the German town of Pforzheim before crossing back into France to finish in Gerardmer. The 143.8-mile route scales five hills, including the hardest climb of the race so far ” the Col de la Schlucht. The stage should favor all-around riders who can both climb and ride hard on flats, rather than explosive sprinters like McEwen. Armstrong hopes the climbs will help string out the field to avoid another bunched sprint at the finish where crashes are a constant risk. “I feel certain that my condition is good enough to follow some attacks,” he said. “In fact, some attacks would be nice so that we don’t have a field sprint again.” A 142-mile run from the eastern French town of Luneville to Karlsruhe, Germany. Heavy rain made for slippery roads and several riders fell. Robbie McEwen, Australia, Davitamon-Lotto, in 5 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds. Jan Ullrich, Germany, T-Mobile, finished 45th; Lance Armstrong, United States, Discovery Channel, finished 53rd; Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan, T-Mobile, finished 65th. All were accorded the same time as McEwen. Armstrong retains the overall lead ” 55 seconds ahead of teammate George Hincapie and 1:02 in front of Vinokourov. “We’ve made it through the first week. There have not been any major crises. I think it’s been a pretty good week.” ” Armstrong. Saturday’s eighth stage is a 143.8-mile route starting in the German town of Pforzheim before crossing back into France to finish in Gerardmer. It features five hills, including the hardest climb of the race so far ” the Col de la Schlucht. 142 miles from Luneville, France to Karlsruhe, Germany 1. Robbie McEwen, Australia, Davitamon-Lotto, 5 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds. 2. Magnus Backstedt, Sweden, Liquigas-Bianchi, same time. 3. Bernhard Eisel, Austria, Francaise des Jeux, same time. 4. Gerrit Glomser, Austria, Lampre, same time. 5. Baden Cooke, Australia, Francaise des Jeux, same time. 6. Fabian Cancellara, Switzerland, Fassa Bortolo, same time. 7. Tom Boonen, Belgium, Quick Step, same time. 8. Gianluca Bortolami, Italy, Lampre, same time. 9. Thor Hushovd, Norway, Credit Agricole, same time. 10. Juan Antonio Flecha, Spain, Fassa Bortolo, same time. 11. Luciano Pagliarini, Brazil, Liquigas-Bianchi, same time. 13. Robert Forster, Germany, Gerolsteiner, same time. 14. Jean-Patrick Nazon, France, AG2R Prevoyance, same time. 15. Philippe Gilbert, Belgium, Francaise des Jeux, same time. 16. Laurent Brochard, France, Bouygues Telecom, same time. 17. Mauro Gerosa, Italy, Liquigas-Bianchi, same time. 18. Daniel Becke, Germany, Illes Balears, same time. 19. Gerben Lowik, Netherlands, Rabobank, same time. 20. David Loosli, Switzerland, Lampre, same time. 53. Lance Armstrong, United States, Discovery Channel, same time. 55. George Hincapie, United States, Discovery Channel, same time. 57. Yaroslav Popovych, Ukraine, Discovery Channel, same time. 68. Christopher Horner, United States, Saunier Duval, same time. 69. Manuel Beltran, Spain, Discovery Channel, same time. 84. Floyd Landis, United States, Phonak, same time. 90. Paolo Savoldelli, Italy, Discovery Channel, same time. 92. Bobby Julich, United States, CSC, same time. 105. Jose Azevedo, Portugal, Discovery Channel, same time. 110. Benjamin Noval Gonzalez, Spain, Discovery Channel, same time. 112. Pavel Padrnos, Czech Republic, Discovery Channel, same time. 118. Fred Rodriguez, United States, Davitamon-Lotto, same time. 129. Levi Leipheimer, United States, Gerolsteiner, same time. 136. Jose Luis Rubiera, Spain, Discovery Channel, same time. 178. David Zabriskie, United States, CSC, 1:23 behind. 181. Guido Trenti, United States, Quick Step, same time as leaders. (After seven stages) 1. Lance Armstrong, United States, Discovery Channel, 23:01:56. 2. George Hincapie, United States, Discovery Channel, 55 seconds behind. 3. Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan, T-Mobile, 1:02 behind. 4. Jens Voigt, Germany, CSC, 1:04. 5. Bobby Julich, United States, CSC, 1:07. 6. Jose Luis Rubiera, Spain, Discovery Channel, 1:14. 7. Yaroslav Popovych, Ukraine, Discovery Channel, 1:16. 8. Benjamin Noval Gonzalez, Spain, Discovery Channel, 1:26. 9. Ivan Basso, Italy, CSC, 1:26. 10. Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Norway, CSC, 1:32. 11. Pavel Padrnos, Czech Republic, Discovery Channel, 1:32. 12. Paolo Savoldelli, Italy, Discovery Channel, 1:33. 13. Jan Ullrich, Germany, T-Mobile, 1:36. 14. Carlos Sastre, Spain, CSC, 1:36. 15. Jose Azevedo, Portugal, Discovery Channel, 1:37. 18. Floyd Landis, United States, Phonak, 1:50. 21. Manuel Beltran, Spain, Discovery Channel, 2:12. 26. Levi Leipheimer, United States, Gerolsteiner, 2:31. 59. Fred Rodriguez, United States, Davitamon-Lotto, 3:57. 82. Christopher Horner, United States, Saunier Duval, 4:54. 147. Guido Trenti, United States, Quick Step, 9:29. 159. David Zabriskie, United States, CSC, 10:28. July 2 ” Stage 1, Fromentiere to Noirmoutier-en-L’Ile, individual time trial, 19 km (11.8 miles) (stage: David Zabriskie, United States; overall: Zabriskie) July 3 ” Stage 2, Challans to Les Essarts, 181.5 (112.8) (Tom Boonen, Belgium; Zabriskie) July 4 ” Stage 3, La Chataigneraie to Tours, 212.5 (132) (Boonen; Zabriskie) July 5 ” Stage 4, Tours to Blois, team time trial, 67.5 (41.9) (Discovery Channel; Lance Armstrong, United States) July 6 ” Stage 5, Chambord to Montargis, 183 (113.7) (Robbie McEwen, Australia; Armstrong) July 7 ” Stage 6, Troyes to Nancy, 199 (123.7) (Lorenzo Bernucci, Italy; Armstrong) July 8 ” Stage 7, Luneville to Karlsruhe, Germany, 228.5 (142) (McEwen; Armstrong) July 9 ” Stage 8, Pforzheim, Germany, to Gerardmer, France, 231.5 (143.8) July 10 ” Stage 9, Gerardmer to Mulhouse, 171 (106.3) July 11 ” Rest day in Grenoble July 12 ” Stage 10, Grenoble to Courchevel, 192.5 (119.6) July 13 ” Stage 11, Courchevel to Briancon, 173 (107.5) July 14 ” Stage 12, Briancon to Digne-les-Bains, 187 (116.2) July 15 ” Stage 13, Miramas to Montpellier, 173.5 (107.8) July 16 ” Stage 14, Agde to Ax-3 Domaines, 220.5 (137) July 17 ” Stage 15, Lezat-sur-Leze to Saint-Lary Soulan, 205.5 (127.7) July 18 ” Rest day in Pau July 19 ” Stage 16, Mourenx to Pau, 180.5 (112.2) July 20 ” Stage 17, Pau to Revel, 239.5 (148.8) July 21 ” Stage 18, Albi to Mende, 189 (105) July 22 ” Stage 19, Issoire to Le Puy-en-Velay, 153.5 (95.4) July 23 ” Stage 20, Saint-Etienne to Saint-Etienne, individual time trial, 55.5 (34.5) July 24 ” Stage 21, Corbeil-Essonnes to Paris, Champs-Elysees, 144.5 (89.8)

Rotary Club’s Dillon Ice Melt Contest ends early as device turns upside down

The Ice Melt Contest is over. The Summit Rotary Club's device placed to measure when the ice on Dillon Reservoir has officially melted rolled upside down the night of Tuesday, May 6, said Diane Monaghan, chair of the Ice Melt committee. From the time the device was placed March 22 for the club's 29th annual Dillon Ice Melt Contest, a team of watchers has checked the device twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Monaghan said the device was sideways during the May 6 evening check, and by the May 7 morning check it had flipped upside down. The official ice melt time ­— and the winners of the $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 prizes — will remain unknown until the device can be retrieved by boat with the help of the Dillon Marina in about a week. This year was unusual because the lake still appeared mainly frozen, she said, so the club waited until after a committee meeting Tuesday, May 13, to announce the end of the contest. Monaghan didn't suspect any foul play. "No one could even get out to the device at this time because the ice is so thin," she said. She thinks the metal device absorbed heat from a string of four or five sunny days with highs near 50 degrees and warmed the ice below it. With the winter storm that blew in over the weekend, the area around the device is now covered in snow, she said, so it doesn't look like it's floating. In past years, the rest of the lake has melted, leaving the device floating on its own little iceberg for a couple more days. "That's why this contest is so fun," she said. "You never know what's going to happen."

Rotary ice melt contest device hits the water

DILLON – The Summit County Rotary Foundation Ice Melt Contest device dropped through the ice on Dillon Reservoir just as Friday’s spring snowstorm approached Summit County. Dozens of Rotary ice melt guessers who picked a time between 7 p.m. Thursday night and 6:30 a.m. Friday morning have a very good chance of winning the $2,000 grand prize, said Sally Croker, events coordinator with the town of Dillon. Second and third prizes are worth $750 and $500, respectively. Final winners will be announced early next week after Rotarians sort through thousands of tickets. Although the thousands of people who guessed a date and time other than April 29 or 30 are out of luck for now, they can feel good for donating toward student scholarships. For a $2 donation per guess, High Country residents and Summit County lovers from across the country bought thousands of tickets. The deadline to mail guesses and donations was Friday. Contest organizers from the Summit County Rotary Foundation will wait a couple days for last-minute postmarked entries to arrive before announcing a winner. In case of any ties, guessers had to estimate the high temperature of the air that day, as monitored by Denver Water employees. Rotary Foundation organizers braved the boat ride out through chilly waters and fluffy, wet snowflakes to retrieve the device on Friday. The device is a 55-gallon barrel with a wooden arm attached to it. Two clocks are attached to the arm and the clocks are supposed to stop working when they hit water, thereby recording the exact time when the ice beneath the device melted. The ice held out slightly longer than it did in 2002, when it set a record for the earliest melt in the 19-year history of the contest. That year, the ice melted April 28 at 11:45 a.m. The latest melting in contest history was in 1983, when the device fell in on June 7. Last year, the ice melted at 10:18 p.m. on May 15. In 2001 the time was 10:23 a.m. on May 9 and in 2000 the device dropped May 13 at 4:40 p.m. Tickets were flying fast the past couple weeks at banks and many other community organizations, Croker said.

Rotarians to launch ice melt device Saturday for annual contest

SUMMIT COUNTY – To commence its 25th annual Ice Melt Contest, Sumit County Rotarians are launching their ice melt device Saturday with help from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office hovercraft. Locals and visitors hoping to join in the fun can watch from the Dillon Marina at 11 a.m. Summit County Rotary’s annual Ice Melt and Ice Princess Contest began Feb. 2, and locals have been guessing since then when the device will fall through the deepest part of the Dillon Reservoir. Money will be awarded to contest winners – $2,000, $750 and $500 for the top three guesses, and a first prize of $4,000 if the exact date and time is guessed. Winning guesses are often separated by only seconds, with a guess at the maximum temperature of the big day being the tie-breaker. The contest raises about $15,000 annually for Summit High School scholarships and other Rotary contributions to the community. The Ice Princess Contest, another aspect of the event where individuals – Kaitlin Chandler, Latonya Hill, Abby Lott and Britany Root – are raising money, aims to collect $5,000 for Summit High School scholarships and other Summit County needs as well. The “Ice Princess” coronation, where the top fundraiser is crowned, is scheduled for the April 17 Rotary meeting. Tickets for the Ice Melt Contest are still available – they cost $2 from local Rotarians or they can be purchased online at Multiple entries can be made on the mail-in entry form. The Ice Melt Contest closes at midnight on April 25 or earlier if the clock drops into the reservoir before that date. Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

Breckenridge Bump Buffet results

Results for the 25th annual Breckenridge Bump Buffet follow. Breckenridge Bump Buffet The Peerless run Sunday Team Competition Kid’s Division 1 Hockey Falls 93 2 Team Looney “Tele” Tunes 79 3 Shiny Happy People 62.5 Women’s Division 1 Silver Celebration 111 2 Nasty Nordic “Pin”cesses 110 3 Backcountry Pleasure Party 109 4 Silver Belles 103 5 Flashin’ Jivin’ Janets 101 Coed Division 1 Buffalo Bill’s Wild Wild West 114 2 Bump Buffet Halftime Show 92 3 Ninja on Pinja 82 4 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 72 5 Married with teleing Children 67.5 Men’s Division 1 Super Skanks 114 2 Jackson Bound 87.5 Indiviual Competition Girl’s Division 1 Hali Hafeman 81.5 2 Kristin Hafeman 74 Boy’s Division 1 Nicky Anastas 97 2 Jan “Elmer Fudd” McSparin 90 3 Paul “Daffy Duck” McSparin 90 4 Ian Lars Borgeson 86 5 Matt Cooper 68.5 6 Nick “Son of Zippy the Pinhead” Bord 52.5 Women’s Division 1 Leslie “The Fly Girl” Ross 112 2 Jody Thompson 107.5 3 Susie Nothnagel 105 4 Caren Mapes 101 5 Bonnie “A Raisin in the Sun” 100 6 Jill Walker 96.5 7 Anne Aronson 95.5 8 Karen Reader 95 9 Jodi Henderson 90.5 10 Laura Rossetter 90 11 Kim Clark 87 12 Holly Holmes 86 13 Leigh Girvin 73.5 14 Beebra Miliner 71 15 Carrie Hafeman 64 16 Lynne Drakos 56 17 Carol Kauder 55.5 18 Lisa Bova 47 19 Rachel Sowers 45 Men’s Division 1 Wild Buffalo Bill 122 2 Sam Fox 114 3 Marc Stohl 113 4 Scott Powers 112.5 5 Luis Cristobal 111.5 6 Todd Greenwood 100 7 Tele Ned 99 8 Chuck Hardy 97 9 Leif Eric Borgeson 94.5 10 Brent Easton 92 11 Mike Miguel 87 12 Steve Holmes 85 13 Justin Scott 76 14 Greg Hafeman 75.5 15 Dan Lee 61.5 16 Ian Aneloski 60 17 Ellwood Barrett 32 18 Mark Francis 24 19 Chris Meyer 0 20 Kris Anderson 0

Summit Up

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s feeling kinda icy and kinda melty. Why, you might be wondering, whatever might they be talking about? We’re talking about the Rotary Ice Melt Contest, of course! Yes, folks, it’s that time of year: This Saturday, intrepid Summit County Sheriff John Minor will be out on the special sheriff’s hovercraft (and no, we are not fabricating this information: our sheriff’s office actually owns a hovercraft, leading us to wonder when John will get a jet pack, a funny car and/or a mini-sub) to place the ice device. MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Cool! What’s an ice device and what should we do about it? SU: We’re glad you asked. The ice device is this thing that will record the exact day and time that the ice on the lake thaws enough for it to drop in the water. What you should do is find the closest Rotary member you can and buy tickets for the contest, which are only 2 bucks per guess/ticket. You can win $2,000 in fresh U.S. salad if you are the closest guesser. MSUR: Golly, that sounds swell. Not sure if we know a Rotary member though, hmmm … SU: No problemo! We just so happen to have a butt-load of Ice Melt tickets right here at the Summit Up Central Corporate Suites. Jusk ask the helpful folks at our front desk and they will hook you up. MSUR: Ya’ll are lifesavers! *** Speaking of lifesavers, we know these are thin times economically (as we type, we are also pedaling a special bicycle to power our computer), and the folks at The Mint in Silverthorne can feel your pain. That’s why they’re bringing back the famous Mint Locals’ Night where you can get a steak for only $2.99. You can get other stuff for that price, too, like chickent, fish and shrimp kabobs. This is a popular event that fills up, so plan ahead for the next two Locals’ Nights: April 15 and 22. Get thee to The Mint! *** OK, we have a Smarty Pants Alert! going out today to Stephanie Fowler of Frisco. Stephanie is currently attending Hope College, and she was just elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Congrats, Stephanie! Nice work! Woo-hoo! MSUR: We’ve always wanted to ask this: What the hell is Phi Beta Kappa? SU: Glad you asked. It is the nation’s oldest scholastic honorary society. So it sounds kinda like the National Honors Society, only for college students. MSUR: Next question: Where is Hope College? SU: It’s in Holland, Michigan, which is near Lake Michigan sorta near Grand Rapids. Who knew? *** Finally, today we have to note that the big Final Four basketball thing is finally over and some guys called Tar Heels apparently won. Personally, we pay about as much attention to this as we would the Women’s Mahjongg Tournament in Dar es Salaam, but we know a lot of people are interested in the doings of young men running back and forth stuffing an orange ball in a hoop. We just can’t stand all that squeaking sneaker sound. But that’s just us. We out.