Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s letting Barbara B. Bond of Dillon take the reins today.
Here’s what she had to say.
“Colorado’s snow removal style does lack for efficiency. As a transplanted New Englander, I can tell you that I never missed a day of college in the ’50s because of snow even though I had to drive 80 miles round-trip on a two-lane highway through the White Mountains of New Hampshire five days a week. In the 80s, I drove a round-trip of 100 miles from my country home into Hartford, Conn., three evenings a week for five years without missing a day because of the weather.
“Wherever we lived in New England, we always knew when it had started to snow during the night because we heard a snowplow rumbling by.
“On Vail Circle, we never hear that welcoming sound until after the many workers in the area have already packed down the snow and the kids have had to walk on the packed, icy road to their bus stop. Then a roadscraper is often needed, not just a snowplow. Even then we live with slick road conditions for days until finally the sun melts the white stuff down to the pavement. We switch to snow tires each winter now and carefully use 4-wheel drive capacity until we get out to Route 6 where we can see the blacktop.
“On our first ski trip to Aspen in the ’70s, we were awoken at 6 a.m. because the road crew had to jackhammer the eight to 10 inches of icy snow that had accumulated on the main road into town. We were told that the Pitkin County road crew did not plow on weekends or at night ” storm or no storm. Are we that bad?
“While it is true that our High Country altitude brings us that wonderful warm sun even in the winter, maybe we should not depend on it so much to do the job of clearing the roads. I have been rammed on my driver-side door on Interstate 70, my husband’s vehicle was rammed in the backend on Rt. 6, and we have all seen other accidents.
“Personally I am willing to pay more for better road maintenance and thereby have peace of mind, especially with all those drivers new to mountain conditions.”
Thanks for the input Barbara.
We actually did not have a similar experience in New England. In fact, if it snowed an inch, it usually meant we didn’t have to go to school because of the roads. So, we are impressed that with as much snow as Summit County gets, the roads are cleared as well as they are. But, we guess there is always “road for improvement.”
We out, doing laundry. And also putting the paper to bed early so that we can go enjoy our Christmas party down the street at a fine Frisco establishment.
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