Top 5 stories on SummitDaily.com, week of March 3
Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on SummitDaily.com for the past week.
Brandon Ciullo was on Interstate 70 when he saw an avalanche rip through Ten Mile Canyon between Frisco and Copper Mountain, capturing the event on his smartphone. It was one of the first avalanches in a series throughout the rest of the week as substantial snowfall caused hazardous conditions on roadways and in the backcountry.
Avalanches struck left and right in Summit County on March 7 after a heavy winter storm blanketed the area. One avalanche on CO 91 buried four cars in its path. Luckily, everyone was extricated from their cars and no injuries were reported. The Colorado Department of Transportation said that it was the first-ever recorded avalanche on Resolute Cliff, an area where CDOT has never performed mitigation work.
Social Calls are comments taken from the Summit Daily’s website and Facebook page.
“I just read on the internet Vail Resorts added Peak One to their Epic pass package….” — George Blincoe on “No, this isn’t a new ski run. Massive avalanche carves wide path below Peak 1 in Frisco”
“lift construction starts in 2020 once all the snow melts.” — Scott Willis, in reply to George Blincoe’s comment
“That’s one way to get rid of some beetle killed trees” — Mary Unruh on “Historic avalanche cycle wreaks havoc in Colorado mountains”
“Ullr is drunk! This snow is insane!” — Deanna Ehrhardt Carew on “Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to remain closed Friday morning due to dangerous snow conditions”
“Is anyone available to remove 6’ of snow off my roof south of Breckenridge” — Ryan Hilderbrand on “Photos: Summit County digs out of snow-pocalypse”
“This is why we don’t live in Summit County anymore!” — Devon Malonson on “Photos: Summit County digs out of snow-pocalypse”
“The Mountains are closed, officially! No way in, no way out!” — Karen Murray Boston on “Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to remain closed Friday morning due to dangerous snow conditions”
“Your job called….they want to know if your still able to make it for your shift today? I hope you all can get to somewhere safe…..” — Christine Whitmore on “Avalanche ruptures natural-gas line; I-70 closed between Frisco and Vail”
“I’m a fan of Isak but could Breck invest that money to fix the potholes by 7/11 instead?” — Romi Llanos on “Breckenridge officials celebrate evicted troll’s homecoming”
“I guess my question would be …where did they think the snow would go ? Duh !!!!” — Karen Stephan Kasch on “Helicopter-dropped bombs trigger planned avalanches that shut down I-70 corridor”
Summit County woke Thursday morning to extreme weather conditions that caused multiple highway and road closures, power outages and avalanches. The county was practically shut down with school and business closures, delayed buses and an I-70 closure that ran from Frisco to Vail. An avalanche near the Conoco in Copper Mountain ruptured a natural-gas line early in the morning, causing a closure near Copper Mountain Resort while crews worked to have the leak resolved.
Most ski areas celebrate a massive dump of fresh powder in the mornings, but last week’s storm was just too much snow. Copper Mountain Resort wasn’t able to open until midmorning and Breckenridge Ski Resort closed its upper terrain for the day. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area closed for the entire day and into Friday morning due to dangerous conditions. A-Basin chief operating officer Alan Henceroth said Friday morning that several staff members from the two state agencies were working with the ski area’s Snow Safety Team delivering explosives to the areas of avalanche concern.
Surprise, the number 5 spot is also related to avalanches. What isn’t a surprise is the fact that a day after the two avalanches struck along Interstate 70 in Summit County’s Ten Mile Canyon, people who captured the event took to social media to post their videos. Check out this story online to see the videos.
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