Top 5 most-read stories last week: Delayed lift access at local resorts, a demolition in Silverthorne and more

Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on from Nov 12-18.

1. Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort lifts are on a delayed start now, but there are plans to shift them back

Over the first few weeks of the early season, skiers and riders at Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort were quick to notice delayed opening hours compared to the past.

During the 2022-23 season, both mountains opened to the public at 8:30 a.m. following opening day. This year, Breckenridge and Keystone have been opening their lifts at at 9 a.m. — a half hour later than last year. In response to inquiries regarding opening times, Sara Lococo, the senior communications manager at Breckenridge, helped to clear up some of the confusion.

Breckenridge plans to make the shift in three weeks, starting on Friday, Dec. 8. This is also the planned date for the resort to open the Peak 7 base area for the season. At that time, the resort will be operating out of the Peak 7, 8 and 9 base areas. Opening dates for peaks at Breckenridge will continue to be dependent on weather and other conditions.

Keystone is expected to shift to an 8:30 a.m. opening time — just more than a week after Breckenridge — on Saturday, Dec. 16. Keystone is also targeting Dec. 16 to open the Outback portion of the resort, which will offer skiing and riding across all three of Keystone’s peaks.

Cody Jones

2. Outlets at Silverthorne in process of demolishing part of Red Village to make room for new commercial space

Bent metal and debris covered the ground off Stephens Way in Silverthorne on Monday, Nov. 13, after the partial demolition of the Outlets at Silverthorne’s Red Village got underway last week.

The sections of the Red Village building being demolished were formerly home to the Gap and Chico’s Off the Rack, according to a statement from Outlets at Silverthorne General Manager Angela Andrews. Only part of the building at 125 Stephens Way is being demolished, not all of Red Village.

The section of the building being razed will make way for new commercial space that will be available for lease, Andrews said. The Outlets at Silverthorne has not yet presented plans to the Silverthorne Town Council or Planning Commission for the project that will replace Red Village. 

Summit Daily staff

3. Skyline Cinema 8 owner says he’s not interested in selling property to developer proposing major changes in Dillon

The owner of the Skyline Cinema 8 in Dillon says he has no interest in selling his property to a developer who just last week discussed building workforce housing there during a meeting with the town council.

Brian Mitchell, who owns Mitchell Theaters with 15 locations across seven states, said on Tuesday, Nov. 14, that he was surprised to learn that his business’s Summit County location had been discussed at the Dillon Town Council meeting a week earlier.

Mitchell said developer Jake Porritt, who has pitched a major redevelopment of the Dillon town core, approached him last year with some of his ideas, but, ultimately, there was nothing the cinema owner was interested in being involved with. He said he had not heard from Porritt or his companies, JGJP Dillon LLC and the Porritt Group, in several months.

Ryan Spencer

4. Trading mountains for beaches: Summit’s Lindsey Kiehl signs national letter of intent to run cross-country and track at the University of Florida

The Summit School District is not even halfway through its academic school year, but Summit High School has already had its first athletic college signing of the year.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Summit cross-country and track athlete Lindsey Kiehl officially signed her national letter of intent to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville as a member of the university’s cross-country and track programs.

For those who may not recognize Kiehl’s name, the senior transferred from Battle Mountain High School to Summit over the summer because of several differences of opinions in Battle Mountain’s school and team policies. 

Cody Jones

5. Warm spell could end with 2 chances for snow for Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, ski areas by next week

Fire danger was expected to be elevated up until Thursday, Nov. 16, as dry weather, gusty winds and above average temperatures were forecast to persist until Thursday evening, according to National Weather Service reports.

Recent weather has pretty much zapped the impact of Colorado’s first major snowstorm, and the melting is expected to continue.

“We are below average for snowpack across the state,” National Weather Service meteorologist Bruno Rodriguez said “… With that event at the end of the month, we did get to right around average as far as our snowpack, but since then we have pretty much flattened out, remained stagnant and have remained below average since then.”

Andrew Maciejewski

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