Top 5 most-read stories last week: Snow is in the forecast and ski resort openings |

Top 5 most-read stories last week: Snow is in the forecast and ski resort openings

A skier navigates through a fresh layer of snow last winter season at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The resort is hosting its opening day on Sunday, Oct. 23 and will be the first resort in Summit County to kick off its 2022-23 ski and ride season.
Ian Zinner/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Stories in this list received the most page views on in the past week.

1. 1st big snow in Summit County expected this weekend

Summit County is expected to get several inches over the course of Oct 23-24, marking the first big snow to hit the community since the spring. 

According to a Oct. 20 forecast from OpenSnow, which tracks snowfall across the country, it is still hard to predict how many inches the West will receive over the course of the weekend. Founding meteorologist Joel Gratz said that there are three camps of forecast models of the storm. One is that the storm tracks through Colorado, favoring the central and southern mountains. Another is that the storm tracks south of Colorado and slows down, favoring the southern mountains with less certain outcomes for other mountains, and the third is a prediction somewhere in between.

— Eliza Noe

2. What we learned about Jared Polis and Heidi Ganahl during their debate

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, faced his Republican challenger, University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl, in a live, televised debate Oct. 13 hosted by CBS4 in partnership with The Colorado Sun. 

The two candidates battled over their views on the economy, water, crime, abortion and education. 

Ganahl’s economic policies hinge largely on Colorado voters approving the conversion of fees into taxes. That’s how she plans to eliminate the state income tax, which funds about a third of the state budget and more than half of the state’s general fund, and also how she plans to complete her transportation-funding proposal. 

Polis, too, has advocated for eliminating the income tax, but only if the revenue is replaced.

— The Colorado Sun

3. ‘What are we doing wrong?’: A closer look into Summit School District’s ‘unacceptable’ scores

Milena Quiros is a bilingual woman, co-chair of the Summit School District Accountability Committee and parent of four children, all of whom have attended Summit schools. 

Test scores from the 2021-22 school year showed across the board that Summit students are performing below state average. Scores for English language learner students did not reach the “approached expectations” threshold. 

School administrators and officials called the results “unacceptable,” “a gut punch,” and “terrible.”

Quiros is concerned. 

“As a parent, I think it’s my first question — why?” Quiros said. “What are we doing wrong?” 

— Eili Wright

4. Steamboat men rescue woman lost in Flat Tops for more than 3 days

Steamboat Springs residents Richard Grant and Ned Skinner were fishing in a remote area in the Flat Tops Wilderness off of Dunckley Pass on Oct. 13. They had been at the creek for about an hour and the fish were biting like crazy. 

Suddenly, the silence at their secret spot was broken by a shout. 

“A woman appeared on a hillside 75 yards away waving her arms and calling for help,” Grant said.

“We couldn’t understand her real well until she got down closer to us and she said could we help her,” Skinner said. “She’s been lost for three days and nights and looked a little distressed.”

— Steamboat Pilot & Today

5. Ski season in Colorado may start late this year due to marginal temperatures

A year ago this week, two Front Range ski areas had enough manmade snow laid down to open for the season, but it may be next week before the first one opens this year.

Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland — always the early birds for season openings — all have begun snowmaking operations, but marginal temperatures have slowed the process. It looks like the weather situation won’t improve until the weekend.

“Our highest elevations have temperatures that are only marginally conducive to snowmaking,” OpenSnow founding meteorologist Joel Gratz posted on his ski-related weather site over the weekend. “Longer-range forecasts are showing a decent signal for cooler and stormy weather starting around Oct. 22-23.”

— The Denver Post

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