Top 5 stories on, week of Dec. 9 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Dec. 9

Compiled by Heather Jarvis
Cadet and junior ski mountaineering athletes Finn Remias far left, Cam Gallen, and Dylan Parmley, far right, transition to skins after boot-packing uphill during practice on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Breckenridge. Over the weekend, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area hosted a ski mountaineering racing event that served as the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association’s official national-team qualifier for the International Ski Mountaineering Federation’s March World Championships in Villars sur Ollons, Switzerland.
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Social Calls are comments pulled from the Summit Daily’s website and Facebook page.

“A lot more than 100 units are needed. This will barely put a dent in the problem.” — Russell Epstein on “Breckenridge explores ‘Lego’ apartments as possible workforce housing solution”

“Is that Christmas 2019/2020 season...?” — Jason Fredericks on ”Copper Mountain looks to open American Flyer by Christmas”

“Having skied Wolf Creek several times I have mixed emotions about this. If I was younger I would be all for development. The possibilities for expanding the acreage are endless. Without a bigtime player, the mom & pops would never have the money to expand the possibilities. Being older now, the chance of me being able to ski the arears of expansion, and there is so much vertical to be had, are dwindling by the decade.” — Don Nechkash on “Colorado’s mom-and-pop ski areas are slipping away”

“Yep,someday soon you’ll barely be able to go snowshoeing for free anywhere..” — Jim Brandon on “Colorado’s mom-and-pop ski areas are slipping away”

“And we have 41% of modern age adults skipping free flu shots... ‘because’.” — John Westcott on “Mountain Town News: No mountain town was too isolated to avoid pandemic”

“This is the best location for a parking garage but by no means is it the end all answer to parking and traffic problems. This is just part of a solution to parking and congestion because whats missing is the lack of “Park & Ride” parking lots throughout the County to reduce the volume of cars going into Breckenridge and other towns. The Summit Stage mass transit system is great but it only serves the needs of pedestrians who can walk to a bus stop. “Park & Ride” lots are always part of any mass transit plan but not in Summit County so far and it needs to happen.” —Tom Clancy on “Breckenridge reaches an agreement with ski resort on parking garage”

“Did anyone else notice that Summit’s turnout rate was actually 5% BELOW the statewide average?” — Charles Heatherly on “It’s official: Colorado, Summit County saw record voting in 2018 election”

Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on for the past week.

1. Vail Resorts making big investments, improvements for 19/20 season

Vail Resorts announced a commitment of $175 to $180 million in capital investments at several of its resorts for the 2019-20 season. The move includes an increased investment in snowmaking, with the company’s intention for Keystone to be in the running for earliest resort to open for the ski season in the U.S. starting next year. Pending approval from the U.S. Forest Service, Keystone will start using an enhanced snowmaking system during optimal weather conditions to allow the resort to open by mid-October, with all three peaks open for skiing or snowboarding by Thanksgiving and snowmaking operations completed by Christmas.

2. Company plans gravel-mining operation in Summit County

Summit County materials company, Peak Materials, is pursuing a new gravel-mining operation on the Lower Blue River, and some neighbors are voicing their concerns. Representatives of Peak Materials hosted an open house to hear public input and provide more information about the company’s October purchase of the 80 acres about 12 miles north of Silverthorne that’s been earmarked for a gravel-mining operation. It’s estimated the new mining operation would generate 115 truckloads per day, including 115 trips with trucks going to the site empty and 115 more with trucks going out full. After mining the site, Peak Materials is proposing a two-year reclamation project that would bring a lake, a park and access to the Blue River to the area. A newly formed citizens group — called “Lower Blue Residents United” — is trying to organize the opposition, led by local nature photographer John Fielder.

3. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to host unprecedented ski mountaineering event

Over the weekend, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area hosted a ski mountaineering racing event that was the first of its kind for not only Summit County, but for the United States as well. The events served as the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association’s official national-team qualifier for the International Ski Mountaineering Federation’s March World Championships in Villars sur Ollons, Switzerland.

“It’s kind of just built up slowly with the opportunities we’ve had working with the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association and the ISMF,” said Summit County local Ram Mikulas, one of the event’s lead organizers and the president of the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association. “We’re great partners with A-Basin. And the youth participation is expected to be the highest at any race there has ever been in the U.S.”

4. Vail Resorts stock took epic tumble Friday

As reported by The Denver Post, Vail Resorts’ stock price endured a record loss after the company released results for its most recent financial quarter that showed bigger than expected losses and slower than expected revenue gains for season pass sales. The company’s stock suffered its biggest single-day price drop since Vail went public in 1997, outdoing a 17.3 percent drop on Nov. 14, 2008, according to, a decline that came when the market was imploding due to the mortgage crisis.

5. Colorado’s mom-and-pop ski areas are slipping away

In this article by R. Scott Rappold of The Denver Post, Rappold reminisces on all the things he loves about the remote Wolf Creek Ski Area. With its free parking lots, lack of traffic and affordable lift tickets, he considers Wolf Creek to be among the best resorts in Colorado for those who love deep powder. “But how long will the ski area I love have the same feel?” Rappold discusses the changes ahead.

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