Top 5 stories on SummitDaily.com, week of March 11
Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on SummitDaily.com for the past week.
A skier died after colliding with a tree on March 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort was identified as Derek Cressey, 38, of Windham, Maine. The accident occurred at in the trees near Northstar, an intermediate trail in the Peak 8 area. Cressey was taken to the Peak 8 First Aid Room after the crash, where he was later pronounced dead. He was wearing a helmet when he crashed. The Maine resident was at least the fourth in-bounds ski fatality in Colorado this season.
Dramatic videos from Georgia’s Gudauri resort went viral last week on social media, showing skiers and riders being flung from chairs after the lift malfunctioned. The chairs roll backward at a significant speed, flinging people off as it spins around the load area, with other skiers bailing early and jumping from chairs as they head down the hill. At least 11 people were injured. The Gudauri resort is located on the south-facing plateau of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Eastern Europe.
A column from Allen Best focused on deaths in the West caused by avalanches and snow immersion suffocation. The avalanche toll for the winter reached 18 in the United States, all in Western states and Alaska. Up to eight people who have died this winter in Western resorts from snow immersion suffocation, some of them after falling into tree wells. One of the more unusual deaths, he writes, were of a 50-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son at California’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort, who were skiing to a slope-side condominium when snow fell from a rooftop on top of them, burying them under 3 feet of unusually heavy and snow that set up quickly.
Although Breckenridge Town Council received some negative feedback about the planned parking garage at Tiger Dredge and F Lot, it is set to continue with current plans for the project. Breckenridge Mayor Eric Mamula and town council members don’t disagree with public discussion that a planned parking garage near the Riverwalk Center should ideally be somewhere else, namely the South Gondola Lot at South Park and Watson avenues. But Vail Resorts, the owner of that lot, has been unwilling to even discuss the idea, the mayor and other members of town council said, with Mamula reading an excerpt of a letter he received that included the line: “Do not ask again.”
“We’re going to do something and do something soon,” Councilman Mike Dudick said. “If (Vail Resorts) doesn’t want to do anything, they’re making a business decision to say, ‘No, we’re not going to sell anything to Breckenridge.’ We’ll listen to that and respond accordingly.”
In 2018, Summit County continues to see a historically low number of listings influence the local real estate market. The most expensive sale of February was for a four-bedroom, five-bathroom home at 45 Loxmax Drive in Breckenridge, which sold for $3 million last month.
“It’s basically more of the same, which is to say we have a real-estate starved inventory and a steady demand from locals, as well as second-home owners, looking for a piece of Summit County,” said Chris Eby, a local broker and the owner of Buyer’s Resource Real Estate in Frisco. With more than 40 years of industry experience in Summit County, Eby said he sees no signs this trend will change course anytime soon.
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