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Top 5 stories on summitdaily.com week of Sept. 23

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

1. Summit County might get its first real snowfall next week, according to expert Joel Gratz

It's been a mainly warm and dry fall, but that may all change in the next couple weeks as Summit County could start to see more signs of winter. On Sept. 25, local meteorologist Joel Gratz said there looks to be a fair chance of snow for the area and surrounding mountain communities this week — although at the time it was still a little too far out to be terribly reliable. In Gratz's most-recent snow report written Friday on OpenSnow.com, Gratz said remnants of Hurricane Rosa should bring a lot of moisture to Colorado with mostly rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"The longer-range forecasts now show a chance for the first cold storm of the season (snow!) perhaps around October 5-6 or more likely closer to October 8-10," he wrote.

2. Endless winter: Silverthorne 67-year-old Steve Plummer skis Summit County for 120 consecutive months

Silverthorne resident Steve Plummer recently finished a lofty personal goal of skiing 120 consecutive months solely in Summit County. The 67-year-old accomplished his quest to ski for a decade straight at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area after it tested out some of its snowguns on the High Noon trail in September. In lean snow years Plummer has gotten creative in finding snow to ski in summer months, whether its skiing at Copper Mountain Resort's summer-long Woodward man-made terrain or skiing on a patch of snow left over from Keystone's tubing hill.

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"I did not set out to try to set a record or to set any kind of goal," Plummer said, "but it just kind of evolved year after year after year, and I thought, 'What the heck, let's try to keep it going.'"

3. Adriano's Bistro demolished to make room for Uptown 240 luxury condo complex

Change is coming to Dillon as Adriano's Bristro restaurant was demolished last week in order to make room for a new luxury condominium complex. Uptown 240 is set to house 80 units next to the future Hilton Homewood Suites, and plans include a 5,000-square-foot restaurant, a 6,000-square-foot amenities deck with hot tubs, fire pits, a community room and covered lounging areas, and a 2,500-square-foot gym. The complex will offer studio units along with one-, two- and three-bedroom units with prices ranging from as little as $275,000 to more than $1 million. As part of the project, Uptown 240 will be offering nine units of affordable workforce housing for permanent residents who work for at least 30 hours a week in Summit County. But unlike most workforce housing units for purchase in the area there are no area median income restrictions, or any appreciation caps. Construction on the complex will begin this fall, and is expected to be complete by mid-summer 2020.

4. Breckenridge officials fear Amendment 74 could jeopardize local operations

Breckenridge Town Council passed a resolution last week opposing Amendment 74, a November ballot measure critics say could open the town to lawsuits for everything from imposing short-term rental regulations to the placement of workforce housing. The amendment, sponsored by the Colorado Farm Bureau, is an effort to update Colorado's Constitution by requiring that owners receive "just compensation" when a government action diminishes the "fair market value" of private property. Opponents worry that Amendment 74 would have disastrous, wide-ranging ramifications by opening a host of governmental operations, from zoning and land-use regulations to the placement of workforce housing, up to a tidal wave of new lawsuits.

5. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area installing new 4-person 'Beavers' lift, starts making snow Tuesday morning

After years of anticipation, the Beavers lift at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is close to becoming reality as crews from the ski area and the lift company Leitner-Poma installed, via helicopter, 12 of the 15 lift towers for the new four-person Beavers Lift. The quad lift, which will serve 339 acres of A-Basin's 468-acre terrain expansion into The Beavers and Steep Gullies, will open at a yet-to-be determined time this season.

Editor’s note: Social Calls is compiled from comments on stories posted to the Summit Daily’s Facebook page and website.

“This is ridiculous over regulation at it’s finest..” — Allan Whitehouse on “Frisco moves along with noise ordinance”

“New slogan (FRISCO : whisper, or else.)” — Skier Nate on “Frisco moves along with noise ordinance”

“Very nice. The entrance to Dillon has been nothing but a stoplight at the tow truck lot for way too long, time to clean up and upgrade.” — Hunter Amsbaugh on “Adriano’s Bistro demolished to make room for Uptown 240 luxury condo complex”

“This is ridiculous. Our locals need actual affordable housing…nine units is table scraps and a slap to the face of our local working community.” — Priscilla Balderas “Adriano’s Bistro demolished to make room for Uptown 240 luxury condo complex”

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