Top 5 most-read stories from the past week: Ski resort deaths, housing shortages and avalanche memories

Breckenridge Medical Clinic, located at the foot of Peak 9 in Breckenridge Ski Resort, is pictured on Saturday February 19. The medical clinic is one of the few in the county to offer medical care near a ski resort.
Michael Yearout / For the Daily News Summit

The stories on this list received the most pageviews on over the past week.

1. Experts provide safety advice for skiers and snowboarders after 4 deaths occur in Summit County in the space of a month

In one month, four skier and snowboarder deaths have occurred in Summit County. The four deaths this year occurred between January 21 and February 9 and involved people aged 21, 23, 24 and 48. All of the deaths occurred at Breckenridge Ski Resort or Copper Mountain Resort.

According to Summit County Coroner Regan Wood, four skiers or snowboarders died last year, just like the year before. In 2019, there were only two deaths. Skiing and snowboarding deaths are rare, according to the National Ski Area Association. A fact sheet from the organization noted that over the past 10 years, U.S. ski areas have averaged less than one fatality per 1 million skier visits.

Breckenridge safety manager Kip McCarthy stressed the importance of maintaining control and setting a course according to conditions and ability level.

—Jenna deJong

2. Summit County Commissioners fear the fabric of the community has changed for good

In Colorado, community needs and challenges differ depending on where you live, and with that in mind, the state has identified 16 regional teams that would each have a named consultant who would come up with a “roadmap to recovery.” coming out of the pandemic.

Utah-based economic development consultancy Better City is guiding Summit County area entities through the process, which said the biggest hurdle is recruiting more people to fill the positions. vacant.

During the meeting, Summit County Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence said she was concerned that what had happened with the growth in short-term rentals, soaring house prices, lack of affordable housing and the exodus of local workers – among other new pandemic trends – is irreversible.

—Jenna deJong

3. How a Breckenridge avalanche 35 years ago changed the trajectory of skiing in Colorado

It was sunny and cold on February 18, 1987. Ski patroller Mary Logan rode the T-bar with patrol director Kevin Ahern. They watched helplessly as a skier unleashed a massive avalanche atop Peak 7, just beyond the boundary of the Breckenridge ski area.

The Peak 7 slide triggered sweeping changes in avalanche awareness, education and messaging. He created a community and regional response to avalanches. This cemented a US Forest Service policy of never closing access between resorts and public lands. This sparked a statewide expansion of skiable terrain, with resorts opening up steeper and deeper runs that appealed to a new generation of powder-seeking skiers.

— The Colorado Sun

4. Breckenridge Commits $50 Million to Ambitious Workforce Housing Plan

A Breckenridge plan to invest $50 million in workforce housing over the next five years could see an additional 970 units created for workers living within city limits.

Breckenridge City Council gave its approval to the five-year housing plan at its meeting on Tuesday, February 22. The plan outlines the city’s goal of having 47% of the city’s workforce living in Breckenridge. Additionally, the plan aims to create a balance of 35% resident housing and 65% vacation or resort housing in the community.

—Libby Stanford

5. Presidents Day weekend draws large crowds to Summit County businesses

No COVID-19 restrictions, fresh snow, and fewer omicron variant cases for a busy Presidents Day weekend in Summit County.

Local business owners saw larger crowds from Friday February 18 to Monday February 21 than during any other holiday weekend this season. To some, that seemed busier than even the pre-pandemic numbers.

“This weekend was definitely elevated, more so than at any time this year or in years past,” said Jay Beckerman, owner of Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge. “It was intense.”

—Libby Stanford


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