Top 5 most-read stories from the past week: hypothermia deaths, I-70 construction and ski resort activities

Work on exit 205 has been postponed until Thursday, April 14. Several projects will take place on Interstate 70 this spring and summer.
Tripp Fay/For the Summit Daily News

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

1. Request for records reveals Keystone resident died of hypothermia in January after party

Keystone resident Jarrod Russell, 34, died of hypothermia in January after attempting to walk home from a party in the dark, Dillon Police Department records show.

On Sunday January 9, authorities were dispatched near Dillon Nature Preserve on High Meadow Drive around 10:40 a.m. Hikers were using one of the nearby trails when they noticed a shoe on the side of the trail. Russell’s body was nearby. He was found shirtless and with a single shoe on his right foot, as well as shallow cut marks on his back and on his left arm. No other signs of trauma were found.

—Jenna deJong

2. Driving east to the Front Range soon? Here’s what to expect on I-70.

This week marked the first part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s large-scale Frisco-Silverthorne project. This work begins under Interstate 70 at exit 205, but there are other projects travelers should be aware of before planning trips along the corridor in the spring and summer.

Originally scheduled for April 11, work under the I-70 bridge was delayed due to winter weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. For the most part, crews will work this area at night, but there is a possibility of daytime work.

In addition to projects west of Summit County, such as on Vail Pass, CDOT is looking to work on several projects east of the county.

Eliza Noah

3. Silverthorne plans to add 8 new buildings, an outdoor climbing wall in the heart of town

Silverthorne town center will grow even more now that Silverthorne City Council approved planned unit development and final site plans for Fourth Street North on April 13.

The site will consist of eight buildings – a multi-family dwelling, four mixed-use commercial buildings, a small commercial plaza, a 111-key hotel and a parking lot – situated on just over 4 acres of land. Fourth Street North is an extension of Fourth Street Crossing, another large-scale downtown development that includes the Indigo Hotel and Bluebird Market.

Eliza Noah

4. Vail Resorts Announces Opening Dates for Summer Operations at Breckenridge, Keystone

While it doesn’t feel like it yet, summer is near and as the warmer months approach, Vail Resorts has announced the opening dates for summer operations at its five Colorado resorts.

In Summit County, Breckenridge Ski Resort will be the first property owned by Vail Resorts to open for the summer. Employees will open the area on June 17. Breckenridge Ski Resort will be open daily with activities including scenic rides, climbing wall, Gold Run Coaster, alpine slides, jeep tours, mini golf, rock hunting precious stones and bungee trampolines.

Keystone Resort will open for the summer season on June 22 and will operate Wednesday through Sunday except Monday July 4. and bungee trampolines.

Cody Jones

5. Copper Mountain plans to host the Hella Hectic event before the final day

Before Copper Mountain Resort closes its ski runs for the season on April 24, it will host one final competition, 10 Barrel’s Hella Hectic, from April 22-23.

The resort has designed a unique ski and snowboard course for the main event that will include banked turns, rolls and drops. bleachers and pond skimming at the end.

The event is open to men, women and adapted athletes as well as teams. The course will end in the center of the village, allowing spectators to easily see the racers and skiers as they try not to sink or crash as they race through the pool of water.

Cody Jones


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