Long lift lines, police chief resigns: The top stories of the week at SteamboatPilot.com
1. A perfect storm of snow delays lifts, draws huge crowds at Steamboat Resort
With 21 inches of fresh powder recorded at mid-mountain through Sunday, Jan. 29, Steamboat Resort eclipsed the 300-inch mark for the season. That threshold isn’t annually noted, but was hit in March over the last four 300-inch seasons.
The classic, fluffy snow drew thousands to the base area Saturday, Jan. 28, and the lines snaked across Steamboat Square and beyond for hours.
Due to avalanche mitigation in parts of the resort, some lifts opened later, so skiers and riders were limited in what terrain they could access early Saturday, adding to the crowding.
2. Steamboat police chief resigns after one year on the job
Steamboat Springs Police Chief Sherry Burlingame has submitted her resignation, according to a news release from the city on Friday, Jan. 27.
Burlingame was hired as the city’s first female chief of police in December 2021.
3. Skier and snowboarder code expands to include two important rules
The 60-year-old Your Responsibility Code for skiers and riders was expanded at the beginning of this ski season to include two new safety measures related to avoiding skiing and riding while impaired by alcohol or drugs as well as sharing contact information after a collision.
“Reckless skiing is really a challenge, and people watching their speed and being respectful of people on the mountain needs to be front and center,” said Dave Byrd, director of risk and regulatory affairs at the National Ski Areas Association based in Lakewood. “It continues to be the focus of ski patrol and mountain operations at ski area, and it’s going to be a challenge and remain with us moving forward.”
4. Routt County Search and Rescue saves 7 snowmobilers in 19-hour mission
In the middle of the night amid heavy snowfall last weekend, Routt County Search and Rescue embarked on “one of the most physically difficult missions” that Search and Rescue President Jay Bowman has seen in 10-plus years.
The harrowing rescue of seven snowmobilers who weren’t prepared to spend the night took 19 hours and relied critically on the response of a Routt Powder Riders volunteer groomer.
On some occasions, Search and Rescue will wait until daylight before commencing or continuing a search, but they didn’t have that option this time.
5. Deion ‘Coach Prime’ Sanders calls trip to Vail a life-changing experience
Coach Prime caught Vail in the prime of the winter season, and he appears to have left town transformed by its magic.
In a social media post, Sanders said his recent visit to Vail with Tracey Edmonds was “unbelievable.”
6. A green comet is in the sky. Here’s how to view it up close in Steamboat this weekend.
For about a month, a green comet known as C/2022 E3 ZTF has been visible to earthlings, but for the next week or so, the minty-colored celestial body will be closer than ever.
While the astronomical object can be viewed at home through binoculars or a telescope, people in Steamboat Springs can see it at a much greater scale, thanks to Colorado Mountain College’s Ball Observatory.
7. PHOTOS: Steamboat’s first food hall is now open
The Commons, a food hall in downtown Steamboat Springs officially opened last week. The building houses six vendors, although one is still in the works as of Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.
8. Jury finds Routt County man not guilty in shooting south of Steamboat
A jury delivered three not guilty verdicts on Friday, Jan. 27, in the case of Colorado vs. William Bryce Scholle.
Nearly one year after Scholle shot a man on his property, a jury’s decision made in Routt County court found Scholle not guilty on two felony charges — first-degree assault and menacing — and one misdemeanor — prohibited use of a firearm.
9. Police file charges after discovering 68 pills of suspected fentanyl inside Craig apartment
Assisted by the Rout County Combined Emergency Response Team and local law enforcement, Moffat County’s All Crime Enforcement Team arrested three people this week after allegedly discovering dozens of suspected fentanyl pills while raiding an apartment in Craig.
According to an arrest affidavit, officers applied for a search warrant for a unit at the Frontier Apartments at 555 First Ave. on Jan. 18 and executed it Wednesday, Jan. 25.
10. Skier dies after terrain park crash at Snowmass
A 27-year-old man died after a ski crash in the Makaha Terrain Park at Snowmass Ski Area on Thursday, according to Aspen Skiing Co.
The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office, in a statement issued Thursday night, identified the deceased as Tyler James Updegraff of Silverthorne, Colorado. He had been program director at Summit County Public Health Department since June 22, according to his professional profile on LinkedIn. He was from Pennsylvania and a 2018 graduate of Drake University, where he played football, according to LinkedIn.
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