Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dynamite Found in Frisco

A crew of contractors on Wednesday alerted authorities to the discovery of six sticks of dynamite next to a 102-year-old shed in Frisco, prompting a small-scale evacuation and bomb-squad response.

The workers were moving a pile of logs on Tuesday when they uncovered a bundle of cylindrical sticks wrapped in newspapers dating back to 1926, according to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman Brandon Williams.

Given Summit County’s rich mining history, it is not uncommon to come across sticks of dynamite that were once used to excavate hillsides.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A-Basin an Loveland Ski Areas Tie for Opening First

No sooner than A-Basin officials announced that they would be opening this morning at 8:30 a.m., Loveland ski area announced the same thing.

“It was a gentleman’s agreement between the two GM’s, so, we are basically calling it a tie,”

A-Basin spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer said.Loveland will open its Chair 1 lift and one run, linking Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run. It is offering an 18-inch base with tree-to-tree coverage.

“It’s very exciting to be the first place in the country to open and get the chairlifts running,” said Dustin Schaefer, the group-sales coordinator for Loveland.

“We are going to offer some great early-season skiing and snowboarding. There is no need to bring out rock skis. You can bring good skis out.

”The cold temperatures over the past few days allowed Loveland to run its snowmaking guns around the clock, Schaefer said, matching A-Basin flake for flake.

Loveland’s hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the cost for a pass will be $44 for adults and $21 for children ages 6-14.

A-Basin will open its intermediate High Noon run and part of the High Divide terrain park. Costs for A-Basin tickets will be $49 for adults, $44 for youths ages 15-19 and $25 for children ages 6-14.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Arapahoe Basin Making Snow

The temperatures dropped Monday night and Arapahoe Basin started making snow for the first time this season at 11:30 p.m.

All eighteen snow guns ran from midway to the base area until 8:00 Tuesday morning.

The race is on to be the first ski area open in North America.A-Basin has held the title for the past two years.