Top 5 most read stories last week: monsoon season, Bald Mountain avalanche and start of spring runoff

Pictured is Maryland Creek Park in Silverthorne during the summer of 2020. If all goes well, monsoon conditions could bring additional precipitation to Summit County this summer.
Shane Morris/Town of Silverthorne

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

1. The West could have a monsoon this summer – what does that mean?

Monsoon conditions are expected to cross the desert in the Southwest of the United States, and if conditions are favorable, it could affect local weather during the hot summer months.

“The monsoon isn’t like when you hear monsoon thunderstorms. It’s really kind of a misnomer,” said Greg Hanson, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boulder. monsoon term actually refers only to this air flow coming from the south, bringing humidity with it.”

Normally, he said, monsoon conditions would be set to create above normal precipitation conditions in areas south and west of the Four Corners. Hanson said Colorado is kind of in a “transition zone” and it could be hit or miss. However, he said he thought there was a good chance Summit County could see some effects.

— Eliza Noe

2. A half-mile avalanche skims the snow off Bald Mountain

The avalanche season is not over yet.

A pair of skiers triggered a domino effect from an April 26 avalanche at Bald Mountain east of Breckenridge, estimated to be half a mile wide and up to 10 feet deep, Colorado Avalanche Information officials say. Center.

A wind-blown snow avalanche destabilized two lower layers of snow, one after the other, causing a major avalanche. No one was caught or injured by this.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center report, the first skier triggered a 50-foot-wide wind slab. The skier escaped to a pre-determined safety zone. The wind slab, in turn, triggered another slab 3 to 4 feet deep below.

As these slabs approached the bottom of the chute, the entire left side of the chute shattered, sending a third slab of snow sliding down.

-Luke Vidic

3. What to expect from Summit County’s spring runoff season, according to experts

Temperatures are warming and the snow has started to melt, signaling the start of the spring runoff season.

Local water experts gathered for a workshop on what to expect, and many said drought conditions will persist. Troy Wineland, Summit County Water Commissioner for the Blue River Basin, said all 64 counties in Colorado have been designated as drought-affected, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

“We’re really in uncharted territory when it comes to the Colorado River Basin,” he said, adding that reservoirs across the West are failing to fill or reach capacity.

For Summit County, rainfall since October has been feast or famine — with some months well below average, others at or near it in other months.

Kevin Houck, head of watershed and flood protection for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, said Summit County is doing better than other parts of the state — especially the southwest, where runoff had already started, and there is not much snow left to melt. .

— Eliza Noe

4. Breckenridge’s Buy-Down Program Already Halfway To Its 2022 Goal

The town of Breckenridge’s buyout program reached halfway through its goal as of April 26, meaning the town has purchased at least 12 homes to resell to the local workforce.

Corrie Burr, the city’s housing program manager, said by email that as of April 28, 13 properties had been purchased for resale to community members. She added that the team’s relationships with local real estate agents have so far helped achieve this part of the 2022 goal.

In the Breckenridge buyout program, housing officials buy homes for sale, place a local labor restriction on the property, and sell the home at a reduced price. This year, the goal was 24 homes, more than double what was purchased last year.

— Eliza Noe

5. New Summit County restaurants offer international cuisine with a local twist

As summer approaches, locals and visitors to Summit County have many new restaurants to try.

In recent months, Colorado Marketplace and Bakery in Silverthorne, Steilhang Hut in Arapahoe Basin and Vue Rooftop Bar and Restaurant in Dillon have opened. The restaurants offer a wide range of dining options from specialty cakes to craft cocktails and German-inspired meals.

Colorado Marketplace and Bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Steilhang Hut is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday until June 5. The rooftop Vue is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

—Libby Stanford


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