In Brief: Two die Thursday on Vail Mountain; ski opp with local politicians; 10th Mountain stories with historian |

In Brief: Two die Thursday on Vail Mountain; ski opp with local politicians; 10th Mountain stories with historian

Staff Report

Two die Thursday on Vail Mountain

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis has confirmed the deaths of two men involved in separate incidents Thursday on Vail Mountain.

One of the incidents, involving a 63-year-old man from Fort Collins, shut down Game Creek Bowl on the mountain in the afternoon as the man was attended to.

The other, involving a 23-year-old man from Sykesville, Maryland, occurred in the Northwoods area. 

Both guests were transported to Vail Health hospital after Vail Mountain Ski Patrol responded to incidents, where both individuals were pronounced deceased, Vail Mountain spokesperson John Plack said in separate statements on Friday. 

Bettis said her office will be conducting autopsies to determine the manner of death in each case. 

Beth Howard, Vail Mountain’s COO, said the resort’s ski patrol and staff wish to extend the deepest sympathy and support to the guests’ family and friends in each incident. 

Eagle County commissioners to ski with public at Snowmass

Local leaders, including the Eagle County commissioners, are inviting skiers and riders to join them for some runs on selected Fridays this season following a series of successful outings in years past.

The gatherings are intended to facilitate casual conversations among community members outside the structure of formal meetings.

The schedule for the 2022-23 winter season begins with a Roaring Fork Valley ski/ride outing on Friday, Jan. 20, at Snowmass Ski Resort. Participants are asked to gather at the base of the Elk Camp Gondola at 10 a.m. There’s also an option to meet the group for lunch at Base Camp Bar and Grill restaurant around 12:30 p.m. that day.

No RSVPs are needed to take part in ski and ride days. Participants responsible for their own equipment, lift ticket, and lunch. An intermediate-ability level is advised.

Historian to tell 10th Mountain stories Saturday in Rifle

It was a cold, dark night on Feb. 18, 1945. Wearing full packs and carrying rifles, members of the 10th Mountain Division scaled a 2,000-foot cliff band at Monte Belvedere to surprise the Germans at dawn.

This was the Gothic Line in Italy, one of Germany’s last major defensive lines. High in the Apennine Mountains, the Nazis used slave laborers to build thousands of small fortresses heavily protected by machine guns.

But, on this night, the 10th Mountain’s wager paid off, Colorado historian David Little highlighted in a Rocky Mountain PBS special, Colorado Experience: Camp Hale.

“The 10th Mountain soldiers having trained here in Colorado — training at 10,000 feet — were in superb physical shape and could actually advance up and over the hills faster than the Germans could retreat to their next prepared defensive position,” he said in the special.

On Saturday, he comes to Rifle to tell the epic story of the 10th Mountain Division — not just the U.S. Army’s illustrious World War II mountaineers, but also the driving force behind Colorado’s ski industry. Scheduled at 2 p.m., the free presentation takes place at the Rifle Branch Library, at 207 East Ave.

City of Glenwood Springs closes offices for holiday

City of Glenwood Springs administrative offices and non-emergency services, including City Hall (including Police Records and Municipal Court) will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Community Center, South Canyon Landfill, Community Art Center, and Ride Glenwood will remain open with normal hours. 

Emergency services are always available by calling 911. For non-emergencies, call Garfield County Dispatch at 970-625-8095.

Carbondale Clay Center features women’s work in exhibit

The Way We Are, a mixed-media exhibition featuring the work of women creatives with a connection to the Roaring Fork Valley, is a means for the Carbondale Clay Center to highlight the voices of female artists creating diverse works, the center said. Works in the exhibit at the center’s gallery from Jan 16 to Feb. 24 range from ceramics to painting, textiles to encaustic.

Participating artists are Tammi Lane, Mary Ballou, Liz Heller, Lori Dresner, Ishara Sweeney, Cate Tallmadge, Agneta Wettergren, Erin Rigney, K Rhynus Cesark, Hannah Stoll, Eden Marsh, Summers Moore, and Kathy Honea.

First Friday opening reception is schedule for Feb. 3 from 6-8 p.m. For more information:

Rifle eyes affordable housing project

The Rifle City Council started off the new year once again speaking with a developer who originally proposed to build affordable apartments in downtown Rifle.

Chicago-based Evergreen Real Estate Group, which in 2021 wanted to build 50 units at Second Street, is now seeing if it can gain enough support from the city to build 60 affordable-housing units on about 4.7 acres just west of Brenden Rifle 7 Theaters, directly north of U.S. Highway 6.

Unlike its proposal to build a four-story apartment complex downtown, Evergreen’s newest approach includes building multiple three-story, low-rise apartment buildings to make up the entire complex, an Evergreen representative told the council.

If Evergreen submits an application to build, it will ask Rifle to allocate a $600,000 match for the project.