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Opinion: Summit County’s search and rescue teams are proof there’s still gold in them hills

The crash happened in an instant, in that sickening way accidents often do. One moment we were descending the Colorado Trail rubber side down, and the next second, a pair of orange mountain bike shoes were cartwheeling through the thin air, hydraulic brakes screeching alarm. In a matter of a few pedal strokes, Jim, a […]

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Stress threatens Colorado search and rescue teams as calls for help climb during coronavirus

 As 17 men and women bored into the cement-like snow, even using chainsaws to grind into the ice, an avalanche released behind them, burying their exit road.  “That really showed us how reactive the snowpack was — just riddled with uncertainty and you really just didn’t know,” said Leo Lloyd, a 36-year veteran of La […]

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Skier killed in Summit County avalanche was prepared. But strong winds, fresh snow created a deadly slab.

Aaron Wiener had skied the couloir off the Red Peak Massif near Silverthorne several times before. His two friends had never skied the narrow, steep line.  The wind was blowing hard on the morning of April 15, when the veteran backcountry skier dropped into “Oh What Big Eyes You Have” couloir. The trio, experienced in […]

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Colorado’s volunteer search and rescue teams are overwhelmed and there are fears it’s going to get worse

It’s been 23 years since Colorado lawmakers last crafted legislation to help the state’s now 2,800 search and rescue volunteers. And with increasing calls stressing overwhelmed volunteers, they could use a bit of help.  Help could come with a bipartisan bill making its way through the Capitol that would explore potential funding options to better […]