Colorado getting pounded with snow!!!

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Crested Butte Receives 7½ Feet Of Snow In 10 Days
January 11, 2017 11:58 AM

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (CBS4) Crested Butte Mountain Resort has received seven-and-a-half feet of snow in the past 10 days, claiming the most snow of any ski area in Colorado so far this year.


(credit: Crested Butte Mountain Resort)

Crested Butte welcomed the 90 inches of snow despite having to close early on Monday.


(credit: Crested Butte Mountain Resort)

The ski area reopened on Tuesday morning and remains open with what the ski area calls “unbelievable conditions.”


Crested Butte (credit: Lucy Zavala)

“The safety of our guests and the employees here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort comes first and foremost,” said Crested Butte Mountain Resort spokeswoman Erica Mueller. “But we’re up and running and everyone is having a blast out there.”


(credit: Crested Butte Mountain Resort)

Crested Butte’s 95 of 121 runs are open along with more than half of its extreme terrain area. Ski patrol crews continue to monitor the area for avalanche danger.


Crested Butte (credit: Lucy Zavala)


Crested Butte (credit: Lucy Zavala)

 

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After Collapse, Breckenridge Officials Urge Residents To Get Roofs Inspected
January 12, 2017 12:45 PM
Filed Under: Breckenridge, Breckenridge Elementary School, Evacuation, Summit County, Village At Breckenridge Hotel, Village Hotel

By Matt Kroschel

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – In the wake of a massive roof collapse near downtown Breckenridge Wednesday night, town officials are asking residents to have their own roofs inspected due to the threat of more collapses under the heavy, wet snow.


The roof collapsed at a conference center at the Village at Breckenridge Hotel on South Park Avenue. (credit: CBS)

Summit County Schools sent inspectors out early Thursday morning to check the flat roof over Breckenridge Elementary School before allowing children and teachers inside. They are confident the building is in no danger at this time.

Elsewhere across the high country, contractors tell CBS4 they are inundated with phone calls from people asking for inspections of their roofs. At the moment there are wait times with some companies until next week.

With nearly 50 inches of fresh snow falling over the area and more in places like Crested Butte, officials are concerned they may see more roofs come down.


(credit: Drone4)

Thursday morning at scene of the collapse at the Village at Breckenridge Hotel, Vail Resorts employees had the area roped off as construction crews began working on the cleanup.

Breckenridge Mayor Eric Mamula told CBS4 it was incredibly lucky no one was inside at the time of the collapse.

“With it being as busy at it is up here right now it’s completely amazing no one was there, I feared we had hundreds of people in there because usually we would have,” Mamula said. “We could have had a true disaster on our hands here, we got lucky.”

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.
 

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CDOT Advises Drivers To Avoid I-70 Mountain Corridor
January 10, 2017 12:48 PM
Filed Under: Avalanche, CDOT, Colorado Department of Transportation, Georgetown, Interstate 70, Skiing


GEORGETOWN, Colo. (CBS4) – Avalanches slid onto two different sections of Interstate 70 on Tuesday in what has been a miserable day for drivers in the high country so far.


(credit: CBS)

Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation advised drivers to avoid the I-70 mountain corridor due to the dangerous driving conditions and highway closures.

In the first major avalanche, a 15-foot-deep slide at 2:40 a.m. covered a section of Vail Pass. A semi truck carrying mail got partially buried but luckily the driver wasn’t hurt.


(credit: CDOT)

That led to a closure of I-70 over the pass for the majority of the morning. At noon, after extensive snow clearing by CDOT crews, a few cars heading westbound who were stuck waiting for hours were allowed to make their way over the pass.


(credit: CBS)

The second avalanche happened late Tuesday morning on the highway west of the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel. CDOT crews who were performing avalanche mitigation brought down the slide, which was described as being 10 feet deep.


(credit; CDOT)

That also led to a closure of the interstate in both directions, and at noon there was no estimated time of reopening.


(credit: CBS)

Crashes and poor driving conditions also forced a closure of I-70 further west near Fruita for a few hours.

Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass was also closed for avalanche mitigation work for part of the morning.

There is an Avalanche Warning for the northern and central mountains through Wednesday night.
 
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