Latest News – January 14
LT100 Run Lottery Revealed in Denver Tomorrow
Tomorrow, January 15, the Leadville Trail 100’s (LT100) party to reveal the 2017 lottery selection for the world famous footrace, will be held two hours away in Denver at Runner’s Roost located at 1685 S. Colorado Blvd. The 2017 LT100 Run will be held in Leadville on the weekend of August 19.
The “reveal” event begins at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 15 with a fun run hosted by New Balance, followed by announcement of the lottery winners. LT100 founders Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin will be at the “reveal” party, with guest emcees, entertainment, food and drink, and Q&A. So if you’re looking to connect with the Leadville Race Series this weekend, head on down to Denver.
Avalanche Conditions Precarious in Lake County
With nearly five feet of snow accumulation in Lake County and much more in the central and western mountain regions, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) has posted avalanche conditions as Considerable in all zones including Sawatch and Lake County. Gunnison is in High risk status where an avalanche warning was issued last night until 9 a.m. today, but only time will tell if that warning will actually end anytime soon.
Here are some of the 2017 avalanche statistics provided by CAIC on their website, a 24-hour information source.
Between January 1 and 12, the CAIC recorded data on almost 400 individual avalanches. There are many more we have not yet entered into the database. We know of 11 people caught in avalanches, of which there were two people fully buried. Injuries also resulted, some serious, but thankfully no fatalities.
CAIC is committed to giving advice, travel tips and scientific safety information about the ever-changing state of avalanche threat in the Colorado Rockies. Visit them here to connect to their wealth of valuable info.
State highways will also see some added attention resulting from high snow fall, as the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced this morning that portions of I-70 near Vail Pass will be closed today for avalanche mitigation work.
While CDOT does not note the time of day that the work will be executed, travelists can expect up to an hour delay as crews make the highway conditions safe for commuters. Of course, Lake County knows all too well when Vail Pass is closed, motorists often use Highway 24 over Battle Mountain to connect up with Highway 91 over Fremont Pass as an alternate by-pass route for I-70.
Most recently on Wednesday (Jan. 11) night, a re-route due to Vail Pass being closed resulted in Hwy 24 being closed as reported by CDOT: US 24 Battle Mountain Summit MM 150 blocked due to several spun out semis. No estimate of opening.
Pack some patience if you’re getting out on the roads and note that while forecasters report a slight reprieve from storms on Saturday, more snow and lots of it is forecasted to come through on Sunday. Remember with the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, it’s a 3-day ski weekend for many.
Friday the 13th Show at The Scarlet
It’s Friday the 13th, so if the sky comes tumbling down tonight, huddle up under the roof of the Scarlet Tavern, where bands CRUX and Knowtice will be helping it along. CRUX is from Summit County, check out the video below to get and idea of their style.
Also from Summit County is Knowtice, in the same vein. It certainly won’t be the happy-go-hoppy line-dancing show that brought in the New Year, but more of a realist’s take on the first Friday-the-13th of 2017.
The Scarlet is located at 326 Harrison Ave, click here to connect to their Facebook page, where they update their events on a regular basis.