Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens
The man who died at Steamboat Resort Saturday died from asphyxiation, according to County Coroner Rob Ryg. Frank Maimone was from Philadelphia. He fell head first into a tree well in the Shadows Glades. Steamboat resort had 42 inches of new snow in just a few days since Thursday. Be aware of the deep powder around trees. Skiers typically fall head first into a tree well. If that starts to happen, grab onto a tree branch if you can, to keep from falling further. If you’re skiing the trees, ski with a partner and stay close enough where you can dig that person out if you need to. Keep the number for Steamboat Ski Patrol. Its 970-871-5911.
Gretchen Van De Carr has been named the Hazie Werner Award winner for 2020, by Steamboat Ski Resort. Gretchen is the founder of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. The award recognizes a local woman who represents Hazie Werner’s legacy through volunteer work, community commitment and support of local organizations. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is dedicated to engaging young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives, and has served 8,500 youth through its Yampa Valley Science School and other service and conservation corps programs.
In addition to the Hazie Werner Award, Steamboat Ski Resort will present the Snowball Community Grant to Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Advocates of Routt County in the amount of $10,000 to each organization.
A reception to honor Van De Carr and the Snowball Grant recipients is Thursday evening, Feb. 20 at Haymaker Clubhouse. The public is invited.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a multifaceted plan to promote the state’s outdoor industry and boost conservation efforts. It was during a conference call with local leaders Monday since he wasn’t able to get to Steamboat like he planned this weekend, because of the weather. Hickenlooper is running against Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in the 2020 election.