News for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Routt County has added two new species of weeds to the noxious plant list. One is curly dock and the other is common mullein. If they aren’t controlled, there could be a negative impact to local agriculture and native ecosystems. That makes 15 species of weeds on the county’s list. A third weed has been added as a “species of concern.” That would be bulbous bluegrass.

A man from Steamboat has set a new record. Jeff Gebauer is the first person to ski one million vertical feet using the mobile app for the Ikon Pass. That works out to about 190 miles which is enough to travel through the Earth’s atmosphere to the boundary of outer space three times, with a few miles to spare. He skied all of it at Steamboat Resort. He knew he was close to the record this week, so he skied the record breaking millionth feet with his wife and four kids on Monday. His three-year-old was in his backpack.

The White River Basin snowpack is at 90 percent. December’s total precipitation is at 90 percent of average and at 81 percent of last year’s average as of this month. Reporting sites for the White River Basin include Bison Lake, Burro Mountain, Ripple Creek, Trappers Lake, and Rio Blanco.

Alterra Mountain Company has closed on the purchase of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont. Alterra also owns Steamboat Resort. That makes a total of 15 year-round mountain destinations owned by Alterra throughout North America.

Five Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes are headed to Switzerland to compete in the Youth Olympic Games. Niklas Malacinski, Alexa Brabec, and Tess Arnone will represent the United States in Nordic Combined. Siblings Erik and Annika Belsaw will compete in ski jumping.

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