Week In Review
Birds of Prey
Starting a quarter of a second behind the leader, Ted Ligety laid down a smoking second run at the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Giant Slalom event to take the win.
It was Ligety’s third straight win in the Beaver Creek giant slalom. Ligety, who is recovering from a hand injury sustained in Vail recently, underwent surgery on the hand at the Steadman Clinic and had been skiing with two poles for only about a week going into the event.
Second for the day was Alexis Pinturault of France, with Ligety’s rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria rounding out the podium in third.
Vonn leeds American sweep
Lindsey Vonn won her first race in nearly two years as she led an American podium sweep in a World Cup downhill at Lake Louise, Canada.
With confidence in her surgically repaired right knee again, the four-time overall champion aggressively charged the course and finished in a time of 1 minute, 50.48 seconds to earn her 15th career win at Lake Louise.
Four more lifts open at the Beav
Beaver Creek Resort opened four additional lifts for the season, providing access to terrain in Bachelor Gulch and Strawberry Park from the Beaver Creek Landing Ticket Office.
The resort is currently offering 762 acres of terrain on the main mountain and in Bachelor Gulch. The lifts that were opened were: Drink of Water Lift (No. 5); Riverfront Express Gondola (No. 7); Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (No. 15); and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (No. 18).
Unofficially bike friendly
Pitkin County government leaders agreed last week that they want the roads and trails under their management to be bike friendly, just not in the official sense.
Citing the costs and staff time it would take to garner a Bike Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists, staffers from the county’s Open Space and Trails Department convinced county commissioners that it’s a goal currently not worth pursuing.
Colorado has 20 communities with the designation, including Aspen and Carbondale. Summit County is the only Colorado county deemed a Bike Friendly Community.
Grand River Health expansion
In Rifle, the services will increase with Grand River Health’s expansion project, but the cost of the care will not.
The hospital is undergoing an $18 million expansion project that will be done in two phases. The first is construction of an “Anti-Aging” institute and women’s health services on the third floor of the main building. The second phase will include two new surgery suites and accompanying support services.
The hospital hopes to eventually add obstetrics services if a bond issue going out in 2017 is passed.
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Are we seeing more bears because there are more bears on the valley floor, or because we’re all spending more time at home? It could be a bit of both.