The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office got a call a little before 9 Sunday night from some folks saying a 23-year-old climber they knew, Ryan Montoya, was overdue after climbing 14 thousand foot plus Pyramid Peak south of Aspen. Mountain Rescue deployed its forces Monday afternoon, in the midst of heavy snow and wind. The team was encouraged finding a snow cave Montoya might’ve used in the area he’d reportedly been close to… but they say unfortunately they didn’t find Ryan himself. After calling it off for the night, Mountain Rescue says the search will resume this morning.
We tell you a lot about the upcoming road closures and detours in Glenwood Springs as the Grand Avenue Bridge gets replaced later this year. This time though, it’s north Rifle where there’ll be traffic headaches in just a couple months, later this spring, starting in May. Rifle city council’s OK’d replacement of a half-century-old natural gas pipeline. Planners say the work by Questar will be going on on private property and in the streets, and there could be a lot of impacts, especially to the streets and drivers. The city notes, however, it’ll all be for the best, after Questar, owner of the pipe that went in before any homes did in that area, gets it replaced. A new pipeline is expected to be significantly safer for everyone than the existing one that’s been around more than 50 years.
The World Cup ski racing season comes to an end next week in every one of its disciplines, and this time it’ll do so in Aspen. The World Cup Finals finishing in co-founder Bob Beattie’s adopted hometown, is expected to be the biggest ski event there of any kind, ever. And that includes the previous biggest, the 1950 World Alpine Championships. There’ll be a lot of things they didn’t have back then, including massive video screens to get a close glimpse at the race action up on the hill, while safely at the bottom. But now, besides being at the bottom, there’ll be big screens up on the course, so those who climb to see the best racers in the world zip by them in the high speed dangerous downhill won’t miss their finishes at the line down below. The Aspen Skiing Company says it’s the first time such a screen has been taken up the mountain for spectators. That’ll be along lower Spring Pitch, which is being made a special Fan Zone, complete with not only that massive TV, but food & drinks too. Oh, and if you choose to watch there, no problem, no cost. It’ll be free to be there. And key action to wrap up the season starts there right away on the first day, next Wednesday the 15th. The men’s downhill starts on that course at 9:30 that morning, the women at 11. Should be very cool indeed.
And more from Sports—
It’s the biggest week of the high school basketball season, as your Basalt Longhorns get ready to play as one of the most Elite 8 teams in Colorado’s Class 3A ranks. They’ll face the top-seeded Sun Devils of Kent Denver, Thursday night at the University of Denver’s Hamilton Gym. After he led the Longhorns to a 13-point win over Denver Science & Technology Green Valley Ranch scoring 14 himself, junior Justin Henderson felt ready to go, and that his team got there the right way…
It sure is! The Longhorns and Devils tip Thursday night at 8:30, and our season-long coverage of Basalt hoops continues with The Romero Group Pregame Show starting at 8:00 that evening. We’ll keep bringing you every play, as long as the ‘Horns last in the tournament. We’re proud to be the Home of The Longhorns, here on KSNO, The Mammoth!!
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