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Skiing: Colorado areas dominate SKI mag poll again

Breckenridge remains the top-ranked Summit County resort

Breckenridge Ski Area ranked 13th in this year’s SKI magazine reader poll.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Colorado ski areas once again dominated the annual SKI magazine reader polls, but only two Summit County resorts cracked the top 20 — not surprising, given that most of the local areas — with the exception of A-Basin — emphasize quantity over quality.

After a five-year run in the number one spot, Deer Valley yielded to Whistler-Blackcomb, which won on the overall strength of its many attributes, including terrain variety, snow quantity and, of course, its vibrant nightlife. But readers of the magazine, who rate resorts annually in detailed surveys, recognized that the somewhat unpredictable weather in the Pacific Northwest can sometimes be a damper.

The poll is a fall publishing ritual that spurs plenty of water-cooler discussions and helps set the mood for the impending ski season. Continue reading

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A-Basin patroller dies while hiking Aspen Highlands

Leif Borgeson. PHOTO COURTESY ARAPAHOE BASIN.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Sadness amidst the bounty of powder today at Arapahoe Basin, as the ski area reported that snow safety director Leif Borgeson died while hiking along a ridge at Aspen Highlands. Ski patrollers on the scene were not able to resuscitate him after he collapsed.

Borgeson, 50, was a long-time A-Basin patroller and well-known statewide for his work on snow science and avalanche safety. He was training director for the National Ski Patrol between 2001 and 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Schmidt-Borgeson, two sons, Ian and Aidan, his parents and a brother. More details are reported in the Summit Daily News and at 9NEWS.com.

A-Basin general manager and chief operating officer Alan Henceroth also posted a short notice on his blog, saying simply, “We lost one of our best today. Rest in Peace my friend.”

Part of the close-knit A-Basin ski patrol family, Borgeson always greeted everyone cheerfully, and was on a first-name basis with scores of loyal A-Basin skiers. He always greeted me with a jovial, if slightly skeptical, comment about ski journalists. I always felt just that much safer jumping into one of the East Wall chutes or Gauthier knowing that he was in charge of controlling that terrain. He will be missed by all.

Many people are visiting A-Basin’s Facebook page to leave messages of condolence.

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