Posted on May 20, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
A new ice rink is proposed for Dercum Square at Keystone.
New facility could be used for in-line skating and special events in the summer
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Vail Resorts is proposing to build an outdoor ice rink on a 0.7-acre site in Keystone’s River Run district, close to the Dakota Lodge in Dercum Square — an area long envisioned as the location for a community hall or chapel.
The resort submitted a development application to Summit County in early April, where the project is under review by the planning department and subject to hearings by the Snake River planning commission and the county commissioners. All the county documents for the proposal are online here.
According to the project narrative, the rink would have a refrigerated surface and removable railings, with pole-mounted lights on the edge of the ring and strings of lighting directly above the ice. (more…)
Filed under: Colorado, Keystone, recreation, Ski Resorts, Summit County Colorado, Summit County news | Tagged: ice rink at Keystone, ice skating, Keystone Resort, Summit County Colorado, Summit County News, Summit County planning department, Vail Resorts | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 19, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Safety officials warn that changing weather in the spring can create unsafe ice conditions. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.
Pools of water and bubbles may be warning signs on frozen ponds and streams
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Every spring, as the temperatures rise, people put themselves and their pets at risk by venturing out onto sketchy ice. Conditions vary from day to day, so you have to be prepared for unsafe ice.
According to a press release from the Colorado State Parks, four inches of ice provides a margin of safety and is generally considered safe for ice fishing and ice-skating. Snowmobiles and ATV’s need at least five inches of ice thickness. The best advice is stay off the ice when there is any question about thickness and conditions.
Signs of unsafe ice include: ice of different colors, water on top of the ice, cracks, pressure ridges, open water and bubbles in the ice. Also, beware of ice covered with snow. Sometimes the snow serves as insulation, keeping the ice from melting. Other times, the snow has the opposite effect, insulating the surface from freezing.
Always keep your pets on a leash. Never allow your dog to run out onto the ice and never walk your dog near a frozen lake or pond without a leash. If your dog falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue. Go for help. (more…)
Filed under: public lands | Tagged: dogs, ice skating, recreation, safety, thin ice | Leave a Comment »