Keystone Serves up Tricks and Treats

A significant portion of Saddle Peak (right side of photo) did not slide.  This area was quickly receiving wind blown snow and posed a potential hazard to rescuers below the cliffs.  For this reason the number of rescuers and the total search time was limited.  Fortunately no one was reported missing and no one was observed getting caught in the avalanche.  The Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol conducted a thorough and interview of all witnesses. Photo by Alex Marienthal

Keystone, CO, Oct. 31, 2000--This Halloween Keystone Resort, CO, offered an intermediate run with over 900 vertical feet of terrain for skiers to enjoy. Throughout the day snowflakes drifted down, giving a dusting to the 18-inch base on the Haywood trail.

At the bottom of the Argentine lift in the Mountain House base area, lift operators stood amidst jack-o-lanterns and quizzed skiers on their Trivial Pursuit knowledge. When reaching the top of the lift another friendly operator offered treats in the sprit of Halloween. Skiing down the slope, skiers and boarders alike could perform tricks on a designated kicker, or simply schuss down the newly minted slope, which opened for the season on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The forecast for All Hallows' eve calls for more snow throughout the night. "We're hoping to open more terrain as soon as possible," said Bill Miller, director of mountain operations. "We just need Mother Nature to continue cooperating with us. Then we'll be able to open more trails."