Steamboat Springs ski hill has slow landslide

Posted at 11:00 AM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 13:00:47-04

Officials in Steamboat Springs are watching the historic Howelsen Hill ski area that has been moving due to small landslides all spring.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that officials say it is still too early to tell if the most recent slides will impact summer operations at The Howler Steamboat Springs Alpine Slide but that they are monitoring its progress.

A large crack appeared on the ski jump hill this year and officials say it appears to have grown longer and larger in recent days. Brian Len, of Northwest Colorado Consultants, says the opening is in the same general area as a previous landslide that moved a lift tower and damaged the Alpine last year.

Len says the crack is actually a head carp from a shallow landslide or slump.