Dillon Reservior Lake Loops Closed until Further Notice

The trails and ice rink on top of Dillon Reservoir are closed until further notice due to unsafe ice conditions, according to a social media post by the town of Dillon on Wednesday around 1:30 p.m.

Dillon Town Manager Nathan Johnson said two ski steers fell through the ice Wednesday around 1 p.m., but no one was injured.

The Lake Loops, which are groomed trails on top of the frozen water, opened Jan. 23 after warm temperatures in December kept the lake from freezing over quickly. The town warned of “extremely variable conditions” around that time due to the warming and freezing cycles throughout the season and the lack of snow.

“Currently, there is a layer of snow, on top of slush, on top of solid ice, so do expect some postholing in areas, and consider leaving your skis at home until conditions cooperate more and we can groom a better skiing base,” the town said in a Jan. 22 Facebook post.

On Friday, the town announced that the annual Colorado Youth Pond Hockey Tournament and the Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament will be relocated out of caution for the safety and well-being of attendees and participants.

“Despite our best efforts and thorough assessments of the ice conditions, recent weather fluctuations and unforeseen environmental factors have led to deteriorating ice quality on Dillon Reservoir,” the town said in a statement. “In the interest of ensuring the safety of players, spectators and event staff, we have concluded that continuing with the tournament would pose an unacceptable risk.”

For updates on the trail and ice rink closures, visit TownOfDillon.com/winter-rec. For updates on the youth tournament, visit SummitHockey.org. For updates on the adults pond hockey tournament, visit ColoradoPondHockey.com.

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