VAIL, Colorado - Vail Mountain opened Chair 17, the Sun Up Lift, on Saturday afternoon in preparation for snow expected to fall Monday.
Vail Mountain announced via its Facebook page that the resort wants to get skiers into the Back Bowls "to begin tracking things out in preparation for the anticipated snow."
"Chair 17 is open on a controlled basis for this reason - with only limited skiers allowed. It does not mean it will open (Sunday)," Vail Mountain announced. "But, if the predicted snows come, our intention is to begin opening parts of the Back Bowls as possible after Monday's snow and beyond."
Vail Ski Patrol Director Julie Rust told the Vail Daily on Friday that she wasn't sure when the Back Bowls would officially open but that Ski Patrol is "out there taking a look every day."
She said with a few more storms and continued low temperatures, conditions could improve enough to open the bowls but added, "We're not quite there yet."
"If we had 10 feet of snow tomorrow, we'd be doing pretty well," Rust said when asked how soon the Back Bowls could open.
She said the type of snow that falls will certainly matter, as heavier, wet snow is needed to secure a decent base.
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