Vail Daily editorial: More, please
November 29, 2016
The snow has finally begun to fall — thank heaven.
Our long, snow-fallow fall has revealed once again that, as much as we try to work around nature's pesky unpredictability, our valley's success is still tied to the weather. There are some things we do around here that simply can't be done without the proper conditions.
Vail Resorts and the Vail Valley Foundation labored mightily to create a race course on Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey run. But temperatures have to be cool enough for even manufactured snow to stick to a hill, and nature didn't cooperate. That led to cancelling this weekend's races.
Even without the races, the foundation, to its credit, is going full-bore on America's Winter Opening, a package of events that should provide ample entertainment. Still, we'll miss the top-flight ski racing.
Recreational skiing has also been set back, of course. It's been a long time since both Vail and Beaver Creek delayed their opening days. The weather simply needed to cool before making snow was worthwhile.
Anyone driving between Denver and Vail in the late afternoon hours of Thanksgiving Day might have noticed snow guns blasting man-made powder onto the hillsides at Loveland, Copper Mountain and Vail. Machines are machines, but there seemed to be an urgency in those white arcs.
This fall's weather has affected other businesses, and more than the ones you might think of first.
Surely more than one snow-removal company customer awoke to Sunday's coating of white and thought, "Geez, I never sent (my company) this year's plowing contract."
The same is true for other firms too. One tire shop owner this week said he's been up to his ears in snow tire mounting work for the past few days. With no snow and warm daytime temperatures, people just didn't get around to the autumn ritual of buying winter tires or having the old ones mounted.
The good news is that the weather finally seems ready to cooperate. There's snow in the air as this piece is written. There's still more snow in the forecast for the next week or so. That's news of the best kind.
Now, if we could just get the Denver Broncos to play a nationally televised home game in a blizzard …