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A season for Vail’s record books?

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
CVR Vail Powder DT 3-29-11

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Vail and Beaver Creek have been offering up powder days by the dozens this season, and with a month of ski season still to go, the resorts could still break all-time records.

The 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons were also really snowy, but by April 11, 2008, Vail Mountain had recorded 450 inches for the season and Beaver Creek had 426 inches. As of now, nearly two weeks ahead of those 2008 levels, Vail has 445 inches recorded at Mid-Vail and Beaver Creek has 341 inches at mid-mountain.

Beaver Creek has recorded 395 inches for the season at the top of the mountain, which is where its historical records are kept, spokeswoman Jen Brown said. When using the top of the mountain data, this season is Beaver Creek’s snowiest, as of March 29, in the resort’s 30-year history.

Vail Mountain used to keep its official snow statistics from its Patrol Headquarters on top of the mountain, but began keeping records from Mid-Vail in 2000.

The Patrol Headquarters records show the 1977-78 season as the snowiest at Vail, with 505 inches for the season. The Mid-Vail records put 2007-08 at the highest with 458 inches for the season, just 13 inches more than where the mountain is now with a month to go.

Local skier Drew Rouse moved to the valley in 1999 and said this is the best season he’s had, although he missed most of 2007-08 because of a torn ACL.

Local skier Matt Jones said this is a great year, but it still isn’t as good as 2007-08 because that season had more consistently cold temperatures and a bit more snow, too.

But with a month left to go at Vail, and about three weeks left at Beaver Creek, snowfall could still break records.

Brown said Beaver Creek’s April snowfall average is 29 inches, but the average isn’t a totally scientific calculation since some seasons the snow is only measured until the resort closes and not throughout the entire month.

Either way, the resort is already ahead of its annual snowfall average, and Vail is well ahead of its annual average.

The season has been fantastic and will go down in history as one of the best, Brown said.

“It’s just been awesome,” Brown said.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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