Big snowstorm moving into valley |

Big snowstorm moving into valley

NWS Snow Prep1 KH 11-27-06

BEAVER CREEK – Brandon Kay of Avon raised his arms in celebration when he heard about the prospect that Wednesday will be a powder day.”And it’s my day off,” the goggled snowboarder said just before getting on the lift at Beaver Creek.”We’ll be out and about trying to get the freshies, most definitely,” said his friend T.J. Sabula of Avon.Weather forecasters say Vail and Beaver Creek will see its first major snowstorm of the ski season this week, with 1-2 feet of snow at higher elevations through Wednesday night. The snow was expected to start Monday evening, forecasters said.The valley floor in Vail could get up to a foot of snow, said Brian Avery of the National Weather Service.The heaviest snowfall should come around sunrise Tuesday, and snow will continue coming in waves for another 36 hours, Avery said. Vail is under a winter storm warning from 6 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

“I would imagine Vail Pass will be some nasty traveling (today),” Avery said.Downvalley towns like Eagle and Gypsum will also see snow, Avery said.As the snow moves out Wednesday night, it will get really cold in the valley, Avery said. The high temperature on Tuesday will be in the mid-teens, and the low will be about 10 degrees below freezing, Avery said. The chilly weather should continue through the weekend, Avery said.Kay said he’s noticed some rocky patches on the mountain, although snowmaking is keeping the mountain in good shape. Beaver Creek has gotten 2 inches of snow since it opened Wednesday.

As snow guns blasted the Centennial trail above him, Ken Fardie lamented the timing of a trip to see family. He’s leaving town Wednesday morning for a one-day trip to Boston, he said.”It’s my mother’s birthday,” said Fardie, who splits his time between Bachelor Gulch and the Virgin Islands. “If it was anything else, I’d say, ‘Screw it.'”Nonetheless, Fardie – who was skiing on Monday at Beaver Creek – said the mountain really needs some fresh snow.”Another day or two of warm weather and it would get really icy,” he said.His friend Keith McDaniel, visiting from Tucson, Ariz., said he was excited to see powder during his visit.”I’ve never skied fresh snow,” he said. “I’m from Arizona. We don’t have snow.”Buzz Busby, who works at the Coyote Cafe, said he’s a bit concerned that people will have trouble getting to Beaver Creek if the airport shuts down. That includes a deejay he’s flying in from New York to perform at the cafe this weekend. With the Birds of Prey World Cup starting Thursday, this is one of the cafe’s biggest weekends of the year.Beaver Creek spokeswoman Christina Schleicher said the snow will challenge race crews to prepare the Birds of Prey course this week. But the mountain got over 3 feet of snow last year and no races were canceled, she said.

“It makes it a little more challenging for the course crews and volunteers to keep the course in top form,” she said. “But we’re used to dealing with it.”Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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