Briefs: Vail to open more terrain |

Briefs: Vail to open more terrain

Daily Staff Report
Jack Affleck/Vail ResortsEllen Bodenheimer makes her way through more than a foot of new snow in Snag Park on Vail Mountain Wednesday.

VAIL ” Vail Mountain has gotten 16 inches of snow over the past few days and, after above average snowfall for the young season, will open more terrain Friday.

Vail now has a two-foot base at mid-mountain and a three-foot base at the peak.

The Highline Lift, Chair 10, which serves a group of double-diamond runs, and the Wildwood Restaurant will open Friday.

The mountain will have 1,431 acres of terrain, 104 trails and 18 chairlifts open by Friday.

The National Weather Service forecasts more snow this weekend.

EAGLE ” A newly formed regional emergency response team trained Wednesday at a day-long simulated hostage situation at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

The team, funded by the Homeland Security Department, consists of more than 100 emergency workers from Eagle, Summit, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Moffat, Grand and Routt counties.

Special tactics and hazardous materials teams also participated in the training. Those teams helped deal with the shooting of a Colorado state trooper in Garfield County last month.

Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger has been involved in organizing the team.

“The more opportunities we have to work together as a team, the better prepared we’ll be when we’re called into service,” Henninger said.

The team also will attempt to increase public awareness about emergency preparedness, he said.

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AVON ” Ron Wolfe, who was re-elected to the Town Council earlier this month, was chosen to serve as second term as mayor Tuesday.

Mayor is chosen by the Town Council.

Brian Sipes was elected mayor pro tem, which means he will act as mayor when Wolfe is absent. Tamra Nottingham Underwood declined a nomination to be re-elected mayor pro tem.

The mayor doesn’t have any more power than the six other council members, but often sets the agenda for council members and represents the town at various events.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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