Low Vail turnout despite snow
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” The pounding of snow last week didn’t appear to trans-late to an equal rush of visitors on Vail, , Colorado’s slopes Saturday.
If anything, it was an average day in terms of traffic. The weath-er ” single-digit temperatures and whipping winds ” could’ve been the reason.
“It’s freezing. We skied two runs, and it was awful,” said Emma O’Connor, who was with her friend, Molly Pagden.
The two teenagers spent the late morning inside the entryway to Garfinkel’s trying to restore bloodflow to their fingertips.
They said there weren’t many people out on the mountain, and for good reason.
“I think everybody just knows it’s freezing,” O’Connor, 15, said.
It’s hard to tell, though, if the weather kept people home, or if it was just another day in Vail.
“It normally gets busy after Christmas,” Pagden said.
Low traffic meant good things for those who did show up Satur-day. Seattle resident Sean Harri-gan spent the whole morning taking runs with a minimal wait. ” The gondola is a 10, 15 minute wait,” he said. “It’s a win-tery day. It’s a little windy, but I can’t complain.”
Perhaps it was too windy up on the mountain, and most of the visitors were heading in and out of the village’s shops. Starbucks manager Adam Cox said Satur-day’s business was booming.
“It is really busy, more busy than during the week,” he said.
Last Sunday was one of the busiest days of the season, he said, with the store bringing in nearly $4,000.
“We’re probably on that today,” Cox said.
Maybe the snow did translate in Vail.