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More and more powder days predicted in Vail

Chris Outcalt
coutcalt@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyBen "The Italian Stallion" Agnini takes advantage of all the new powder to drop of a cliff under Chair 11 Thursday on Colorado's Vail Mountain.
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VAIL, Colorado ” Ryan Delgizzi took his last final exam of the semester in Boulder this week, grabbed his snowboard and drove to Vail, Colorado.

He knew snow was dumping on Vail Mountain and was eager to get on the hill. Thursday morning, Delgizzi waited for his friends at the bottom of Chair 4 ” they were headed for the east side of the mountain and excited to ski in fresh snow for the third day in a row.

“I think the snow in Northwoods and 10 Chair has been unreal,” he said. “It’s the best I’ve seen in the last three years this early.”

It started snowing at Vail Mountain the end of last week and has been fairly steady since. The mountain got three feet of snow in the last seven days and is over 100 inches for the year ” and more is on the way.

“It’s been awesome,” Delgizzi said.

Another storm will move into the area late Friday, according to Joe Ramey, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. The storm will bring 6-12 inches of snow to the mountains, 2-5 inches to Vail, and cold temperatures to the county, Ramey said.

The snow will stop Sunday, but the cold air will stick around, Ramey said. Temperatures will likely be below zero Sunday and more snow will fall in the Vail Valley early next week.

“We should get pretty good snowfall Monday and Tuesday,” Ramey said.

Evergreen resident Dave Higgins has learned not to judge the ski season in November.

“My experience has been that if November is pretty dry, that’s no indication of anything,” HIggins said. “It can start hitting pretty hard in December ” we’ve had a great one so far.”

Higgins bought an Epic Pass ” which offers unlimited skiing at all Vail Resorts mountains with no blackout dates ” this year and has already skied Vail several times.

“It’s my favorite area,” said Higgins, who tries to get in 30 ski days a season at Vail.

Higgins spent his day Thursday skiing Chairs 10 and 11.

“Prima is excellent,” he said.

Phil Knoche, who lives in Lafayette, usually waits until January or February before he starts driving to Vail to snowboard. He couldn’t resist coming to the mountain this week.

Knoche thought about calling in sick to work Sunday so he could go snowboarding, but ended up on the mountain Thursday instead.

“I don’t usually get out too much until after the New Year,” he said. “I just hope my days off fall on powder days.”

Knoche was headed up the Vista Bahn early Thursday morning on his way to the Back Bowls.

“Blue Sky is great if there’s powder,” he said. “I like the trees under the Orient Express.”

Casey Moriarty, who lives in Vail, had Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday off from work and spent all three days on the mountain. He likes to telemark ski the backcountry, but couldn’t stay away from Vail Mountain this week.

“There’s no reason to go anywhere,” he said. “It’s so good right now, it’s going to be a good year, man.”

Beaver Creek has 119 inches of snow so far this year and is ahead of its eight-year average for December snowfall.

Ozan Kaeunoglu arrived in Vail from London last week, and after snowboarding five days at Vail, he plans to come back.

“It’s the best,” Kaeunoglu said. “I’ve been skiing in Switzerland for four or five years, a couple times each year, and been to France and Italy, but this is something else.”

Thursday was the first day of a weeklong vacation for San Diego residents Mark and Heather Biskup. They didn’t know what kind of snow conditions to expect, but were pleasantly surprised when they got on the chairlift Thursday morning.

“We were scared,” Mark Biskup said. “Around Thanksgiving we started looking at the snow and there wasn’t any.”

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.


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