More snow expected for Vail
December 1, 2008
VAIL, Colorado ” A winter storm that brought snow to the area Friday rarely let up, dumping 24 inches of snow on Vail Mountain, and more is on the way.
Vail has a chance of picking up some more snow each day this week, with the best chance coming Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Another storm will move into the area Tuesday night, bringing colder temperatures and some snow. New accumulation should be about 4-8 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm could also bring some heavy winds to the area, said Dan Cuevas, of the National Weather Service.
Vail Mountain now has 11 lifts and 812 acres of terrain open to skiers and snowboarders.
The Loveland Ski Area got the biggest snow boost from the weekend storm, with 3 feet of snow piling up.
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Vail opened the VIsta Bahn lift over the weekend, providing a boost to business in the village.
“That’s key for us in the village,” said Dave Root, general manager of the Tap Room. “We definitely see more traffic because of that.”
Derek Carne, who works at Vendetta’s, said the night crowd hasn’t been huge, but that the restaurant still had a good weekend.
“It was definitely busier than it was last week with the Vista Bahn opening,” Carne said.
Barry Parent, a rental technician at Vail Ski Tech, compared the weekend dump to last season.
“People were naysaying the snow before Thanksgiving last year, and then it started snowing,” Parent said. “It’s a 180 from what they were saying the week before ” it seems like it’s going to be pretty good season.”
Casey Henan, hard goods manager of American Ski Exchange, noticed more people walking around the village.
“It really picked things up. It’s been pretty quiet,” Henan said.
Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or email@example.com.