Powder day at the Beav’ | VailDaily.com

Powder day at the Beav’

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Virtually overnight, drought talk in the Vail Valley has evaporated, giving way to frenzied speculation about what experts are saying will be an epic snow year.Vail and Beaver Creek were both reporting around five inches of new snow as of noon, Thursday, Oct. 3, with another 6 to 12 inches possible overnight. And still more snow was forecasted for over the weekend.The fast-moving winter storm was the fourth and fluffiest in a series of fall systems that have squelched all drought talk from a high and dry summer and led local fire officials to lift all fire bans.Quickly, talk has turned to how overdue the Vail Valley is for one of the monster snow seasons that were commonplace in the early and mid 1990s.Vail is set to open Nov. 22, with snowmaking ready to roll Nov. 1, and Beaver Creek opens Nov. 23.If you can’t wait that long, Silverton ski area in southwestern Colorado, which had 40 inches of snow in September, is opening Oct. 17.

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