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Powder pumps up Vail

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
Cody Downard/Beaver Creek ResortBeaver Creek skier Drew Rouse skis through fresh powder Friday at Beaver Creek.

VAIL, Colorado – Break out the powder skis, Vail.

Vail could get 8 to 16 inches of snow by Sunday morning, said Jim Daniels, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. A winter storm warning will remain in effect through 6 a.m. Sunday, he said.

“I think you’ll see periods of snow pretty much through Saturday night, sometimes heavy, sometimes, not,” he said.

There’s also a chance of snow Sunday night, he said.

“I don’t think a real big storm but you might pick up a couple more inches,” Daniels said.

The snow comes on top of some fresh powder at Vail and Beaver Creek mountains. Beaver Creek Mountain reported 7 inches of fresh snow Friday morning while Vail Mountain reported 5. Beaver Creek has gotten nearly two feet in the last week and Vail Mountain has gotten more than 2 1/2 feet.

After an early season marked by dry spells, locals were excited to see the snow dumping on Friday.

Avon snowboarder Emily DeMello, 25, said she was riding in waist deep powder on Beaver Creek Mountain at one point Friday.

“I’m stoked,” she said. “I think that (the snow) might save our season. It seemed like kind of a waste for a while. Now it seems like we might actually get a season.”

Eagle-Vail skier Dave Kaselak said he’s excited about the snow because “it’s been like a desert out here.”

“I hope it’s an indication of what March will be like,” he said. “I hope March brings a lot of nice powder.”

Likewise, Tim Losa from Eagle-Vail was looking forward to skiing a “secret powder stash” on Vail Mountain Saturday.

“Hopefully we get dumped on and it makes the news and brings in business,” he said.

Avon skier Chris Anthony, a frequent star of Warren Miller movies, said he was excited to see the snow when he arrived back in town from Italy on Friday.

He was looking forward to trying out a fleet of Solomon powder skis with friends for a community project. He said it’s been a tough season for snowfall but forecasters are predicting a change in the weather patterns for February and March.

“We’ve only had four official powder days where your skis weren’t hitting a hard base,” he said. “So if we can get a series of nights and days like this, it could be a magical week.”

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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