Skiers see powder days, snowy nights
EAGLE COUNTY – Lift operator Seth Sheldon said he could not have been more excited when he saw the snow Friday. He had the weekend off and was planning to spend it all on the mountain, the Vail resident said.”I got first chair every day and got some fresh powder,” he said.The major storms went through the area this weekend, said National Weather Service technician Dan Cuevas. The snow is expected to slow down tonight and Monday but will pick up again after that, he said. “It won’t be anything like this weekend, but we’ll get some lighter snow showers,” he said.The snow was good news for Beaver Creek and Vail, mountain officials said. As of Saturday afternoon, Vail and Beaver Creek reported 10 inches of snow overnight, with 18 inches falling Friday and Saturday and 36 inches over the past week.On Saturday, Vail opened Blue Sky Basin and the Back Bowls, said Jen Brown, communications director for Vail Mountain.”We’ve opened more than 4,500 of our 5,289 acres,” she said. The snow allowed Beaver Creek to open Grouse Mountain on Sunday morning, said Christina Schleicher, communications director for Beaver Creek. Additional trails set to open Sunday include Upper Harrier, Goshawk and Lower Peregrine. Beaver Creek will have skiing and riding on 1,007 acres and 83 trails served by nine lifts.Edwards resident Dak Steiert had been planning to race in the ski races at Winter Park, but they were canceled due to weather, he said.”At least we get some good powder days,” he said. “It was pretty good. The Back Bowls were packed, as expected, but there was some knee-deep powder.”Vail resident Jaime Spero took advantage of the snow by skiing all of Saturday with some friends.”I just got excited about winter,” she said. “This snow definitely helped the motivation factor to get out here.”But with the snow will come some lower temperatures over the next few days, Cuevas said. Lows Sunday night are expected to hit minus 10 degrees, and temperatures in the teens are expected Monday and Tuesday.