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Skiing in shorts, dusting off bikes

Special to the DailyLocals are getting into their spring skiing costumes " and having their bikes tuned up " a few weeks early this year.

VAIL ” David Wieder and his friends have already started their spring skiing festivities.

Last weekend, the theme was “ski Texas.” That meant no shirts, cutoff jean shorts, bandanas and cowboy hats. With temperatures well north of 50, it was fun skiing, he said.

“It was fabulous,” said Wieder, of Avon. “It was perfect.”

With another month left in the season, Wieder and his friends are planning lots more costumes. Maybe a ’70s day and an ’80s day, he said.

But even with the spring planning, Wieder is expecting at least a little bit more of winter.

“I’m waiting for the next snow dump,” Wieder said. “I believe it’s going to come again. There’s always a surprise out there.”

Warm, sunny weather over the last week has people here thinking about spring skiing, biking and golf. The temperatures even forced the Vail Nordic Center to close on Monday, about two weeks early.

“Mister sun isn’t cooperating,” said Mike Ortiz, director of the Vail Recreation District, which runs the Nordic center.

The Nordic center was supposed to close around April 1, but grooming stopped Monday. A bunch of brown spots were cropping up around the Nordic track and there just wasn’t enough extra snow to cover up the spots, Ortiz said.

Workers are now getting the Vail golf course, which is underneath the Nordic track, ready for the spring.

A high-pressure system that’s been camped out over Colorado for the last couple of weeks has pushed temperatures 10 degrees to 15 degrees above normal, said Chris Cuoco of the National Weather Service.

It even drizzled rain Monday evening in East Vail, one of the county’s most alpine neighborhoods.

But Cuoco predicted a storm starting Tuesday night through today that would bring rain then snow to Vail.

Vail Mountain has gotten 263 inches of snow so far this year, which is 92 percent of average, said spokeswoman Jen Brown.

Frank Mitchell, owner of Moontime Cyclery, a bike shop in Edwards, said business started ramping up last week.

“I’m full of repairs,” he said. “We can’t seem to take them in fast enough at this point.”

The first wave of spring customers usually comes a couple of weeks later than it did this year, he said.

“Unless it snows consistently for a week or so, I don’t see it turning off,” he said. “People are ready.”

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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