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Snow ‘right in time’ for Vail, Beaver Creek

VAIL, Colorado ” Eagle County got a needed blast of wintry weather Thursday and Friday as the Christmas holiday approached.

“It was right in time,” said Chandler Jones, assistant hard goods manager at Double Diamond Ski Shop in Lionshead.

Vail reported 4 inches of powder Friday morning, with more snow falling through the day.

And the National Weather Service predicts three more substantial snowstorms headed to Vail in the next week, including one on Christmas Day.

Jones spent the morning skiing at Vail, where he saw about 8 inches of fresh snow.

“It’s good,” he said. “It was firm underneath but the new snow has definitely softened everything up.”

Charlie Turnbull, town of Vail streets superintendent, had six plows, six front-end loaders and a big scraping machine called a grader working to clear the snow Friday morning.

“I had everything out this morning,” he said.

Turnbull counted 5 inches of fresh snow at the town’s shopyard.

Sgt. Annette Dopplick with the Vail Police said there have been a few fender-benders in Vail over the last couple days, but no accidents that caused injuries.

Chain laws for trucks on Vail Pass have been in effect on and off, she said. She urged motorists to drive slowly, especially if you’re headed to the ski mountain.

“I hear conditions on the hill are quite good, and no one wants to be doing an accident report,” she said.

Beaver Creek reported 12 inches of snow over 48 hours as of 1 p.m. Friday. The resort will open the Golden Eagle trail today. The Beav’ plans to drop the ropes on Stone Creek Chutes and Royal Elk Glades “in the near future,” according to a press release.

And skiers might be having a very merry Christmas, with more storms apparently headed Vail’s way.

Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said a persistent pattern is sending storm after storm to Vail.

A Sunday storm could drop 3 inches to 6 inches, he said. After that, a storm that could get here Christmas Eve and Christmas Day might bring another 4 inches to 8 inches, Colton said.

And yet another, similar storm is due Thursday, he said.

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

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