Snow teaser: Skiers ready to hit slopes
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY ” “It’s coming…” says a window display of skis and giant snowflakes at Christy Sports in Avon.
Truth is, it already has.
The valley got about 4 inches of snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning, accompanied by 30-45 mph winds and temperatures dropping into the low 20s.
And there is more coming this weekend, said meteorologist Chris Cuoco the National Weather Service. A similar storm will probably blow in later on Saturday, and temperatures may drop into the teens on Monday morning, he said.
“Snow this time of year is right in line with what usually happens,” he said.
The first snow always generates excitement on the slopes, said Jen Brown, Vail Mountain communications manager.
Vail Mountain got about 10 inches over the week, with a 14-inch base at the top, she said.
The mountain operations are still in transition from the off-season, with new chairs being installed and maintenance work being done on the mountain, she said. Vail Mountain opens Nov. 16.
“This is great news for Colorado. It lets people know ” Colorado’s got snow! ” that’s
the message loud and clear,” she said.
Beaver Creek got 14 inches of snow over the past week, half of that in the last three days, said Christina Schleicher, communications manager at Beaver Creek.
Beaver Creek starts making snow Nov. 1 and the slopes open Nov. 21.
“We love the snow and the cold temperatures. It’s a great way to get ready for the season,” Schleicher said.
Meanwhile, local residents are eager to get on the slopes.
The mid-week snow prompted Edwards resident Jim Homan to put up his mountain bike for the winter.
“The first snow you always get excited. You can’t wait to break out the sticks,” he said.
The ski equipment and winter clothes have been slowly getting put on display at Christy Sports in Avon, said Kevin O’Donnell, rental supervisor. The real ski equipment rush won’t start until November, but the Edwards resident said he was still going to tune up his own skis and shop for some new ski clothes soon.
“I felt like winter’s finally here. But I know it’s just teasing us,” he said of the snow.
The snow also meant a rush of business for area tire stores. Vail Discount Tire in Eagle-Vail had been pretty quiet until Wednesday, said store manager Bill Britt.
“The snow brought in a lot of people for snow tires. So much that we had to turn some work down,” he said.
The situation was similar across the street at Big O Tires. Phones were ringing and the store was filled with people.
But not everyone is as excited. While she is excited to ski and snowboard, longtime valley resident April Curatchet of Avon said she found herself missing fall.
“This is the first year I wish that fall would hang on a little longer. It was just beautiful,” she said.
She expected some cold rain or a few flurries at best this week, she said.
“It really took me by surprise. It was real snow,” she said.
Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or email@example.com.