EAGLE COUNTY – Last weekend’s storm that buried ski areas with up to two feet of snow brought snowpack to average or just slightly above.It piled up on Vail Mountain and snow gauges at the 10,300 foot-level is showing moisture levels at 112 percent of average. At 11,300′ Fremont Pass in Summit County the snow moisture is 95 percent of average and at Copper Mountain east of Vail the snow moisture is 96 percent of average.The two-day snowfall ended the November drought that saw Vail and Beaver Creek mountains open with just one trail apiece. That was changed dramatically by the Thanksgiving weekend storm. Vail Mountain is reporting a 24-inch base and Beaver Creek, 34.Moisture content is used by organizations like the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service to predict how much water will be available during spring and summer.”It brought us to average or a little above,” said Mike Gillespie, snow survey supervisor for the service. “It did erase some of the concerns about a dry November, particularly in the northern part of the state.”Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or firstname.lastname@example.orgVail, Colorado
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