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Spring in the air in the Vail Valley

Dustin Racioppi
dracioppi@vaildaily.com
Eagle County, CO Colorado
NWS Weather DT 2-25-09
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The historically snowiest two months are still ahead, but Wednesday’s warm weather and the coming weekend’s sunny forecast have some people thinking about what they’ll be doing post-ski season.

“I think they’re over (winter),” Avon resident Linda Bartlett. “Everybody I talk to is. It’s been in the air for, I’d say, three weeks already.”

Bartlett was taking advantage of Wednesday’s springtime feel by taking her 1-year-old golden retriever, Bodee, for a walk around Nottingham Lake.

“You start getting weather like this and you start getting the fever,” she said.

Today is expected to bring snow and rain the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service, but the sun is expected back out for the weekend bringing temperatures in the 40s, the weather service reports.

Eagle resident Marcy Mumpower had the same idea as Bartlett, but took the walk around the lake by herself for a quick lunch break from work. She knows there’s lots of snow left coming to the Vail Valley, but Wednesday’s teaser had her thinking about hiking and more frequent walks by the lake.

“I’m definitely ready to see winter over with,” she said. “I like the summer. I’m a summer person.”

Frank Mitchell says he has seen lots of people getting into the spring and summer mood lately. Although he hasn’t seen much in the way of sales or tune-ups at his Edwards bicycle shop, Moontime Cyclery, he has seen more bike traffic on the roads lately, which could be a good omen for his spring and summer business. On Sunday, while driving home to Edwards from Beaver Creek, he said he saw about 20 bike riders.

“It’s a pretty solid indication that people are thinking about it, at least,” Mitchell said.

Over at Avon’s Venture Sports, manager Deb Benjamin said there have been about 10 new bike sales recently and the store is getting more phone calls and intrigue from people about getting their bicycles ready.

“People are getting in the mood,” she said.

Her employees are as well. They are heading to Moab, Utah, with their bikes for the rest of the week.

But both Mitchell and Benjamin are grounded and know that Wednesday’s warm temperatures ” and the expected warm weekend weather ” should not be taken as a sign of things to come. Winter is still plenty alive in the area.

“The reality is that there’s people out on the roads. I think people are just taking advantage of the good weather,” Mitchell said. “As much as I’d like to think winter is over, it’s not.”

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or dracioppi@vaildaily.com.


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