Storm moves on, but leaves much-needed snow on Vail and Beaver Creek | VailDaily.com

Storm moves on, but leaves much-needed snow on Vail and Beaver Creek

Vail Daily staff report

The skies were clearing over Vail and Eagle County early Saturday in what is expected to be a sunny, blue-sky weekend. But the landscape suddenly looks a bit more like winter, thanks to Friday’s storm.

It took a little longer than expected for the cold front to arrive and turn the rain into snow, but when it did the snow piled up quickly.

Vail Mountain reported 9 inches of new snow at mid-Vail, and Beaver Creek reported 10 inches of new snow. Over the pass in Summit County, Breckenridge picked up 12 inches, Arapahoe Basin received 11 inches, and Keystone reported 8 inches.

Those Summit County resorts are already open for the 2017-18 season. Vail’s Opening Day was pushed back from Friday, Nov. 17 to Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Beaver Creek’s Opening Day is still scheduled for this Wednesday, Nov. 22.

And while Friday’s storm was a welcome blast of winter during an otherwise dry and mild start to the season, the forecast for the next week lacks moisture. Besides a slight chance of snow Monday night, the seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service shows mostly sunny skies and highs in the 40s. Overnight lows will consistently dip below freezing, which will be boon to snowmaking efforts at Vail and Beaver Creek.