Sun Up, Sun Down to open Wednesday |

Sun Up, Sun Down to open Wednesday

VAIL – Vail Mountain will start running Chairs 5 and 17, which serve Sun Up and Sun Down bowls, Wednesday morning – just in time for a snowstorm that’s expected to hit Vail starting today.National Weather Service meteorologist Troy Lindquist said 8 to 16 inches of snow are expected to fall in Vail thanks to a storm that will reach the area this afternoon. The snowfall is forecast to continue until Wednesday evening.A winter storm watch was put in place by the National Weather Service for today and Wednesday. Another storm is headed for the central Colorado mountains that could bring snow on Friday and into the weekend, Lindquist said.Vail Mountain spokeswoman Jen Brown said the majority of the Sun Up and Sun Down bowls will be open to skiers. Some of the runs that traditionally open a bit later in the season may be kept behind closed gates, she said. Skiers should check the morning’s grooming report for information, she said. Vail reported a foot of snow at mid-mountain following storms that hit the valley over the weekend. The good snow allowed the mountain to open Chair 10, Highline Lift, Sunday afternoon. The mountain is still aiming to the rest of the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin in mid-December, Brown said. Vail Mountain has gotten 103 inches at the top of the mountain so far this year – 40 inches ahead of the average snowfall.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or, Colorado

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