Vail powder forecast: A foot of snow expected Saturday-Monday

A winch cat is seen moving snow down the last face of Born Free in Vail on Tuesday. Vail Mountain is working around the clock to prepare for opening day this Friday. More than 500 acres of terrain will be accessible through Vail Village and Lionshead.
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VAIL — Forecasters are calling for a round of snow this weekend to coincide with the opening of Vail Mountain Friday.

“Vail could not have timed their opening day on Friday any better because after a sunny start to the season, snow will start to fall on Saturday night and should continue through at least next Tuesday,” said Joel Gratz of Open Snow.

Gratz said Vail should expect 4-7 inches Saturday night and another 2-4 through Monday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather statement for the area.

“For elevations above 9,000 feet for the northwest and central mountains of western Colorado, early indicators suggest that more than 12 inches of snow could fall within a 24-hour period Saturday evening through Sunday night,” the weather service said.

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