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Vail skiers ‘gung ho’ over early season

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
A significant weekend storm will bring both fresh powder and boost snowpack numbers.

VAIL, Colorado – Boulder resident Rex Roberts has been making trips to Vail as often as possible this year.

“The great conditions are definitely a factor in how gung ho I’ve been about getting out here,” he said.

Roberts, 26, has been staying with friends in Vail once a week so he can take advantage of the prolific early-season snow. He even bought an Epic Pass so he could ski more often on Vail and neighboring mountains. Last year, the lack of early snow was one reason why he skipped Vail altogether and got a ski pass at Eldora near Boulder instead.

“I’ve been out here since 2003,” he said. “I have to say, this is the best season I’ve ever seen.”

With Vail reporting another 9 inches of fresh powder Thursday and Beaver Creek boasting 8 more inches, skiers are reveling in a strong early season.

MInturn resident Kristi Bloodworth, 41, said she remembers just one or two other years when the snow was this good, this early. And that’s pretty significant, considering she’s been living in the valley since 1998.

Bloodworth and her friend Jane Taylor from West Vail said they usually avoid the trees until at least January. They’re making an exception this season, though.

“The upper trees have been fantastic, like mid-season conditions,” Taylor said.

The snow has made Vail a solid pick for early season ski trips. Friends Dan Weintraub and John Sita, both 25 and from the East Coast, cruised through fresh powder in Vail’s back bowls during their vacation Thursday.

“We actually picked here because there was so much snow, so early,” Weintraub said.

When they were shopping around three weeks ago for the best place to book their trip, the friends researched online which resorts got the most snow.

“That first big snowstorm that flew through here was huge,” Weintraub said. “Everyone knew about it.”

It’s always risky planning a trip during the early season, Weintraub said, because you can throw down money on airfare and lodging, only to encounter little snow once you arrive.

Vail has proved a safe bet so far.

“It’s been really good,” Weintraub said. “I haven’t seen a spot of brown anywhere.”

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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