Vail Valley in Brief: Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin close for the season |

Vail Valley in Brief: Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin close for the season

Daily staff reports

VAIL, Colorado – Vail Mountain’s Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin will be closed for the rest of the season, mountain officials said Sunday.

On Sunday, Vail was running 21 of 31 lifts, with 108 of 193 runs open. Of its 5,289 total acres of terrain, 1,476 acres were open. Game Creek Bowl remains open.

The mountain is reporting a base depth of 28 inches, with 213 inches of total snowfall so far this year. Vail averages 366 inches of snow per year and received 524 inches last season.

Some snow is predicted to fall today, with little or no accumulation expected, according to the National Weather Service. The rest of the week is expected to be sunny, with highs in the 50s and 60s.

The Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin opened later than normal this year because of low snowfall. The ropes dropped on the terrain in mid-January.

Vail Mountain is scheduled to close for the season April 15.

EAGLE, Colorado – With the announcement last week that Lonnie Leto has withdrawn from the Eagle Town Board race, voters who have already turned in ballots can request new ballots if they act quickly.

Eagle Town Clerk Marilene Miller said residents who took advantage of early voting can request that their ballots be formally recorded as spoiled and receive a new ballot. She said that approximately 375 residents had already turned in ballots when Leto announced last week that he was withdrawing from the race.

Those early ballots have been logged in but will not be opened until election day on Tuesday. Anyone who has turned in a ballot already but wants to change his or her vote must make the request in person at Eagle Town Hall today and formally sign paperwork withdrawing the previous ballot and requesting a new one.

For additional information, call 970-328-6354.

Eagle Valley Enterprise

EAGLE, Colorado – The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management issued a news release Sunday reminding the public that there are no public fire restrictions on any federal land in Eagle County.

The release said that the total accumulation of moisture for 2012 is lower than normal for this time of year, so people should be careful with any outdoor campfires, firepits or grills.

Some roads and trails may still have seasonal closures. If you plan to visit public land in Eagle County, check with the local Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service office for information. Updated information will be posted on the White River National Forest Twitter page at

Sheriff Joe Hoy, in cooperation with local fire departments, issued a fire ban Thursday for other areas of Eagle County. Open burn permits were suspended until the ban is lifted.

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