Vail Valley reveling in spring |

Vail Valley reveling in spring

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailySpring in the Vail Valley: Izzy Glackin, 3, gets a push on the tire swing from her mother, Cory Glackin, right, Friday at the Freedom Park playground in Edwards, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” You might not have needed a headline to tell you that spring has come to Vail, Colorado.

The lifts on the mountain are silent, and residents are out on their bikes, strolling on paths and tending to gardens.

Nathalia Souza, of Brazil, has been regularly riding her bike from her home in Bachelor Gulch to Eagle. While her family has been coming to the area during the winter for years, this is her first spring in the valley. She’s been enjoying the clear skies, watching all the animals running around up in Bachelor Gulch and sunbathing on her deck, she said.

“The weather is kind of like this in Brazil, but I’ve never seen it like this here,” she said. “It’s kind of a wonderland.

The Vail Valley has enjoyed clear skies and high temperatures this week, although snow and rain are forecasted for the weekend. The high for the week was 63 degrees in Avon, according to the National Weather Service. Eagle recorded a high for the week of 72 degrees on Thursday.

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However, it’s all about to come to an end.

“The warm pattern we’ve been having is going to come to an end,” said Bryon Lawrence, National Weather Service hydrologist and meteorologist. On Saturday a cold front will nudge its way through, bringing a mixture of rain and snow showers.

The stormy weather is supposed to last throughout the weekend, with the high in the 40s on Sunday. Temperatures will be in the mid-50s the rest of the week with a lot of cloudy skies and intermittent showers, Lawrence said.

West Vail resident Norma Jean Broten began planting spinach and dwarf sugar peas in her outdoor garden last Sunday. There was even a day that she was able to put her indoor tomato plants, which usually require higher temperatures, out on the picnic table.

The plants should survive a cold weekend, she said.

“Old timers say you don’t put anything out that can’t withstand a freeze before June 15,” Broten said. “I don’t mind. I live somewhere with four seasons because I like the variety and having things change. It’ll be a good time to read a book.”

Still, other residents were pulling out their bikes, strolling in the park and wearing shorts and flip flops while the warm weather lasted.

Wendy Stewart said it’s been nice to be able to walk her dogs without having to stick coats on them.

“It’s nice to finally get the windows open,” she said. “I was ready for this the week before Easter when we got that nice dry spell, then wham, and the snow came.”

Eagle-Vail resident Bill Post was spinning around town on his mountain bike running errands on a sunny Thursday.

“I’m ready for it,” he said of the warm weather. “Like they say, you move here for the snow and stay for the summer.”

Eagle-Vail resident Mary Blair and Avon resident Nicole Timmerman said they’re enjoying the longer days and being able to hang around outside.

“I have a three-year-old, so we’ve been playing at the park,” said Blair, toting her younger daughter on her lap. “We’ve also been riding our bikes.”

Meanwhile, stores are getting geared up for spring as well. At Bag and Pack in Avon, Dan Bogardus said store employees have been changing the store inventory from winter to summer goods.

“We’re changing stuff over to rock climbing, camping and backpacking equipment, and we’re putting storage wax on the skis and getting them put away,” he said.

The warm weather brought many people into the store looking for summer gear.

“We’ve got a lot of rock climbing gear going out now,” he said “And backpacks are also some of our biggest items.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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