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Vail’s Blue Sky, Beav’s Grouse Mountain to open this weekend

Daily staff report
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” A winter storm will accompany the opening of Vail Mountain’s Blue Sky Basin and Beaver Creek’s Grouse Mountain this weekend.

The storm will hit the Vail Valley Saturday afternoon and should be the most intense Saturday night, said Norv Larson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. About 3-6 inches of snow could fall in Vail and the mountain should get about a foot, Larson said.

“The heaviest snowfall will be during the evening,” Larson said. “We’re hoping people will get to the ski areas early. I’d definitely want to be out ahead of this storm.”

Vail Mountain opened China Bowl Thursday and will open Blue Sky Basin Saturday. More than 4,000 acres of terrain and 25 lifts will be open on the mountain this weekend.

Chair 6 out of Golden Peak is set to open today.

Beaver Creek will open Grouse Mountain and Larkspur Bowl Saturday, and will have 1,200 acres and 12 chairlifts open to skiers and snowboarders. Almost every trail will be open on Grouse Mountain.

The Lower and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lifts will open this weekend. Trails at McCoy Park will also be open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing this weekend.

Larson said there is a chance of snow on the Vail Valley on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Another storm looks like it will hit the area Thursday, Larson said.

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