Game Creek Bowl opens in Vail as December snowstorm blankets valley |

Game Creek Bowl opens in Vail as December snowstorm blankets valley

More snow is on the way later this week

Wednesday’s snowstorm caused traffic woes on I-70 and new openings in Vail.
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

It was another wonderful day on the slopes for the midweek crowd, as an early Wednesday snowstorm delivered more goods than expected.

Eagle County woke up to fresh snow across the valley as the Vail Mountain snow stake measured three inches of fresh snow in the early hours. An extra two to four inches fell throughout the day, though high winds pushed the snow around to hinder the final measurements.

Also, with stormy conditions came some traffic woes. Vail Pass was closed westbound for a majority of the morning, keeping travelers and Front Range powderhounds on the eastern side of the pass. Strong winds caused Beaver Creek to warn skiers of potential delays on opening lifts on their Instagram Stories. Meanwhile, those already in Vail had the pick of the crop with small lift lines, fresh snow and plenty of space to spread out and slash turns.

Terrain openings keep coming

As the snow fell, so did the ropes on Game Creek Bowl, marking the first opening of bowl terrain in Eagle County for the season. Game Creek Express (No. 7) now offers access to Lost Boy, The Woods, Dealer’s Choice and Wild Card to skiers seeking lower-intermediate to black diamond terrain and are accessing the mountain via the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead (No. 19).

At time of report, Vail Mountain is 24% open with 79 trails and 14 lifts. Beaver Creek opened the Cinch Express over the weekend as well as the Red Buffalo Express, giving skiers and snowboarders access to top-to-bottom riding and a beginner-friendly full mountain experience.

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More snow is on the way this week, as the National Weather Service has another storm on the forecast for Thursday evening through Friday. To see an On the Hill video of Wednesday’s conditions, visit or our Facebook or YouTube channel.

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