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What makes a great ski season in Vail?

Steve LynnVail CO, Colorado
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Editors note: For Altitude Sickness, skiers and snowboarders on Vail and Beaver Creek mountains are asked irrelevant questions. They range from the politically incorrect to the downright ridiculous, so blame your answers on the high elevation. VAIL Vail Mountain has the most snow telemarker and Montana resident Todd Sexton has seen on the mountain. One-piece ski suits are making a comeback, Vail resident Amy Hornyak said. At work, Vail resident Zach Nielson has had to shovel new snow almost every day at the bottom of Vail Mountain around Lionshead.From more snow to fashion overkill to more work for locals, this ski season has brought more of almost everything, skiers and snowboarders said at Vail Mountain on Sunday. Vail got 347 inches at midmountain last ski season, just below its historical average of 348 inches. On Sunday, Vail had 90 inches to go this season before it reaches that historical average. Beaver Creek Mountain has had 252 inches of snow this year as of Sunday; its historical snowfall average is 311 inches. Despite the snow, Sexton said skiers wear more fur and stretch pants on Vail Mountain than at his home resort, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. The crowd watching is far better here, Sexton said.Beer and food cost more this season than ever, said Kirstan Kuschnerus, who lives in Dayton, Ohio. Other than that, its great, he said. Three of Siobhan Keehans friends were injured on the mountain this weekend, maybe because of too much powder, said Keehan, who lives in Connecticut. Does this sound strange to you? she asked.In a way, this has been a better season for New Orleans resident Grant Willis, who used to work at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa.As a tourist, Willis said he does not have to work so hard to make it in Vail, and he got a good deal on a room in the lodge this weekend. Its a lot different to be able to use the Jacuzzi legally, he said. More snow means more people and therefore more money for Hornyaks employer but fewer turns on Vail Mountain for Hornyak, she said. Thats why Ive started to snowshoe to work, she said. The price and spiciness of the bloody Marys at Mid-Vail have been good this season, said Dondi Reed, who lives in Denver. Reed enjoyed talking to the bartender, too, he said. The guy is working his a– off, he said. With this seasons snow, Golden resident and skier David Manthei said conditions on Vail Mountain were right for abominable snowmen. We were really hoping there would be some yetis to chase people Manthei said. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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