White Christmas may mean Vail powder | VailDaily.com

White Christmas may mean Vail powder

Steve LynnVail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyVail Ski Tech repair shop manager Dan McLaren, left, waxes a ski with cold snow wax Monday in Vail. McLaren says snow expected this week will keep him busy.

VAIL With so much snow in the forecast this week, skiers and snowboarders may get a powder day as an extra gift for Christmas. Vail Mountain should get four to nine inches of snow Monday night through Wednesday morning and about the same amount Wednesday night through Thursday morning, said Mark Kuoco, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains reported around a few inches of new snow Monday morning and around two feet of new snow in the past seven days. New snow means putting more wax on peoples skis during the holidays, said Dan McLaren, a manager at Vail Ski Tech.I hope we get it, McLaren said about new snow. It would make everybodys visit a little nicer.Another storm should bring more snow Friday through Sunday, and all three snowstorms from the Pacific Northwest should bring light, powdery snow, Kuoco said.Hopefully, 2007 will finish up in a good old-fashioned, wintry way and bring us up to an average snowpack, McLaren said. Brian Enselein, a bartender at Loaded Joes Coffeehouse & Lounge, said that more snow would mean more people lounging on the bars couches and drinking hot chocolate and cocktails. Usually when we see snow we definitely see an influx of business, he said. Holiday business wont stop Enselein from getting some powder days this week. He usually works three double-shifts so that he can ski his stashes of good snow on Beaver Creek Mountain, he said. Where can skiers and snowboarders find those powder stashes?Theyre secret, he said. But some busy locals wont get to ski much this week. Mark Bass, a clerk at the Roost Lodge in Vail, only gets Christmas Day off.Its expensive to live out here, Bass said. You get a few chances to ski and (you) work as much as you can to make a living.Michaela Fischer, a hostess at Pepis Restaurant & Bar in Vail, said that she would love to ski during the holidays, but the business is busy and serving around 600 people each day.We do probably 200 hundred dinners and 250 lunches and the bar is full too, she said. The town of Vail should get two to four inches of snow tonight through tomorrow morning, Kuoco said. Whether it snows or not, it should be a white Christmas, Kuoco said. Its not going to melt between now and then, he said jokingly. McLaren hopes that he and his employees will get some skiing in even though their season passes are blacked out some days this week, he said. Powder keeps us happy, McLaren said. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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