Wind Wednesday may bring fresh snow |

Wind Wednesday may bring fresh snow

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyA man walks by a pile of dingy, crusty snow on the side Highway 24. Small storms could drop a fresh coat of snow on the valley over the next several days.

EAGLE COUNTY ” There’s a little more sugar on the way for already-spoiled locals.

After maybe a week without fresh snow, there’s more on the way, starting Wednesday after a windy day. The National Weather Service forecast between Wednesday and Monday holds out at least a chance of snow.

Forecaster Joe Ramey of the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office said there probably won’t be a lot of powder coming with the storm. The immediate forecast is for just two to four inches.

Still, even a thin, fresh coat of white will put a welcome sparkle on a valley that was starting to show a bit of mid-winter dinginess.

“A touch-up is always good, but the skiing is still fantastic,” said Larry Culley, manager of the Gorsuch Limited store in Beaver Creek.

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Speaking from the shop in Beaver Creek on Tuesday, Culley said he’d been on the mountain in the morning, and was amazed at what he heard ” or, more accurately, what he didn’t hear ” at the base.

“You listen to the sound of the skiers coming down, and it isn’t that scraping-crust-off-toast sound, but it’s nice and quiet,” Culley said.

In Lionshead, Matt Carroll said locals may be getting a little restless, but the tourists are still tickled.

“People from out of town coming in say it’s still wonderful,” said Carroll, general manager at the Double Diamond ski shop. “They’ve been enjoying the sunny weather.”

Skiers from other parts of the country continue to rave about the amount of snow here, Carroll said. But locals, while not complaining, have said the mountain could use a little more powder.

“Our ski tune business has gone up in the last week because of conditions,” he said. “Talking to locals, things have firmed up a little.”

Besides the prospect of putting a little shine on the valley, Carroll said cooler weather will help in other ways.

“With the sun out the snow on the roof started melting and we had a bunch of leaks in the shop,” Carroll said. “We need to cover that up.”

The snow that’s been melting will probably stay frozen, at least for the next few days.

“We’ve got a changing weather pattern,” Ramey said. A ridge of high pressure over the Pacific Ocean near Alaska is moving west. That’s opening the door to cooler, more unsettled air.”

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or

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