‘Winter is back’ in Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” “Winter is back!” the bus driver announced to a busload of giddy skiers and snowboarders Tuesday morning in Colorado’s Vail Valley.
Whoops of excitement and even an enthusiastic “Yee haw!” were heard as people rushed to enjoy the 10 inches of snow that fell on Beaver Creek overnight. Vail also had a powder day, reporting 8 inches overnight, and more snow falling during the day.
Beaver Creek reported 310 inches of cumulative snowfall for the season while Vail is at 325 inches year-to-date. Both mountains are nearly six feet ahead of season-to-date averages at the summit, and March is historically the snowiest month of the season.
Skiers and riders braved low temperatures and 30 mph wind gusts on the mountain, but the cold was well worth it, said Denver resident Zach Kupetz.
He had watched the weather reports and was expecting four inches to eight inches for Vail when he woke up Tuesday morning. Upon hearing the snow reports, he headed right up.
“It’s so refreshing, kind of a renewal,” Kupetz said. “It gives me faith that there’s more season left. I’m not ready for spring yet ” I’m holding on for more snowboarding.”
That was Silverthorne snowboarder Nathan York’s reaction to the snow. York, a carpenter, wasn’t too sorry that work was canceled for the day due to bad roads.
“It’s been great so far ” a little windblown,” he said.
Brooke Dames, also of Silverthorne, said it felt great to be riding powder after weeks of minimal snow.
“We were waiting for this,” she said. “And of course, Beaver Creek reports more snow than everyone else. I think we got three inches.”
Virginia skier Wyatt Andrews had similar sentiments. He has skied Vail for years, and said the warm weather and low snowfall had been unusual.
“It’s about time,” he said, bundled up on a chairlift. “It was exactly what the valley needed. It’s the perfect snow at exactly the right time.”
Snyder Garrison, of North Carolina, said his family was hesitant at first to come out in the cold and wind, but they’re glad they did.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “In North Carolina, you never see anything like this. I was telling our kids that this is a lifetime experience.”
Vail and Beaver Creek might see a some snow showers over the next few days as the temperatures rise to the mid 30s and the winds calm down, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Ramey.
On Sunday, another storm accompanied by high winds is expected to blow through the area, bringing three to six inches of snow. The rest of next week is expected to be warmer with no snow, Ramey said.
“Your best bet is Sunday for snow,” he said.
Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or email@example.com.