(2:06 p.m.): Snow is in the forecast for Vail and surrounding areas all weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
There is a 70% chance of precipitation starting after 3:00 p.m. Friday, with stormy conditions expected to continue throughout the evening.
Saturday afternoon shows a 30% chance of precipitation, which will carry on into the evening. Sunday will be a similar scenario, with a 40% chance of snow in the afternoon and 20% in the evening.
Varying temperatures will play a factor in the type of precipitation that falls. Areas of lower elevation are expected to be in the thirties all weekend, creating high hopes for those hitting the slopes.
3-6 inches of total accumulation is expected, according to OpenSnow.com.
Avalanche advisory issued for Vail, Summit County through Presidents Day weekend
Heavy snowfall and gusting winds this week have presented very dangerous avalanche conditions for the higher elevations in Colorado.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche watch from Thursday morning until Monday for Vail, Summit County and other mountainous regions across Colorado. Avalanche danger near and above tree line will be high through the weekend. The center advises people to avoid traveling on or under avalanche terrain throughout this time.
“Any avalanche that you trigger or that occurs naturally will be large and destructive,” the center’s website warns.
In the past decade, 113 people have died in Colorado from avalanches, according to reports from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The center has documented two avalanche deaths across the state since the start of the year.
To warn people about avalanche dangers, the center collects reports from the public about incidents that occur, divided into regions.
In 2019, Vail and Summit County have had 76 reports of avalanche sightings so far.
Avalanches vary based on the snow and weather conditions. There are nine types of avalanches in all. After this week’s heavy snow storms, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center lists storm slab avalanches as the likeliest form to occur.
They happen when a layer of new, unstable snow — a slab — slides over the old snow surface. Such slabs can be difficult to identify because the surface of the snow is often soft and powder-packed.
Storm slab avalanches can occur naturally and without warning because the base snow layer can adapt to a certain amount of additional weight from new snow.
But a sudden increase in that weight, such as the dense snowfall from this week’s storms, can cause instabilities and massive slides.
Avalanche education and reporting helps keep you safe
When reporting avalanches, any information is better than none at all. People should at least describe the elevation at which the incident occurred and offer a general size of the avalanche. Including pictures in a report can be especially helpful in filling any gaps in the observation.
Daniel Edmiston teaches avalanche safety classes through Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. He offers four basic, Level I courses and one Level 2 course each year. He shows people how to recognize and avoid avalanche dangers, as well as what to do if one occurs.
When it comes to the backcountry, he said that being educated could mean the difference between life and death.
“Ninety percent of people caught in avalanches are caught because they triggered them or someone in their party did,” Edmiston said. “It can be a preventable circumstance.”
Marijuana banking proposal gets first-ever hearing in U.S. House committee
A proposal to open banking and financial services to marijuana businesses in states that have legalized marijuana got its first-ever hearing in a U.S.House committee Wednesday, making Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter optimistic about its chances.
“We’ve been introducing a version of this bill for almost six years, since Colorado by initiative legalized recreational marijuana,” Perlmutter, a prime sponsor of the proposal, said in a call with reporters.
But the bill failed to get a hearing when the House was controlled by the Republican Party.
Perlmutter and his fellow Democrat and co-sponsor, Rep. Denny Heck of Washington, said the measure has the support of Republican Reps. Warren Davidson of Ohio and Steve Stivers, both of Ohio.
The draft bill would allow banks and other financial institutions to serve marijuana businesses in states where the businesses are legal. Federal banking regulators couldn’t discourage, prohibit or penalize the banks for serving legitimate marijuana businesses.
Rocky Mountain Tacos is a hotspot for juicy tacos, steaming burritos and tasty salsas
Editor’s note: This story first ran as a paid feature in EAT magazine.
There are few places in the Vail Valley where you can score a meal for less than $10, much less one that features made-from-scratch, fresh ingredients. It’s no mystery why Rocky Mountain Taco, a food truck located next to the Vail Brewing Company in EagleVail, has become a hotspot for juicy tacos, steaming burritos and tasty salsas.
Three years after opening its windows, Rocky Mountain Taco has been named Best Burrito, Best Mexican, Best Takeout, Best Worker’s Lunch and Best Festival or Event Food in the Vail Daily’s Best of Vail polls. Owners Dan Purtell, Chris McGinnis and Jose Reza met in the kitchen of another local restaurant, where they had long dreamed of opening a food truck. Purtell is particularly proud of the truck’s popularity among the local Hispanic community. That mark of legitimacy is partly thanks to Reza’s wife, Noemi, who shared home recipes from Chihuahua, Mexico, for everything from the marinade for the carne asada to salsas for the truck’s menu.
Don’t miss the Alambre, featuring a trifecta of grilled steak, crispy bacon and chorizo, or the pork carnitas, which are slow cooked for a full day before being paired with avocado and tangy pico de gallo. Vegetarians aren’t left out, either, with the shockingly satisfying Hippie Crack, a nod to Purtell and McGinnis’ southern California skate park roots, featuring potatoes, a medley of grilled peppers and spicy crema sauce. Besides their brewery digs, check out their second location at the Westin Riverfront bus stop, the perfect place to grab a breakfast burrito before hopping onto the gondola.