Windy weather brings small amount of new snow to Vail Valley ahead of opening day

By David O. Williams
Real AspenNovember 14, 2011
A whole lot of wind rocked the high country Saturday and Sunday after a blustery storm system brought a lot of energy but not much snow. Still, every little bit helps at this time of the year.

A few inches of new snow fell over the weekend on ski areas – Breckenridge and Winter Park – that opened on Friday and Saturday, respectively. But the big winner in the disappointing storm cycle was Loveland Ski Area, which recorded 11 inches new during the 48-hour span.

Steamboat also got a lot of new snow on Saturday, but it doesn't open for the season until Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Vail Valley saw about 4 or 5 inches over the weekend, but Vail doesn't open until Friday, when it will crank up the lifts in both Lionshead and Vail Village.
The Williams boys ready to rip at Breck on Saturday.
David O. Williams
There are currently seven Colorado ski resorts open for the season: Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Loveland, Winter Park and Wolf Creek. All are offering limited skiable terrain that's expanding by the day as snowmakers take advantage of cold night-time temps. Eldora joins the fray, along with Vail, on Friday.

The weekend wave of storms was most notable for wind gusts that topped 100 mph in some places. More waves of weak northwest flow will pass through the Vail Valley today and Tuesday, bringing the chance of a couple more inches of snow each night and during the day.

Then forecasters say things will clear off and warm up until the next significant storm system this coming weekend.

Snowmass opens earlier than scheduled on Saturday, followed by a slew of other resorts next week in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, including Beaver Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

comments: 1 Comment on "Windy weather brings small amount of new snow to Vail Valley ahead of opening day"

SwayerScott – March 02, 2023, at 1:33 a.m.

The Vail Valley is getting ready for its opening day with a brisk wind and a small amount of new snow. This is a great sign for winter enthusiasts who are looking forward to the season's activities. With the arrival of the new snow, real estate for sale Downtown Austin the mountain will be ready for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the slopes on the opening day. The windy weather is a reminder that winter isn't far away, and the Vail Valley is ready to welcome visitors with open arms.

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A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
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