Another storm rolls into Vail Valley, increasing backcountry slide danger
Ski conditions will be excellent today at both Vail and Beaver Creek, but backcountry snow riders should proceed with extreme caution due to the highly unstable snowpack throughout much of Colorado's high country.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) has an avalanche watch in effect through noon today in the Vail area and Summit County.
"Periods of heavy snowfall and moderate to strong west and northwest winds Thursday night will combine to raise the avalanche danger to HIGH (Level 4) if the forecast verifies or snowfall amounts are exceeded," CAIC's website read Thursday night.
"The weak snowpack has still not recovered from the last round of loading that came over the weekend. Another round of heavy snowfall in less than a 12-hour window will likely produce another natural avalanche cycle for Friday."
Opensnow.com forecasts a fairly warm and dry weekend, followed by a smaller storm Monday.
Vail now has has 137 inches of total snowfall for the season and a 43-inch mid-mountain base. Twenty-seven of 31 lifts are operating, serving 162 of 193 trails and 3,273 of 5,289 skiable acres.
Beaver Creek now has 123 inches of total snowfall for the season and a 41-inch mid-mountain base. All 25 lifts are operating, serving 138 of 149 trails and 1,541 of 1,815 skiable acres.
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