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Mother Nature queen of Colorado

More snow on its way

By Reid Griebling
Real AspenFebruary 7, 2011
I'll keep this quick. Snow has been falling in Vail since Friday: 30 inches on the ground and more on the way. Beaver Creek is just behind for the week, with 11 inches falling overnight Saturday into Sunday and more than 20 since Friday.

If you didn't ski this weekend, you missed out. If you did, you don't need me to tell you how good it was. In fact, I skied the two day total of 25 inches at Vail on Sunday, and I have to say Vail was on the cusp of being too deep.

A brief lull in the action as we see light showers today, with heavier snow falling by sundown. Expect snow totals in Vail/Beaver Creek to range between 4 to 8 inches with another 2-4 falling during the day Tuesday.

Jason Roberts in Stone Creek Chutes at the Beav' on Sunday.
Cody Downard/Vail Resorts
Another quick shot of snow Tuesday, freshening the slopes for Wednesday. A great pattern, as northwest flow will keep bringing cold and rather moist systems every three days for the foreseeable future.

Same forecast for Aspen/Snowmass, with totals a touch lighter; however we should see a small shift next week, bringing more snow to the central and southern mountains. Temps for both resorts will remain seasonable, with on-mountain highs in the low 20s and overnight lows in the teens and single digits. Winds will remain from the northwest with any gusts above timberline reaching 25 mph.

The skiing is fantastic, and for the third time this year I forecast less snow than we received (lucky us). Go enjoy the skiing, as we are in a great cycle and ski legs should now be in shape.


comments: 4 Comments on "Mother Nature queen of Colorado"

David O. – Feb. 07, 2011, at 9:21 a.m.

Looks like that 4-8 tonight is hitting us right now. It's been snowing steadily in West Vail since I got up this morning at 6. Easily another couple of inches since the 5-inch report at 5 a.m. If it snows all day today and through the night, tomorrow could be the new BDOFTSSF (best day of the season so far).

Reid – Feb. 07, 2011, at 2:35 p.m.

Today will be hard to beat, 5 inches of light and fluffy on top of 30 inches cut up. Perfect!!! Downloading images now.

David O. – Feb. 07, 2011, at 3:12 p.m.

I don't know. Tomorrow could be completely off the hook. It's been snowing all day in West Vail and still is at 3:15 p.m., which means the lifts are now shut down in Blue Sky and the Back Bowls. Everything from here on out will be full-on un-tracked first thing in the a.m.

Reid – Feb. 07, 2011, at 4:14 p.m.

Yes, the employee/boss banter is nice. You win this round as one low pressure system has passed us by this morning with a piggy back system slated to move in the evening. Then the fun start, the cold front is still 6-8 hours away, meaning wind and heavy snow will fall late tonight into Tuesday. So tomorrow should be one of those days to quit a job for. Wedding? wait one more day. Kid on the way? see if the doc and nurses can handle it. One of those kinds of days.

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