A nice little shot of snow rolled into the Vail Valley overnight Wednesday, dropping a few inches by Thursday morning and some flakes throughout the first part of the day.
It was enough to cause a shuttle bus to get stuck on Dally Road on its way up to the Birds of Prey World Cup races in Beaver Creek and scrub a scheduled downhill training. Fortunately, organizers got a training run in Wednesday, so Saturday’s actual downhill is still a go.
And on Friday, when there’s supposed to be a break in the weather, there’s a super-G race scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Saturday’s downhill is 11 a.m., and the first run of Sunday’s giant slalom is set for 9:45 a.m.
All the races, featuring the best men’s World Cup skiers on the planet, are free and open to the public. For more information, go to the Birds of Prey website.
Forecasters are calling for a window of decent weather to get the races in before the next storm drops 4 to 10 inches starting Sunday night.
“The next storm should bring 4-10 inches of snow from Sunday into Monday with the softest snow likely on Monday morning,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Thursday. “After that, we’ll be close to the storm track, but to get a significant storm we’ll need luck on our side.”
That’s good news for some of Vail’s most famous residents – brilliant local artist and architect Karl Krueger’s awesome snow bear sculptures that he works tirelessly on this time of year to create, install and maintain.
No offense was meant by a whimsical RealVail.com post about the bears recently. They really are a great part of our magical ski town this time of year, and they have been for many years.
Just trying to have a little fun in these oh-so-serious times. Now let’s all hope for some serious snow in the next couple of weeks as we head into the free Vail Snow Days concerts Dec. 12-15, and go USA this weekend on the Birds of Prey!