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Fresh snow falls on Vail Valley ahead of Birds of Prey races

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December 5, 2019, 12:49 pm
Karl Krueger’s amazing snow bear sculptures a huge part of Vail.

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!

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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