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Happy Thanksgiving from Real Vail

November 23, 2017, 8:43 am
hiking in Catalina Mountains

Thanksgiving hiking in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson.

Happy Thanksgiving from Real Vail, where every year we say, “Forget Black Friday. Go skiing!”

Then we don’t take our own advice, because most years we’re down in Tucson, where it’s going to the hottest ever Thanksgiving at a whopping 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for snoozing off that tryptophan by the side of the pool.

Meanwhile, all is well back home in the Vail Valley, where both Vail and Beaver Creek opened for the 2017-18 ski season on Wednesday after nearly a foot of fresh snow last weekend and colder temperatures ideal for snowmaking.

Now forecasters are calling for additional snow and a more winter-like pattern to move back in next week.

“Thursday [Thanksgiving Day] will be sunnier, then the northern mountains will see more clouds and a few snow showers on Friday,” meteorologist Joel Gratz of wrote Thursday morning. “After that, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday should be dry, then we’ll get our next storm on Tuesday with a potentially stronger system sometime between December 2-4.”

Well, of course, because if you want it to snow, either wash your car or schedule a World Cup downhill race. I washed my car down here in Tucson, and the annual Birds of Prey downhill is set for Saturday, Dec. 2, after the super-G on Friday, Dec. 1. The giant slalom concludes the weekend of races on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Everything is reportedly in great shape for ski racing at Beaver Creek. And here’s a note from the good folks at the Beav’ who are gearing up for another season:

“We can’t wait for you to join us for all the exciting things coming up at Beaver Creek, from our Tree Lighting Ceremony to Birds of Prey World Cup ski racing and our grand opening of Red Buffalo Park. We look forward to celebrating the First 30 days of the season with you. Now is the time to book your trip with our Cyber Monday Sale. Starting today through Tuesday at midnight, book mid-winter rates starting at $199/night”

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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, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington),, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), (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 (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 and

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