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Kids, climate and great skiing from Telluride to Vail to Park City

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January 23, 2020, 10:59 am
Soft snow at Telluride.

This past week has seen as steady onslaught of small snow events that continue to pad the snowpack at Vail and Beaver Creek as we enter the last week of January.

I was actually in Telluride the last couple of days as my Epic Pass journey continues from Japan to various resorts in my home state. Telluride, thanks to former Vail ski exec Bill Jensen – who now heads up T-ride — hosted an awesome multi-day SOS Outreach fundraiser.

The O Zone by David O. Williams
The O. Zone

We experienced a small-scale powder day Wednesday morning – great to get back into Prospect Bowl and onto Little Rose — and then headed back home to the Vail Valley, where a foot of fresh snow has fallen since Tuesday. And more is in the forecast for the weekend and next week.

Speaking of great nonprofits doing amazing things around snow sports, youth engagement and even climate change, kudos to Eagle County and Walking Mountains for the Climate Action Collaborative presentation “Getting to Zero: From Radical to Rational” Wednesday at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards.

And if you thought the last storm cycle was a little on the wet and warm side, you wouldn’t be wrong. We drove through rain on our way to Telluride and back – a rarity in Colorado during past Januaries but not all that uncommon now.

I’d also like to plug another good group doing important work on climate change. Protect Our Winters (POW), whose executive director I profiled last spring in Vail, will benefit from a fundraising party in Park City hosted by Skullcandy on Feb. 20.

Called Powabunga!, the party will be at Skullcandy HQ in Park City – another Epic Pass resort that’s having a solid snow season so far. Definitely worth a road trip during our mid-winter school break to scarf up some Utah pow and help out a great cause. Click here for tix.

Closer to home, check out the Winter Culinary Weekend at Beaver Creek Jan. 23-26. Soft snow and amazing food should make for another great weekend.

Now here’s more on the upcoming pattern of continued snowfall:

 “On Wednesday, we saw light snow in the northern and central mountains. On Wednesday night, more snow than expected fell with up to 6 inches overnight at mountains near I-70 and south to Aspen, and this should make Thursday morning a fun time to be on the hill,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote on Thursday.

“Snow should wind down on Thursday into Friday, then one more wave on Friday night will deliver a few inches to the northern mountains,” Gratz added. “Next week should be similar to this week with multiple waves of snow and and sneaky fun conditions for the central and northern mountains.”

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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 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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