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Snow keeps coming as Vail Snow Daze gears up for round two

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December 16, 2014, 11:11 am
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Deep powder on Vail Mountain on Monday (Vail Resorts photo).

Now things start to get really fun in the Vail Valley.

I wrote last week about how surprisingly good the coverage was still on Vail Mountain despite a lack of snow for more than two weeks, and then the heavens opened up again, pumping more than a foot and a half of new snow onto Vail and Beaver Creek mountains. You’re welcome.

The family and I did a mini staycation last weekend in Vail, using the posh Ritz-Carlton Residences Vail as our base of operations. The place is insanely nice, situated in walking distance to Vail’s Lionshead area and minutes away by free shuttle or bus to anywhere you need to be in Vail. They even took my wife and me to a private house party high in the Matterhorn neighborhood Saturday night.

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The Wallflowers at Vail Snow Daze (Vail Resorts photo).

The service is off the off the hook, and the kids love the heated outdoor pool with an oversized hot tub that includes an elaborate waterfall. They also have a high-tech game room that’s good for a couple of hours of adult peace and quiet in the residence, which includes a gas fireplace and full-sized, state-of-the-art kitchen.

So after a long day of super-sunny cruisers (really, almost spring skiing conditions), my wife and I were able to fully relax before heading back out on the town Saturday. And there was a lot going on in Vail last weekend despite the holidays being a couple of weeks away.

Bob Dylan’s accomplished son, Jakob, absolutely electrified the crowd at Solaris Plaza, fronting his band The Wallflowers in a free concert for Vail Snow Daze. The shows continue this Saturday (Dec. 20) with 10,000 Maniacs warming up Rusted Root.

Clearly, everyone in the crowd for Dylan was doing a snow dance, because that’s about when it started to dump, and it’s snowed off and on since then. First 5 inches overnight Saturday, then another 11 on Sunday, 2 more Monday, and it’s still snowing in Eagle as I write this on Tuesday.

In fact, I really should stop writing and start skiing. Opensnow.com is calling for more snow the rest of this week and a generally more favorable shift in the prevailing weather pattern the rest of the month. That means to me we’re looking at a very White Christmas in Vail. Enjoy!

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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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