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Snowstorm in forecast for Vail’s opening day on Friday

November 13, 2017, 6:40 am
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Day one at Arapahoe Basin on Saturday, Nov. 11.

A significant snowstorm is in Vail’s forecast for opening day on Friday, Nov. 17, and with it colder temperature better suited to snowmaking efforts.

That’s some very good news for anyone who spent this past weekend hiking around in the dry and crunchy woods between Vail and Beaver Creek the way I did. Sunny and warm and ideal for a pleasant fall stroll, but hardly conducive to getting ski resorts up and running for the season.

I also made my first turns of the season Saturday at Arapahoe Basin, which has done a remarkable job of getting top-to-bottom snow riding open to the public since its opening day on Oct. 13, but there were way too many people on too little terrain, and I have to admit it was a tad frightening.

Understandable that there’s a lot of pent-up skiing demand after a long, hot summer, but we need more runs at more resorts open soon. It helps that Copper Mountain, Keystone, Wolf Creek (weekends only) and Breckenridge joined A-Basin and Loveland on Friday, but it will help even more to get our local mountains open — not just for public consumption but for race training as well. meteorologist Joel Gratz on Monday morning reports that the forecast has shifted from just a blast of cold air on Friday to now a full-on snowstorm:

“We’ll have dry and warm weather through Thursday afternoon, and then it’s likely that a significant storm will bring snow from Thursday night through Friday night,” Gratz writes. “The forecast will change since we’re still four days away from the snow, but right now it appears that this storm will favor the northern and central mountains with 4-8 inches of snow, and perhaps double digits if we’re lucky. If you can find somewhere with a base and/or runs open, the best powder could be on Friday-day and/or Saturday morning.”

That’s how you start the week off with some good news (no Russian bots involved), and so is this — to a lesser degree: Your representatives in the State Legislature are heading into the upcoming session in January on a mission.

It’s a mission to help small businesses and self-employed people in Eagle County and all over the state in the never-ending quest for lower health insurance rates. For the specifics on what Vail’s own state Sen. Kerry Donovan and newly appointed Rep. Dylan Roberts have in mind, check out the story I wrote that ran in the Vail Daily over the weekend.

Now we just need Congress to get on board and fix what ails Obamacare instead of engaging in endless partisan bickering.


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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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