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More winter weather this week at Vail, Beaver Creek

March 28, 2016, 9:34 am
williams family in upper snag

The Williams family gets ready to jump into Upper Snag Park at Vail on Sunday, where the powder was still deep after an Easter weekend storm (David O. Williams photo).

What an incredible Easter weekend of skiing. Great full-on powder feast at Beaver Creek on Saturday followed by cold temps and tasty powder leftovers at Vail on Sunday. And now forecasters are calling for yet another week of great snow starting Tuesday and lasting through Friday.

“Snow showers could produce a quick inch or two of snow on Monday and Monday evening,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Sunday evening. “Then a strong cold front will bring heavy snow, starting late on Monday night in the southern mountains and hitting all mountains on Tuesday and Tuesday evening. Additional snow will fall on Wednesday, then after a brief break, we should see one last wave of snow around Thursday afternoon or Thursday night. The best powder days will likely be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Total snowfall during the week should be in the 10-20 inch range.”

That makes it three weeks in a row of high-quality later-winter and early-spring powder skiing after a very sunny and dry month of February and first couple weeks of March. Some of us are even getting a little sore from all the great powder skiing of late.

Not great for high school baseball in the high country (lots of games cancelled of late), but really good for maintaining a solid snow base through closing days at both Vail and Beaver Creek on Sunday, April 10. Also really good for finishing the season strong with a slew of spring events on tap at Vail and Beaver Creek.

The Taste of Vail is set for March 30-April 3, the Vail Film Festival is set for April 7-10, and Spring Back to Vail is set for April 8-10. The spring break crowds will have greatly diminished by then, prices for lodging and dining drop dramatically, and it could be some of the best skiing of the year.

And it’s not too late to consider booking a last-minute trip, with the Eagle County Regional Airport in full swing. The facility 40 miles west of Vail will celebrate a major milestone on Tuesday. Here’s the press release from Eagle County:

The Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) will welcome its 8 millionth commercial passenger on March 29. The milestone will be reached via one of the midday arrivals from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles or Miami. All flights will be greeted by Beaver Creek cookie time chefs.

Commercial air service began at EGE in 1989 with a total of 277 passengers. In comparison, 320,111 passengers came through the facility in 2015.

EGE is served by four major airlines: Air Canada, American, Delta and United with non-stop winter service to 10 major cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark and Toronto. Summer service includes non-stop flights to Dallas, Denver, Houston and Los Angeles.

For more information on EGE, visit www.flyvail.com, or follow “Eagle County Regional Airport” on Facebook and Twitter.

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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), 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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