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Big storm headed toward Vail, Beaver Creek as resorts ramp down to end season

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April 11, 2022, 11:44 am

Vail is headed for a snowy Semana Santa (Holy Week) that began with Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, April 17, with the closing of Beaver Creek for the season.

Vail stays open through its extended season until Sunday, May 1, but it will do so without a lot of its Back Bowl terrain. As of Monday, Blue Sky Basin, China Bowl and Tea Cup Bowl are closed for the season.

Vail’s Back Bowls on Friday.

“We’re following our normal season ramp-down plan, but we’re proud to have kept Blue Sky Basin and China Bowl open one week longer than last year,” Vail spokesman John Plack said in an email.

Last season, in a very below-average snow year, both Vail and Beaver Creek closed after around 200 total inches of snow — well below the 300-plus-inch seasonal average.

This season, both ski areas are ahead of that pace but still below average, with Beaver Creek coming in at 239 inches for the season and Vail slightly behind at 235.

For this week, Beaver Creek is still open, and at Vail, Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls and the front side of the mountain will be open for what promises to be a solid spring storm.

“Monday will be mostly dry, then we’ll see intense snow on Tuesday morning through afternoon, with snow showers continuing all the way until Thursday,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote on Monday morning.

“Based on this timing, Tuesday should be a powder day, and conditions will continue to be soft on Wednesday and Thursday, with storm total snowfall of greater than 10 inches for many spots,” Gratz continued. “After that, Friday and Saturday should be warmer and drier.”

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of western Colorado, including the Vail area. Three inches of snow fell in Portland, Oregon, on Monday in a rare April snowstorm for that area that is now headed toward Colorado. Mount Hood received about 50 inches from the storm.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is the editor and co-founder of RealVail.com and has had his awarding-winning work (see About Us) published in more than 75 newspapers and magazines around the world, including 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), the Anchorage Daily Press (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Boulder Daily Camera, the Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming), the Chicago Tribune, Colorado Central Magazine, 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 Cortez Journal, the Craig Daily Press, the Curry Coastal Pilot (Oregon), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Del Norte Triplicate (California), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, Explore Big Sky (Mont.), the Fort Morgan Times (Colorado), the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), the Kingman Daily Miner (Arizona), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the Las Vegas Sun, the Leadville Herald-Democrat, the London Daily Mirror, the Moab Times Independent (Utah), the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), the Montrose Daily Press, The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, the Rio Blanco Herald Times (Colorado), Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), the Salt Lake Tribune, SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Sky-Hi News, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Sterling Journal Advocate (Colorado), the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Health Magazine, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail, Westword (Denver), Writers on the Range and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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