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Opening week at Vail just as mid-week snowstorm takes aim at Colorado

November 8, 2021, 12:27 pm
Snow on the upper mountain at Vail (Vail Mountain Facebook page).

Sunday I got out for Day 1 on alpine skis so far this ski season (Day 1 Nordic was a premature outing Oct. 27 in EagleVail), and it felt a little premature at Keystone as well.

School Marm is a really nice, long, early-season cruiser, but it was crowded and scratchy on Sunday, with temps in the 50s. Spring skiing in early November.

That should all change this week with a storm rolling in Tuesday night and lingering through Friday, when Vail and Breckenridge are set to open for the season.

The only real question is whether we’re looking at mandatory gondola downloads (likely) or top to bottom skiing, which Keystone is now offering.

Forecasters are calling for up to 10 inches this week and temps much more conducive to snowmaking, but the bottom of Vail, as of this writing on Monday, is a muddy mess.

However, I hear from MidVail up there’s plenty of coverage, and that will only increase this week.

“Monday and Tuesday will continue our streak of dry and warm weather,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Monday morning. “On Tuesday evening, snow will begin to fall across most mountains, and then we’ll see snow continue from Wednesday through Friday for the northern and central mountains. Total snowfall this week could be 10+ inches near and north of I-70 with 5-10 inches in the central mountains. More snow is likely during the following week.”

A Vail spokesman on Monday confirmed the mountain is “on track” to open Friday and more information on opening-day terrain will be released later this week.

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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 Newsline, 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.

One Response to Opening week at Vail just as mid-week snowstorm takes aim at Colorado

  1. Dave Mueller Reply

    November 8, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I’m still wearing shorts. Great weather for biking with temperatures around 60. That’s the nice thing about global warming the summers are a lot long around here than they used to be.

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