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Ski conditions holding up nicely as winter set to return to Vail

March 22, 2017, 11:53 am

After an insanely warm March (thank you, global climate change, and you’re welcome, spring-breakers), winter is finally set to return to the Vail Valley later this week.

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Skiing Deer Valley with Park City in the background.

Forecasters are calling for 4 to 8 inches of new snow by Friday morning, which is good news for any snow riders looking to ride something other than the slush we’ve been carving through for the last several weeks.

And, according to meteorologist Joel Gratz at Opensnow.com, another storm is moving in Saturday night, followed by still more snow early next week:

“Wednesday should be dry, then snow will arrive on Thursday and continue through Friday morning. The best chance to ski soft powder will be on Friday morning, and the deepest accumulations should be in the north-east mountains,” Gratz wrote Wednesday.

“Following dry weather from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, a weaker storm will bring snow on Saturday night and Sunday. More storms should bring snow to Colorado during the last week of March and the first week of April, but the details are still uncertain.”

The good news is we got so much snow in December and January that, despite subpar snowfall in February and March, the snowpack at Vail and Beaver Creek is holding up pretty well.

That’s a good thing since the ski season extends well into April this year because of a late Easter Sunday falling on April 16. Beaver Creek closes that day, and Vail closes a week later on Sunday, April 23.

A nice late blast of winter this week and next should keep most ski terrain open through the end of the season. Great free Spring Back to Vail shows are on tap for Easter weekend, and other fun late-season events include the Vail Film Festival March 30-April 2.

I can also attest to the fact that ski conditions are holding up well at many of Vail’s other Epic Pass resorts, including in California where enormous amounts of snow have fallen this season around Lake Tahoe, and in Park City, where I skied over the weekend.

In fact, Park City was in remarkably good shape considering the mid-60s temperatures we basked in on Saturday, and Deer Valley also is holding up nicely. We skied there on Sunday and really enjoyed getting into some of the steeps and bumps on Empire Peak. Ditto Park City’s Jupiter Bowl. It was a bit sticky down below, but the upper mountains are great.

Now that we’re back in the Vail Valley, it would be awesome to enjoy a few more spring powder days if the snow gods are so inclined.


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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.

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