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Vail delays opening to Wednesday


Vail delays opening to Wednesday

By Tom Boyd

November 15, 2007 —  It’s a beautiful day here in Vail – so beautiful, in fact, that Vail Resorts has opted to forestall its opening day. With continued cold, nighttime temps, Wednesday, Nov. 21, will be the new opener.

It may seem unseasonably warm, but this kind of weather in November isn’t all that abnormal, and it doesn’t really indicate anything about the coming season. As a kid I remember that sometime in December was usually the opening day, and with more snowmaking resorts began opening earlier and earlier, so now the public expects snow to come sooner than it used to – as if the resorts have anything to do with that.

The Vail Resorts website indicates that November averages 58 inches, as measured from the top of Vail Mountain (and other, historical, measuring locations). But averaging is funky math. In the same way that you don’t go to the store and ask to pay the clerk your “average” amount, you don’t expect November to provide its average amount of snow every year. In fact, it would be an anomaly to have the exact average amount fall in any given year.

I’m taking the time to enjoy a few more hikes (without snowshoes) and ride my bike a bit more. If you’re up for the same, check out our complete mountain bike and hiking guides in our “guides” section, and see where this warm weather leads you.



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