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Beaver Creek pushes back opening till Friday


Beaver Creek pushes back opening till Friday

Vail still on track to open Wednesday, though with just one run
By David O. Williams

November 20, 2007 —  If you were planning on a skiing double-header Wednesday, Nov. 21, trying to make it to both Vail and Beaver Creek on their respective opening days, start making other plans.

Beaver Creek joined Vail in pushing back its opening day, rescheduling for Friday, Nov. 23. Vail, originally scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 16, will still open Wednesday. Confused? Blame it on Mother Nature.

Her irrepressibly sunny disposition of late has led to a slew of delays throughout Colorado’s ski country because of a lack of snow and warm temperatures that haven’t allowed for good snowmaking.

Finally, though, it looks as if Ma Nature will be feeling a bit frosty over the next few days, just in time to salvage some limited skiing for the Thanksgiving holiday. The National Weather Service is calling for plummeting temperatures beginning this evening, and a modest snowfall of up to 4 inches by Wednesday afternoon.

“With this forecast, we will be able to finish snowmaking at the base of the mountain for a Friday opening and the holiday weekend,” John Garnsey, chief operating officer for Beaver Creek Resort, said in a release.

Vail opens Wednesday with just one run, Born Free – the first time it’s opened with such limited terrain since 2004.

If you’re in town for the holiday anyway, there’s still plenty going on, including the fourth annual Beaver Creek Cookie Competition from 2 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday and the traditional Beaver Creek Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fantasy Gingerbread House Competition from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Friday. Free ice skating and other kid’s activities are scheduled in the village.



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