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'Black Friday' shaping up to be white in Vail
The coming snowstorms may be enough to open up the entire frontside of Vail Mountain.

'Black Friday' shaping up to be white in Vail

By Reid Griebling

November 26, 2008 —  As Thanksgiving nears and ski racers across the globe converge in Aspen, we are all waiting for a "white" Friday instead of a black Friday.

We are in luck as a fairly weak system moves into southern Utah today and tonight, giving the Colorado mountains a chance for snow.

Today we see increasing clouds and seasonal temps with S.W. winds increasing as the day moves on.

This system will give a shot of snow for all resort areas, but will deposit most of its moisture in the San Juan mountains, giving Telluride, Durango, and Silverton a white Thanksgiving day.

Here in Vail we will see flurries throughout the day on Thursday with little accumulation below tree line. Bad news for the crew from GMA, but we do have a good possibility for snow all through the weekend and into the first part of December.

Most forecasters are calling for light to moderate snowfall for the next 7 days, however I will go out on a limb and predict that the next two storm systems that we see will bring snowfall that will open up much of the front-side of Vail Mountain.

Temps are seasonal, 25-35 during the day and in the low 20s and teens overnight. This will be the case for the next 5 days or so as we watch the storm axis move east and bring with it unsettled weather for the Rocky Mountain region.

Great news for the race crews at both Aspen and Beaver Creek as we should see cool temps and a chance for some snow.

Finally, our own Chris Anthony will be hosting a raffle and auction for the Billy Poole Memorial fund this Saturday at the Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek before and after the screening of Warren Miller's "Children of Winter", at the Vilar Center.

If you are in town, it sounds like a rockin' party so go and support a great cause and get your heart pumping for some great snow-riding footage. Happy Thanksgiving and remember, if you're lucky enough to be in the mountains, you're lucky enough.



Comment on article  1 Comment on "'Black Friday' shaping up to be white in Vail"


Luke — November 26, 2008

Nice optimistic forecast. Things are thinner than my hair up there, we could use the snow!



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