Forgettable winter season coming to close with more sunny weather
April 16, 2010 —
Another ski season is creeping to an end. And although 2009-10 was a season to forget on the weather front, not all was bad.
There was far less road kill on the I-70 corridor this season due to the lack of moisture and far less avalanche activity in the side country of Vail and Beaver Creek, although an unfortunate accident did take the life of a young snowboarder in early January - just outside of Blue Sky Basin.
Only three avalanche reports to the CAIC this winter as Eagle County locals showed their knowledge, experience and respect for Mother Nature. One slide in the East Vail Chutes was reported with minor injuries and another reported in Mushroom Bowl with the same outcome, both occurring in January.
With less snow comes less shoveling, and we all know that's a bonus, and of course there is always less plowing during a mild snow year, which keeps the magnesium chloride off of the roads and cars. Besides, we did get our promised "big" dump earlier this month, which, might I add, was worth considering losing a job over.
As history shows, the winter after an El Niņo year usually brings the goods. But never fear, as another season blossoms many will flock to warmer climates, many will tie the skins on and keep skiing, many will stay and work, some will jump into the raging cold Colorado rivers and keep playing, but none of us will forget another winter in the Vail Valley. That's why we live here, and for the summers, of course. Before we pack our paddles and bikes, there is one last party to attend.
Today (Friday, April 6) saw mostly sunny and windy skies ahead of another weak system that looks to effect southern Colorado.
Saturday, April 17, will bring cloudy skies and cooler temps as this system quickly moves through the Four Corners, bringing rain and snow showers to all mountain resorts, with any accumulating snow above 10,000 feet. Cloudy skies will keep on-mountain temps in the mid 30s.
Thunderstorms cannot be ruled out either as surface warming in the valleys could spark some electric activity. Saturday night the system moves east leaving Vail under clearing skies.
Closing day (Sunday, April 18) looks to progress from good to great as early morning winds will calm to light breezes with temps increasing as the day wanes. Expect temps well into the 40's by the time ski patrol gets loud, with clear skies by sunset.
Have a great weekend and happy, safe travels to wherever "mud season" takes you.
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