High winds, heavy snow hit Vail Valley
Eagle County — A good season for snow got even better Thursday. If you could get to the slopes.
A fast-moving storm hit the valley hard Thursday and left a good load of snow in its wake. As of 5 a.m. Thursday, Vail Mountain was reporting no new snow in the past 24 hours. The 1 p.m. update reported 11 inches of new snow on the mountain. The valley floor got a good share of snow, too.
“I suppose we have 9 or 10 inches on the ground right now,” said Gabe Krenza, of the Double Diamond ski shop in Lionshead. And the rental skis flew out the door and onto the mountain. “You just couldn’t ask for a better season so far.”
But there were some people who couldn’t get to the slopes.
“We had calls this morning from people who couldn’t get here because of traffic,” Krenza said.
There were some long delays on eastbound Interstate 70 on Thursday morning. The most notable came from a jackknifed truck on the west end of Dowd Canyon.
Nancy Shanks, of the Colorado Department of Transportation, said there were a few accidents on Vail Pass on Thursday that caused delays. Between the accidents and truckers putting on tire chains, traffic was slowed down considerably.
Vail Symposium Executive Director Alby Segall lives in Denver but spends plenty of time in Vail. He was coming to the valley Thursday morning for a meeting in advance of the Symposium’s “Ruby Jubilee” on Saturday night.
“There was about a 30-minute stretch between the Loveland ski area and Frisco where is was near white-out conditions,” Segall said. Still, it only took him about 30 minutes longer to get to the valley.
But the storm didn’t really hit with full force until well after sunrise. When it did, the town of Vail went on accident alert, meaning that people involved in noninjury car accidents could file reports later.
The Eagle County School District had canceled all of its after-school activities by mid-day, and Colorado Mountain College canceled all of its classes and programs, too.
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Steamboat Springs is expected to finish off July with slightly more precipitation than in previous years.