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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, how are conditions at Vail? I have a trip planned for 3/31-4/5, just wondering what skis to bring. I'm planning on SL:11s and demoing some wider stuff if I need to.

The rumor on the lifts at Killington is that Vail has no snow. What's the deal?
post #2 of 18
Thread Starter 
anyone?
post #3 of 18
Conditions are fine. SL11's will be ok.
post #4 of 18
Skied nearly 2' in some places on Vail Mountain Tuesday. There will be plenty of snow. The SL:11s will be fine.
post #5 of 18
Go the 10 extra miles to Beaver Creek, the Babes are much Hotter there!
For the full report www.coloradoski.com
post #6 of 18
Conditions are pretty good at the moment, but realize it is springtime. Anything can happen.

Friday we had to shut down for almost an hour due to lightning in the area. But we are in a snow cycle at the moment, and it is supposed to carry on through the weekend. With another storm approaching N. Calif on Sunday morning, it should hit us about Monday night/ Tuesday morning.

The upper mtn is skiing very well on the front side, the back side is certainly beginning to see the usual spring freeze/thaw cycles. and the bottom 500' vertical mtn is getting sugary/slushy after about 10:30- 11 am. Blue Sky Basin is skiing very well at the moment.

Depending on when you are here... Spring Break is in full swing, and the mtn is currently seeing between 17K and almost 20K skiers per day. After Easter weekend, things will lighten significantly, as the Holy Week will be over, and Mexico City will go home. There will still be some Spring Break action going on, but that will diminsh after April 2nd.
I believe thats also when the ramp down begins... Certain lifts will begin closing for the season, various on-mtn restaurants will shut down, and lift ticket prices get reduced minimally.

We close April 17......

DD- Look up Bob Barnes (Golden Peak) or myself (Lionshead), and lets go skiing!
post #7 of 18
Ric

Thanks for the upbeat report ( and thorough!)

I know it's "no out of bounds in uniform" Or I'ld quiz ya on how the trees are doing.:~)

Just hold a couple of those snow cycles till we get out there on the third!

Regards

CalG
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info guys, can't wait for Thursday.
post #9 of 18
Check the weather reports. They've got bettre info than lift operators.
post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical
Go the 10 extra miles to Beaver Creek, the Babes are much Hotter there!
More importantly, they're richer. Not that I'm shallow enough to care about women being beautiful and rich, but it sure helps get my attention.
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by vail snopro
Conditions are pretty good at the moment, but realize it is springtime. Anything can happen.

Friday we had to shut down for almost an hour due to lightning in the area. But we are in a snow cycle at the moment, and it is supposed to carry on through the weekend. With another storm approaching N. Calif on Sunday morning, it should hit us about Monday night/ Tuesday morning.

The upper mtn is skiing very well on the front side, the back side is certainly beginning to see the usual spring freeze/thaw cycles. and the bottom 500' vertical mtn is getting sugary/slushy after about 10:30- 11 am. Blue Sky Basin is skiing very well at the moment.

Depending on when you are here... Spring Break is in full swing, and the mtn is currently seeing between 17K and almost 20K skiers per day. After Easter weekend, things will lighten significantly, as the Holy Week will be over, and Mexico City will go home. There will still be some Spring Break action going on, but that will diminsh after April 2nd.
I believe thats also when the ramp down begins... Certain lifts will begin closing for the season, various on-mtn restaurants will shut down, and lift ticket prices get reduced minimally.

We close April 17......

DD- Look up Bob Barnes (Golden Peak) or myself (Lionshead), and lets go skiing!
I'm staying at Lionshead, how would I look you up?
post #12 of 18
It sure was terrific yesterday!
post #13 of 18
The Beav was also real nice on Saturday, did some turns with my buddy Harry Smith. What a nice day!
post #14 of 18
Double D, go to the Lionshead ski school office, under the gondola station, I believe. VSP works out of there.
post #15 of 18
Yep, that's where I met him, or, if you wait till he's out of uniform, you may find him in the Lion's Den.
Conditions last week were excellent. On Saturday I was in the Siberian Bowl, and there was untracked powder there. Just don't forget your suncream, or you'll look like me!
post #16 of 18
Concur on the conditions, skiied Blue Sky, Earls Bowl and found untracked powder (some places over a foot) and nothing crunchy underneath on Sunday.
post #17 of 18
Just returned from Vail yesterday and the conditions were pretty good. Began on Wed 3/23 leaving SLC and it was really coming down. We slid down I15 to UT6 and then on to I70. Good driving weather from Grand Junction on. Thur and Friday were fun with a little new snow each day Sat 3/27 was great with about 8 in of new. Sunday was sunny and warm. It was my first time in Vail and what a Zoo - I loved every minute of it. The mountain is huge and the varied terrain held something for everyone in our party, ages 6 - 52. I thought the snow was very nice (lite) on the upper mountain especially in the trees. The bowls were good depending the exposure direction and I really liked BSB. The village was OK - I'm not a big shopper but the people watching was pretty good. Snopro I hung out near the Instructors locker room in Lionshead at about 4pm on Friday for 30 minutes or so looking for you . Talked to a few of the crew but no one had seen you and it was closing in on happy hour so I took off back to the Village to hook back up with my group at the Mex place near the VB. Sorry I did not get to meet you. I also never did make it over to Goldenpeak to look up Burns. I can't imagine anyone ever complaining about such a great place to ski. I dont know if I will ever get back but will take beautiful memories of a great trip to Vail.
post #18 of 18
Conditions just keep getting better!
This morning, we woke to about 6" of new. It was enough to really screw up the big rigs, and virtually block the roads, taking almost 2 hrs to drive the 10 miles from Avon to Vail.

The entire mtn had about the same 6" all over it, improving the conditions on the lower part of the front side immensely! And the forecast is for continued snowshowers for the next couple of days... Could be a much better finish to the season then we were anticipating just a couple of weeks ago!
As expected, things are beginning to quiet down a notch. Once the morning rush is over, and the crowds spread themselves out across the mtn, there are almost no lift lines to speak of.

Steelman- I'm sorry we didn't connect! Friday I was still on the hill until almost 4:30, then had to run over to Summit County to attend to some errands, didn't get back until about 9pm... Maybe next time you are out?

It was great to meet up with FOX, though I was bummed we didn't get to make even a single turn together. It sounds as though he had several others to show him around, though.

Double D- you can usually find me in the Ski School office just at the bottom of Chair 8 (Born Free Express) either between 8:50 am- 9am, or after about 4pm. If you get in touch with me before you arrive, I might be able to hook you up with some of those $30 coupons which are floating around. It's even possible that I might have a couple of days off while you are here- my scheduled days off are Wed and Thur, but all are subject to being rescinded at any time...

Looking forward to meeting you!
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