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Vail Getting Hammered

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Thread Starter 
Vail received another 10" overnight, in addition to several feet since Friday.

According to NOAA, heavy snow is projected through Thursday, with another 18 inches possible. Friday night, another dump is forecast through Saturday till 11 am. Lighter snow continuing Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Forecasts are for the town of Vail. In the Bowls, accumulations are greater.

Time to buy those skis I never thought I'd need.
post #2 of 20

sweet
post #3 of 20
They just had their second inbounds avy in a week.

http://www.vaildaily.com/article/200...s%20Blue%20Sky
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post #5 of 20
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A pleasant quote from today's Vail Daily - mentioned above:

"A storm is expected to roll into the valley in the early morning hours of Thursday, with snow becoming heavy in the afternoon and tapering off Thursday evening, according to Paul Frisbie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. About of foot of snow could be expected Thursday, Frisbie said.

More storms are on the way — one Friday and one Monday, he said.

“It’ll probably be snowing about every other day for the rest of the month,” he said."
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Shame it will probably be a zoo this coming weekend from all the visitors. Sounds like a reason to call in "sick" on friday though!
post #7 of 20
If I was there, this snow would have been in Steamboat.
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My fantasy would be to head to the airport right now and chase the snow. Thise of you that are there Enjoy!
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Originally Posted by BlackDiamondBunny View Post
Shame it will probably be a zoo this coming weekend from all the visitors. Sounds like a reason to call in "sick" on friday though!
You are wise.

I plan to do exactly that (vacation day), and head-up Friday morning.
post #10 of 20
Seriously loving this forecast right now. I'm up there Christmas eve through that weekend and then off and on the next week. Can't wait!
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post
They just had their second inbounds avy in a week.

http://www.vaildaily.com/article/200...s%20Blue%20Sky
dumbass ducked a rope.

but curious at vail are all ropes closures? or just ones marked avalanche control area?
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
dumbass ducked a rope.

but curious at vail are all ropes closures? or just ones marked avalanche control area?
BPA, I guess I'm confused, aren't all ropes closures? Here in Colorado you are not supposed to duck a rope. Occasionally they'll be up to direct people to another entrance but ducking the rope is a no-no. If there was no opening to this run then yep, it's closed.
post #13 of 20
The place where this guy ducked was roped off with "Closed" signs every 10 yards or so.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
BPA, I guess I'm confused, aren't all ropes closures? Here in Colorado you are not supposed to duck a rope. Occasionally they'll be up to direct people to another entrance but ducking the rope is a no-no. If there was no opening to this run then yep, it's closed.

IN colorado maybe. but in LCC no.

you have 2 kinds of ropes in LCC avalanche control ropes that have have gated entrances. If it open you can enter though the gates but can never duck the rope. You can exit anywhere you see fit.

We also have no signed ropes that warn of rocks/cliffs or extremely steep terrain. There are allowed to be ducked at anytime you see fit.

Ill be honest if I was in Vail and I saw a rope without 'avalanche closed" on every other pole like in utah. I would be inclined to think is was just a thin cover/cliff warning rope and ski under with caution. I am curious on what the actual rule is though.
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
The place where this guy ducked was roped off with "Closed" signs every 10 yards or so.
ok well that answer the question about this incident but do you guy have rope just to mark cliffs and such?
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Awesome that I got there before all the snow, and won't be back for another month!!

Hopefully this will be a great year and there will be plenty more snow coming in January.
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
ok well that answer the question about this incident but do you guy have rope just to mark cliffs and such?
I haven't really paid that much attention to the ropes at Vail, but I seem to recall they usually (but not always) have "Closed" or "Closed, avalanche danger" signs on them. I believe, like COSkiGirl said, in CO you're not supposed to duck any rope -- only enter through openings.

For cliffs and thin cover, there are no ropes. Just signs warning of them. And sometimes not even that (which is how I would have unintentionally skied off a cliff yesterday if it had not been for bklyn).
post #18 of 20
BW

The same rope system exists in CO. There are closed Avi areas and closed trails.

There are permanently closed roped off areas at Vail, but his would have to have been a closed trail.

I'm amazed anyone would have gone in where he did. The area in question could best be described as a ROCK GARDEN at this point in the season. Even when the seasonal snowfall is 8' or better it's still thin where this yo-yo went.

The paper said he lost his gear. I'm not sure it would have mattered as thin as it had to be in there, and there is no escape once you commit yourself to drop in.

It's illegal to duck any rope in Colorado. You can go through area boundries if you go through an open gate. They do sometimes close those gates here too. A closed gate is the same as ducking the rope. If you cut the rope in a known and permanently closed avi area or closed trail you are subject to arrest in CO.

Hope that clears your question up BW.
post #19 of 20
Yep, Faisasy said it. The only ropes I duck in Colorado are ropes closing areas for race training and that's only when I'm coaching the group training. I mentioned the case where they are up to funnel to a specific opening (Utah's gates) but if there are cliffs usually I just see signs, no ropes. Don't think I've ever seen ropes to warn of a cliff area but I might be wrong.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
Yep, Faisasy said it. The only ropes I duck in Colorado are ropes closing areas for race training and that's only when I'm coaching the group training. I mentioned the case where they are up to funnel to a specific opening (Utah's gates) but if there are cliffs usually I just see signs, no ropes. Don't think I've ever seen ropes to warn of a cliff area but I might be wrong.
Cliff warnings, or rock outcroppings are designated by a series of a red plastic poles.

You see these throughout the Back Bowls, in "dead zones", cliff and rock areas. They say: "maybe you should ski around".

You can ignore the poles with no legal consequence. But, they're there for good reason.
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