Vail snow conditions with 11 + inches of new powder

Vail ski area reported 11 inches of new snow this morning at 5:30am and we probably received another 3-4 inches on Vail mountain throughout the day.  Vail’s ski conditions are fantastic.  It has been a bit of a wait.  Most of the Back Bowls opened today but there are still a few sections closed waiting for a bit more snow.  Pictures below are just some quick shots to give a quick eye for the snow conditions.  Nice and soft.

Vail’s Sun Up Bowl

Looking towards Mid-Vail

Vail ski report and the Fleetwind ski club

Just a quick Vail ski report for you…..  November 26th and they opened Chairs 3 and 4 up out of Mid-Vail this Thanksgiving weekend in Vail.  It is the early ski season so we are thankful for the snow we have.  None the less, quite a few ski runs are open with Chairs 8, 2, 3, 4 the Vista Bahn, Gondola and some beginner chairs.  The Fleetwind Ski club from Chicago is in Vail at the moment and it is always a good time to do a few ski runs with them.  They had their blackberry brandy containers with the drinking schedule spelled out on the bottles.  Check it out…..

Jim, Robby and Scott from the Fleetwind Ski Club

Blackberry Sport drink, drinking schedule

That looks like the end

Chris Ratzlaff at the top of Hunk Dory, Chair 4 is open in the distance

Early Ski season skiers in Vail at the top of Eagle’s nest with the Gore Range in the background

Backcountry Vail skiing, Vail snow

Even though it is April here in Colorado (isn’t it April everywhere?), we still have lots of snow in the high country.  The base up on Vail mountain near Mid-Vail is over 80 inches and more snow is expected this Sunday April 10th.   Here are a couple of photos and a video from a recent back country hut trip to the Peter Estin hut near Vail Colorado that Chris Ratzlaff (Antlers at Vail Director of All things Big and Small) and Tom Schlader (Antlers Director of Preservation) did this past week.

Powder skiing near Vail, Colorado April 5th

Peter Estin hut about an hour drive (and then a 5 hour hike) from Vail

 

 

Video of us measuring the snow outside the Peter Estin Hut, we figured it was around 95-120 inches depending on where you measured

Group of Vail Backcountry skiers, the snow looks good.