#Snowpack news: It’s been a good start to the snow accumulation season

Westwide basin-filled SNOTEL map November 4, 2018 via the NRCS.

From RealVail.com (David O. Williams):

Vail opens in just 12 days and conditions are already guaranteed to be so much better than the last two seasons, when warm and sunny weather lingered through November. It’s been bordering on full-on winter in the Vail Valley for the past week after a solid shot of snow in mid-October.

Vail picked up nearly a foot of new snow with a couple of separate storms late last week, and forecasters are calling for another 5 to 10 inches Sunday night into Monday. Opening day is set for Friday, Nov. 16, at Vail, and Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Beaver Creek.

There are currently only three ski areas open in Colorado – Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Wolf Creek – but two more – Breckenridge and Keystone – join the fray on Friday, Nov. 9. Breck picked up 18 inches from the last storm cycle, and Loveland saw nearly a foot of fresh Saturday.

Copper Mountain and Eldora join in the action the same day Vail opens on Friday, Nov. 16, and forecasters are calling for more winter weather later this week and early next week.

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