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Copper Mountain and Vail face poor snow conditions ahead of IPC Nor-Am Cup


Bwana Loop trail at Lionhead. Image: Bidgee.


With the Australian Para-alpine ski team set to arrive in Vail today (Wednesday) for the start of the IPC Nor-Am Cup to be held on Copper Mountain this coming Sunday, both areas are dealing with unseasonably warm weather that adversely effects skiing conditions.

An inch of snow fell on Copper Mountain and Vail Sunday night, one–two inches less than forecast. The weather conditions are not expected to improve to bring snow bearing conditions for a while as the area experiences day time temperatures in the 50s °F/10s °C.

The lack of snow delayed the opening of a number of ski resorts in the area, with only six open by November 16. Copper Mountain required use of snow machines to keep snow on their ski runs. The lack of quality snow was a factor in a downturn by about 12% in visitors to Colorado’s ski resorts. Currently, the snow is machine groomed and the majority of ski lifts and trails are not open.

Bwana Loop trail at Lionhead.
Image: Bidgee.

Mountain Plaza at Vail Village.
Image: Bidgee.

Mountain Plaza, looking towards Vail Village.
Image: Bidgee.

Light dusting of snow covering the mountains at Vail.
Image: Bidgee.

Light dusting of snow covering the mountains at Vail.
Image: Bidgee.

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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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