Fresh snow, Mountain Games collide to create Vail’s busiest day of 2022

Vail reported fresh snow on five straight mornings from Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 22-26, and cars filled the parking structures and spilled onto the Frontage Road more often than not.

Many students across the country had several days off school for the Presidents’ Day holiday, and a winter version of the popular Mountain Games in Vail also drew guests to the area from out of town.

The result was the busiest day Vail has seen so far in 2022, according to car counts from the town of Vail.

The busy pair of weekends began on Thursday, Feb. 17, when both parking structures in Vail filled and 359 cars spilled onto the frontage road. Another 400 cars lined the Frontage Road on Feb. 18, and on Sunday, Feb. 20 and Monday, Feb. 21, cars also lined the Frontage Road.

On Wednesday, 243 cars lined the Frontage Road, on Thursday it was 546 cars, and Friday, 654 cars were parked on the Frontage Road. The highest spillover total for 2022 was recorded on Saturday with 655 cars. On Sunday, 303 cars were recorded.

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