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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column getting a little snicker out of the photo somewhere on this page.

Usually, such a photo would elicit a groan of empathy for the poor springtime optimist who thought the words “sunny skies,” “Colorado” and “snow” don’t ever get mixed up in Mother Nature’s mind. But the driver of this car wasn’t just any ol’ sun lover.

A certain “high-powered ski industry executive” who lives in the Banana Belt known as Beaver Creek traveled into the real High Country last week to ski at Keystone. As the sunny, warm day presented itself in Beaver Creek, the high-

powered ski industry executive thought it was a good idea to take his wife’s convertible sports car .

The wind in your hair, the sun on your face – and 8 inches of snow in your car.

As every Summit Countian knows, when it comes to the weather, what you see is not always what you get. While this certain high-powered executive, who, incidentally, was the winning goalie in Saturday night’s Battle of the Resorts, was on the Keystone slopes, the skies let loose. FOOOMPF!

Summit Up can’t divulge how we received a series of photographs detailing the carnage. In the spirit of knowing that all it takes is to wash the car or break out the motorcycle to bring on a good storm, we want to thank this certain high-powered ski executive for helping the cause. Thanks to the snow, the ski season ended on a high note. Also, we are sure Denver Water thanks our executive, too. Maybe Vail can save a payment on the cloud-seeding bill.

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Ever wonder why the folks who predict the weather never seem to get it right unless there’s a storm that looks like a 4,000-mile-wide, angry cottonball brewing off the Left Coast?

That is, of course, the reason why Coloradans say one need only look out the window to determine the weather. That is another reason Coloradans say that if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change. That’s another reason Coloradans say they stayed here for the summer, and the odds are good, but the goods are odd.

Well, we’ve been waiting for numerous five minutes, and all it’s doing is snowing! It’s April, for cryin’ out loud! We expect this kind of weather on July 4, but April? Harumph!

So here are our weather predictions for the rest of the week:

d) Wednesday: snowy with gathering sunlight and rainshowers.

+) Thursday: a warming trend, followed by a cooling trend and gathering darkness in the evening.

“) Friday: there will be no weather on Friday.

ª9) Saturday: happy hour: 3-9 p.m. on the deck of your choice

2) Sunday: warmth wrapping the equator with rain in the Northern Hemisphere and snow at the really, really high elevations.

Stay tuned for next week’s forecasts, which promise to bring you rainshowers of curs and felines, a snowball’s chance in hell and sun so hot it’ll roast your keister.

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We out, enjoying the snow/


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