By Jennifer McRae

VAIL, Colo. (CBS4)– Vail Pass has finally gotten enough snow for the backcountry trails to open for the season. The U.S. Forest Service began grooming the trails this week.

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That’s nearly a month later than usual. Rangers warn that if you want to ski, snowboard or snowmobile, expect early-season conditions with thin areas.

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Remember to get there early, since the Vail Pass visitor lots typically fill up by 9:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays.

Jennifer McRae