Recent mountain snowfall has been a game changer.

The first three months of ski season were busts. However, more snow has fallen in the first two weeks of February than November, December and January combined. Snowmass has pilled up 45 inches for this month. Aspen Highlands collected 30 inches and Aspen Mountain, a nice 27. At least 8 additional inches fell across all ski areas throughout the day Thursday. Most of the snow has come in the last week or so. Weather forecasters didn't see the dry weather pattern changing much. Good thing the weatherman isn't always right.

The snowy stretch has really helped the snowpack situation too. The Grand Mesa is still behind but the headwaters of the Roaring Fork Valley is now at 72% of normal. Other headwater areas across the range are seeing much-improved levels.

A reminder too, the recent heavy snows have brought dangerous avalanche conditions back to the high country. A skier was caught by surprise on Wednesday and was partially buried on Mount Justice near Marble.

So with the long holiday weekend upon us, grab your crew and take in some of the suddenly awesome skiing conditions. Happy President's Day, or as it's known in Colorado, another day to hit the slopes.

Credit The Aspen Times