Recent heavy snows have ski resorts fired up!

Driving back from my Thanksgiving trip home I noticed quite a bit more snow in the mountain passes from on my way out on Wednesday. Arapahoe Basin reports they received an additional 20 inches of snow over the holiday weekend. Heavy snow was also reported near Glenwood Springs allowing for Sunlight Ski Resort to have their earliest opening in years!

The Grand Mesa received some snow over the weekend too. Powderhorn is still scheduled to open on December 13th but if the snow continues to fall they may be opening earlier. “So we got about six inches for a storm total over the weekend. Probably more up top, but we’re measuring down low for now,” reports Powderhorn Marketing and Sales Manager, Ryan Robinson.

The snowmaking machines have been humming too. Every resort I passed along I-70 the air was filled with fake snow. Powderhorn is making snow too. "Snow guns are running every chance that we get. When the temperatures are appropriate, we’re running those snow guns and that makes for a great base,” said Robinson.

If the snow continues this could be one of the best ski seasons in recent history. "The story of the ski season so far, is that we've been getting lots of snow and it hasn't just been in one or two parts of the state. It's really been across the state. A great early season," said Chris Linsmayer, Ski Country USA. Better get set to strap them on. Ski season is on!

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