The days between the holidays are a great time to hit the slopes. The Christmas weekend snow has improved conditions big time.

There's no better way to entertain family and friends in for the holidays than a trip to the slopes. Conditions were tough to start the season with dry conditions reported across most of the area. However, last weekends snow has improved things dramatically.

Steamboat now has 49 trails and over thousand acres of terrain. Just yesterday they opened Sunshine, Bar-UE and South Peak lifts, providing access to Tomahawk, one of Steamboats coolest runs. Plus another 29 other trails are now ready to go. In total, the new snowfall allowed the opening of an additional 127 trails on more than 2,000 acres.

Vail reports beautiful weather in their forecast with highs around 20 degrees the next few days and lots of sunshine. There are over 1,200 acres of terrain open from the 18 or so inches of snow that fell last weekend.  However, Back Bowls and Blue Sky aren't open just yet. It's been a dry December and they're thrilled to have what's now available. Their next chance for snow is coming this New Year's weekend. Clouds and snow should arrive on Saturday night where they could see a quick 1-3 inches. That new snow should soften the slopes up nicely for a New Year's outing.

Crested Butte reports that they now have about 60% of their terrain open for business. The Gold Link Lift is running along with 11 other lifts now in operation. That new terrain opened just this week.

If travel is an issue, Powderhorn reports they have limited terrain available. The Easy Rider Lift is open 9AM-4PM proving service to Lower Dude, E-Z, and Lower Peacemaker runs.

Happy skiing and Happy New Year!