Denver, CO — November 18, 2003…It may be sunny and warm in Denver, but it’s a completely different story in our high country where a snow-filled blizzard hit hard last night and continues to blow now leaving fresh powder for skiers and riders to enjoy. So much snow has fallen in the last several days that Snowmass has pushed up their opening day nearly a week to this Saturday, 11/22.

According to today’s 6am snow report found at www.coloradoski.com, Colorado’s eight open resorts have impressive snowfall totals for those hitting the slopes this week. Silverton Mountain has received 17 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours and currently boasts a natural mid-mountain base of 48 inches. Copper Mountain got 10 inches overnight and 31 inches in the past week; Breckenridge has received 9 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, 10 in the last 48, allowing them to open 25 additional acres of terrain and run more lifts including the Quick Silver Super 6 today. Loveland received 9 inches in the last 48 hours, 8 inches in 24 hours; Winter Park saw 8.5 inches in 48 hours and 7.5 in 24 hours; Arapahoe Basin got 7 inches in 48 hours and 6 inches in 24; Eldora has seen 5 inches of new snow in 48 hours and Keystone has seen 3 inches in the last 48 hours.

Vail will open this Friday, 11/21, and saw 10 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours from this storm. Down the road, Beaver Creek has received 11 inches of new snow in 48 hours and will open Saturday, 11/22. Monarch will open Friday, 11/21 and has received 8 inches in the last 24 hours and 11 inches in 48 hours. Early-opening Snowmass has received 9 inches in the last 48 hours totaling nearly 5 feet since Nov. 1.

With nine inches of new snow in the past 48 hours, adding to their 2.5 feet of snow since Nov. 1, Telluride is abuzz with skiers and riders dusting off their boards for their opening day on Nov. 26. Durango Mountain Resort continues to get hit with snow and saw 10 inches in the last 48 hours. Sunlight has seen 7 inches in the last 24 hours.