Dumping in CO

Denver, CO—As yet another monster early season snow storm works its way across Colorado today, ski resorts from around the state are reporting huge overnight snowfall accumulations and revising resort opening dates.

Wolf Creek Ski Area has received 5.5 feet of natural snowfall since September 15. As a result, the ski area will be opening a week earlier than originally planned. Tomorrow, Wolf Creek will celebrate its earliest opening in resort history and will be the third resort in the country to open for the 2006-07 winter season. After receiving more than three feet of snowfall this month alone, Keystone Resort announced today it has revised its opening date and will open one week earlier than previously scheduled. The resort will now open Friday, November 3. Copper Mountain is also scheduled to open November 3.

As of noon today, it is still snowing heavily in Colorado’s high country. Front Range resorts are reporting the most overnight snowfall in the state with more than two feet of snow blanketing the mountains this morning. The northern and southern portions of the state have a received as much as a foot of new snow in the past 24-hours.

The entire state of Colorado is currently under a winter storm warning with portions of the state under a blizzard warning throughout the day. Snowfall is anticipated to continue this afternoon; however sunshine is anticipated for the coming weekend. Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Wolf Creek will be the only ski areas in the country offering skiing and riding this holiday weekend.

If early season snowfall is any indication of the coming season, Colorado is headed for a banner year. Resorts across the state are reporting above-average snowfall for the month of October. Year-to-date snowfall totals include: 73 inches at Loveland, 65 inches at Wolf Creek, 60+ inches at Aspen, and 53 inches at Telluride.

For a complete listing of resort opening dates, snow conditions and current photos log onto www.coloradoski.com.