I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas …

Dreams really do come true people. It’s dumping out there, and in one of the most amazing examples of selflessness known to man—the editors of TWS are still in our So Cal cubes cranking out mags for you. It helps us to think that we’re not alone. Maybe you’re just getting into final exam week, or finishing copy for the next catalog, or too busy shipping Holiday orders, or making pizzas and filling pitchers, or maybe it’s just not snowing where you’re at—at least we’re suffering together … right?

But there are shredders are out there shredding. Why, we just talked to Chad Otterstrom yesterday, and he was all bundled up in his Breckenridge home recovering from another epic day of riding and waiting for the most recent in a line of winter storm warnings to descend. He’s a man of few words, but he did give us the heads up that Copper’s Superpipe is opening today, Friday, December 2nd. Head up there to watch the U.S. Snowboard team training for the Olympics. Chad even sent in some pics just to rub in how good it’s been. Thanks Chad. Check the slideshow.

And finally, to get you to the goods, our friend Ashley from Colorado Ski Country USA sent out an e-mail declaring it Colorado’s snowiest winter in a decade. Here are some “factoids she included:

Copper Mountain is reporting its snowiest opening month in 23 years, with more than 6 feet of snow hitting the slopes. It has opened more than 3 times the terrain than it had open this time last year.

Breckenridge has the best snow base its had in 15 years for this date and is reporting to be at 140% of its average snowfall for this time of year. Breck has more double black diamond and steep terrain open and better conditions than it traditionally does for this time of year. Due to the snowfall, Breckenridge’s Imperial Express SuperChair, the highest lift in North America, will open Dec. 5, more than a month earlier than the projected opening date.

Keystone , with 51 inches of snow in Nov. (75% more snow than the historical average), received more snow last month than any Nov. in a decade. Keystone is reporting 4 times more terrain open than the 10-year average.

Vail is reporting to be 45 inches of snow ahead of normal for this time of year at the top of the mountain. Vail has 2,750 acres of terrain open for skiing, the most open terrain in the country.

16 of 25 Colorado resorts are open, all 25 Colorado resorts plan to open in the next 2 weeks. A full snow report is posted at coloradoski.com with current conditions and more snow forecasted through Sunday.