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Vail Valley Receives 3 Feet of Snow

November 16, 2005

A blizzard pummeled Colorado ski resorts - Vail, Beaver Creek,Breckenridge and Keystone - with more than two feet of snow in the pastfour days shutting down parts of Interstate 70 and other major roads,but giving skiers and riders their fourth consecutive powder day atBreckenridge and Keystone.

Breckenridge and Keystone opened Friday for the season with a lateafternoon winter storm. The system stalled out over the resorts dumpingalmost three feet at Breckenridge and more than two feet at Keystone and providing the best early-season conditions in recent memory.

The new snow and colder temperatures for snowmaking are allowing Keystone and Breckenridge to open more terrain including double black diamond steeps at Breckenridge and North Peak's intermediate and expert terrain this week. In addition to the steep, expert terrain at Breckenridge, weekend skiers and riders will be able to ski and ride all of Breck's Peak 9 terrain with access on the Quicksilver, Mercury and Beaver Run Superchairs.

At Keystone, skiers and riders can maximize their time on the newterrain this weekend with the 36 Hours of Keystone - an event featuring36 nonstop hours of skiing, riding and celebrating Nov. 18-19.

More than 40 inches of fresh snow blanketed the slopes of Vail just intime to welcome the 2005.2006 season Friday, Nov. 18. Skiers and ridersat Beaver Creek will be treated to more than 2 feet of fresh snow, aswell as fresh baked cookies for opening day on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

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