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Colorado's 26 resorts saw skier visits top 12.5 million for the third consecutive winter, resulting in the second best season in skiing history.
Bitter cold invades the eastern United States, while there's little relief for the dryness in Utah and parts of Colorado. Big snows are headed for southern British Columbia and the Cascades.
The Berthoud Powder Guides' snowcat ski and ride service will begin their season on Nov. 30, due to early season snowfalls that have been above average for this time of year. The opening comes two weeks earlier than scheduled.
The 25 member resorts affiliated with Colorado Ski Country report a 9.34 percent decrease in skier visits through February compared to last season.
A storm passing through Colorado's high country Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to drop some 8 to 14 inches by the time the storm abates.
In an effort to increase skier visits, major ski resorts offer discounted passes.
A massive April storm in Mammoth pushed the California resort past the all-time snowfall record on Tuesday afternoon.
Vail Resort has submitted a proposal to double its snowmaking to prevent a drop in skier numbers during times of below-average early season snowfall.
Chair 9 and The Ridge will open on Saturday, December 10.
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