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Weekend Storm Piles Snow on Colorado Resorts

Denver, CO Nov. 11, 2002 (CSCUSA Release)--Another winter storm moved into Colorado this past weekend, continuing the consistent snowfall the state has experienced for the last eight weeks. The storm dumped snow on resorts across the state for three days and is still active.

Copper, Loveland and Keystone are now open with Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Eldora, Vail and Winter Park opening this week. Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Copper, Snowmass and Steamboat were all able to move their opening dates up due to the generous storm.

Winter Park received 24.5 inches over the weekend with more than five feet of snow falling so far this season. The resort will open Wed., Nov. 13, with a 33-inch base. By Saturday, Nov. 16, the resort will open 90 percent of its top-to-bottom skiing with six lifts open and a wide-range of trails, from beginner to expert.

Silverton, Colorado's newest resort received 36 inches in the last 72 hours, totaling 100 inches to date this season. Crested Butte reported three feet of snow over the weekend with a mid-mountain base of 30 inches and 38 on top. Last year on opening day, (mid-December) the resort reported a 26 inch base at mid-mountain and a 31 inches on top.

Skiers and riders flocked to Snowmass for the second earliest opening in the resort's history, three weeks ahead of the scheduled opening. (The resort will officially open for the season on Nov. 28.) Heavy snow continues to fall and Snowmass has more than 40 inches of snow on the upper mountain. Aspen Mountain has a base of 40-42 inches and will be open for the weekends of Nov. 16-17, and Nov 23-24, and will open for the season on 11/28.

Breckenridge received 23 inches this weekend while Keystone opened Friday, Nov. 8, with 15 inches from the storm. Beaver Creek has received 17 inches at mid-mountain (20 inches at summit) over the past three days. There is a 28-inch mid-mountain base today and 38 inches at the summit. The U.S. and Austrian ski teams are scheduled to begin training Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Beaver Creek and the resort will open Nov. 23.

Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area received a total of 33 inches of new snow over the last 72 hours. On Sat., Nov. 9, Monarch received 15 inches of snow followed by 13-inches on Sunday morning. The storm finished Monday morning with an additional 5 inches leaving Monarch with a 34-inch mid-mountain base.

Loveland has had an epic early season this year receiving 37 inches from the weekend's storm. Currently 31 trails are open with more terrain and lifts scheduled to open this week. Durango Mountain Resort saw 17 inches fall this weekend establishing a 36-inch mid-mountain base. Sunlight has 30 inches on top and 26 inches at mid-mountain. SolVista received 10 inches over the weekend with a total of two feet for the season to date. Telluride received 20 inches over the weekend with a 31-inch base. Steamboat has received 45 inches total since Nov. 29, with a 23-inch base at mid-mountain.

For more information on all Colorado Ski Country's 24 resorts, go to www.coloradoski.com.

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