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September 22, 2006

BRECKENRIDGE, CO - (News Release) - Another powerful winter storm moved into Colorado's high country last night and continued to pound Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone ski resorts with significant snowfall. In the last 48 hours, Vail Mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Beaver Creek Resort have received more than two feet of snow and Keystone Resort has received 15 inches of snow.

Colorado's Rocky Mountains, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone, are under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. The forecast calls for snow to continue today with heavy snow this evening and one to two feet of snow is predicted to fall by Saturday morning. While the Colorado Rockies typically receive snow as early as late August, most autumn storms leave a dusting on only the higher peaks. This storm has packed a punch, with nearly two of snow covering Breckenridge's 150 acres of new high-alpine terrain, SnowWhite, Beaver Creek's new Stone Creek Chutes, and Keystone's new Independence Bowl, as well as Vail's legendary Back Bowls.

The 2007 Farmer's Almanac is predicting this winter to be snowier than normal for the Colorado Rockies. Snow falling at higher elevations signals that the start of ski season is getting closer. Snowmaking is set to begin in mid-October for Breckenridge and Keystone with Vail and Beaver Creek firing up their snowmaking guns on Nov. 1. This early snowfall has resort officials excited for opening day on Nov. 10 for Breckenridge and Keystone, Nov. 17 for Vail, and Nov. 22 for Beaver Creek.

Learn something from the locals and visit the resorts during early season to take advantage of great skiing conditions, no crowds and attractive packages. With Ski Free, Stay Free offers starting as low as $245 per person for four nights of lodging and four days of skiing, skiers and snowboarders be among the first to ski for the 2006-2007 season. Ski Free, Stay Free is valid from Nov. 11 - Dec. 17, 2006. Price not valid at all resorts; restrictions apply. For more information, go to www.snow.com.

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