White wonder

With more snow forecast for today and Monday, Thanksgiving week has provided abundant reason for western Colorado residents to be thankful — whether you’re a ski-area operator, you’re eager to wax up the boards and hit the slopes, or if you’re simply interested in the economic boost that a healthy ski season brings to the region.

Across most of Colorado’s mountain landscape, the snow is deep and the powder plentiful — portent of what we hope will be a great ski season.

Steamboat Springs appears to be the beneficiary of the greatest bounty of white gold recently, with more than six feet of snow reported so far this month.

Further to the south, the snow blankets may not be quite as deep, but they are luxurious, nonetheless, for early in the season.

Crested Butte reported its best opening conditions in six years. Back bowls are open at Vail, along with nearly all of the front terrain. From Breckenridge to Aspen to Sunlight to Telluride, bases were listed Friday at two feet or better, with more on the way.

And, while Powderhorn on Grand Mesa isn’t set to open until Dec. 16, cross-country trails on the mesa already are groomed and reported to be in great shape.

Welcome to (early) winter in Colorado and the outdoor adventure the Western Slope has to offer.


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