Industry Press Release



Sustained Winter Blast Creates Utopian Skiing Conditions throughout Colorado

Denver, CO (February 22, 2010) – As the US Hockey Team capitalized on power plays to overcome Canada in Olympic hockey, Old Man Winter made a powder play to give the Colorado ski season a major boost. A week of consistent snow in Colorado’s high country was capped off this weekend with accumulation totaling as much as 30 inches at some resorts. Double-digit snow totals could be seen throughout Colorado, from Aspen/Snowmass to Wolf Creek.

With 30 inches, Powderhorn Resort on the Grand Mesa received the most snow over the past 48 hours. Powderhorn barely edged out Wolf Creek Ski Area, which registered 29 inches over the weekend, with skiers there enjoying a 128-inch base.

On Saturday and Sunday, Silverton and Monarch each added 18 inches to the several feet those resorts had received in the previous week. Monarch is also boasting receiving fresh snow for the last 19 days in a row.

Telluride and Aspen Mountain welcomed a new 16 inches in the last two days. Snowmass and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort are reporting 15 inches, Aspen Highlands 14 inches, and Buttermilk is reporting 12. Just up the road, skiers and riders at Sunlight Mountain Resort are happy with the fresh 11 inches that resort received over the weekend.

Closer to the Front Range, Winter Park is measuring 13.5 inches of light snow since Saturday morning. Winter Park’s northern neighbor, SolVista Basin, has all lifts open with a new five inches on the slopes.

The powder didn’t stop there. Crested Butte is skiing butte-fully, with 10 inches of fresh. Eldora, Steamboat, and Howelsen Hill also added seven inches to their runs over the weekend. Nearly half- of-a-foot of powder blanketed Arapahoe Basin and Echo Mountain too. Enough snow has fallen over Arapahoe Basin in the last week that the resort announced it will open its Montezuma Bowl terrain on Wednesday, February 24.

Loveland Ski Area added four new inches over the weekend to the snow that it received last week. Ski Cooper is also happy with new snow, reporting powder and packed powder conditions.

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