Colorado resorts went into the busy holiday season in stellar shape. A significant winter storm swept through the state the weekend before Christmas, leaving fresh powder at every resort. Areas in southern Colorado, like Wolf Creek, Crested Butte, and Silverton, received over two feet of snow. Copper Mountain had over a foot. Vail was able to open 100 percent of the mountain with 31 out of 31 lifts in operation. "Colorado's ski industry is poised for a busy season," says Melanie Mills who heads up Colorado Ski Country USA.
Snowmass and Aspen Highlands had over two feet of snow in a week. The big snows coincide with the Perfect Storm Card offered by Aspen Skiing Company. Book by Jan. 14 for Feb. 11 through April 3 and you can save almost anywhere in the resort, including the ski and snowboard school. Buy four and get five on lift tickets, lodging, and equipment rentals. The Perfect Storm Card is also good for in-resort discounts on lunches at on-mountain restaurants, 15 percent off two adult group lessons, or retail at any Four Mountain Sports or D&E locations, and 20 percent off tuning and repairs.
Steamboat has been breaking snowfall records so far this season, with over 100 inches in November alone. Christmas Day at Ski Town U.S.A. had nothing but sunshine, though, with beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures. It was so warm that some wild boys from Miami decided to go for the all-body tan and ski in nothing but trunks and neck gators. The five soon-to-be-sunburned crazies could be heard whooping it up all over the mountain, down the slopes, and on the chairlifts. Photo ops were frequent with guests and locals waiting at the top of chairlifts to get their picture taken with the boys. When asked why they skied nearly naked, they replied, "Why not?"