Snowstorm Blasts Colorado Ski Country

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Denver, Colo., Dec. 30, 2004 - The latest storm to hit Colorado Ski Country has dumped over two feet of white gold on places in southern Colorado and at least a foot at seven resorts across the state.

The snow is still falling on Thursday morning, and according to Nick O'Kelly with KUSA 9News, another storm system in California is headed for Colorado and may bring some snow to the Front Range with those cold temperatures Sunday into Monday.

Colorado ski resorts are rejoicing with the arrival of fresh Champagne Powder just in time to celebrate the New Year.

"This snow came at the perfect time for us and should boost the holiday weekend traffic - fresh snow during the most popular time of season is the perfect way to schuss into 2005 with great momentum," said Rob Perlman, President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA).

"Our out-of-state guests will return home to tell friends and family about their memorable holiday experiences and the great conditions we have in Colorado."

According to the CSCUSA 6 a.m. MST snow report, the southern part of the state was hit the hardest by the storm in the last 48 hours, with 28 inches falling on Silverton Mountain and 20 inches on Durango (Purgatory). In the last two days, Aspen Highlands, Crested Butte, Snowmass and Telluride were all slammed with 13 inches, while Aspen Mountain got a foot of snow. See a complete list of snow totals for the last 48 hours from around the state below.

Visit coloradoski.com or call 303/825-SNOW for a snow report updated at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. MST daily.

Colorado 48-hour snow totals

Arapahoe Basin, 3 in.

Aspen Highlands, 13 in.

Aspen Mountain, 12 in.

Beaver Creek, 10 in.

Breckenridge, 3 in.

Buttermilk, 7 in.

Copper, 7 in.

Crested Butte, 13 in.

Durango, 20 in.

Eldora, 5.5 in.

Keystone, 3 in.

Loveland, 5 in.

Monarch, 7 in.

Powderhorn, 10 in.

Silverton, 28 in.

Ski Cooper, 6 in.

Snowmass, 13 in.

SolVista, 3 in.

Steamboat, 5 in.

Sunlight, 11 in.

Telluride, 13 in.

Vail, 8 in.

Winter Park/Mary Jane, 6 in.