Rocky Mountain Snowstorm Hits South

In addition to guiding us up and down the mountain safely each day, our guide Leifur prepared and cooked breakfast and dinner for our group every day. His dinner menus include curried fish and rice, grilled lamb chops, salted cod in tomato sauce, and meat stew, followed by desserts like Snickers pudding and ice cream covered in cream cheese chocolate sauce.

Boulder, CO, Dec. 6--The Rockies second big storm of the season blessed the snow-thirsty mountains with two-days of fresh powder. The snowstorm pushed its way from Southern California into Utah last Thursday and slowly moved into Colorado and New Mexico over the weekend leaving over a foot of new snow for skiers to enjoy.

The brunt of the snowstorm hit Utah and then visited New Mexico and Colorado before dissipating. Brian Head Resort, UT reported 14-inches; one-foot of new snow fell on Brighton Ski Resort, UT; two-feet fell on Snowbird, UT; Solitude, UT got 10-inches; eight-inches of powder blanketed the Canyons, UT.

Snow blew over Taos Ski Valley, NM from Friday morning to Saturday morning, leaving eight-inches of new snow for the area's third significant snowfall of the season. "It's always great to have natural snow, and this should make for a great opening day on Dec. 16," said J.P. Rael, Taos marketing manager.

The same storm hit Angel Fire Resort, NM leaving 18-inches of powder. "This is the biggest storm we've had so far," said Kelley Davidson, Angel Fire director of marketing. The area will open for the weekend of Dec. 11-12, and then reopen for the season on Dec. 16.

Ski Santa Fe, NM also saw one-foot of new snow.

Some Colorado ski areas shared a similar fate this weekend, receiving close to a foot of new snow. The season may be getting off to a slow start, but the snow is finally beginning to pile up.