Santa-sized Snowstorm Wraps Colorado in White

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DENVER, Colo. —December 21, 2006 — Colorado must be on Santa's "nice list as yet another huge winter storm makes its way across the state leaving behind more than two feet of fresh powder on the state's ski resorts. With the holidays quickly approaching, the only thing whiter than the snow on the slopes this holiday will be the smiles on Colorado's skiers and riders as they enjoy gifts of endless powder shots.

As of 2:00p.m. Wednesday, this Santa-sized storm has unloaded 29 inches of new snow on Wolf Creek Ski Area in the last 48 hours. Durango, reporting one of the deepest base depths in the state, has also received more than two feet of new snow in the past two days.

Perhaps Santa did not check his list twice to see who's been naughty or nice, as Silverton Mountain, who some say has the "baddest skiing in Colorado, received an early gift of 28 inches of fresh powder this week. Snow is still falling heavily in the Southwest portion of the state with an additional five-nine inches of accumulation possible this afternoon and another three-six inches anticipated overnight and into Thursday.

Dubbed the "storm of the year by some local meteorologists, this snowstorm is expected to be the gift that keeps on giving as it works its way north. It is currently snowing heavily at Monarch Mountain in the central portion of the state. Since it started snowing there late last night, the mountain has received as much as 10 inches of fresh snow. Even the Front Range ski resorts will be receiving powder gifts this year with heavy snowfall expected to begin in the northern-most portion of the state late tonight.

And, Santa's reindeer won't be the only animals working this holiday season. Keystone's snowcats are up and running to the resort's new Independence Bowl. Thanks to great early season snowfall, Keystone was able to open 278 acres of additional snowcat/hike-to backcountry terrain last Friday, nearly a month ahead of schedule.

It's looked a lot like Christmas all season long in Colorado with resorts like Vail and Loveland reporting above average snowfall totals. Loveland's season-to-date snowfall is 11.5 feet, nearly three feet ahead of their 30-year average for this time of year. For the latest snow totals, current conditions and a complete listing of resort holiday festivities, log on to www.ColoradoSki.com.

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