Recent storm gives boost to area winter resorts |

Recent storm gives boost to area winter resorts

The snowstorm that started on Thanksgiving night and lasted through the morning Friday gave a welcome boost to the scanty snow cover on area mountains.And more snow is expected to move in today, weather reports predict. Sunlight Mountain Resort was in the eye of the storm, receiving 12 new inches at the top of the mountain and 10 inches midway down on Thursday and Friday. Sunlight spokeswoman Sheila Maurer said with the new snow, the ski area is right on target to open this Friday, Dec. 3. “We’re so ready for opening day, this is going to be great,” she said. The much-needed snow doubled snow depths on Sunlight Mountain. As of Friday at noon, the top of Sunlight – which pokes 9,895 feet into the sky – had 25 inches and there was 20 inches of snow at mid-mountain. Maurer said Sunlight crews have been busy making snow at the base of the mountain. “We’ve been making snow every day,” she said. Maurer also noted that Sunlight’s adult daily lift tickets were raised by $1 this year to $36. Upvalley, the holiday storm moved in shortly after the lifts closed on Snowmass and Aspen ski areas, making Friday the first official powder day of the year.Aspen’s Steve Bartolacci said the six inches of fresh pow-pow – with other places even deeper from wind-loading – made the skiing surprisingly good, especially considering how early in the season it is. “It’s definitely worthwhile,” he said. “People were surprised.”He said to watch out for rocky trails until the snow piles up a bit more, but the runs with grass underneath them were plenty deep. “I’d say they’ll probably open some more stuff up soon,” he said. According to on Friday, Snowmass had a 29-inch base at the top of the mountain and Aspen had a 19-inch base at the top. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open on Dec. 11. Daily lift tickets for the four Aspen-area mountains are $74 a day.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext.

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