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Resorts revel in recent storms

Heaps of fresh powder on ski resorts across the region have put smiles on the faces of skiers, boarders and resort officials alike.

At Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs, spokeswoman Sheila Barber said Wednesday employees and guests at the resort are reveling in the newly-fallen snow.

“We are thrilled,” she said. “We got five inches of snow (Tuesday) and 30 inches in the last eight days.”



The resort was busy for a weekday, Barber said Wednesday.

“People seem like they’re taking off and coming up here to play,” she said. “It’s nice, it’s beautiful, the trees are covered, it’s absolutely gorgeous. “



Meanwhile, the hills in Aspen are getting plenty of the white stuff, as well. The four-area resort reported 10 inches in the past two days and two feet in the past week.

“The snow has helped and we’re moving into the traditionally busier time of year,” Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said. “People are starting to show up. Looking at skier numbers, we’re starting to move toward spring break and a busy spring.”

Aside from the numbers, Hanle said he can tell there are more skiers at Aspen Highlands because he’s recently had to park farther than usual from his office.

At Vail, the snow is piling up even faster.

The resort received 11 inches in the last three days and a whopping 37 inches in the past week.

“It’s definitely a signature day for Vail,” said Vail spokeswoman Jen Brown, who was lucky enough to get out on the mountain Wednesday. “The back bowls were phenomenal and there were lots of people out there having a good time this morning.”

The mountain received 277 inches of snow so far this season, 37 inches more than the average for this time of year, Brown said.

Beating all was Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Ski Area recorded 51 inches of fresh snow at mid-mountain Saturday through Tuesday.

The serious snow began Saturday when Steamboat counted a foot at a mid-mountain stake and 14 inches on Storm Peak. Sunday came through with another 12 inches at Thunderhead and 13 inches at the top.

Skiers on “Deep Monday” hit the jackpot with 17 inches of fluff at mid-mountain and 14 inches at the summit.

The Steamboat Pilot and Today contributed to this article.


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