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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: five-day totals and more terrain opens

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Things are opening up at Colorado’s ski areas just in time for Christmas. Winter Park Resort, for instance, announced yesterday afternoon that the Vasquez Ridge territory is now open with 13 trails accessible from the Pioneer lift.

Moreover, Winter Park has opened some runs under the Challenger lift at Mary Jane, including Sleeper, Phantom Bridge, Little Ten, Needle’s Eye, Railbender and Derailer. The Challenger lift isn’t open yet, but Winter Park expects to open it and the Sunnyside lift at Mary Jane this weekend.

It’s a great sign when the steeper runs at Mary Jane are opening up; it means that with this week’s super-cold temps and more snow expected Saturday night into Sunday, we’ll get very close to seeing Colorado’s ski areas open close to 100 percent of their terrain by Christmas.

We expect snow to be ongoing from Saturday into Sunday night in the mountains, with the best potential for accumulation Saturday night. Expect Sunday to be a powder day of varying depths, with the best accumulations expected for ski areas south and west (Crested Butte, Monarch, Purgatory and
Wolf Creek).

Of course, the blessing comes with the continued curse of super-cold temperatures with highs barely peaking out of the single digits Saturday, single digits Sunday and Monday, and slowly rising back up by Tuesday into the teens.

Here are the 24-hour totals with the five-day totals in the first set of parentheses, followed by the latest terrain report in the second set of parentheses…

Arapahoe Basin: 0” (16”) (5 lifts, 100% beginner terrain open, 80% intermediate open, 31” base)

Aspen Mountain: 0” (16”) (5 lifts, 60 trails, 596 acres, 83% beginner/intermediate, 90% advanced/expert, 26” base)

Beaver Creek: 0” (10”) (14 lifts, 63 trails, 763 acres, 42% open, 26” base)

Breckenridge: 0” (13”) (13 lifts, 55 trails, 1020 acres, 43% open, 34” base)

Copper Mountain: 0” (11”) (10 lifts, 55 trails, 575 acres, 3 terrain parks, 31” base)

Crested Butte: 0” (17”) (5 lifts, 46 trails, 2 terrain parks, 42” base)

Eldora: 0” (8”) (2 lifts, 15% beginner, 30% intermediate terrain open, 24” base)

Keystone: 0” (10”) (14 lifts, 53 trails, 1071 acres, 83% beginner terrain open, 39% intermediate open, 1% advanced/expert, 3 terrain parks)

Loveland: 0” (21 1/2”) (4 lifts, 27 trails, 345 acres, 68% beginner terrain open, 26% intermediate open, 1 terrain park, 36” base)

Monarch: 1” (20”) (6 lifts, 53 trails, 100% open, 2 terrain parks, 46” base)

Snowmass: 0” (14”) (10 lifts, 54 trails, 1544 acres, 42% beginner/intermediate, 12% advanced/expert, 25” base)

Steamboat: 0” (11 1/2”) (7 lifts, 94 trails, 32” base)

Telluride: 0” (16”) (8 lifts, 13% beginner, 43% intermediate, 5% advanced open, 42” base)

Vail: 0” (12”) (15 lifts, 86 trails, 1216 acres, 23% open, 30” base)

Winter Park: 0” (12”) (11 lifts, 72 trails, 28” base)

Wolf Creek: 5” (24”) (6 lifts, 1,600 acres, 100% open, 65” base)

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