Colorado resort rejoiced in plenty of powder, courtesy of Mother Nature. It's a pleasant precursor to the holidays. Resorts like Crested Butte received nearly two feet of snow in 48 hours, with the same at Silverton.

Wolf Creek received over a foot of snow. Sunlight near Glenwood Springs got just about as much, while hosting Demo Days. Skiers and riders got to test out new equipment in powder. The four Aspen-area mountains are just up Highway 82 from Glenwood, and also received their fair share of the white stuff, with Aspen Highlands getting the most at 10 inches.

Steamboat had a foot of snow at the summit, which covered up what the snowmaking machines had been adding. Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat also received six inches of new snow in time for a major snowboard competition on the slopes.

Eldora, outside of Boulder, picked up more than a foot of snow. A-Basin had about nine inches of accumulation.  The holidays are a busy time at the Rocky Mountain resorts so the snowfall just before Christmas was more than welcome. Colorado resorts hope for more of the same. But, one thing is for sure, it's a great beginning to the season.