Breckenridge which opened last Friday has seen 48 inches (122 cms.) so far this season and 14 inches (36 cms) in the last seven days.

Meanwhile the ski lifts on Snowmass will start up at 9am tomorrow, Saturday November 19, as the resort opens for the 2011/12 season five days earlier than scheduled. The mountain will open with more than 160 acres of terrain, including the locals' favourite, Big Burn.

"Since making this announcement a week ago, the excitement in the valley has been off the scale," said Rich Burkley, vice president Mountain Operations. "People are fired up to get on the hill and the phones have been ringing off the hook."

The Village Express and Big Burn lifts will run from Saturday, accessing more than 3,200 vertical feet, seven trails and 160 acres. The Sky Cab Gondola and the Ski School Magic Carpet will also be in operation, with the lifts running from 8.30am to 3.30pm. More terrain will be added dependent on weather and snowfall.

The mountain will open with two terrain parks, one on Water Plant Flats with several jib and urban features and a jump on the Dawdler steeps. The Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza will be open for dining. Sneaky's will be open for après ski with drink and food specials. The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center will also be open. Discounted ski and snowboard lessons will also be available.

Aspen Mountain will open to the public as scheduled on Thursday, November 24, with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club benefit day on the 23rd. World Cup ski racing returns, with the world's fastest women skiers taking center stage on Aspen Mountain for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, November 26-27. The first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season takes place Saturday night, November 26 with Cowboy Mouth taking the stage at the base of Aspen Mountain.