Bases are building up at Colorado resorts as ski areas prepare for the season. Big snow fell throughout Colorado in recent storms, and resorts fired up their snow machines to supplement what fell from the sky.

Powderhorn outside of Grand Junction reported 21 inches of snow which provides a solid base for their opening on Dec. 17.

Echo Mountain just outside of Denver was pounded with over three feet of snow. Echo is 16 miles off of the Evergreen exit along I-70, and opens Dec. 2.

Eldora Mountain, just outside of Boulder, also benefited from the storm, with over a foot of snow. Eldora opens Nov. 20.

Snowmaking crews In northwest Colorado are blowing snow at Steamboat and Howelsen Hill. "This year's been fantastic so far, as we have already seen a number of major storms move through the valley, leaving the mountain absolutely blanketed with snow." says Steamboat's Andy Wirth. "This is such a great time of year, as the anticipation for another winter season is building and the snowmaking guns running full tilt just amplifies the excitement. We're hoping for back-to-back-to-back winters of over 400 plus of Champagne Powder snow." Steamboat opens Nov. 25 and Howelsen Hill opens sometime in December.

Telluride has had snow building up, and snowmaking began Oct. 22. The resort is scheduled to open Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day.

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