"Winter Storm Warning" are the three words every ski fanatic wants to hear in November. It means snow is on the way and they are that much closer to strapping on the board(s) and catching some time on the slopes. A big October storm followed by an even bigger November storm set up many Colorado resorts for stellar snowmaking.

The snow really started pounding right about the time the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo pulled into town at the Colorado Convention Center in Downtown Denver. Every resort in the state made it and was set up and ready to go. The snow messed up traffic and kept up through the weekend, getting everyone in the mood to ski and ride.

Snowmass received 16 inches up top in the mid-November blast. [R143R, Eldora], outside of Boulder, is open with a 24-inch base, four lifts, and four trails. [R220R, Loveland] opened Chair 2, and the U.S. Ski Team is training there. [R240R, Monarch] opens Nov. 25 with 5 feet of snow so far, and a 36-inch base.

The winter blast turned [R425R, Steamboat] into a Winter Wonderland with 14 inches of snow on Storm Peak. "Snow is something we're used to here in Steamboat. The past two seasons have seen more than 400 inches of snow accumulate. This is just another in a series of storms that started in October and is an early season reminder of what's to come," says Andy Wirth, with Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

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