Thanksgiving week storm drops more than 10 inches at ski areas across Colorado

Keystone received 10 inches of snow overnight from the storm that made travel difficult for Front Range commuters on Tuesday morning. (Provided by Keystone Resort)

While commuters cursed dangerous driving conditions in the metro area on Tuesday morning, those who had Thanksgiving plans for skiing celebrated because the storm system was a suitable boon to the resort’s snow totals.

Telluride, which officially opens Thursday but has an unofficial opening Wednesday as a fundraiser for the local ski and snowboard club, received 12 inches. The resort tweeted a warning to locals on Tuesday morning that they “should expect the ski resort’s avalanche control gun to fire live”, which is always welcome news for skiers and riders hungry for powder.

Wolf Creek also received 12 inches. Keystone scored great at 10 inches at night, while sister resort Breckenridge – less than 10 miles away as the crow flies – reported only half of that. Loveland reported 9, Winter Park 8 and Arapahoe Basin 7. Aspen and Monarch reported 5.

Eldora, which opened Monday, also did well.

“Our first official powder of the season is here,” said Eldora spokesman Kyle Ogilvie. ‘We’re excited. Eight inches from 6 a.m., 6 a.m. from 9 a.m., and there’s still a lot coming down. We hope this will help us open more ground today and throughout the week. “

In addition to Telluride and Eldora, which open Monday, the list of ski resorts opening this week includes Telluride, Aspen, Snowmass, and Crested Butte.

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Thanksgiving week storm drops more than 10 inches at ski areas across Colorado