Skiers Looking for Snow, Go To Colorado

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By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent

We found winter. Tired of waiting for New England temperatures to drop and natural snow to dump, we jumped on a morning flight to Colorado. It was insta-White Christmas landing in Denver and driving the I-70 into the snowy Rocky Mountains. Three lift rides to 12,500’ at Copper Mountain, we were skiing copious natural snow. Our first ski run of the season, almost 3,000’ vertical, was breathtaking – from high-alpine down through heavenly snow-caked towering pines, long sweeping trails were covered in fresh powdery snow. We could have easily stayed at Copper for a week, but our next destination – Vail – was waiting with more skiing.

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Vail is the king of Colorado skiing, and already this season this legendary ski resort has 100” of snow and 4,100 acres open including the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. Arriving in Vail Village, the pine trees were twinkling with lights and fresh sparkly snow, chalets roofs were loaded in white, like an Alps snowglobe. We found winter, and brilliant western blue sky, skiing 30,000’ vertical on December 17 according to Vail’s “Epic Mix” app. If you are looking for the snow, you will find it right now in Colorado. More on our western snowquest to follow.

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By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
Photos by Greg Burke

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