A December to remember | AspenTimes.com

A December to remember

Jon Maletz

Families gathered Sunday to exchange presents, as well as Christmas and Hanukkah tradition. My gifts came FedEx two days before, in an Oreck vacuum box.My mood was a bit somber, and understandably so. This was my first Christmas alone. There were no home-cooked meals, only leftover Chinese and microwave pizza. The one-foot-high fake tree that sits on my kitchen table is hardly as impressive as the real thing; I’m sure it would tip over if I tried to hang an ornament. In at least one way, however, this holiday has been the most memorable. Almost every morning this month I have opened the ultimate present: Fresh powder and snow conditions unlike any I or the rest of Colorado’s ski contingent could have imagined or expected.Many have claimed this is the best start to a ski season they can remember. After years spent honing my skills on Eastern slopes so icy I could see my reflection, I am in accordance.More than 50 inches of snow have fallen in December, according to Skico. On Christmas morning, locals and visitors had their choice of more than 4,100 acres of terrain and four resorts. Now that’s a reason to celebrate.Local weather services have predicted the trend will continue, too, with snow in the forecast for seven of the next 10 days. This year we have all been spoiled. Call me any name you want. I’ve never been one to turn down a present.

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