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Endless winter

May Selby
Adrienne Beech and Charles Barrett on Aspen Mountains FIS chairlift.

Every fall during the past few years, an annual tradition among my friends has been a Pray 4 Snow party during which we pay homage to the snow gods.By bearing gifts for a ski shrine and sporting the finest in haute ski couture from the ’70s and ’80s, it’s believed that our prayers for a bountiful snow season will be answered. When no one offered to orchestrate a celebration last November, our ritual went unobserved, causing concern to several regular Pray 4 Snow attendees. Needless to say, our lack of praying and partying in the name of powder didn’t have an adverse effect. This winter has been one of ample blessings bestowed upon Aspen and the rest of the Rockies.

Abundant snowfall in parts of Colorado has put the state’s ski industry on pace for a record season. Steamboat Springs has been blessed with more than 400 inches of champagne powder thus far, leading the state in total snow fall for the season. Wolf Creek is currently leading the state for March snowfall totals with nearly 11 feet of snow falling on its slopes this month alone.Locally, we’ve received more than 26 feet of freshies this season, considered to be the best in 25 years with all 5,000-plus acres of terrain open at all four resorts.March is typically the snowiest month of the year for Colorado ski resorts, and this year appears to be no exception. Though Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will be closing next weekend, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will stay open through April 16. Instead of praying for continued accumulation through the bitter end, it’s probably best to just sit back and let the snow gods do their thing – it’s seemed to work so far.For the most current snow conditions and powder pictures from around the state, visit Colorado Ski Country USA’s website, http://www.coloradoski.com. Closing dates are also listed for each resort affiliated with Colorado Ski Country.To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com

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