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Winter wonderland

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado
Matt Curti and Jen Smyth are all smiles on Christmas Day. (Matt pro­posed to Jen about 20 minutes prior to this photo.) (May Selby)
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As if on cue for the holiday season, snowstorms have cycled through the Elk mountains all month, leaving many to ponder whether this has been the most bountiful December ever.

Over 8 feet of snow have blanketed the slopes, streets and sidewalks, lifting spirits and spreading holiday cheer. For weekend warriors, the consecutive storms have arrived with per­fect timing. As of Wednesday, the Aspen Skiing Co. reported over 100 inches and counting for the month, which is more than dou­ble the average snowfall for December.

Capitalizing on the white Christ­mas setting, holi­day gatherings have been especially fes­tive this week. The Eaton family of Aspen hosted their annual get-together on Fri­day, Dec. 21. Their tree was trimmed with colored lights and unique ornaments col­lected over the years. Friends contributed to the buffet, including Gail Schueth who brought her highly coveted sugar cookies, which are always a hit on the dessert table. Restaurants from Cache Cache to the Pine Creek Cookhouse were filled to the rim with reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners.


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