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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)

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.