December 11, 2012 Inside Track
Like a kid on Christmas Eve anxiously awaiting what the morning would bring, I went to bed Saturday night with giddy anticipation. What seemed like a few minutes later, I woke up to a text from Aspen/Snowmass stating, “Time to explode out of bed. We have more than a foot of new snow!” Instantly, before even looking out my window, I knew it was going to be a good day. Mother Nature delivered a healthy serving of snow over the weekend, and I have the sore legs and perma-grin to prove it. Our hometown of Aspen/Snowmass has reported 19″ in the last week, while Winter Park had a seven-day accumulation of 18″, Beaver Creek received 22″, Vail reported 20″, Breckenridge had 17″ and Crested Butte counted 15″. And the snow continues to fly…
Elsewhere, Jackson Hole received nearly 30 new inches over the last five days and opened the tram, gondola and the brand new Casper lift last week. There are 35 trails now open at Northstar, and Whistler has opened much more terrain thanks to a 60″ base. Alta is skiing well after 12″ fell in this last storm while its Utah neighbor, Park City, was graced with 9″ in 72 hours. Red Mountain opened last week with what they’re saying is, “So much snow, you’ll think it’s February.”
If you’re waiting to see what the snow is doing before booking your trip, the wait is over. Or, if you’re waiting to win a trip this winter, remember to visit our Facebook page during the month of December. We’re giving away a vacation to one of the most picturesque places on earth: Banff and Lake Louise. To enter to win, submit your best mountain photo now, and then rally your friends and family to vote for your submission starting on Dec. 17. In early January, we’ll get together with some Banff Lake Louise Local Legends to select a winner from the photos with the most votes. The lucky photographer will then be on their way to enjoying three nights at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, three nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs, five-day lift tickets for two, roundtrip airport transfers from Banff Airporter and a full day photography session and photo shoot with professional photographer Callum Snape.
In the meantime, keep doing those snow dances because they’re working! Reap the benefits and get your next ski vacation started by checking out some of our deals online and below or give one of our experienced Mountain Vacation Specialists a call at 800-299-0656.
See you on the slopes!