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Five reasons to hit the slopes on Christmas Day
December 22nd, 2010

Common Christmas morning images include wrapping-paper strewn across the living room, warm fuzzy socks matched to warm fuzzy bathrobes, and lounging. But what if, this year, it also included clear blue skies, towering green trees, and fluffy, white powder?

Reason #1: Plenty of snow

A quick glance through this site and a visit to the Colorado section of SkiReport.com tell the story: Colorado has been getting hammered by snow, and the result is plenty of powder and groomers for everyone. The I-70 resorts (in particular Loveland, Ski Cooper, Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Copper, and Vail) are all boasting at least a solid three-foot base, enough to cover those pesky bald spots that plague early-season riders and can wreak havoc on that brand-new board you got for Christmas.

Reason #2: White Christmas without the white-out

The massive amounts of precipitation that have been gracing our slopes this past week will abate by Christmas Eve. According to the National Weather Service, the chance for precipitation on Christmas Eve is 10% and the chance on Christmas Day is zero. Very little precipitation for two days in the mountains usually translates into dry roads, which make for less stressful driving along the I-70 corridor.

Reason #3: Plenty of room

Some brush off the idea of hitting the slopes on Christmas as ridiculous. What those folks don't realize (up until now) is that even though the week after Christmas is resorts' busiest time of year, Christmas Day itself usually boasts very little in the way of lift lines. It could be folks are too busy unwrapping presents or eating turducken to think about swishing down a roomy, powder-filled mountain with dry roads leading up to it.

Reason #4: Season passes not required

Liftopia.com, which is the best online store for lift tickets, has some screaming deals for non-season passholders. Ski Copper for $46 or A Basin for $58 or Ski Cooper (just south of Copper) for $36 or Keystone for $35 (night skiing only). Liftopia requires a prior day purchase, so make your decision to board (or ski) on Christmas on the Eve because these deals will disappear like Santa's milk and cookies come Christmas Day. If you decide Christmas morning to hit the slopes, head to Loveland, which offers a four-hour flex ticket for $46.

Reason #5: It's special

The feeling on the mountain on Christmas Day is like the Era of Good Feelings. It's not exactly Hooville, but folks are smiling and feeling grateful that they can board or ski on Christmas Day. The vibe is chilled excitement: a chill approach to having fun on the mountain while being excited about getting out and enjoying the sunshine and the clean crisp air that the mountain provides. That special Christmas feeling abounds at the mountain, and it's awesome to be a part of. Don't forget your Santa hat!