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The Weekend Snowdown: Sunlight, Telluride, Vail

It's actually been warmer in the mountains than in the city this week, which made for better snowstorm conditions on the hills. Some resorts got more than others, but pretty much everyone got at least a couple inches. Which means this week's edition of our high-country highlights is neck-deep in powder and filled with newly-open terrain as far as the eye can see.

Your best bets for this weekend:

1. Sunlight Not the biggest mountain in the state, but Sunlight has a whole lot going for it this weekend. First there's the 17-odd inches of new snow in the past three days. Plus, if you bring a canned food item to Guest Services, you get a $25 lift ticket on Saturday or Sunday only. And Summit County Mountaineering is demoing new equipment this weekend. So a little thing or two for everyone.

2. Telluride Telluride's having a hell of a week -- 18 inches of new snow, and they nailed down the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup Final, which is happening at the resort on December 15. They're also now the official site of the Visa U.S. Snowboardcross World Cup, which is next weekend. If it's good enough for the pros ...

3. Vail Only a foot for the largest ski resort on the continent this week, but it was enough for them to open new terrain, bringing them over a thousand ski/rideable acres at this point. That's a whole lot of winter wonderland. They've also got considerably more blue and black runs going in the early season.

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