If you're planning a holiday ski vacation, you might want to go ahead and start it early: It snowed all weekend at most Colorado resorts, and it's expected to keep coming down until Thursday, which means it's officially time to call in some of those sick days you've been accruing for precisely that purpose. Crested Butte is this morning's winner, with 11 inches of new snow overnight and 37 inches in the last 72 hours, according to OnTheSnow.com. There's 10 inches of new snow at Monarch this morning and 9 each at Loveland, A-Basin and Breckenridge, where the first stop of the 3rd annual Winter Dew Tour concluded yesterday. Breck locals represented well this weekend at the Dew Tour's Nike 6.0 Open: Bobby Brown finished 2nd in the Men's Ski Slopestyle contest behind Canadian skier Alexis Godbout, and Keri Herman finished 2nd behind Utah's Ashley Battersby. Breck rider Eric Willet finished 7th in a Men's Snowboard Slopestyle final dominated by Torstein Horgmo, Mark McMorris and Chas Guldemond. And Colorado rider Matt Ladley, from Steamboat Springs, finished 2nd behind Louie Vito in the Men's Snowboard Superpipe final (Breck riders JJ Thomas and Steve Fisher finished 4th and 7th, respectively). For full results, photo galleries, and video from the Nike 6.0 Open, visit www.AlliSports.com/Winter-Dew-Tour. A snowstorm, paradoxically, isn't great for an actual ski contest, but, as Bobby Brown put it after posing for pics on the podium yesterday, "As a skier you never want to complain about it dumping powder, you know? In a contest everyone has the same weather to contend with so you just have to come out and do what you do, which is go skiing and go big. Now that it's over, I'm looking forward to getting out in all that snow! It's been coming down all weekend."
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It's going to keep coming down, too: Colorado skiers and snowboarders can look forward to a very white Christmas. No, seriously: Look for as much as 8 feet of snow this week at places like Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek Ski Area and at least a couple of feet most Colorado ski areas, just in time for winter, which officially begins tomorrow. Looking for a deal? We're increasingly liking the looks of Copper Mountain's new $99 Snow Day Pass, which gets you on the mountain any day there's more than 4 inches of fresh snow. Like today, for example.