Who's got the 10 1/2? Loveland and A-Basin ride the storm, Protect Our Winters takes it Further

Thinking about taking a snow day and heading for the hills this morning? Crank up the Black Flag and point towards the Continental Divide, because the first snow of the season here in Denver hit ski country even harder, with


reporting over 10 inches this morning at 5 a.m. and

Arapahoe Basin

reporting 8 inches. Both ski areas have been open for daily business since mid-October, and both have been opening new terrain this week -- thanks to prime snowmaking conditions and big dumps of the real thing. Wolf Creek is also reporting 10 inches as of last night -- and it's still stacking up -- but the lifts won't be running until the weekend. The new snow should also give a boost to Keystone and Copper Mountain, each scheduled to open next week on November 4, and at Breckenridge, kicking off its fiftieth anniversary season on November 11. And now that we've all got winter on the brain, don't miss the

Protect Our Winters

event at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Patagonia shop in Denver, 1431 15th Street, where Patagonia Snowboarding Ambassador Forrest Shearer will be sharing a sneak-peek preview of the new Teton Gravity Research/Jeremy Jones film


. Representatives from Argentina's Alamos Wines will be filling glasses and serving hors d'oeuvres, too (the free event is 21+; RSVP at



What does winter have to do with wine? Funny you should ask...

"Alamos wines and Protect Our Winters (POW) have joined forces to launch a national campaign to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on mountain communities worldwide.

Making the connection between climate change and its impact on the winter recreation community is rather seamless, but few know of the very real threat that global warming poses to the wine industry. In fact, snowmelt from the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina provides an unparalleled natural irrigation system, which nurtures Alamos vineyards."

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