By STEVEN K. PAULSON Associated Press
DENVER February 3, 2012 (AP)
The most powerful storm of the winter season pounded Colorado and parts of neighboring states on Friday, creating whiteout conditions on the eastern plains, cancelling more than 600 flights in Denver and closing hundreds of miles of highway between major Colorado cities and the Kansas border.
Snow piled up to 6 feet on some Rocky Mountain foothills — and it was a welcome boost to several ski resorts that have suffered below-average snowfall this season. But while Echo Mountain and other resorts close to Denver celebrated up to 40 inches of powder, the storm only dusted larger resorts, like Vail, with a few inches in central Colorado’s Rockies.
“It’s been fantastic,” said Scott Gales, a spokesman for Echo Mountain about 25 miles west of Denver. “We only had about 26 or 27 inches this morning. Now we’re over 40 and it’s still snowing at the rate of an inch or two an hour.”