This Jan. 17, 2012 photo provided by Colorado Ski Country USA shows skiers gathered at the lodge at Purgatory Ski Area in Colorado. A disappointing snow year in much of Colorado ski country last season has the state's resorts and hotels hoping that snowboarders and skiers will burn off some pent-up demand for deep snow this winter. (AP Photo/Colorado Ski Country USA/John Trousdale)

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This Jan. 17, 2012 photo provided by Colorado Ski Country USA shows skiers gathered at the lodge at Purgatory Ski Area in Colorado.  A disappointing snow year in much of Colorado ski country last season has the state's resorts and hotels hoping that snowboarders and skiers will burn off some pent-up demand for deep snow this winter. (AP Photo/Colorado Ski Country USA/John Trousdale)
This Jan. 17, 2012 photo provided by Colorado Ski Country USA shows skiers gathered at the lodge at Purgatory Ski Area in Colorado. A disappointing snow year in much of Colorado ski country last season has the state's resorts and hotels hoping that snowboarders and skiers will burn off some pent-up demand for deep snow this winter. (AP Photo/Colorado Ski Country USA/John Trousdale)
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