WHAT'S NEW It was still October when the snow goddess blessed the Rocky Mountains with 17 inches of snow and icy temperatures. In the 2001-2002 season, meetings lagged with the economy, and a warm winter left ski areas down 6.2 percent from a banner 2000-2001 season, according to the National Ski Areas Association. Recovery this season looks certain — every lift opened early, and the Thanksgiving turkey couldn't book a room in hotels already bristling with skis. Some Colorado resorts are ...

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