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Conditions at the major Colorado ski areas were decent but improving this weekend, with snow piling up on the mountains even as skiers and riders did their best to pack the white stuff back down. While ski area conditions are still just OK, even by early season standards, people who pay attention to snowpack for a living are optimistic. They say that early season snowpack is at 103 percent of average as of Saturday morning. While it is really too early to say that the drought of the last several years is over, things are looking up, with reservoirs at 78 percent of capacity statewide instead of just 71 percent last year at this time. The situation has improved enough that the Denver Water Board plans to begin refilling Antero Reservoir, which has been completely empty and closed to the public since the severe drought year of 2002. With more snow predicted to be on the way this week, there is reason for hope in the high country.

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