The snow is great in the mountains from Salida to Leadville. We have had a lot of snow this winter and more is expected this weekend. There are many great places to ski that are safe and have great trails. There is a lot of snow in all the mountians west of Buena Vista and looks like it will continue most of this week. Some of the better areas for skiing are Independance Pass, Cottonwood Pass, Cottonwood Lake, Fooses Creek and the Old Monarch Pass road. We have miles of trials in the area and as the snow continues more and more will open up. The area above Cottonwood Lake is becoming a favorite skiing, snow shoeing and family fun area. The ice fishing in Cottonwood Lake is very good so you can bring the kids up and going fishing, skiing snow shoeing or snow mobiling all from the same spot.