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Feb 17th
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Roads to most of Yellowstone National Park's popular tourist destinations close for the season at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 so park staff members can begin preparing the roads for limited, commercially guided snowmobile and snowcoach travel for the winter season, which begins Dec. 15.

Most visitor services in Yellowstone National Park have already ended for the season.
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Even though November's winter-like storms have closed Lassen Volcanic National Park highway in northern California for the season, there's plenty of snow play ahead for park visitors.

The frequent winter storms these past few weeks have covered the park highway which no longer can be safely plowed through at higher elevations due to the deep snow and icy conditions, said Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz on Nov. 19, 2012.
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With spring quickly approaching, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are preparing to welcome guests for skiing and riding by offering money saving deals and crowd pleasing events.

Spring skiers and riders can find bargains on lessons, lodging, concerts, and ski passes. Some resorts are even offering free skiing and 2-for-1 passes with resort reciprocation.
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For many visitors, winter is their favorite season to enjoy Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. The park, just outside of Estes Park, Colo., is less visited but still very much open and alive with activity. Beautiful backcountry areas can be reached on snowshoes, skis, and at lower elevations - even with hiking boots!

Elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares, and other wildlife remain active through the winter. Their story is told by the tracks left in the snow. For those visitors who are prepared, winter is an enchanting time to explore the park.
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Winter Park-Fraser Valley, one of Colorado's popular resort areas, is readying "Snowfest," the theme for the resort's annual winter carnival, will be held on Jan. 21-23, 2011, at various locations throughout Winter Park and the Fraser Valley.

Hosted by the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, the festival features everything "snow" including a parade and fireworks.
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Many of Colorado Ski Country USA's (CSCUSA) member resorts are conducting major investments to improve the guest skiing and snowboarding experience for the 2010-11 winter season.

In this final installment of our three-park report detailing many of the Colorado ski resorts and their upgrades, we look at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Silverton Mountain, Steamboat, Telluride and Wolf Creek.

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

Following up on last season's Legends terrain expansion, which added 30 percent more expert terrain, Durango Mountain Resort is adding even more new terrain for 2010-11, this time on the front side of the mountain.
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