The La Nina weather pattern looks to have setup and the NW flow is slamming the front range areas. They dropped the ropes on a bunch of stuff at Loveland for the first time today and it was ridiculously deep for Nov. 16th. I skied many areas where it was waist deep. The early morning stuff was blower pow in some places, but it was also wind compacted and setting up in other areas. I've never had face shots like this in November before (but I did miss the 2007-08 season due to injury).
This season is starting off with a really big bang in CO. It may have gotten off to a slightly later start, but the snow has been fairly consistent. They're expecting regular snowfall through Thanksgiving. At this rate most everything will be open by December.
So what's normal? Typically the Front Range resorts are around 50-70" base during mid-season. Anything over 70" indicates a very good season in progress. Anything under 40" means that Ullr still has work to do. You should see the bases coming in at over 40" already in the next few days. Vail opens Friday with one of it's biggest openings in decades (and they're not done deciding how much will be opened yet).
If you haven't booked your early season CO trip yet what are you waiting for?