KEYSTONE — Three hours after dark fell on Summit County during a vigorous January snowstorm, most skiers and riders were wrapping up runs in 3 to 4 inches of freshies under flurries that shimmered in the slope-side lights. Near the bottom of the mountain that boasts Colorado’s largest night-skiing operation, Dillon residents Ryan and Jessica Grafmiller were finishing off their last run with their 4-year-old daughter, Olivia.

It was Olivia’s first time skiing without Edgie Wedgies attached to her tips to assist her in holding the pizza position, and she made it top to bottom — all 2,200 feet of Keystone’s vertical drop — on the 3.5-mile Schoolmarm run.

“She did awesome, we’re proud of her,” Ryan said. “That’s a lot of vertical feet to ski on those little legs.”

It was one snapshot in a gallery of scenes. Night skiing may not be as popular among Colorado skiers as it is for their counterparts in the Northeast or Midwest, but those who took advantage of it along with the Grafmillers Wednesday night were enthusiastic about it.

“I love night skiing because I work Monday through Friday during the day,” Jessica said. “I would much prefer to be out in the evenings on the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle

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