Optimism returns, how about an Obama PSA: Go skiing

Telluride's Revelation Bowl is big newsThe perfect storm was grinding right up until this weekend. Our economy was telling everyone not to spend discretionary income, our job outlook was screaming to save every dime, and Mother Nature hadn't said much of anything at all.

The East got a solid start, and now with snow falliing across the west, the industry may avoid the media panic that normally ensues whenever snow averages are not way, way above average.

Positive ski area stories have appeared on every major network, and with the economic optimism of January's inauguration approaching, momentum looks to be back in the alpine court.

The best news, for the average skier and rider, may be that there was a panic to begin with. Almost every resort has an aggressive discount pricing plan in place. Check these roundups for more information>