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When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

Caye Caulker, Belize
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When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

Does anybody know when Telluride opens for skiing this year? We will be there from Nov 23, and hope we are not going to miss it. We leave on the 26th.

Pagosa Springs...
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1. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

Their website reports opening date of Nov 25th:

tellurideskiresort.com/TellSki/info/mountain…

Caye Caulker, Belize
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2. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

Thank you. At the risk of sounding ignorant, Is Telluride Ski Resort the only game in town offering skiing? I ask because last year we went to Breckenridge and there were several areas in close proximity with skiing -- Snowmass, Breck, etc. Is it the same in Telluride or is there just one ski area?

Pagosa Springs...
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3. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

Without driving 2+ hours, Telluride is your option. Outside of Durango (2.5 hours) is Durango Mtn Resort (or as many of us still prefer, Purgatory) and outside of Pagosa Springs (3.5 hours) is Wolf Creek Ski Area. Silverton has an advanced only mtn - which is still quite a trip from Telluride.

I would assume Telluride will open earlier if weather permits - but I don't know how their national forest permit operates.

Telluride...
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4. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

Telluride has never opened earlier than the planned date... but often opens later than the planned date due to lack of snow. Skiing is usually THIN with limited lifts running until after Christmas. In the last 18 years I have seen only one opening week with enough snow to open most of the lifts. (and that was a fluke!)

Thanksgiving is EARLY for us.

Pagosa Springs...
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5. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

That's what I get for assuming :) - thanks, Ttown.

Caye Caulker, Belize
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6. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

Thanks, TTown. We were mostly planning our Thanksgiving trip for the snow and skiing, If, as you are suggesting, there might be no snow and no skiing, what else is there to do in Telluride during Thanksgiving, or do you suggest we try some place else instead?

Charleston, South...
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7. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

You can ride the free gondola for great views, eat in some of the many good restaurants, visit the Telluride Museum and just soak up all the beauty around Telluride. As mentioned before, snow at that time of year can be iffy.

Is it possible to plan your trip a bit later, say early to mid Dec?

www.telluridemuseum.org

WestSlope,CO
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8. Re: When does Telluride open for skiing 2010?

You could "Ride with Rowdy!" Horseback rides every day except Sunday.

http://ridewithroudy.com/intro2.html

If the weather's good and you felt like driving a bit, you could also visit the Black Canyon, Ouray hot springs, Mesa Verde, Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway and Gateway Auto Museum. Or this would be a good time to visit Moab/Arches.

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