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Old 11-17-2013, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Telluride, Colorado ?

Hey guys, I am looking to get a little info on Telluride.

I will be there around December 15th.

I'm looking to see what kind of coverage I can expect and what kind of terrain the resort will have open this early in the season.

How are the crowds at this point?

Any spots I need to check out?

Anything in town I should check out?

Anyone driven from the west? How are the roads?

I know I'd be better off going in February or later but it's either now or never.

Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make sure I do it right.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't really speak on snow level but as far as crowds there won't be much. We were there in March and lift lines were pretty much non-existent and the resort was fully open. We spent a week there and longest line was maybe 5 groups in front of us. Usually it was one or two groups ahead of us.

Hit up Revelation bowl, especially if it dumps. There's some steep hike to stuff off of lift 12, but not sure if that will be open that early. Gold Hill Chutes are right off of the Revelation Bowl lift, but again it depends on coverage. See Forever is a great mellow run for just checking stuff out.

Spent most of our time in Mountain Village, although we stayed in Telluride. We ate at Tracks every morning and most lunches but mostly because our friends uncle owns it, they have a great breakfast bagel sandwich too. It's in Mountain Village right at the bottom of the Village Express lift. Tomboy Tavern has some great burgers and usually pretty busy at night. There's an awesome hot dog shop, don't remember what its called but it's right there in the Village. Tracks has beer cheap, same with Tomboy Tavern. If you're buying groceries instead, the gondola to station village takes you right to the store. If I remember right the gondolas run till midnight.

We flew into Montrose and took a shuttle, but with it being March the roads were clear. From what I could tell, it would be somewhat sketchy if the roads were bad. Where are you staying?

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Old 11-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I am looking to get a little info on Telluride.

I will be there around December 15th.

I'm looking to see what kind of coverage I can expect and what kind of terrain the resort will have open this early in the season.

How are the crowds at this point?

Any spots I need to check out?

Anything in town I should check out?

Anyone driven from the west? How are the roads?

I know I'd be better off going in February or later but it's either now or never.

Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make sure I do it right.
As you already mentioned later would be better, as I was there first week of January last season and the coverage was pretty low (they had just opened up a run to ride back to the town at the end of my trip). As far as spots to check out the town is pretty small and its easy to cover without a vehicle. They have a free bus system that circulates the town making drops at food locations and bars. Road conditions were clear when I went up traveling from Arizona. This was my first trip there so I can try to be more clear if you have a more specific question.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Roads in Colorado are generally just fine unless it is snowing like hell. CDOT does an awesome job. There really isn't anywhere in the state I wouldn't drive to mid winter unless they were talking about the type of storm that shuts everything down.
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I'm scared of the road to silverton mid winter though.

I think I'm scared of that road mid summer tbh.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You don't drive over Red Mountain Pass to get to Telluride. Red is gnarly, but just for a short bit. Then it is pretty much like every other pass. Better to be coming from Silverton back to Denver when it is nuking for sure.
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Thanks for all the info guys!

Although I was doing some searching around on this forum for info as well and came across the pic of telluride from last December -




That can't be 'normal' conditions...right?

I thought I remember most of Colorado having a slow start last season, is that true?
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The season didn't start in Colorado until mid February. March was game on. The snow we got from February to May was actually close to record setting. So that time of year was very good. The previous 3 months pretty much sucked though.
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Ya, last year Telluride's early season was horrible. I think it was all man made snow until mid January, but this year is looking much better. Don't worry about crowds only time it gets close to being busy is the week of Christmas and prez day. The roads in from the west are fine nothing that bad when the weather is good.
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10" in the past 48 hours and currently snowing. Southern Colorado has been getting hit hard with snow the past couple days.

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