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Telluride in early January

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Couple questions about skiing in Telluride in January:

 

1.  Is there enough natural snow in early January, so you don't have to ski on machine-made junk?  I'll be on the blues.

 

2.  What's the most affordable transit from the Montrose airport to Telluride?  It's a lot cheaper to fly into Montrose.

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 10

1) Depends on what you mean by "enough".  This past season I had a good time in early January, but there wasn't enough snow for an amazing time (snow didn't favor Telluride in general this season from what I heard).  I'd guess that most/all of blue terrain will be open by the end of December.

 

2) Shuttles are your best bet (aside from hitching a ride).  $95ish round trip from Telluride Express.  I don't know if there are cheaper options, but there certainly are more expensive options.

post #3 of 10

In general March is the optimal month for Telluride with gradual snow accumulation but superb preservation.  But the Chair 9 advanced terrain is more of the sustained pitch variety and most of it is reported decent by the locals in January.  Gold Hill is the sector which is least likely to be skiable in January.

post #4 of 10

March is in general the best month at Telluride due to gradual accumulation of low density snow but superb preservation.  March is also historically the highest snowfall month by about 15%.

 

The chair 9 advanced terrain is mostly of the steady sustained pitch variety and locals report a fairly decent track record of it being good in January.  Gold Hill is the least likely sector to have adequate coverage that early.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'll be on the blues. 

 

So how are blue runs, generally, in early January?  

 

 

post #6 of 10

If I had to guess, I'd say probably about the same as anywhere else: covered with snow, light to moderate pitch, groomed in the morning, and icey near the bottom at the end of the day from getting skied out.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Doesn't sound too good.  Went to Snowmass in early January 2010 and there hadn't been too much snow then, and the skiing was poor.  Sounds like you're saying to expect the same thing in T in early January. 
 

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If I had to guess, I'd say probably about the same as anywhere else: covered with snow, light to moderate pitch, groomed in the morning, and icey near the bottom at the end of the day from getting skied out.



 

post #8 of 10

I've only been to Telluride once, but it was during the first week of January (2010).  The blues were good*, but a lot of terrain opened up just days before we went there.

*Keep in mind this is coming from someone who lives at 700' elevation and who can see a cornfield out the window right now.

 

The Gold Hill chutes weren't open.  Imperial bowl was, but there were lots of twigs and stuff sticking up through the thin snow cover.  But you didn't ask about that stuff.

 

We flew into Montrose and used one of the shuttles - I think it was Telluride Express.  The shuttle experience was fine.

 

All in all it was a great experience - enjoy!

post #9 of 10

January 2010 was a thin time at all the middle Rockies resorts.  We had a split flow that was sending all the moisture either far north or far south. Whistler and Taos were having a great year! 

 

Like Tony said, Telluride is usually better later, but it should usually have decent coverage in January on the groomers.

post #10 of 10

If you're skiing the blues, you should be good to go.  I've been to Telluride 8-9 times in January and have experienced everything from epic dumps to no new snow.  I was there with my son a 3-4 years ago the first week in January (after the Xmas crowds left) and got dumped on.  Only downside from that trip was that it was 'College Week".  I believe there were 900 LSU (yes, Louisiana) snowboarders on the mountain.  If I had to guess, I'd say 888 had never snowboarded or skied before.  Quite comical.

 

You'll love Telluride and you won't have to wait in a lift line.

 

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