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Sooo out here in the southeast it seems to be unseasonably warm, I got one day in at Appalachian then they closed due to rain and warm temps. Snowshoe isn't anywhere near opening, none of the other local hills are open except a fraction of sugar mountain.. So my question is, is it different out west? I have a trip booked Jan 10-15 in telluride, right now they're about 20% open. Is that normal for this early in the season and does it typically pick up pretty quickly over the next couple weeks?
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If you look at OnTheSnow's historical base depth comparison, you can see what it's been the last several years at the same point in time. Right now, it lists Telluride as being at 28". That's pretty much a normal depth for this time of year. 

 

http://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/telluride/historical-snowfall.html?&y=0&q=base

 

I'm not sure what their typical open percentage is by the second week in January... @Tony Crocker may know.

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Originally Posted by RC1090nc View Post

Sooo out here in the southeast it seems to be unseasonably warm, I got one day in at Appalachian then they closed due to rain and warm temps. Snowshoe isn't anywhere near opening, none of the other local hills are open except a fraction of sugar mountain.. So my question is, is it different out west? I have a trip booked Jan 10-15 in telluride, right now they're about 20% open. Is that normal for this early in the season and does it typically pick up pretty quickly over the next couple weeks?


Every year is different.  Remember how little snow there was in Tahoe last winter?

 

You might gain some insight from this thread about early season openings.  It's not always a matter of snow coverage before Christmas week.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/143807/early-season-2015-16-more-than-1000-acres-open-in-us-canada-before-12-25

 

For a list of the ongoing regional threads, check the top of Resorts, Conditions & Travel.

 

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Thanks for the tips and links!
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Telluride should be wide open by Christmas as long as snow permits which it likely will this season thanks to El Nino. I wouldn't worry.
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...thanks to El Nino. I wouldn't worry.

 

I agree. Of any year to plan early for Telluride, you picked the right one.

 

You know going in that Telluride is farther south than many other options--and that this is all variable, but El Nino history is on your side. Here's the current outlook (use the drop-downs to filter the data):

 

International Research Institute for Climate and Society | Seasonal Climate Forecasts

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