I'm an expert skier, seeking out Colorado steeps. I have to book flights ahead of time and will be there over MLK weekend (Jan 14-16), which I understand can sometimes be a bit risky for solid snow cover for the steep, hike-to terrain. A few questions:
- I'm interested in Telluride and Crested Butte because of their "extreme" in-bound steeps. Is this terrain usually open by mid-January? I know there is always some risk, but am trying to figure out if it's generally open by mid January in 90% of seasons vs 50% of seasons.
- Between the two, which mountain would you recommend in mid January? Does the expert terrain at one tend to open a little earlier than the other? Does one suffer from holiday crowds more than the other?
- If you think they are both too high-risk for terrain being open over MLK, what other mountains would you recommend that have both great early-season steeps as well as manageable holiday crowds?