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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,
I could use some help here. I've got a couple of months off so I've decided to kick around Colorado for the early part of the Season. My main concern is that I'll be stuck somewhere with no snow. It looks like this. Starting in Loveland, then on to Wolf creek on 11/17 for 6 days. Then Telluride (for opening day), Vail/beaver creek, Steamboat and Aspen. Each town gets abourt 6 days. We'll be leaving Aspen around 12/19. Any suggestions on who has the best early snow or places to avoid? I know it would be better to do this in January but I'll have to go back to work. I'm taking my mountain bike just incase.


Thanks in advance
post #2 of 10
normally WC would be great, but so far this year is looking horrid with a beautiful indian summer in full swing. bike might be good. and if WC is barren, T-ride ain't gonna be good either. keep an eye on the weather, but if i were you, id head to the northern resorts first. look at www.sowforecast.com to see the diff between say WP and Taos to get an idea of weather patterns north and south...
post #3 of 10
Wyoming is not that far from the boat, think about a week or so for JH (remember, supposedly the last year for the tram) and targhee. I hear they're getting bombed by all these storm bands going through. (Just wish they'd head a little further south).
post #4 of 10
Right now I think I would go to the PNW or BC.
post #5 of 10
Looks like the best early season skiing is going to be in The North part of Colorado. I don't think Jackson opens untill mid Dec. I'm not sure what the opening date is for Targee. I would also look into some of the Idaho ski areas.
post #6 of 10
GT is opening nov 18th
post #7 of 10
The key is to keep your plans flexible so you can relocate somewhere else if there's a huge storm. Like others said, WC ain't getting it yet, so I wouldn't go there. That could change at any moment, so I'd be flexible. I think last year they opened 100% of the terrain on day 1. Summit County and Winter Park will be in good shape by then, likely better than Vail and Beaver Creek. Aspen, with their new snowmaking equipment, will probably be good too in early December.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Cool..Thanks. How about this...No snow in WC then keep driving another 10 hours to Jackson hole for a couple of weeks, then roll into vail around the begining of December.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
Wyoming is not that far from the boat, think about a week or so for JH (remember, supposedly the last year for the tram) and targhee. I hear they're getting bombed by all these storm bands going through. (Just wish they'd head a little further south).
We appreciate the thought, but "bombed" is a little optimistic. We've had lots of rain in the valley and really not *that* much snow in the mountains. I think they've measured about 20" total at 9500 feet in this last storm system. It's nice, but certainly nothing to get wild about. It's also been very warm during the storm cycle, so the snow line is probably a good 1500 feet above the valley.

We still need some serious snow, and we need some cold weather so they can start really firing up the snowmakers at JHMR and Snow King.

Zuko, if you do make it up this way, try to get in touch with me.

Zuko: I'm editing right now. I just re-read your post and realized you're talking about starting this trip in a couple of weeks. The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort doesn't even open the lifts until December 3. Targhee has announced a tentative opening a week or so before that, but they aren't exactly inundated with snow right now either. Before making that drive up here, I think you'll want to check here on Epic to ask how we're looking.

Jackson Hole isn't usually the best early-season bet in the Rockies (OTOH, Targhee is usually a pretty good bet).
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Your right and actually I'll be leaving in about a week and coming back when I get my Fill. Thanks. I'll have my laptop out there so I'll be checking this forum. It looks like I'll become very flexible the first 2 weeks. I'll check out Loveland, Breckinridge, Park City etc. . Wherever the snow is. Thanks guys.
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