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Telluride 23-30 DEC?

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Just wondering what can be expected in regards to snow cover during late December?  Is it hit or miss or fairly reliable as far as most lifts being open?
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That is a little early to count on good snow on all the steeps.  They have got snow making to cover a good part of the mountain, and it's high enough that the snow they get sticks around, but the steeps need quite a bit of base to be skiable without major rock/stump dodging.  Unless that have an extremely lame early season snow, I think you can count on at least OK cover on most of the mountain, but you will probably be jumping some trash in the troughs on most of the steep bump runs.  They tend to open stuff even it is really sketchy and let you make the call whether you want to ski it.  The "extreme" hike to stuff is almost all exposed to the sun and wind, the later of which can really mess up the snow cover, so it'll be a crap shoot that early in the season.  Based on skiing there the last 35 years, if I had to bet, I'd say the odds are that you'll  have a good time and pretty good snow for that early in the season.
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Good stuff thanks.  Looking like the wife and I will be staying at the Blue Jay Lodge about 20min outside of town.

Any advice on good places to eat or things to do other than skiing?
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How is telluride start-mid Jan?
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Originally Posted by Fast GTO View Post

Good stuff thanks.  Looking like the wife and I will be staying at the Blue Jay Lodge about 20min outside of town.

Any advice on good places to eat or things to do other than skiing?
 

Orvis Hot Spings in Ridgeway is a nice place, they have private tub rooms for romantic soaking.  The Mexican Restaurant there is also good.  I think its El Hondo.   There is also a large outside pool hot springs in Ouray, which is a little farther down the road, and on the way to Silverton.  If you eat in Ouray try the Bon Ton.  Telluride has lots of good bars and places to eat.  It is small enough that you can explore and discover on foot. If you have never been there I think you will be enchanted by the town.  If you are going to dine in the Mountain Village, don't drive.  Park in T-ride and take the free gondola ride over and back. Amazing views night and day.
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How is telluride start-mid Jan?

Predictions for snow this year are not real encouraging, but even if you don't get new snow, Telluride is high altitude and the north facing stuff almost always has good carvable snow, even if it hasn't dumped for awhile.
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hi, to add an aspect for the tread, what runs and activities would be decent for a family with Intermediate skiing skills, enjoy more leisure runs in easy trees, etc? in the same time frame?

my brother in law is headed (has place in town, no car) out, wife and 11 yr old boy having traditionally done Steamboat.  Son enjoys kids level trees (the betweens in Steamboat off Tomahawk, betweens off Why Not, etc) for fun.    

interested in what's good in town for bar/restaurant hangout ... happy hour stuff, etc.  Also morning breakfast hangouts?  not upscale folks given boy in hand ; )

Bro-In-Law does a bit more groomed blacks, but by himself may be reserved.

sorry, not try-in to hijack, just didn't find much in the search engine of late
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