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Telluride Vs. Steamboat in Late March

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Hey Me and my wife are planing a ski trip around the last week of march. I was thinking Telluride, but the snow and trees are Steamboat are appealing. I am an an upper advanced skier and my wife is an intermediate skier. I want 6 things in a my ski resort: Scenery, trees, good conditions in late march, nice town, challenge, and good groomers for my wife. Can anybody help me out?

Thanks
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While I have been to Vail, BC, Loveland, Breck, Keystone and Copper I have not yet been to either of your choices.  That being said a couple of things I have picked up...Telluride will have the scenery edge to Steamboat and is a much tougher mountain overall.  I am sure your wife will find some intermediate groomers to her liking but you better make sure that is true.  I would think both towns are about the same and I know that Steamboat is more known for glade skiing than Telluride.

Late March might be kinda pushing it for Steamboat which is a bit lower in elevation and I believe faces either South or East.  It does get more snow overall than Telluride so maybe this evens the weather concern out.

Lastly how convenient is either to get to from where you are?  I would go with the direct flight if you can get one.  Both mountains have airports nearby and if you cannot get a flight into the local airport it is a long way to drive from DEN.   Also how does price factor into your decision?

Hope this helped!

Marc
post #3 of 9
Easy call in late March for the stated reason: Steamboat is low elevation and more south than north exposure.  Telluride is the exact opposite.  Very high and a good chunk of north facing. The 2,000 vertical chair 9 area is virtually certain to have nice midwinter conditions.

Yes Telluride gets less snow, but March is also its peak snowfall month on average.  If your trip were in January my answer would be the opposite.
post #4 of 9
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Thanks for the feedback, I live in DC so I will be flying directly into both options. As far as cost goes, its nice for things to be cheaper, but cost is not a dealbreaker. Would anyone recommend Deer Valley/Canyons?
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Hey Me and my wife are planing a ski trip around the last week of march. I was thinking Telluride, but the snow and trees are Steamboat are appealing. I am an an upper advanced skier and my wife is an intermediate skier. I want 6 things in a my ski resort: Scenery, trees, good conditions in late march, nice town, challenge, and good groomers for my wife. Can anybody help me out?

Thanks

Well, in late March at Telluride, I've had many memorable days. The scenery is always nice, unless you are in a major spring storm and don't care at that point. When the mid morning corn softens and the sun is toasty, it's not hard to have an enjoyable day. As noted, there are other aspects that can avoid the sun and remain soft. The town has a good vibe and no crowds.
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Thanks for the feedback, I live in DC so I will be flying directly into both options. As far as cost goes, its nice for things to be cheaper, but cost is not a dealbreaker. Would anyone recommend Deer Valley/Canyons?

DV / Crayons could be a crapshoot in late March. If you said Alta/Snowbird, then OK, but the altitude of DV/etc makes it problemati at that time - I've had great, and I've had crappy. LCC and BCC have routinely been excellent at that time.
post #7 of 9
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Thanks for the posts, were 99% set on Telluride. Im just wondering, would Telluride still be the best in late march if squaw valley/north tahoe, and Jackson hole were the other options?
Edited by billabilla - 1/10/10 at 6:25pm
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would Telluride still be the best in late march if squaw valley/north tahoe, and Jackson hole were the other options
 

I guess you don't read some of the other comments around here.   Jackson has the same exposure issues as Steamboat but worse since not so much can be groomed.  Tahoe south is generally better than north late season due to higher altitude.   Telluride really is in the upper tier of expected conditions. for that time of year.  http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/fam_ski.htm
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Thanks a lot to everyone who posted we've decided on Telluride....Is it worth the drive to Crested Butte for a day trip?
Edited by billabilla - 1/13/10 at 12:28pm
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