Telluride Realty's Monthly e-Newsletter–December 2018
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Telluride Had the Snow to Open Thanksgiving.Has Added 22" More in Another Week.  More Storms Forecast This Week.

Bellissima...happy times here for skiers and boarders who report to me that it`s good up there.  Chair 5 opened today.  Snow guns are`s cold.  Cover is good.

If the snow forecast stays true, Christmas will be too. My skis are out, boots, wool and silk undies, everything is oiled to use my senior citizen season pass.  Oh...what happened?  Some answers must be: the both hips and one knee replacements.
Garlands, wreaths,  sweet lights are going up in Town and Mountain Village.  Noel Night happens tonight in Town.  So our shops offer discounts to lure out locals and the humans who have shown up from all over this earth.  Even Town taverns and ganga shops have joined in to help Mom and Dad and the 21+ and up(s) get loaded, on bargain niceness and joy.
Mountain Village begins their fun stuff starting December 15.  For the kiddoes: Santa, train rides, reindeer petting zoo, ice skating (no old folks age limit either) with a DJ!
And MIDGET ELVES stationed at the Gondola are happening.  So the Village is equipped...and beginning your parade.
I await for you shopping bags equipped with choice goods for all you happy souls... primed and aiming to join in...and so: get it on People...
Happy Holidays,

Telluride Ski Resort opens for the season
After two years of delays, Thanksgiving Day runs return
By Justin Criado, Editor
The day is upon us, Telluride. Today, Thursday, Nov. 22, is a date that certainly won’t live in infamy, but will bring joy to the snow-hungry masses. We’ve waited patiently through two consecutive less-than-stellar ski seasons for Opening Day to reclaim its rightful place on the calendar. Early season snow and cold temperatures have allowed Telluride Ski Resort to adequately pad and groom its runs, and now it’s go time. This is good news for all who hail Ullr. Finally, you can sigh in relief. Walking about Wednesday during the annual Donation Day, which supports the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club in the form of $25 lift tickets, one word kept coming up, on and off the record. Excited. That feeling was palpable, as the area is almost literally buzzing about the mountain opening on Turkey Day. Top-notch snowboarders who like to sit atop barstools and daydream about fresh powder use the term “shred time.” It sounds cooler, one would assume, but, yeah, it’s shred time, folks.  
No matter what you call it, Matt Windt, vice president of sales and marketing for Telski, said the team is ready to go.
“Man, the energy is awesome. Every year as we ramp up, the teams are going through orientation and training,” he said. “There’s just a lot of great energy. This year even more so, because we haven’t opened for Thanksgiving the last couple seasons.”
He added that Thanksgiving is typically during the last week of November, so several factors had to come together in order to make Opening Day 2018 a reality. They nailed it.  
“It’s an early start, we had great natural snow, cold weather (for snowmaking),” he said. “Everything’s lining up for a great season and the team feels it.” 
As of press time Wednesday afternoon, the snow report showed a base depth of 19 inches and 46 total inches. Six lifts will be in operation today (Thursday), including Village Express (Lift 4) and the Chondola (Lift 1). Seven trails will be open — Village Bypass (from top of Lift 4 to Lower Boomerang), Lower Boomerang (from Village Bypass to the base of Lift 4), Upper and Lower Misty Maiden, South Meadows, the Meadows Learning Center, and Peaks Trail. 
As for the weather, there’s a 70 percent chance of snow with a high of 32 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. This may be a sign of things to come, as The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center previously announced a 70 to 75 percent chance of an El Niño winter. That means a wetter winter out West, ideal for mountain towns like ours.   
In the meantime, snowguns are a blowing, and Windt said the plan is to keep spreading the white stuff up the mountain, filling in the gaps and opening more runs as soon as possible. 
“We’re finishing up the effort on the lower mountain areas and keep moving up and up and up, and building those connections to the different terrain areas,” he explained earlier this week. 
Mike Trese of Durango admitted he’s still hesitant to check the weather, given the scant snowfall the past two years, but he has hope for Winter 2018-19. 
“I’m almost too scared to look at the weather, but I have my fingers crossed for sure,” he said. “I think it’s going to be way better. We’ve been let down for a couple years.”
Over at the Oak Street Gondola Station, Chris O’Connor greeted a steady stream of Donation Day participants. 
“Clearly, people were depressed last year for the first month or so,” he said. “There’s a lot more excitement in the air. You can feel it.”
Blake Houston agreed. The Austin, Texas, native learned how to ski in Telluride over the years. He explained what ski season means to him, while he prepped his gear for the first run of the season. 
“I’m really looking forward to it. This is a huge thing for me. I’ve been coming here since I was young,” he said. “It’s just really good to get out here and forget my problems.”
But this is just the beginning. Windt explained that season pass sales have been “strong” so far; he couldn’t divulge exact numbers, per Telski’s policy. Plus, there are plans to add several activities to the slate throughout the season, which will be officially announced in December. 
“We’re excited about the possibilities,” he said. 
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