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Bittersweet Spring Skiing

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Spring is a bittersweet time of year in Telluride, Colorado. Locals celebrate the season heartily, basking in long days of sunshine and booking adventures to exotic locales. Beach time is just around the corner, and our toes are ready to trade the ski boots for sand. But there’s the rub: While our feet might be anxious for the break, it’s hard to give up skiing and snowboarding now—these are some of the best days of the year.

On Friday, Telluride got lucky. We received 22 inches of snow in 24 hours, the most snowfall during that period anywhere in North America. To say the least, Saturday was memorable. We found fresh tracks and face shots in every cranny of the Telluride Ski Resort, and my ski posse logged over seven hours of turns. On Sunday, it warmed into the 50s. The snow compacted into a creamy soft butter under our skis while a bluebird sky hung overhead. Put simply: The weekend was two days of absolute alpine perfection.

Telluride Ski Resort closes at 5 p.m. on Easter (April 4),  so there’re only a few more days to savor. The summer festival line-up looks great, but I’m reluctant to let go of ski season. Another storm is forecasted for Thursday. Maybe we’ll get lucky again. Either way, I aim to make the most of these last days of lift-served access.

See you on the hill.

(Photo courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort and Brett Schreckengost.)


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