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Thanksgiving Prep in Telluride

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Thanksgiving isn’t until next week but Telluride is giving thanks for the abundance of snow that fell on Monday and Tuesday of this week -26 inches of white gold in 48 hours! Needless to say town is abuzz with energy and excitement. That is what a major snow event does in a town where many locals start counting down the days until ski season the day after the lifts close in the spring. A good year is defined by how many days are logged on the hill. There are normally 130 to 132 days of ski season so anything above 125 days is considered a win.

With Thanksgiving just days away, many people across the country are getting organized and making “To Do” lists to prep for the big day: grocery shop for the Thanksgiving feast; recreate a festive tablescape seen on Pinterest; make a seating chart to ensure everyone gets along; concoct a fun and festive Turkey day cocktail; clean the house….the list is endless.


Telluridians also have a lengthy “To Do” lists but because Thanksgiving is also opening day at the Telluride Ski Resort, our lists look slightly different. Pick up a season ski pass; get skis tuned; find ski boots in the garage; purchase new pair of gloves to replace the ones lost last winter; check weather report to determine which goggle lens to use; are all considered top priorities. The grocery shopping, cocktail creation and tablescape will be dealt with at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving after a day on the slopes.


During the Thanksgiving feast, stories will be exchanged about the best runs of the days, all the while giving thanks and toasting El Nino for the early season snow that has set Telluride up for one of the best opening days in recent history.

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