MONARCH, SNOWMASS, AND TELLURIDE TO OPEN ON THANKSGIVING

More resorts in Colorado open this week than any other; Crested Butte and Steamboat opened today, while Monarch Mountain, Snowmass, and Telluride open tomorrow on Thanksgiving day. Here's the lowdown on the Turkey Day openings.

R: Alex Pashley P: Aaron Dodds L: Monarch Mountain, CO

R: Alex Pashley P: Aaron Dodds L: Monarch Mountain, CO

Monarch Mountain will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with "nearly all of the trails off of Garfield, Panorama, Tumbelina, and the Caterpillar" open. While a little bit of snow is expected through today, it probably won't be enough to create an opening day pow day.


Snowmass will open tomorrow with approximately 480 acres including the Burn and 5 lifts will be turning. Following opening day is the annual Thanksjibbing rail jam at the Snowmass base village. The rail jam will take place starting at 2 p.m. Thanksjibbing is an invite-only event that will consist of a 45-minute jam session with both skiers and snowboarders, followed by a 20-minute final. The event will give spectators the chance to watch esteemed local riders and skiers including Matt Walker, Alex Ferreira, Aidan Sheahan, Blake Axelson and Chase DeMeulenaere


Telluride has received 4 1/2 feet in the past two weeks and the resort is opening with an impressive 30" base. Telluride will run the Village Express (Lift 4), the Chondola (Lift 1), and both magic carpets encompassing runs such as Village Bypass, Meadows, The Peaks, Boomerang & Lower Boomerang, all of Misty Maiden, and the lower part of Hoot Brown intermediate Terrain Park (accessed via Misty Maiden). Riders will be able to access the mountain on a short hike from mid-way Gondola Station San Sophia to Village Bypass. This year Telluride Ski Resort will also run Polar Queen Express (Lift 5) and all of the terrain in the Polar Queen Express (Lift 5) area will be open with the exception of one tree run that still needs more coverage. Lower Happy Thought, Stormin’ Norman, Dew Drop, Polar Queen, Alta, Silver Tip, Henry’s, and Cake Walk will be open and there are possible bonus trails that may be announced day of. 

Saturday the ski resort will offer a limited opening of Apex Lift (Lift 6) around mid-morning. Runs will include Allais Alley, Zulu Queen, Silver Glade, Chongo’s, Giant Steps, and Woozley’s Way. There will be no groomed intermediate runs out of the Apex Lift area, so terrain will be limited to advanced and advanced intermediate skiers only. The ski resort will reevaluate the trails after Saturday to determine if it can remain open. Mountain operations are hard at work making and grooming snow so that access to more terrain is available soon. Updates and terrain announcements can be found on the ski resort’s website