Telluride Receives First Snow of the Season

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Denver, Colo. Aug. 29, 2002 (AP)--The calendar says August but the weather looks more like November in Telluride, Colo. The ski resort in southwest Colorado received its first snowfall of the year, Thursday. Thanks to an unexpected storm that dropped several inches of snow, the high peaks and the upper runs of the ski area have already switched from their summer greens to winter whites.

Mountain crews measured four inches of snow in Prospect Bowl, 733 acres of new terrain that opened last winter. At 3 p.m., it was still snowing on the upper areas of the mountain. "The snow is falling and winter is right around the corner!" said Rob Perlman, President/CEO for Colorado Ski Country USA. "It's time to trade in the golf equipment for those skis and snowboards."

The Farmers Almanac is calling for heavy snow and colder-than-normal temperatures this winter. "We are predicting a rough winter, with severe weather patterns that gradually shift eastward as the winter progresses,'' writes Caleb Weatherbee, the pseudonym used by the almanac's forecaster.

Based upon Telluride's unexpected but welcome winter storm, the Farmer's Almanacs predictions are right on track.

For more information on all Colordao Ski Country's 24 resorts, go to www.coloradoski.com

Colorado Resorts Opening Date
(subject to change)

Arapahoe Basin
November

Aspen Highlands
Dec. 14

Aspen Mountain
Nov. 28

Beaver Creek
Nov. 23

Breckenridge
Nov. 9

Buttermilk
Dec. 14

Copper Mountain
Nov. 1

Crested Butte
Dec. 14

Durango Mountain Resort
Nov. 28

Eldora
Mid-Nov.

Howelsen
Late Nov.

Keystone
Nov. 1

Loveland
Mid-Oct.

Monarch
Nov. 22

Powderhorn
Dec. 12

Silverton
Nov. 15

Ski Cooper
Nov. 28

Sol Vista
Dec. 14

Snowmass
Nov. 28

Steamboat
Nov. 27

Sunlight
Nov. 27

Telluride
Nov. 27

Vail
Nov. 22

Winter Park/Mary Jane
Nov. 13