Telluride, CO, Nov. 3, 2000--Winter appears to be back on track with healthy amounts of early season snow blanketing ski resorts all over the country. A "normal" early season is just what Telluride, CO seems to be experiencing.
Over the past nine days 29 inches of snow fell on the area and officials report over three feet of snow on the north-facing slopes. With all of this snow, mountain operations have had their hands full. Snowmaking operations, given $3 million of improvements over the summer, began on Oct. 25 to cover terrain served by Lifts 1, 4, 5, and 6.
In addition to making snow 15 to 20 ski patrollers work on-mountain to pack down natural snow into a stable base. This process entails a snow cat rolling a heavy pipe attached to a 4,200-foot cable and a winch down the steep slopes. Ski patrollers also pack down the base by sidestepping on the terrain. Naturally they're making a few of the first turns of the season too.
"The storms that have rolled in over the past few weeks have given us a head start on the season," said Kelly Ladyga, Telluride Ski and Company communications director. "Between the three feet of natural snow and around-the-clock snowmaking we're on track for a great season indicative of Telluride."
Resort officials expect to open on Nov. 21 with more terrain than last year putting the ski resort on track for a normal winter, which by most standards is a great winter.