Winter Storm Dumps 20 Inches of Snow in Telluride


TELLURIDE, Colo. (Nov. 11, 2002) - Telluride is digging out from a wintry storm that dropped 20 inches of snow over the weekend. Ski patrol is reporting a 31-inch settled base at the top of the mountain.

"This is one of the best early season snow years that I can remember within the last 30 years," said John Knowles, mountain manager for the Telluride Ski & Golf Company (Telski). "The mountain is incredible shape. We couldn't have asked for better conditions to kick off the season."

Snowmakers, ski patrollers, lift operators, lift mechanics and groomers are working fast and furiously to prepare the mountain for opening day, Nov. 26. Ski season kicks off with Donation Day, a fundraiser for the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club. Lift tickets are $24 for everyone (except children five and under who ski free); all lift ticket proceeds will be donated to the club.

Early season lift ticket prices are $51 and take effect on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Season passes, T-cards and all other pass products are also valid on Nov. 27. T-card holders ski for $30 through Dec. 20.

Thanks to the early arrival of winter, Telluride has already received nearly six-and-a-half feet of snow since its first storm of the year on August 31. For more information, visit visit Snow photos are available at