Thanksgiving In Telluride: Lots Of Carving Going On For Opening Day

by Eileen Burns

IMGP0760 (editor's note: I took one run from the top of Lift 6 down See Forever to the Beach. I happened to be riding the lifts and skiing with recent Telluride immigrant, Gaile Oslapas, who is a supervisor in the Children's Ski School. We stopped a few times on the way down to take in points of interest. Welcome to Telluride, Gaile)

Before cutting into this year's juicy Thanksgiving turkey, local Telluride skiers and guests took to the slopes for some early season carving as Telluride Ski Resort celebrated opening day.


First chair was awarded to four locals who were pivotal in Snowboard World Cup's coming to Telluride this December. Under the typical vibrant blue ski that Telluride is known for, Meehan Fee, Elizabeth Howe, Scott McQuade and Justin Chandler launched this year's ski season on the coveted first chair at 9am.  Hundreds of boarders and skiers followed with enthusiastic whoops and hollers, as snow blowers, still hard at work, lined the slopes.  

Ski school was in full swing with smiling instructors and nervous clients, mostly the little ones.  All the village core restaurants were open and welcoming guests with local brews, chili, burgers and lots of outside seating to enjoy the sunny, warm day.

A bit of a glitch shut lift four down a bit early, but overall, this was an opening day to remember.  Ski ya later!

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