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Winter Spring Skiing for the Win

Spring skiing has so much going for it. Some of you may know how spring skiing is all about longer lunches and après scenes that are made possible by sunnier, stretched out days. Grab a table at Oak and watch the last of the skiers and riders come off the hill. Or, park it in one of the brightly-colored Adirondack chairs on the beach at Gorrono Ranch. Or, get really lucky, and snag a spot at one of the sought-after tables on the mountain at Alpino Vino, the highest-elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America. Or maybe Bon Vivant? With wines, cheeses, sandwiches, beers, and even live music, you won’t want to go anywhere.

But, what you may not know is that it’s also about smaller crowds and shorter lift lines.

Truth is, on any given day we think Telluride skiers spend less time waiting in lines than skiers at almost any other western resort. But, throughout February and March, it’s a whole new level of intimacy. No joke: You’re likely to find yourself on a first-name basis with the lifty. You don’t have to worry about driving down the I-70 corridor in intense traffic, because you won’t have to deal with that here. Bumper to bumper doesn’t exist, but an early gondola line to access fresh snow, might.

Every time we set out to inventory the greatest reasons to ski in February and Marchthe list gets longer. Fewer crowds, shorter lines, warmer toes, softer snow, longer lunches, goggle tans, the happiest après scenes — and the best deals of the season. In fact, we can’t think of a single reason not to pack the sunnies and hit the slopes.


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