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Telluride Is Hot

Telluride thumbnailLike in our
Rockies, the snow in Colorado came early and big. Telluride, located in the
southwest corner of the state, received 50 centimetres last weekend alone and
now has a base in excess of 80 cm and they’re not officially opening until
next week. This year you can ride, ski and sleep at Telluride for just $91
per day.

Since our Canadian dollar is almost matching the American greenback,
that’s a great deal. There’s even a World Cup Snowboard event making its
first regional stop from December 18-20. The Telluride airport has connecting
flights through Denver or Salt Lake City making it only a one-stopper for us
Edmontonians.

If you’ve never been there before, check it out on the web at
tellurideskiresort.com. The town is nestled in a valley with enormous peaks
all around and the ambiance is similar to a smaller version of Whistler.

(Editor’s note: Snow Zone visits Telluride next week.
–Jeremy.)

Have a Peek at Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks thumbnailSun Peaks Resort
is just a short drive up from Kamloops. With continuing pressure from
Whistler to keep up, Sun Peaks has stepped it up again.
A $39 one-way West Jet connection to Vancouver, partnership with Mike Wiegele
heli-skiing and a new upscale condominium called Kookaburra Lodge are just
some of the changes this winter. The heli-ski option is big because usually
this is a relatively expensive multi-day venture, but now you can catch a one
day Nancy Greene shuttle to Blue River and jump aboard a whirlybird for up to
five runs on incredible champagne powder. In addition, there’s a new Tapas
bar and an Irish Pub called Morrisey’s Public House.

Like many of our Rocky Mountain resorts, Sun Peaks is reporting an epic
start to winter. Just for fun, on opening day November 14, they offered $14
lift tickets to Leafs fans in honour of their 14th loss of the young hockey
season.

Cat Skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cat Skiing thumbnailIf you have a
chance to get to Revelstoke this winter, check out their Cat Skiing operation
and go for a ride. This is about as close as you can get to heli-skiing and
for only $400 a day it’s a pretty hot deal.

Not only do you get a day of unlimited vertical on the backside
overlooking the Monashees, it includes backcountry and avalanche beacon
training, deep snow rentals, breakfast, on-slope lunch and après ski
beverages. Although a relative new comer to our mountain scene, Revelstoke is
making their mark. This year it will be starting lifts on December 5.
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