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November

Hello-We are visiting in Colorado as a family for the first time in November of 2007 and we are considering Snowmass Village. One huge question. We really need to go the week of Thanksgiving (school and work issues.) But I noticed that ski season has an 'open' date and since we know nothing about ski season, what does this mean? Will everything be closed if we arrive prior to the official opening?

Also, another dumb question (we are from Texas where there is not much snow!) will there be much snow in late November? Obviously it's hard to know exactly this far out but in general, is late November at Snowmass snow weather?

Thank You!

Shannon& Family

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1. Re: November

Ski season opens Thursday, Thanksgiving Day for Snowmass and Aspen Mountains. Buttermilk and Highlands will open second week of December (not to worry....Snowmass alone is bigger than Steamboat, Beaver Creek, etc.- plenty to ski) If there has been unusually high snowfall there may be an earlier open but that's always played by ear.

You will be able to find hotels and condos to stay in earlier in the week, and some of the restaurants that were closed for off season will have reopened, but skiing will not be available until Thursday.

Late November at most all Colorado ski resorts will have snow (exceptions might be those further in the southwest such as Crested Butte or Telluride- sometimes those open in the first few days of December). But you won't be neck deep in snow. I'm assuming you guys aren't double black diamond skiers, and if that's the case then you'll be fine. Steeper/rockier runs need more snow coverage and open later into the season. Also, again, most all resorts have excellent snowmaking so any thin spots will be covered with manmade snow.

We can never predict the weather but for what I imagine are your family's skiing needs you'll be perfectly fine.

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2. Re: November

Hi Jennifer-Thanks for the info, that is extremely helpful! I have a few more questions-you seem to be an expert. :) If skiing opens Thanksgiving day, is it just crazy crowded? And, if the skiing is not open until Thanksgiving, will other activities be available like the snowboarding prior to Thanksgiving, or is it basically a wait until Thursday type of situation before everything gets going?

Thanks again!

Shannon

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3. Re: November

No, it's not crazy crowded ever in Aspen/Snowmass and definitely not on early season/Thanksgiving holidays as more people will travel to see other family rather than go skiing. We're far enough away from Denver that there is limited traffic from that area unlike resorts closer to Denver.

By "skiing" I actually meant all snow sliding sports. No skiing or snowboarding until Thankgiving day. The mountain doesn't open until Thanksgiving for anyone. If you want to get crazy you are welcome to hike up and ski (or snowboard) down, but lifts will not run for guests until opening day.

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