With four weeks left until Christmas, Telluride has turned into a snow globe. Telluride Ski Resort opened Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, marking the much-anticipated return of ski season. After such a brutally dry summer, the sight of fresh powder is certainly something to be celebrated. So far, the mountain has seen 56 inches of snow, including 10 inches within the past week, with a base depth of 24 inches. Looking ahead at the next seven days, there’s more white stuff in the forecast. As of press time Wednesday afternoon, there’s at least a 40 percent chance of snow showers from Thursday through Monday. Six lifts and seven trails are open right now, and snowmaking crews are out there doing their thing in an effort to offer up more terrain as soon as possible. On the mountain, there’s something for everyone. CNN recently named Telluride Ski Resort one of the best in North America for extreme skiing, citing its heli-skiing offerings and large swath of advanced terrain (41 percent). It’s perfect if someone wants to “descend upon untouched, virgin snow.” 

Larry Olmsted of Forbes said Telluride is one of the best resorts on the planet, placing it ahead of peers like Vail, Park City, Jackson Hole and Whistler. 

Plus, as Olmsted cited, Ski Magazine’s 2016-17 reader’s poll ranked Telluride North America’s Best for Overall Satisfaction. It also earned top marks for “scenery” and “character.”

“Telluride excels across the board and is a near perfect gem,” Olmsted wrote, adding the dining and lodging options are also top notch. 

This is not a surprise if you’ve been here before, since the resort and surrounding area annually lands on “best of” lists for its beautiful setting and diverse system of runs. This is what Telluride is all about, but words can only paint part of the picture.

In our ongoing efforts to bring the reader the most compelling content, we’ve been checking our social media feeds for the best powder pictures from the ski season thus far. While the space here is limited, one can scroll for hours searching “#telluride” on Twitter or Instagram. For the most up-to-date snow report, visit tellurideskiresort.com. In the meantime, enjoy this eye candy.