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Telluride Thanksgiving

October 8, 2018

Now that fall is finally upon us, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season.  I know it seems like the summer flew by, but it is never too soon to start thinking about the next few months.  Many people find coming to Telluride during Thanksgiving to be some of the best ways to enjoy what Telluride has to offer.  Here are some of the reasons many people love this time of the year in the mountains.


No promises, but this time of the year tends to still be pretty mild.  The cold winter days will not be in store just yet during Thanksgiving.  This time of the year simply hints at the winter to come. You will still want to bundle up though, it does tend to stay pretty cold in the evenings this time of the year.  

Lack of Crowds

Since ski season still will not be in full swing, this time of the year tends to be pretty calm.  There will be a lot less people around than in the full blown winter season. Plus, with the lack of crowds it will make it a great time to get into some of the best restaurants without a wait.  Spending time in Aspen during this time is great to get to all of your favorite shops and art galleries without needing to fight any form of a crowd. 

No Need to CookChristmas dinner table with food at home in the living room

Holidays can be stressful.  Sometimes it is nice to leave the responsibility of the cooking to someone else.  Thankfully, in Telluride many restaurants not only are open Thanksgiving day, but many make special menus just for the holiday.  Do make sure to plan ahead however, these spots tend to fill up fast.  

Off Season Specials

While things are still quiet, many businesses will run specials and deals this time of the year to tourists and locals.  Many restaurants will offer certain specials this time of the year, and often many hotels will offer discounted rates during November and early December. 

Opening Weekend

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving weekend? Definitely that it officially opening weekend for the ski season.  Although terrain will still be pretty limited most likely, it is still amazing to be able to get in some early skiing.  For many, they really consider Thanksgiving a code for opening weekend. All we can do now is pray for snow!

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