Been entertained by a few reports so figured I would share telluride.
Family vacation: Sister/ brother In-law / Dad/ wife.
Flew out of Boston/Denver/Montrose Shuttle up the hill. Signed on with a ski club from Sugarloaf. 3 bedroom condo Bear Village Lodge.
Been paying attention to the weather out here most of the year. Up until the end of December Whiteface and telluride were running neck and neck in the snow total about 80 inches. From January till now it snowed out here pretty much on and off all month. Those storms that hit Cali came across and dropped a good bit of snow. 205 YTD here, 45 inches in the past 10 days. Its going to be blue bird while we are here getting warmer every day.
The ride up is pretty boring until you take a left and head up into the canyon. Then things just go WOW. Got in and went out on the balcony to see what was up.
Yesterday we got up and went out with wife BOL and sister. It was pretty cold -10 or so all morning and I had warm weather wax on so things were slow. Skied lift 4 for a while waiting for a mountain tour meeting leaving from Gorronos. That was pretty OK getting going gave us a decent idea of the mountain. It lasted 3.5 hours and we toured most of the mountain with narrative in between. When that was finished the altitude was kicking in and everyone went in. Hooked up with a buddy from LP who moved to Durango and is a part time patroller out he. We spent some time on chair 14 and skied the chutes right off the lift. I started to get gased so we headed down via see forever trail taking a left into apex and slid out. Finished up around two. No pictures it was cold.
Decided today to follow the sun. We headed up to the revelation bowl first thing and it was you know a bowl. I took a shot from all sights of view. Took a couple runs off of that and headed over to chair five.
chair five we got off and went skiers left. Spent 6 runs here hitting the trails that dropped down the ridge line. Nice pitch and the sun was on it so the snow softened up and there was powder to be found all over. I eat bark I can find powder. It was steeped pitched you could slam around pretty good with a big smile on your face. Henry was a bump run you could see from the chair and its was fun showing off a little. The lift line had a lot of snow in it making a good straight-line. Stayed way skier right and rode the powder all the way down. Lots of air and a fair amount of gaping but it was a hoot.
Gorrono is a cool scene. Been eating lunch there the past two days. Band smoke house. Some of the structure used to be an old sheep farm. Why you would raise sheep at 10k feet is beyond me but pretty cool.
Day started out at 915. Headed over to the plunge lift to take a peak. It looked stiff so I headed up to revelation bowl. Took six runs in there all across the bowl. Snow was soft in spots and the bumps are getting big. Its never hard to find steep out here.
took two runs from gold mill. Dynamo and the lift line. steep bump runs with a few tight spots
From there we took off to the prospect lift took a groomer and dropped into roll. Didn't realize where we were and it went over a roller into steep soft cut up into some trees. Its incredible were the steep shit just pops up out of no where. Took the lift up and went over toward crystal. Steep and bumpy, got to the bottom and saw what we will ski tomorrow.
That is off the gold hill and you skiers left over to the goat path.
It was getting close to one and was meeting the better half at Alpino Vino for lunch. FUFU cheese and meat along with a beer. View from our table
after lunch my knees were a little mushy so I decided to head in and hang with my dad.
Hello from to hell you ride. Today started off with a change of plans. The guy that was showing me around tweeted his knee yesterday and went home to rub medicine on his Vagigi. He was fun to ski with. No real talking just skiing! To bad he will be better. Saw them off and hung out for a bit.
Went into the village with the Mrs. and my dad and looked around for some trinkets. Booted up at 11:00 and was meeting a few sugarloaf women at 1 to do a little ski around.
That is my mode of transportation down to the lifts. Not very fast but its part of the experience.
Jumped on the lift went over the shoulder and zipped over to the plunge lift. It faces north and its some of the steepest lift serviced. Took the lift line all the way down.
Big Bumps super steep and tight spots.
At one I met the ladies and we skied around. One of the ladies won the iron man award at the loaf. Pretty cool way people are selected. Lots of people have input including the lifties. She skied 170 days that year. I thought I do OK at about 50 per year. This a shot from the lower galloping goose.
Lost them around 2:30 and headed over to the coonskin lift. North Shoot to lower coonskin. The snow was pretty soft and the area does not see a lot of traffic. Still had to be on your toes.
Took one more run off the coonskin lift and did the milk run. Coming down into the lift is the steepest part. Its fun just setting hard edges and making turns in the air.
Pulled into the Gorrono Ranch at 3:45 met up with my BOL and had a beer or three and watched the show.