by: anhillx - 3rd February 2007

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 5Nightlife
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Value

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Just back after 8 days in the wild west of Telluride. This is my 2nd visit and I'll make it an annual trip. The first 5 days were high speed groomers with no fresh snow for over 3 weeks. First thing you do in the morning is check out the groomer report for chair 7 & 9. Hit the Gondola to warm up on whatever was groomed off chair 7. Then hit chair 9 to amp it up. After a time-out schnapps at Giuseppe's (top of chair 9), work over to chair 14 to check-out the trees under Electra. Then, hit chair 12 to check-out the bowl chutes skier right. Pretty low cover when the hills sitting below 40 inch base, so off-piste will guarentee you a trip to the ski doctor at the end of the day. But, I got 20 inches of new powder the last 3 days of the trip. This opened up new horizons. With fresh powder, you gotta hike up Bald Mt. Also, all the trees between chair 9's glades become mecca zones of deep stashes. Stay on the boundry line skier left of chair 14 (Andy's Gold) and you'll hit some sweet white gold. If you're really feeling strong and somewhat foolish, talk a local into climbing Gold Hill to drop into Bear Creek off the backside of the resort. Pretty scary stuff and high chance of personal injury if you don't know didely about route selection down 35-40 degree cliffed bowls. Bring the peeper/shovel/probe or you'll become someone's liability real fast. On a lighter note, the Apre ski rocks. We prefer the Old Town, but Mountain Village has a couple hits. Try Tracks for lunch and grab a Chicken Pot Pie at the bar with a beer. Gets your legs strong to tackle the hill some more. Telluride my favorite destination resort for expert sking and ski town charm. It's getting overrun with development, but manages to keeps it's heritage and soul.
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