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Telluride, 2/28 to 3/5...looking for some advice on runs! [intermediate, 2nd trip out west]

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Hey guys, i have a couple of questions for my second trip ever out West to ski.  We went to Aspen last year as total noobs, but skiing was only a part of the trip.  I've always wanted to see that town, experience some wreal winter condiitons since we no lomger have them here in VA, so we only skied two days.  However, after some practice back home in February and march of last year, and some prodding of my girlfriend, we're going back to CO...this time T-Ride!

 

My excitment level ever since we booked this trip, despite my 37 years of age, is probably akin to a 5 year old that is told by his parents he is going to Disney World.  It's literally affecting my sleeping habits.  i can't stop thinkinig about how awesome it will be, and I scour weather reports all day long hoping for good news on the base and some fresh pow during the trip.  

 

Due to this excitement, I have spent an EXTeNSIVE amount of time reviewing the trail map and run videos on youtube.  i mean, literally, if you posted a ski video from a trip to T-ride I've probably seen like 10 times.  However, i still have questions about some of the runs that I couldnt find videos on, and more generally, about the steepness of the terrain on some of these runs.

 

First off, let me say that I am what I might call a middling beginner.  I've skied about 8 times, and I can parallel/skid turn under control.  I still struggle with the parallel turns on steeper terrain, as I tend to get scared and freeze up in pizza mode (for reference, those who've skied Wintergreen....I went into pizza mode on the beginning portion of eagle swoop, but after that first steep part i crusied down with parallel turns and no issues).  

 

As for T-ride, I know I can handle all the green runs, Galloping Goose (which i am totally stoked about...i know its almost flat, but just cruising with ease through that small out of the way run will be incredible for me), Madison, Double Cabin, Teddy's way, Village bypass.  All good.

 

The runs I think am 99.9% sure I can handle are Marmot, Sundance and Misty Maiden.  Also probably Polar Queen, and some of the other stuff off of that lift.  Polar Queen seems to get a tad steep at the end there, and I'be noticed that some of the runs at T-ride seem to have a high base built up to the point where the snow level is like half-way up the height of the trees lining the slope.  Its a bit scary, and makes a run more intimidating for me even if the overall steepness might not be bad.  See Forever seems to be like this.

 

The runs I am less certain on but would like to try are the Prospect bowl blue runs of Magnolia and Sandia.

 

My goals for the trip (and judging from what I have described above, this is where I'd like some advice) are to be able to ski Woozely's way down to the bottom of prospect bowl.  That is sort of my holy grail for the trip.  Also, skiing that first drop off into Stella on to Madison. Id also like to try See Forever from the Apex lift.  Is that doable?  is that just too much for someone of my ability?

 

a couple other random questions:

 

1.)What is Telluride trail like?  Its a switchback, but how steep is it? 

 

2.)Can you cross over from Madison in Prospect Bowl to the blue runs?

 

I'm also really excited about Enchanted Forest, as that will be my first time tree skiing.  I've scoured other resorts and a beginning tree area like that seems pretty rare.  This, the easier runs on prospect bowl, and the length of the greens and easier blues is what sold me on Telluride.  It looks to be some of the best, most interesting and diverse beginner/low level ingtermediate terrain anywhere.  You dont seem to hear much about it, but it really seems to be the case.

 

I'll be posting tons of pics and reviews from a begininer's perspective after the trip and also some youtube films.  I want to capture good video of some of the runs that dont seem to be on youtube.  In fact, there arent as many T-ride videos on youtube as there should be so I wan to add to that on my trip.

post #2 of 10

Your ablility sounds similar to my wifes.  So I based the info on what she skis in T-Ride

 

I was in T-ride last week with the 3 foot dump.  The mountain shaped up extremly well from a horrid 22 inch base.

 

1.  Tellruide trail is a switchback cat track trail.  Not steep but not very much fun either.  It's best use is a last run down the mountain if you don't want to down lift on the coonskin or take the gondolla down.

 

2.  Yes and No.  That area between the blue runs and the greens runs in prospect  bowl are extremely flat and deep snow.  For  what tracks are in there you will be using your poles alot

 

As for runs. 

 

The first pitch of sandia is steep for a blue.  But you can bypass 1/3 of the initial pitch by going around the cat track near the restrooms at the top of the lift.

 

Magnolia's initial pitch is less and the run is much wider.  Both of these runs are almost always groomed.  After the initial first pitch these blues become real easy and borderline double greens.

 

Getting to prospect bowl.

Enter from top of Polar queen express or you can enter from the top of the Ute Park lift.  Ute drops you in on an easy green.

 

Based upon your description of skill here are the blue runs you should be able to handle.  (No bumps)

 

Polar Queen lift

Polar Queen

Ophir Loop

Lower Woozies way

 

Village Express

Butterfly

Misty Maiden

Boomerang

Cake Walk

 

Apex Lift

See Forever  (cat track untill it opens up below the plunge lift)

 

Gold Hill Express

See Forever (Note it is basically a flat cat track up here)

 

Prospect Express

Sandia and Magnolia.  Just have to get past the first pitch and then you are golden

 

Sunshine Express

Upper Sundance

Marmot

 

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Enchanted forest.  Meh.  Usually heavily skied out by kids.  Will encounter rocks, bumps, and all kinds of interesting things.  Make sure you can tackle Sandia and Magnolia from top to bottom before tackling this one.

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by voriand View Post

Your ablility sounds similar to my wifes.  So I based the info on what she skis in T-Ride

 

I was in T-ride last week with the 3 foot dump.  The mountain shaped up extremly well from a horrid 22 inch base.

 

1.  Tellruide trail is a switchback cat track trail.  Not steep but not very much fun either.  It's best use is a last run down the mountain if you don't want to down lift on the coonskin or take the gondolla down.

 

2.  Yes and No.  That area between the blue runs and the greens runs in prospect  bowl are extremely flat and deep snow.  For  what tracks are in there you will be using your poles alot

 

As for runs. 

 

The first pitch of sandia is steep for a blue.  But you can bypass 1/3 of the initial pitch by going around the cat track near the restrooms at the top of the lift.

 

Magnolia's initial pitch is less and the run is much wider.  Both of these runs are almost always groomed.  After the initial first pitch these blues become real easy and borderline double greens.

 

Getting to prospect bowl.

Enter from top of Polar queen express or you can enter from the top of the Ute Park lift.  Ute drops you in on an easy green.

 

Based upon your description of skill here are the blue runs you should be able to handle.  (No bumps)

 

Polar Queen lift

Polar Queen

Ophir Loop

Lower Woozies way

 

Village Express

Butterfly

Misty Maiden

Boomerang

Cake Walk

 

Apex Lift

See Forever  (cat track untill it opens up below the plunge lift)

 

Gold Hill Express

See Forever (Note it is basically a flat cat track up here)

 

Prospect Express

Sandia and Magnolia.  Just have to get past the first pitch and then you are golden

 

Sunshine Express

Upper Sundance

Marmot

 

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Enchanted forest.  Meh.  Usually heavily skied out by kids.  Will encounter rocks, bumps, and all kinds of interesting things.  Make sure you can tackle Sandia and Magnolia from top to bottom before tackling this one.

 

awesome, thanks for the response!  this is exactly the type of advice i was looking for!  And it sounds like my thoughts on the mountain line up exactly with your descriptions.....especially on Polar Queen....those were the runs I idenitified as the best for me.

 

I know i can't go up the Gold Hill lift though.....i know its a cat track but the videos of that run going past Alpino Vino terrify me (just coming down from that hill on a skinny trail with cliffs on each side....the past past Alpino looks fine)  To get to See Forever I'd have to access it from Apex lift.

 

Great tip on Sandia....i will definitely make use of that.  Also on enchanted forest.....i was thinking that was super duper easy but it sounds like makybe i need to do a little practice on the other runs before i venture in there.

 

On Telluride Trail.....I'd love to be able to ski down the face of the main moutain into town, but i still worry about the steepness of that run and then the last part of it.  I'd hate to start off on it and then realize i was up a creek.  Some of the videos I've seen of the other runs there are terrifying....I dont even know how people can ski down that stuff.

 

If anyone else has some thoughts or pointers please chime in!

post #4 of 10

Telluride was my first Colorado experience and will forever be my favorite place on the planet to ski.  What is especially great for beginning skiers is the trail map and the six levels of difficulty used to grade the individual trails.  Telluride does a great job in letting you know exactly how difficult a run is going to be with no surprises.

 

As for your individual questions, I personally find the terrain from Lift 10 to be rather dull even though you'll find plenty of impressive houses coming down Bridges.  Definitely work your way up to Lift 6 as See Forever is not to be missed.  Along the way, Misty Maiden, Polar Queen and Butterfly will provide plenty of opportunities to work on those turns.

 

As for Telluride Trail, it's not difficult at all in my opinion.  It's definitely an experience to come down the Telluride Face and get some good looks at some of the toughest terrain in Colorado.  This trail used to be considered a double green (and in my mind, still is).

 

I think you'll have a wonderful time.  Come back afterwards and tell us how it went.  And let me know what you thought of the view from the top of See Forever.

post #5 of 10

One other thing to mention, if you feel comfortable on the single blue runs, please beware that the step up to the double blues can be significant.  The double blues are rarely groomed and are a great introduction to skiing moguls.  If you aren't interested in moguls, then I suggest you stick to the single blues.

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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post

Telluride was my first Colorado experience and will forever be my favorite place on the planet to ski.  What is especially great for beginning skiers is the trail map and the six levels of difficulty used to grade the individual trails.  Telluride does a great job in letting you know exactly how difficult a run is going to be with no surprises.

 

As for your individual questions, I personally find the terrain from Lift 10 to be rather dull even though you'll find plenty of impressive houses coming down Bridges.  Definitely work your way up to Lift 6 as See Forever is not to be missed.  Along the way, Misty Maiden, Polar Queen and Butterfly will provide plenty of opportunities to work on those turns.

 

As for Telluride Trail, it's not difficult at all in my opinion.  It's definitely an experience to come down the Telluride Face and get some good looks at some of the toughest terrain in Colorado.  This trail used to be considered a double green (and in my mind, still is).

 

I think you'll have a wonderful time.  Come back afterwards and tell us how it went.  And let me know what you thought of the view from the top of See Forever.

I will definitely have a full report from a beginner's perspective!  Aspen was my first trip out West last year, and so Telluride is the follow-up.  I'm unbelievably excited about the whole experience and what the place offers.

 

Someone finally posted some videos of Telluride trail on youtube so I do think I can handle that for sure...although I'm a little concerned about the part of the trail where the switchbacks end and it kind of merges with Coonskin under the gondola.....I'm not sure how steep that is going to be.  

 

Unfortunately in Aspen, we were unable to ski Ajax and right into town (it is kind of a dream of mine to ski into a a real town like aspen or tride or park city) b/c we were total beginners.  Which was okay, we had a great time at Buttermilk (notice my avatar from Larkspur!) and Snowmass.   It is looking like T-ride Trail will allow me to do that though, and the next time I go to Aspen I WILL ski down that mountain!

post #7 of 10

As I said, Telluride Trail used to be a double green and you will definitely have that opportunity to ski right down into the town.  Even the part that runs alongside Coonskin is not difficult.  You will absolutely love See Forever.  It is one of my favorite blue runs anywhere.

 

Interestingly enough, I will be making my first trip ever to Aspen next month.  I will only have three days to ski and will be staying at Snowmass Village.  I'd like to try out a different place each day just to get a feel for the place.  We'll see how that goes.

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Howdy, gents (and gals)!  I'm still digging through photos and unpacking.  Anyhow, I'll have a more extensive review of my trip with photos later, but i did manage a youtube video.  It;s my first time using iMovie...not too shabby!

 

Also, all that talk of Revelation Bowl was utter nonsense.  There is no way in hell I was skiing that Bowl at my current level.  I realized something as soon as I got there....youtube ski videos make the terrain look ALOT more doable and flatter that they actually are in person.  So no Reveation bowl, telluride trail, or see forever....but I had a BLAST and the place exceeded my expectations in every way possible.

 

Check out my video and I'll have a full review later, probably sometime this weekend!

 

post #9 of 10

Glad to hear you had a great time, though I'm bummed you didn't make it down See Forever.  I look forward to your full report.  (My first ski trip to Colorado was Telluride and I'll never forget driving into town and seeing the Telluride face and saying "What the heck?!?  I came all the way out here to die?!?")  Little did I know that the back side of the mountain (Goronno Basin) has some of the best beginner skiing anywhere.

 

Your video is great and it looks like you had some nice snow and great weather to enjoy the mountain.

post #10 of 10

My wife and I were in Telluride at the same time you were.  We'd been there before, and we love it.  It's got to be one of, if not the, best places for combining both amazing expert terrain and spectacular beginner trails.  Glad to hear you had fun.  Since there was some powder on Monday you might have had a chance to find out what it's all about!  Telluride really is a special place.  Can't wait to read the full trip report.

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