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.