Originally Posted by Lofcaudio
I responded to your other question about Telluride and will be happy to give my two cents here as well.
Please don't take this the wrong way...I would encourage you to work up to the point where you are not so afraid of speed and have the ability to carve good turns on steeper terrain before you venture into areas with powder or crud-like conditions. One of the things that might be a great idea for you is to take a half-day (or full) of intermediate lessons where you can refine your form and increase your confidence.
Like a previous poster mentioned, you should first be able to ski down Bushwacker or Plunge when groomed. Some of your comments don't make sense as the normal progression of skiing ability typically has a skier feeling a lot more comfortable on groomed runs, rather than those with powder. Even though it has been a while since I skiied Telluride, here is how I would rank the difficulty of the individual trails (at least, those that I have been on), from easiest to more difficult:
- The Peaks
- Galloping Goose
- Double Cabin
- Village Bypass
- Cake Walk (mostly flat)
- Telluride Trail
- Misty Maiden
- Pick 'N Gad
- Dew Drop
- Polar Queen
- See Forever
- Ophir Loop
- Humboldt Draw
- Silver Tip
- Woozley's Way
- Plunge (when groomed)
- Bushwacker (when groomed)
Those should keep you busy. I have not been to Telluride since Revelation Bowl has been opened so I do not have an opinion on it.
Awesome man, this is great info....thank you!
I hear what you are saying as far as the normal progression of things goes and that groomers are considered easier. However, my biggest fear are steeps and speed, and basically the inability i would have to slow down on steeps. I know powder can be challenging, but I feel like it would slow me down and allow me to sort of do that quick, back and forth hopping sort of thing with greater ease and less fear because it is bascially softer and thicker.
However....I went to Canaan Valley, WV this weekend and I gotta say, it was a bit of a breakthrough for me. I'm pretty excited. We skied Timberline, WV on Friday and it was my first tme on skis since last March and was immediately bummed b/c I felt like my turning had regressed. With my T-Ride trip looming I immediately began thinking that my terrain choices there were shrinking with the way I was skiing. But I got back on track after a while, and by Sunday morning I was skiing several different blues at Canaan that would have TERRIFIED me last year. I even skied a piece of a black at the bottom of a run. It terrified me at first, but I just worked my turns, controlled speed and made it. I found that I still had that fear standing on the edge of the run, but as soon as i dropped into it and successfully made my first turn....it was basically cake. I just have to trust myself a little bit.
So, not only did I feel great about that in and of itself, but I now feel that my world of possibilities at T-Ride opened up a bit. I know I can do See Forever now, at least the portion from the top of Apex lift. I know I can handle Telluride Trail. I know I can handle that first steep part on Stella.
I'm now thinking I should readjust my goal and maybe make it to ride up the Gold Hill lift and take a gander at Revelation Bowl. Just kinda checking it out would be cool....the I can take see forever from there.
Anyhow.....departure is 10 days away and I am absolutely STOKED. They are supposed to get another 2-3 feet by end of this weekend, too.
I just can't wait!