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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Has anyone skied Telluride over the holiday week? I am heading there on Friday for a few days and at this point it doesn't look like much fresh snow in the forecast. I have never been there and am curious how the mountain is skiing. It doesn't look like much of the hike to terrain is open at this point. Any insite is much appreciated.
post #2 of 13

While I was not there, I heard that what is open is skiing quite nicely.  There will be more than enough amazing terrain open to keep you busy for a weekend trip.  Report back and let us know how it went.

post #3 of 13
I'm in Telluride now. Revelation Bowl skied nicely yesterday morning, but it skied out by noon. Huge crowds on Mountain village side near the base, Gold Hill skied pretty nicely up high yesterday. Thinking I'll hike Bald Mountain this afternoon. Holiday crowds are not really gone. Trying to stay positive, but wishing I was in Aspen.
post #4 of 13
Update, had a great day skiing today, slept in and did half a day, really hung out on one lift all day taking it easy and working on technique in the moguls. Didn't make it up to Bald Mountain today in consideration of time. Talked to a lot of people today about what is skiing nicely, and the glades off of Lift 9 are apparently rockin'. But be aware, 9 is the longest lift on the mountain, but the runs are a lot of fun. Bushwacker is a steep groomed black that I would recommend Straight-lineing after the cat walk. If feels like a free fall.
post #5 of 13

Lift 9 at Telluride is crazy fun skiing.  I would love for them to make that lift a high-speed one as it does seem to take forever.  However, I never get tired of watching some amazing mogul skiers navigate Kant-Mak-M on the way up.

post #6 of 13
Yeah. I think as far as lift served terrain in Telluride goes it is hard to beat 9 in terms of pure joy. The speed is a bummer.
post #7 of 13
ALSO. VERY IMPORTANT. Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride is fabulous, delicious homemade pizza and bar food. And I highly highly recommend Floradora for drinks and apps. The Brie appetizer is absolutely incredible.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the all the info. Much appreciated. I have also read the unofficial guide by Fritzski so was figuring that Lift 9 would have some of the best skiing. Glad that you validated it for me. I am really looking forward to the trip and will let you know how it was with a full TR. Thanks again!

post #9 of 13

Hi All,

 

Driving to Telluride today for a long-ago planned visit, so I'd like an update on conditions.  Here in Utah it's become quite a game of timing the sun & wind exposure to find the best snow, often with a very small window between teeth-jarring firmness & sloshy grabbiness.  I'd appreciate any current insights into where/when to go on the mountain.  We ski anything.

 

Thanks!

post #10 of 13

We were there a week ago. It was the same game there - full spring skiing. And it's been warm. We skiied east-facing lower slopes early as they softened first. Moved to the upper mountain as everything softened up later on about noon. They had a decent base - at least in the top 2/3. Milk Run was nice in the morning. Revelation Bowl was fun as it softened up. There was still good snow to off the plunge lift. Also some of the glades off Apex looked nice but I didn't ski them.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Altanaut View Post
 

Hi All,

 

Driving to Telluride today for a long-ago planned visit, so I'd like an update on conditions.  Here in Utah it's become quite a game of timing the sun & wind exposure to find the best snow, often with a very small window between teeth-jarring firmness & sloshy grabbiness.  I'd appreciate any current insights into where/when to go on the mountain.  We ski anything.

 

Thanks!

Well, thanks for asking....

Ya can't stop summer and march precedes.

 

Yes most of Telluride skiinig has gone off to the melt/freeze cycle.

The good news is the coverage is still better than marginal with cooler days preserving the snowpack from traffic.  While Gold Hill is higher in the wind it remains mostly chunky monkey goblin head casserole.  

The Revelation bowl still has nice packed powder but is not immune to the frozen crusties but overall skies nicely while the Liberty Bell run can make for some SERIOUS unfrozen mischief in the sun.

The best bet is Chair 6, where the Apex Glade is sweet with shady piles of almost frozen ice balls into softserve bumps while Sully's and Sully's Remote is skiing better than it has in years, (The main Sully's drain is getting a bit dry).

 

You may need to sidestep a dead end but that is half the fun.

 

Deepest darkest Logpile may yield some packed powder goodness in the morning before things soften up.

post #12 of 13

Thanks, Buttinski!  You sure make Gold Hill sound enticing.  :eek 

post #13 of 13

No one ever reported back on how their trips went...

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