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Which ski to take to Telluride now?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Heading to Telluride shortly for ~ 5 days of skiing. I have never been there, so I'm unfamiliar with the terrain and the snow. Forecast calls for limited new snow during my time there with at most 1-2" of fresh snow on 1 or 2 days and partly sunny/cloudy the rest of the period.

 

My quiver is limited to 184 cm Legend Pro 105 (orange/white w/ woody sidewalls), 183 cm iM82, and an old pair of 178 cm Legend 8000. I could buy a double ski bag just for this trip and take the Pro's along with one of the others, but that seems like alot of spur of the moment expense just to bring two pairs. If I had something between the widths of the 105's and the iM82's, I'd probably take those....but I don't.

 

So, any recommendations based on familiarity with the snow and terrain? I will be skiing mostly blacks, 182 lbs butt-naked, 6'1"and while I would like to think of myself as an expert, advanced age and fear of broken bones would probably push me into the advanced/expert slot. :-)

 

One other consideration - If I do buy a new pair of daily drivers in the next couple of months - it would probably be something between the 82 and 105 mm widths. The Legend 8000 are definitely not a pure ice ski, but nicely sharpened, they do take care of the hard snow days well enough in the PNW. I am thinking that perhaps taking the Pro's as my single ski and if conditions arise that I need a narrower ski, I would demo. I know that is kind of opposite of the usual recommendations, ie. demo wide skis if you have a dump....but since I know no real dumps are forecast at least through next Monday, I might be OK.

 

I would welcome in particular suggestions from those that have that model of Legend Pro's and also familiar with Telluride.

 

Thanks,

Nick


Edited by BigNick - 1/19/16 at 12:21am
post #2 of 15
Take the LP's, you'll be fine.
post #3 of 15

Telluride had some big dumps recently but then several small storms which in my estimation will mean lots and lots of nice soft bumps. Pick the ski that you feel most comfortable with in bumps because Telluride is almost as famous as Mary Jane for them. I'm sure some of the hike to terrain wont be bumped up yet. Have fun!!!

post #4 of 15

Unless you are hiking or skiing out of the way tight trees, everything at Telluride is pretty bumped up. I'm talking big bumps for thousands of vertical feet.  Fortunately, in many places you can intersperse them with sections of groomers for a break now and then.  Telluride is a fantastic mountain, but they do not have much advanced/intermediate terrain, so you are either skiing fairly easy groomed runs or the steeps, which get seriously bumped up.  As agreen said, take a ski you feel comfortable with in the bumps (and you'll have a great time).  A stiff tailed ski will make your day three times as much work.

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post
 

I'm talking big bumps for thousands of vertical feet.

 

Not many places like the Kant-Mak-M / Spiral Stairs combo...

post #6 of 15
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Not many places like the Kant-Mak-M / Spiral Stairs combo...


You need to do the Triple Header, Upper Mammoth to Spiral Stairs to Lower Plunge.

post #7 of 15
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You need to do the Triple Header, Upper Mammoth to Spiral Stairs to Lower Plunge.

 

I've done Mammoth and Lower Plunge plenty...but I will confess that I always find an excuse to skip Spiral Stairs to take one of the easier ways down.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for your input - I agree that I should go whichever ski I feel most comfortable on. Unfortunately, while I have skied that version of the  Legend Pro 105s in deep snow just a couple of times, I have not had them on firm moguls, which I feel that I will be skiing alot during the visit. I really don't know how they will feel. They are definitely the widest of my three skis, but I don't think - based on my just flexing them - that they have the stiffest tails. I would say that the iM82s, similar in length, are just as stiff in the tails if not more. The iM82s also definitely have less camber. So I expect that while they might be narrower they might not necessarily be more forgiving in the moguls. My shorter Legend 8000 (178 cm), while they have fairly stiff tails, are even more narrow and combined with their shortness can be easily maneuvered in the moguls. If I was only going to ski moguls the whole trip and no deep fresh snow is envisioned, they might even be a better and easier choice. BUT, as I have never been there, I really want to explore the mountain and for that, maybe either the iM82s or the Pro's might be better.  Aarggh.... coin toss ( damn...where is that 3-sided coin??)

 

Any final comments on the Legend Pro's in moguls as I haven't had the pleasure yet.

 

Thanks,

Nick

post #9 of 15

If it were me, looking at the forecast and the current conditions, I would take the shorties. But I know the agonizing feeling of wanting to take the fatties!!! But the reality is that even the hike to terrain wont be super deep and you will be able to ski just fine with the narrower skis. And I think your legs will thank you...

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yup, my thoughts exactly. I ended up splitting the difference. Took the longer and damper of the 2 narrower skis, ie iM82s in 183 cm.

On my return, I'll report back in case anyone is interested in how it worked out. Cheers to all.
post #11 of 15

I look forward to hearing how it goes.  Have a blast!

post #12 of 15

Good storm coming in this weekend.  Hope you decided to bring the fat skis...

post #13 of 15

Been going to Telluride for about 8 years in a row - mainly because that's an easy place for me to meet up with my brother from phoenix.  Don't want to get your hopes down, but gotta say it, maybe my timing is off every year but lot of steep hard bumps (and ice on some of back hills - lot of wind).  Hoping to get out there some year when it really snows.  I am expert skier but steep bumps all day can really drain you pretty quick (you're sleeping at 9,500 feet if staying at base - wish I could bring my scuba tank filled with pure O2 and crack the valve at night while I sleep) and get old pretty quick.  Hope Fat Chance above is right about the weather.  My first choice would be to bring my shorties with razor sharp edges.  

 

Have a great time!!!!

 

Jim, Minnesota 

post #14 of 15

I have a sneaking suspicion the OP won't find many hard spots on his trip. Sucks about your timing though, especially 8 in a row. I bet you can get pretty inexpensive last minute flights to PHX and drive with him?

post #15 of 15
The conditions in telluride are as good as they ever get. It snowed 3 or 4 inches per day for almost the last two weeks.
The most popular bump lines have gone to the zeds but everywhere has perfect packed powder or outright powder.

The Monsters will be fine. PM me if you want to share a run or two.
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