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Telluride for 4 days?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Would T-ride have interesting enough terrain for a group of level 7-8 (single black diamond) dudes, who don't really care for bumps (i.e. 1-2 bump runs/day max), for 4 days?

FWIW, prior 12 years of trips have been to: Squaw/Alpine, Snowbird/Alta, Whistler, Vail, and Aspen/Snowmass.

The reason why I ask is because of some threads indicating that there's mostly blue groomers and bumps at the 'Ride. Can someone edumacate me? Gracias.
post #2 of 8
Nah, it's real boring.....you and no one else should go to Telluride. Wait....:....one reason why I moved down here 20 something years ago was because Telluride is always challenging and beautiful. (I'll be over there this weekend to make sure....again.)
post #3 of 8
Dino, I just woke up thinking that some qualification should have been included in the above wise a$$ comment. If you enjoy Alta and Snowmass, I think you'd really enjoy Telluride. There are tons of steeps, mostly with bumps, but some are also groomed. After a good snow, more typical in late Feb & March more terrain will be more to your liking. Depending on your timing, spring skiing is a blast. If there is a thin snow over San Juan cement, it can be brutal. Timing definitely will affect the fun factor.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

End of January conditions

Thanks for the clarification. We typically take this trip in late January, and can't really move it to late February/March. It sounds like late January would have a greater chance of hard snow conditions/bumps than late February/March.

If you were advising 4 other guys who tolerate 1-2 bump runs a day, would 4 full days of skiing in late January in the 'Ride be advisable if they're not into bumps/blue groomers? Really, the guys like steep groomers with an occasional bump run and/or steep sprinkled through the day.
post #5 of 8
Typically, the biggest dumps (and almost reliable) in the San Juans are February & especially March, but can happen in January.

I'm not sure that too many groomers as steep as The Plunge, and a few others on town, side exist elsewhere. Off the top of Gold Hill, the 'off piste/Alta like' runs had some rocks to contend with, but good powder, that feed into some bump sections. You can also hike up off of The Prospect lift and usually find steep crud or powder with no bumps.

Grooming Map

Others will have to pipe in to compare with other areas you have skied. I was just at Snowmass and have never seen as many long groomers, but none as steep as Telluride. If you rent a car, you can always consider mixing it up.
post #6 of 8
"Would T-ride have interesting enough terrain for a group of level 7-8 (single black diamond) dudes, who don't really care for bumps (i.e. 1-2 bump runs/day max), for 4 days?"

If you "do not care for bumps" and you want something more challenging than easy intermediate cruisers then Telluride is a bad choice. They have a couple steep packed runs, but everything else that is black diamond is bumped. Even if they get a foot dump you will be skiing the bumps underneath. Telluride is a fantastic mountain but it has almost no advanced terrain that does not have bumps. Unlike all of the other places you listed T-ride has no big bowls. The trees are mostly very tight, and the ones that aren't have bumps in them. If you want to ski blacks but only 1 or 2 bump runs a day, then IMHO you are going to the wrong place. From the description of your group I think there are many other better choices for a 4-day trip.
post #7 of 8
I agree with mudfoot. The wife and I were in T-ride in early January, and I got pretty bored after a while. The choices were to cruise the blues and groomed blacks, or hit the bumps. Not much tree skiing to be found.
post #8 of 8

I was just in T-Ride 1.18-1.21.

I found plenty to ride at the mountain, personally. The coverage is a bit thin, so a lot of the tree runs were open, but showing tons of rocks and stumps.

I found a number of the runs off of Chair 9 to be great (The Plunge, for example, which starts out mellow, has a bump middle, and then at the end splits into either more bumps or a slalom run). There are some nice bowls, too, but again the coverage when I was out there was sparse.

I would consider myself a level 7 skier and the mountain whipped me into shape, mostly due to the elevation and the length of the runs (I swear a run like The Plunge is equal to at least 3 or maybe 5 normal runs anywhere in Tahoe).

The other thing is that there were no lift lines. Nada. Every lift I hit I skied right onto the chair.

I thought it was a solid mountain meriting another visit when they have insane coverage.

I think the locals are just trying to steer you away from their little hideaway!

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