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TR: Telluride 12-16-08: Revelation Bowl Open!...oh wait.

post #1 of 15
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Booked a last minute trip up to Telluride this past week when I saw they were going to get dumped on and the revelation bowl was open. It was an overall mixed experience. The Bowl promptly closed down as soon as it started snowing, and has not opened since the initial grand opening. Also, even with all of the snow, they had less than half of their lifts open yet charged $85/day even though their website says $69/day (although it says it will vary based on open terrain...so shouldn't it have been even less?).

Today it appears they opened all of the lifts. The reason they weren't open earlier seemed like it was just a matter of not having enough staff to operate the runs because there was plenty of snow. The limited number of lifts open contributed to what I felt was just a normal number of skiers considering the time of year and mid-week ski day. I never waited more than a minute or so for a lift, but there were plenty of skiers around me all the time on greens to double blacks.

Once they opened Lift 14-Gold Hill, and 10-Prospect Bowl, there was a lot more fun terrain to explore. Unfortunately, 14 was only open for a couple of hours on one afternoon so I only got a few runs in there, but it was definitely sweet. I especially liked Rosie's Run.

I understand that Revelation isn't open because of safety concerns, but for the uneducated on ski terrain, it seemed paradoxical to close a run because of too much snow. And it was disappointing since the revelation bowl was so heavily advertised. Maybe an * next to the run letting people know that its availability is heavily weather dependant would be nice since it obviously will be closed for long periods at a time if snow closes it down...

Overall I'll give Telluride a B-

Positives
:
Cool gondola that connects mountain village with main town.
Gorgeous views
Smaller crowds
Interesting terrain (when it's open)
Lots of expert skiers

Negatives
Expensive - $13/burger, etc.. also lift ticket price on website is inaccurate
Lifts open when they schedule employees to show, rather than snow
Highly advertised revelation bowl opened for a day, then closed for a week
If only a few lifts are open, terrain can get boring, semi-crowded

post #2 of 15

POV

Love that shot....
post #3 of 15
Anyone knows how good skiing Revelation Bowl is?
post #4 of 15
Nice stoke!
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
^sorry, I hope to post something better when I go to Aspen in March. For the record I loved Copper Mountain last year in March but never posted a report. Honestly Telluride was the most disappointing place I've been to including Vail, Steamboat, Park City, Copper, but I think a lot of it just has to do with the amount of terrain open and lift ticket value. I think a lot of the TRs aren't really trip reports but just "yay I went skiing!" reports with 1 sentence and a ton of pics. Cool, but doesn't add much info to people interested in how the resorts compare.
post #6 of 15

Telluride

I love posts like this about Telluride.
post #7 of 15
The terrain at T-ride is sick... hopefully you'll get back sometime when you can ski it all.
post #8 of 15
Yeah... i agree with Harry. T-ride probably has the most gnar inbounds than any other ski area in the US except for maybe Big Sky in montana, but i really do hope you can get back later in the season to try it again. I did ski revelation on opening day, thigh deep in the light fluffy stuff. It was nice, but it gets windloaded every night with an insane amount of snow, Revelation bowl should be thought of more as a treat than something standard. It is hard to control the conditions on the back side of the mountain.
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Originally Posted by mountain_bum View Post
Yeah... i agree with Harry. T-ride probably has the most gnar inbounds than any other ski area in the US except for maybe Big Sky in montana, but i really do hope you can get back later in the season to try it again.

What about JH, Snowbird, Squaw, and Aspen Highland (Highland Bowl)? I'm pretty sure they have more gnarlier terrain than T-ride.
post #10 of 15
yeah perhaps snowbird, i've skied a lot of places, i like t ride the most though. just opinion i guess. the backcountry access there is amazing as well.
post #11 of 15
I'll be at Telluride from Jan 4-9, can't wait, hope the hike-to terrain is in play by then.
post #12 of 15
it opened today. should be great by then.
post #13 of 15
I fly in in the a.m. but wont ski tomorrow because I am at work tonight. I'll be there for a week if anyone is interested in meeting up. The reason the bowl was closed was because of wind loading. There isn't much a resort can do with unsafe snowpack. They've been bombing the hell out of it lately.
post #14 of 15
^^ I'll be there from the 4th through the 8th drew.
post #15 of 15
Looks like I'll be over Friday & Saturday trying to keep up with my kid.
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