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Telluride Vs. Vail

post #1 of 24
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Some friends and I are going skiing the last week of February, 22-27, for four or five days. The only places we have not really skiied in Colorado are Vail and Telluride, so we are trying to decide between the two. We are all advanced to expert skiers and would have no problem with anything at Vail or Telluride (except Paylmara peak and possible some chutes). But...we can not decide where to go. Some of our concerns are: is there enough difficult terrain at vail? is the enough terrain period at telluride where we would not get bored if we went four days? Also, if we went to Vail we could ski a fifth day...We don't really have to have extreme terrain just some balance of challenging stuff...

So basically we have been going back and forth between the two for the past week. They are both the same price to us. Any advice? Can anyone give us some pro's and con's to each place...etc. etc. Oh, and none of us are that in to night life, we are going just to ski.
post #2 of 24
the biggest downside to Telluride that I can see is getting there. Depending on where you are coming from it can be a PITA and/or expensive. It looks like an awsome mountain though and I would bet it is likely to have more elbow room.
post #3 of 24
Telluride >>>> Vail.
Telluride is a much better Mt imo. Vail isn't very steep except for a couple runs. Telluride also opened up another bowl this year. I also feel Telluride is a better town. I spent 7 dyas skiing Telluride and would've liked more.
post #4 of 24
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Telluride >>>> Vail.
Telluride is a much better Mt imo. Vail isn't very steep except for a couple runs. Telluride also opened up another bowl this year. I also feel Telluride is a better town. I spent 7 dyas skiing Telluride and would've liked more.

One of the things we are worried about with Telluride is skiing the mountain out in just a couple of days. All of us are in great shape and ski 8-4 with no problem stopping just for a short lunch...at Telluride we are afraid by day 3 we are going to be wanting to ski some new stuff...at Vail we are worried by day 3 we are going to be wanting to ski some steep stuff (btw how different are the back bowls at vail, i mean, if you have skied one are the rest just a similiar?)...

THanks for the replies, keep em coming.
post #5 of 24
Telluride. If you get bored with the terrain, you can head over to Silverton.

BK
post #6 of 24
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One of the things we are worried about with Telluride is skiing the mountain out in just a couple of days. All of us are in great shape and ski 8-4 with no problem stopping just for a short lunch...at Telluride we are afraid by day 3 we are going to be wanting to ski some new stuff...at Vail we are worried by day 3 we are going to be wanting to ski some steep stuff (btw how different are the back bowls at vail, i mean, if you have skied one are the rest just a similiar?)...

THanks for the replies, keep em coming.
Your concerns are right on. If you don't like bumps, and lots of them, you will run out of things to ski at Telluride very quickly. Even if you like lots of bumps you will still run out of terrain after 2 full days, unless you don't mind steep bumped tight tree skiing and serious hiking. There is a lot of great skiing at Telluride, but without a local guide and above average ability (and conditioning) it is unlikely that you will be able to find or truely enjoy it. T-ride is a great mountain, but it's secrets are not easily discovered, and between the altitude and terrain it will work you like no other place you've skied. I'd put money on you not lasting from the first chair to the last without serious groomer time.

I agree that a day in Silverton sounds like a great option.
post #7 of 24
If you don't mind some road tripping how about a couple of days at Taos and a couple at Telluride. Vail is vast and I love it, but it probably would bore a group of hard charging experts after a few days in a row.
post #8 of 24
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Your concerns are right on. If you don't like bumps, and lots of them, you will run out of things to ski at Telluride very quickly. Even if you like lots of bumps you will still run out of terrain after 2 full days, unless you don't mind steep bumped tight tree skiing and serious hiking. There is a lot of great skiing at Telluride, but without a local guide and above average ability (and conditioning) it is unlikely that you will be able to find or truely enjoy it. T-ride is a great mountain, but it's secrets are not easily discovered, and between the altitude and terrain it will work you like no other place you've skied. I'd put money on you not lasting from the first chair to the last without serious groomer time.

I agree that a day in Silverton sounds like a great option.
Does Silverton require guided during late February or could we do it on our own...money is the issue here.
post #9 of 24
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If you don't mind some road tripping how about a couple of days at Taos and a couple at Telluride. Vail is vast and I love it, but it probably would bore a group of hard charging experts after a few days in a row.
Although with Vail you can also hit very nearby Beaver Creek.
post #10 of 24
Vail or Telluride?.......Telluride.

Silverton unguided starts April 3rd.

http://www.silvertonmountain.com/pag...ience/unguided
post #11 of 24
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Does Silverton require guided during late February or could we do it on our own...money is the issue here.
Yes, it is only guided during that time period.
post #12 of 24
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Does Silverton require guided during late February or could we do it on our own...money is the issue here.
Silverton guided: $99-$129
Telluride day ticket: $92.

Am I missing something here? Not much of a difference. Plus if you stay at the town of Silverton it becomes way cheaper.
post #13 of 24
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Silverton guided: $99-$129
Telluride day ticket: $92.

Am I missing something here? Not much of a difference. Plus if you stay at the town of Silverton it becomes way cheaper.
We can ski Tell for $54 a day/
post #14 of 24
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If you don't mind some road tripping how about a couple of days at Taos and a couple at Telluride. Vail is vast and I love it, but it probably would bore a group of hard charging experts after a few days in a row.
I know a few hard charging experts who ski Vail every day all season long and they don't get bored. I don't know any of those people at Telluride (I don't know anyone at Telluride) but I bet there are quite few who ski it every day of the season and don't get bored.

I skied A-Basin close to 60 days last year and I never got bored and it is much smaller than T-Ride

If you get bored at either Vail or T-Ride then the problem is not the mountain...it's you
post #15 of 24
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Good points...

Perfect steepness to us is something like horseshoe bowl at Breckenridge, a little less steep for a run, any comparisons between horseshoe and how steep Vail is?
post #16 of 24
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Good points...

Perfect steepness to us is something like horseshoe bowl at Breckenridge, a little less steep for a run, any comparisons between horseshoe and how steep Vail is?
Most of Horseshoe Bowl is only about 30 degrees or so. There's plenty at Vail/BC that is that pitch. Not sure you would like Silverton. I love it but it's a lot of hiking and the easiest terrain is about like Horseshoe Bowl.
post #17 of 24
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Most of Horseshoe Bowl is only about 30 degrees or so. There's plenty at Vail/BC that is that pitch. Not sure you would like Silverton. I love it but it's a lot of hiking and the easiest terrain is about like Horseshoe Bowl.
Really? I have skied at Vail one day and hit one of the back bowls (don't recall which) and there is no way it was as steep as horseshoe. I don't mind the hiking and something more difficult than horseshoe is fine, I just want something AT LEAST as steep as horseshoe where we go. Know that want be a problem at Telluride, I guess not at Vail?
post #18 of 24
Are you absolutely set on Colorado? If not maybe Jackson Hole or Snowbird? If it has to be Colorado maybe consider Crested Butte as well.
post #19 of 24
If you go to Vail, you've got lots of options. Beaver Creek. Day trip to Steamboat. Copper. A bit further to Breck.

I'd say go to Vail. More options.

Mike
post #20 of 24
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Some of our concerns are: is there enough difficult terrain at vail? is the enough terrain period at telluride where we would not get bored if we went four days?
This line made me laugh. I have a feeling you will be bored in one day at Vail. You will NOT be bored at Telluride. I'm not sure where you got the idea that it is a small mountain. I just spent four days there a few weeks ago, and even with most of the hike-to terrain closed, I had an awesome time. There is two days worth of terrain off of the Gold Hill chair alone, and now that the hike-to off of Prospect is open, you cannot possibly get bored. Black Iron Bowl and Baldy are sick. Then there's Chair 6, Chair 9, Telluride is awesome. Go there.
post #21 of 24
Horseshoe Bowl is pretty easy skiing really, it's wide, the surface rarely gets bumped up, there are few obstacles. Most of Telluride is either significantly easier, or much harder skiing.

Telluride and Vail and two of my very favorite places, but the mountain and the town are both polar opposites.
post #22 of 24
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Horseshoe Bowl is pretty easy skiing really, it's wide, the surface rarely gets bumped up, there are few obstacles.
I agree with you so maybe you can answer his question above better than me. I only ski Vail a few days a year as I much prefer the steep mogul runs at Beaver Creek. Does Vail have a significant amount of terrain that compares to Horseshoe Bowl?
post #23 of 24
Telluride
post #24 of 24
Telluride with a day at Silverton. You will get bored at Vail. Its huge, there are some great bumps and the bowls are fun, but there are no true steeps. I've skied Vail 3 times, and Telluride twice. I would do Telluride 3 days, and make the drive over to Silverton for a day for the experience. I think its a 2 hr drive though. I haven't been there yet, but I'm planning a trip from 2/26 - 3/1 to Durango with my family, and I'm going to sneak away for 1 day and drive up to Silverton.
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