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Telluride Hike-to Terrain

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I am headed to Telluride for 5 days of skiing this week and was wondering if anyone could recommend/give me some specifics about the hike-to terrain available. I did a search but didn't find much.  I've skied there a few times but haven't done any of the hike-to stuff.  The people I will be with may not be too keen on hiking but I think I can talk them into it. At least a few of them anyway.  The people going would be able to comfortably ski any of the inbounds stuff (double black extreme or whatever you want to call it).  We wont have any avy gear but do have basic knowledge and common sense.  Specifics names of runs/chutes or descriptions would be great.  Thanks.

post #2 of 14

Hopefully, the current storm system(s) this week will provide enough snow to cover any boney conditions. After a prolonged warm spell, the snow has generally transformed and the snowpack has reduced in the San Juans.

 

An easy introduction is off the top of the Prospect lift. Left towards Palmyra you can see the easier access terrain and hike a little or a lot and decide as you go

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To the right, up Baldy, which you can also see further away, could be a longer hike and commitment, but once you get to T-ride, you can ask around, if you don't find out sooner.

 

I passed on heading over this weekend because the conditions were firm, AFAIK, but may be over at the end of the week/weekend if conditions improve substantially or we get motivated. My conatct info is on my site. Have a good time and maybe we'll cross paths this trip.

 

Terry

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Edited by Alpinord - 2/9/2009 at 01:42 pm
post #3 of 14

Check out the new (Feb/Mar 2009) issue of SKIING magazine. It has good article and pictures of the T-ride hike to terrain.

post #4 of 14
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Thanks, as long as I can get someone in my group to join me I plan to do Baldy then Palmyra at the end of the week if its open. Is the terrain from the top of Palmyra that much tougher than the lift accessed stuff at the resort?  They've been getting a good amount of snow so hopefully conditions will be good at the end of the week.

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Baldy is fun, but short and not all that steep.  If you check out the article in Skiing you'll see that some of the stuff off the top of Palmyra is 50 degrees and requires close to a 2 hr. hike at over 12,000 to get to.  I would second Alpinord that a good place to get aquainted to the hike to terrain is to start with Mountain Quail (approx. 20 min. hike), or the steeper and tigher stuff you encounter on the ridge before you get to it (shown in the picture in his post).  If you like what you get then you can do a hike farther up the ridge, or from the Gold Hill side. 

 

The Skiing Mag article really has a great photo and depiction of the main routes off the top.  If nothing else you should at least check it out at a magazine stand.  One of the problems with the terrain is that much of it requires major hiking and consequently a big time commitment.  At $92 for a lift ticket not many non-locals want to blow 1/2 their day on one run.

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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

 

AFAIK, but may be over at the end of the week/weekend if conditions improve substantially or we get motivated. My conatct info is on my site. Have a good time and maybe we'll cross paths this trip.

 

Terry

SlideWright.com

Drewski & anyone else:  Looks like my son and I will be over Thursday evening for Friday freshies (hopefully) and maybe Saturday.

Terry

post #7 of 14

Check this out.  The definitive mapping of T-ride hike-to terrain.

 

http://www.tellurideoffpiste.com/palmyra_peak/

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Check this out.  The definitive mapping of T-ride hike-to terrain.

 

http://www.tellurideoffpiste.com/palmyra_peak/


 

Excellent reference maps, thanks!

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Mudfoot, great site.

 

We skied Black Iron Bowl:  Mt. Quail then skiers left to the tighter chutes before reaching Pee Wee's.  As well as Genevieve, La Rosa and Crystal.  Then went to Bald Mt. and did Bald 5.  Gold hill still has some fantastic lift service stuff as well.  If I get the chance I plan to add the gold hill chutes and Palmyra Peak to the list next year.

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Mudfoot, great site.

 

We skied Black Iron Bowl:  Mt. Quail then skiers left to the tighter chutes before reaching Pee Wee's.  As well as Genevieve, La Rosa and Crystal.  Then went to Bald Mt. and did Bald 5.  Gold hill still has some fantastic lift service stuff as well.  If I get the chance I plan to add the gold hill chutes and Palmyra Peak to the list next year.
 

Nice job, sounds like you had a great trip.  I know some young boys that climbed Palmyra and it took them an hour and a half, so it's a pretty major commitment if you go for the top.  Especially since the climb goes to over 13,000 feet. 

 

In the old days we had to hike from the patol shack by Lift 6 up what is now the top of See Forever to where the top of the Gold Hill lift is, but with the new lifts up there now and the opening of the chutes it really has significantly changed the inbounds skiing possibilities and upped the extreme options.

 

After the area closes my favorite spring ski is to climb to the top of T-12 from the other side and ski the Bear Creek drainage and Wedding Chutes into town, which you can see if you hit the link and look at the Bear Creek maps.  As you experienced, the entire area around Telluride has some fantastic bc and on-area skiing possibilities.  Unfortuantely the snow saftey is often very sketchy, so most people don't do much of the off area stuff until spring time.

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Rumor mill: There's talk of a lift below Revelation into Bear Creek.......

 

Nice site. Too bad everyone else can now see a lot of the 'spots'.

post #12 of 14
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haha, it does give great photos of various lines. 

I did hear that info about Bear Creek too.  Some of that terrain below the observation deck looks pretty gnarly but really fun. I'll try and post some photos from my trip by the end of the week.

 

post #13 of 14

Bump this for the excellent T-ride hike to map link from Mudfoot.  I'll be there Jan 27-30, 2017 and probably won't be talking any of my ski buddies into any hike-to stuff.  I promised their wives I wouldn't break them.  

 

I'm not thrilled with going in alone, but maybe I can sneak in Mountain Quail or the first Gold Hill chute.  Last time there was in 2009, and we made it down Little Rose okay.

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Actually, Gold Hill #1 is no longer a hike. The Revelation Bowl chair takes you right there :) 

 

And that, also with the permanent staircase, makes getting to the higher numbered chutes easier. Not easy. Easier.

And Little Rosa (as my friend likes to call it): One of my favorite runs anywhere :beercheer: 

 

Have a great time!

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