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Any reports from Telluride or Taos?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
How's the skiing at either place?  Did T-Ride or Taos get enough snow from this last system to offer good skiing right now?

Thanks.
post #2 of 11
Nobody should visit Telluride. The new snow has not been verified by me yet.

It's cold and more snow is on the way. Usually 4' to 5' covers everything. T-rides report has proven reliable in the past and even under reported at times. Huge OB avy  danger.

From my sis yesterday: "Yay for the snow! Chair 5 is open and patrol is working on opening 6 and 9 today or tomorrow."

Here's Web Cams

Snow Report
 
Today -9/-23°C
Base 36
24 Hours 1
48 Hours 8
7 Day Total 18
Season Total 76
 
Open Lifts for December 10, 2009:
Chondola (1), Village Express (4), Polar Queen Express (5), Apex (6), Plunge (9) Magic Carpets and Gondolas.
Run Closure:  Middle and Lower Misty Maiden, which have been open, are closed to prepare for the upcoming World Cup races.  Misty Maiden Park has been closed for the World Cup races and the Polar Queen Park should be open Thursday.
World Cup: NEW: Dec. 15, 2009 Telluride Ski Resort will be the home of the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup Final. Also, Dec.17-20, 2009 Telluride Ski Resort will be the new U.S. home for international snowboarding competition with the Visa U.S. Snowboardcross World Cup.
Click for the  Interactive Trail Map, a  PDF version of our Trail Map, or a Print-Friendly version of the Snow Report
post #3 of 11
My 2 favorite places within driving distance Bob...

Both a bit slow starting this season. Alpinord sums up Tellie real well and Simonbda has skied Taos several days so far. (Simon probably sheared off the sharp tips of Sangre De Christos rocks, so its safe for us all to go now.) Prepare for his P-Tex order Alpinord!

Taos is historically sketchy until they report 70 inches. Right now they have 6 lifts running....but 2 of those are Carpets, 1 is a Rueggli (whatever that is...I think its a 300 foot chair on an almost flat slope.) 1 is a 400 foot chair on little hill, Chair 1 is Al's run chair and 2 goes to the top. So for us skiers, its 1 and 2, thats it so far. I do not know if the back side is open at all.

Here is Taos' email snow report for today...

Your Taos Ski Valley Snow Report

Current Conditions

Report Time: Thursday, 10 December 2009, 6:29 AM

Sky Conditions: Clear

Temperature: 0° F

Wind: 18 W
 

Snowfall Amounts:
     0 inches in the last 24 hours
     21 inches in the last 5 days

Snow Surface:

Powder/ Packed Powder

 


Base Depth: 39 inches

 

Snowmaking: Yes

Mountain Status (Number of Trails Open):
     9 beginner
     6 intermediate
     14 advanced
     1 expert
 

Number of Lifts Operational: 6

Number of Runs Groomed: 11

Road Conditions:

Slick in spots

Snow in the forecast, and low temps.

Looking forward to trying out my Monster 82's courtesy of Teton Village Sports.

post #4 of 11

Just clipped this off the Taos webcam...evidently lift 7a is open for lifties on SkiBikes.
post #5 of 11
i think they are hoping to open lift 12 and 14 at Telluride this weekend if the forecast holds true.

Purgatory is opening full time this weekend as well I believe.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by vail2008 View Post

i think they are hoping to open lift 12 and 14 at Telluride this weekend if the forecast holds true.

Purgatory is opening full time this weekend as well I believe.


If 6 and 9 are skiable, you'd think 12 and 14 would as well.

Tomorrow Purg goes from 3-days to daily until who knows what in March.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

How's the skiing at either place?  Did T-Ride or Taos get enough snow from this last system to offer good skiing right now?

Thanks.

Depends on what you mean by good skiing.  For me, Taos is all about the ridge and a the steeps off of Bambi.  Okay, and Jean's Glade and North American.  Anyway, I talked today with a Taoseña who has been skiing there this week and she told me that lift 7A will open on Friday and that she was told that the ridge will be open soon.  So that's all good, but there's that coverage thing - the really good stuff needs more snow.  But it sounds like all the groomers and a few basic steeps might be open this weekend.    

I won't be able to give a first-hand report, but I should hear more by Monday.  
post #8 of 11
IMHO: Taos needs 70" or your skiing on rock skis.  
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

IMHO: Taos needs 70" or your skiing on rock skis.  

All skis are rock skis starting on day 1.....but Taos does need north of 70" to really charge it.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reports, everybody.  I've told the people who were asking that Whistler/Blackcomb is probably the best choice for their trip.

Good luck down south.  We finally have some snow this morning with one forecast calling for 16" to 24" by tomorrow night.  We need it.
post #11 of 11
For anyone else curious, the snow quality is excellent, but thin and temps nice (as of course are the views). Lift 9 for best snow and variety, but watch for stumps and rocks on bump runs. Trees are too thin. Tuesday/Wednesday storm may just cover hazards. There needs to be a couple feet to cover and open all options.
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