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Snow conditions in Telluride

post #1 of 20
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Hi guys

Me and some friends are talking about going to Telluride the 17th, 18th and 19th of March. We have heard that the snow conditions aren't that good.

Is that true or just bad rumors?
post #2 of 20
Snow is very good right now.  Check the other thread regarding Telluride....they have gotten dumped on the last couple of days.  I will be there 3/13-3/17 and it is supposed to be sunny this weekend then perhaps some snow next week.

http://snowforecast.com/TellurideResort
post #3 of 20
Just got back from a full day at Telluride today, and it was about as good as it gets.  The coverage is not epic, but conditions were very sweet on the upper mountain.  Gold Hill, Revelation Bowl, and all the runs on Lifts 9 and 6 were excellent skiing.  It went back and forth between heavy snow and sunshine about 6 times during the day, and was snowing hard when I left town.  They had 18" over the last few days, but the storm that was predicted for the next few may be pooping out.  Regardless, if you want to ski Telluride, now is a very good time to go.

Only Chute 1 of the ten Gold Hill Chutes has been open since the last storm, and Palmyra Peak has been closed. Those should be opening in the next couple of days and provide some hike-to untracked. Even if it gets warm and sunny, it is a great spring conditions mountain. 
post #4 of 20
It's still snowing here and the snow is quality. Looks like a a few bluebird days coming up with great quality snow.

Andy's Glade (image below) and others with south and westerly aspects have some hazards and variable snow below a nice cover. All in all El Nino has provide great snowpack in the San Juans of Colorado.

Sean on Andy's Glade
post #5 of 20
Another 9" last night, You all must be living Large!
 How about more pictures?
post #6 of 20
Added bonus: While skiing the conditions seen in the picture all over the mountain yesterday, we literally skied onto every lift.  The longest "line" I had was 4 people.
post #7 of 20
I forgot to mention, my son and I hooked up with Snowfan and are really enjoying skiing with him. Sun's out, with some more clouds and some snow to move in later and bluebird tomorrow. My son (in pic above) is having so much fun, he's been lobbying hard for us to stay another night to ski tomorrow. Damn con artist! He's more like me everyday.
post #8 of 20
I will be there on Saturday, skiing Sunday-Tuesday.  I am salivating!!!!! 
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical View Post

Another 9" last night, You all must be living Large!
 How about more pictures?

Twas a lie. 18" and more in places.

Sean and Snowfan at Little Rose:

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Snowfan in Cap'n Jack's:

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post #10 of 20
Thumbs up!
Went to College in SW Colorado, & everybody thinks Utah is the Powder Mecca?
Would have given a left toenail, for some of that action!
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical View Post

Thumbs up!
Went to College in SW Colorado, & everybody thinks Utah is the Powder Mecca?

We wouldn't want anyone to think otherwise would we?

Some more parting shots:

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Thank you El Nino!
Edited by Alpinord - 3/13/10 at 7:17am
post #12 of 20
The updated avi report is predicting another 3-5" tonight, and 8-12" tomorrow.  Looks like Gores95 may be stepping into some deep sh*t tomorrow.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

The updated avi report is predicting another 3-5" tonight, and 8-12" tomorrow.  Looks like Gores95 may be stepping into some deep sh*t tomorrow.
I am actually here in my hotel (Camel's Garden) typing this.  The resort changed its hours to 10-5 so I have about 45 more minutes to wait.  I plan on taking the free "Meet the Mountain Tour".  Never taken one of these tours but since this is my first time to T-ride seemed like a good idea.  I will report conditions daily....just in case anyone cares!!!! 
post #14 of 20
Thanks 95, we totally care as we plan to hit the road to Telluride on Sat. 3/20 for 5 days with a side of Silverton. 
post #15 of 20
Well today was a top 5 ski day for me!  The website only says 3" but we must've gotten 8-10"+.  Everything was really soft and while it got kinda chopped up towards the end of the day the skiing was fantastic.  Tough to see in the Revelation Bowl but visibility was OK most of the day.  Definitely fell on my head the first run of the day down Upper See Forever when this Easterner got cocky in the powder...humbling wake up call!  Actually skied a lot more (and harder) than I would normally do on a first day at altitude.  Had a blast!

Tomorrow should be nice with clearing skies...looking forward to seeing the awesome scenery everyone raves about.  Had a really good chicken bbq pizza at Brown Dog Pizza btw.  More to follow!
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post #17 of 20
very nice boys!  very nice.  Nice terrain too.  powder is good stuff aint it? 
post #18 of 20
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Terry and Sean
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Revelation Bowl/Lift
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Prospect & Hike to above
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Brown bear emerging from hibernation
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Always a good sign

Telluride, what a place. Incredible ski-hill. I was fortunate to hit it with the fresh snow and 2 great guides-Alpinord and Son.  Words just don't sum up how great it was. I was surprised by the lightness of the snow, really, really light. We found fresh tracks all day, at times knee deep. Then we took a break and hit the Nastar course where Alpinord whooped me. Over to the terrain park for a few knee busters.....yeah, lotsa fun.
post #19 of 20
Well just got home from my four day trip....all I can say about Telluride is "Wow"!  After the first powder day the next two were bluebird sunny with little to no wind.  Temps around the base got into the low 50's.  The groomers were PERFECT with Plunge and Bushwacker groomed every other day.  Revelation Bowl was great as was the rest of the mountain.  The snow softened nicely in the afternoon which made the skiing real nice.  Even taking Coonskin back down into town was a nice steep enjoybable run.  The view of town from that trail is spectacular!  If you get a chance have lunch at Gorrono Ranch....bbq and beer outside with a guitar playing...nothing could be better.  One thing I quickly learned....I need to work on my bump skiing for next year!  Also no chute skiing for me this year....my 42yo body wasn't in the mood for the hour hike!

I will post a few pictures but I would say Telluride is now my all-time fav mountain in the US.  I only wish I had richer parents who could have bought a nice house in Mountain Village. 


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post #20 of 20

Gores95:

Sounds like you hit best of both worlds, some new powder and some bluebird spring conditions. Glad to hear that you had such a great trip.  It really is an amazingly beautiful place, with some world class views and skiing but, as you found out, if you want to enjoy it to the fullest, you definitely need to have your bump skiing game together.  That mountain will just wear you down.

Hope you do get to come back. 

P.S. Nice pics, the sky above Revelation Bowl is about as blue as it gets!

P.P.S. Suppose to be some more snow coming in this weekend!

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