Fishing for the Fabulous @ Telluride

Casey Cane | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

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***UPDATE*** IT HAS BEEN SNOWING NON-STOP SINCE I LEFT TELLURIDE – MORE INFO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST!

Given that the Lake Tahoe region continues to struggle for snowfall, this family decided to head back out to our ‘go to’ area, Telluride, for good ol’ family ski fun. With six days of skiing planned, we had time to explore, ski with the kids, not ski with kids, long lunches in the sun, ski school drop off, ski school pick ups, short hikes up to Dihedral face and of course, obligatory long hikes up to Palmyra Peak.

On this trip, we arrived with temps in the 50s in town but with wintery and chalky conditions on the hill. To my astonishment, the conditions were quite amazing when you consider that it had been six weeks since the last storm. Early in the week, given the conditions, we explored the mountain and followed the morning groomer reports to ski the steepest piste runs available. Runs like Lookout, the Plunge, Bushwacker, Milk Run, and Coonskin were a carvers dream. Before and after lunch, I usually broke away from the family to find some tasty lines through Dihedral Face, Dihedral Chute and Black Iron Bowl of Chair 12.

We did receive a few inches of fresh snow midway through the week and that tremendously improved the snow quality especially up high on the hikes. But as luck we have it, it has been snowing non-stop since the day we departed back to California. I’d highly recommend you book a trip and head out there immediately…especially since I packed down the rocky areas for you in the Dihedral zones.

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February 15th – 20th, 2015…

Main Street – Telluride

Obligatory Mt. Wilson photograph…

Mt. Wilson, Telluride – Colorado

Warm temps in town but still finding snow that’s better than Tahoe…

Dihedral Chute

Some fun lines in here that’s for sure…

Dihedral Chute – Telluride

A little air in Black Iron Bowl…

Black Iron Bowl – Telluride – Colorado

A mogul field says hello from Revelation Bowl…

Lock the knees! – Colorado

After lunch I took a few laps in Happy Thought for some double fall-line fun…

Decent steep snow

The next morning after dropping the kids off at Ski School, I went for a walk…

The ridge to Palmyra Peak below

Due to low snow conditions, Tram Shot was the end of the line (about 85% to the summit)…

Some of the inbound steepness at Telluride

The rock features up here are pretty awesomely scenic…

Palmyra Peak – Telluride

Looking down Tram Shot as a storm approaches…

Telluride gnarl

Waited for some sun but this was the best I got…

Tram shot pov – Telluride

After Palmyra, I headed over to Nice Chute…

Nice Chute with protected wintery snow

Magic-hour groomer on Polar Queen on the way to grab the kiddies …

Polar Queen Piste – Telluride

The overnight storm cleared out and yielded a stunning day…

Palmyra Peak – Telluride

A perfect day for cruising with the Mrs…

Grooming it up – Telluride

Some folks scored some fresh tracks on Gold Hil…

Gold Hill – Telluride

My favorite terrain at Telluride is behind these signs…

EXTREME terrain

Dihedral and Black Iron Bowl looking tasty…

A nice day for a hike!

Palmyra Peak in a rage…

Palmyra Peak – Telluride

Telluride, Colorado…

Views from Dihedral Chute

It’s a bit of a jaunt up to Palmyra, so don’t forget a backpack…and water…

The hike to Palmyra Peak

A couple inches of fluff works for me…

Dihedral Chute – Telluride

Having fun is the name of the game…

Dihedral Chute skiing well

Steep and some technical features cover the bottom of this zone…

Wintery turns to the bottom

The new snow definitely helped…

Dihedral Chute and Mountain Quail zone – Telluride

Black Iron Bowl skied rather well…

Black Iron Bowl

The landings are a bit softer now…

Fun in the sun – Telluride

Following a 6 year old for a top to bottom See Forever lap…

See Forever – Telluride

The Mrs is carving quite well on her new fused ankle…

Carvetastic groomer

Time for a French lunch at Bon Vivant…

Tasty crepes at Bon Vivant

Yes, we even went ice skating…and we killed it…

Extreme ice skating in Mountain Village

The next morning we headed straight to Bushwacker!!!

Bushwacker – one of the longest & steepest groomers in the USA

Oak Street lift is a Telluride staple..

Chair 8 – Telluride

Some more groomers and then another hike up to Dihedral…

Dihedral Chute – Telluride

This time I ventured down the rockier ‘Dihedral Face’…

Powder on Dihedral Face

As always, I missed my targeted line but I did manage to provide some free snow safety…

Dihedral Face – Telluride

Here’s a shot of the mountain from the Telluride airport…

View from the airport

A 6 year old trying out his first twin tipped boards…

Grom on some Moments

I took my 3 year old to the top of Gold Hill so she deserved a treat…

Bon Vivant hot cocoa

Headed back to base camp…

Cakewalk – Telluride

On our departure date it STARTED to snow…

Snowing in Telluride – Colorado

***THE FOLLOWING IS COURTESY OF TELLURIDE’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT***

The day after we left…

Powder skiing in Telluride

Two days after we left…

Still snowing

Three days…

Sunrise in Telluride

And another one…

Revelation Bowl – Telluride

And the forecast…

Forecast says…SNOW!

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…NOW GET OVER THERE!!!


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