Tackling the Transcendent Terrain @ Telluride Ski Resort, CO – Winter 2019

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Been to Telluride? No?…well get out here!


Telluride, Colorado – photo: Casey Cane

Dates: February 16th – 22nd, 2019



When this ski family descended upon Telluride Ski Resort during the middle of February 2019, we were greeted by an above-normal snowpack, daily fresh snow and ridiculously fun conditions. Almost everyday throughout the week, we received at least a few inches of new snow and combined with cold temperatures it yielded some stellar conditions. The snow continued throughout the season and was one of the best snow years in recent memory!

On this trip we decided to stay down in Town instead of Mountain Village. As the kids get older, and yes – we have three of them, it gets even easier to get them to the lifts. From town during the mid-winter months, you usually can ski over to Chairs 7, 8 and the Gondola. If you have a kiddo doing ski school for the day, its just one Gondola ride over to Mountain Village. At the end of the day, we just skied right to the back door of our accommodations.

On most days, the plan of attack was simple…head straight to Chair 9 or Chair 6 and slay some powder turns while refreshing the lift status updates to time an opening of Gold Hill or Revelation Bowl. On one of those days, we were able to time the perfectly time the opening of Revelation Bowl to join the powder-hounds skiing untracked in glorious sunshine.

The rest of the week had a similar routine but adding some hikes up to Mountain Quail, Dihedral Chutes and into Black Iron Bowl. Highlights include great laps down Dihedral Face, Little Rose, Rock Garden, Sully’s Gully and Powerline to name a few. From hot chocolate breaks at Giuseppe’s to magnificent late-lunch adult beverages and food at Bon Vivant, we sure felt spoiled skiing around the mountain.

As far as terrain openings, due to all the new snow, Palmyra Peak and the Gold Hill chutes did not open during our visit. However, they did open the week following our trip. All in all, our family had a blast running around the mountain. One of the best aspects of Telluride is that almost every chairlift has an easy way down, therefore allowing the entire family to ski what they want off a single chairlift.

The kids did some ski school (mainly so dad could get rowdy) but they mostly skied with us, their parents, with some divide and conquering. Most notably, after getting our 2 year old out on a afternoons on Chair 1, we loathed in the success of managing another week of family skiing in the San Juans. Well, minus dad losing his iPhone on Gold Hill (as usual) but nothing a trip to Montrose can’t fix.

Did I miss a part of the mountain, certain run or area not included in this report? No problem. Check out my reports from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014.


Day one began with some signature Chair 9 laps…

Chair 9 – Telluride, CO

My oldest is hellbent to knocking off every run on the mountain, so Powerline was next!

Grom descending Powerline – Chair 9

Just Dad trying his best to catch up to his son…

Powerline – Telluride, CO

As a good old triple chair, The Plunge (Chair 9) was perfect for acclimatization…

Chair 9 – Telluride, CO

With the kids on the main run, Dad played on the trail’s edges…

Side stashes of Upper Lookout Run…

After a long day on the slopes, it was time to head downtown for some grub…

Snowy Main Street – Telluride, CO

On this trip, we stayed downtown, making walking to bars & restaurants an effortless venture…

Mom and son – Telluride, CO

The next day, after some perfect planning on my part, we made it to Revelation Bowl right at opening…

Revelation Lift – Telluride, CO

This IS where you want to be an a sunny powder morning…

Revelation Bowl…

Go fast and follow the contours on an untouched slope…

Not too shabby…

Do we come for the skiing or the views? Hmmmm…

Views galore in Revelation Bowl – Telluride, CO

Powder laps with a view of Bear Creek? We’ll take it!…

Not too shabby…

Its really tough not to love this place…

Scenic Trails – Telluride, CO

With a rumor of Black Iron Bowl opening soon, I headed over to the Prospect Chair…

View of Dihedral and Palmyra above…

Hiking up toward Mountain Quail, you’ll encounter great views of Silver Mountain…

Terrain above Alta Lakes – Telluride Backcountry

A favorite of mine is the Dihedral Zone, where you’ll find classic chutes and steep technical descents to keep the heart healthy…

Dihedral Face – Telluride, CO

That moment when the sun pops through the gap in the clouds…

Untracked steeps – Telluride, CO

Remember, it gets a bit technical as you descend, so make sure you commit to either skiers left or right at the bottom cliffs…

Skiing is fun, right?

The view of the zone and all its line options…

Hike to terrain – Telluride, CO

As you descend into Black Iron Bowl, you can get a better view of Mountain Quail (center) to Dihedral zone (looker’s right)…

The hike to terrain that leads into Black Iron Bowl…

Don’t forget to stay skier’s right on the way back down to Prospect Lift (12) so you can jump off some features…

Old man airing…

And another day is done by skiing back to the yurt…

Mom and son – Telluride, CO

Time for a morning knocking off runs from the trail map…

Kant Mak’m – Telluride, CO

Sully’s Gully held some of the best turns of the trip…

Grom in Sully’s Gully…

We then linked up with my daughter…how many kids do I have?

Grom ready to slay – Telluride, CO

The temps remained rather cool during our stay, so hot chocolate breaks at Gorrono Ranch were mandatory…

Gorrono Ranch Lodge – Telluride, CO

Remember, Chair 8 (Oak Street lift) closes early for access to Chair 9, so plan accordingly…

Chair 8 – Telluride, CO

The kids went in to warm up, so I went out to hike up to the Dihedral Zone…

Hiking for the goods – Telluride, CO

But better yet, I ran into Joe Eppler (mountain man extraordinaire) and we took a few laps in Black Iron Bowl and runs off Gold Hill…

Hey JOE!

After some route finding, I encountered a fun little section off Gold Hill…

A skier descends Telluride…

Ski with your kids they say…however, I’m not sure who would actually say that.

The hardest part of the trip…

It was time to spend the rest of the day with one of the most demanding skiers…

The 2 year old grom is ready!

I’m more of a non-leash, figure out gravity, then I’ll grab you kind of ski coach…

The hardest part of the trip…

That is, until he was tired, so I threw in a few laps in Rockslide at the end of the day…

Rockslide powder turns – Telluride, CO

Another morning and this time, the sun actually paid us a visit!

Bald Mountain (hike to terrain) and Chair 5 – Telluride, CO

Hey kid, where do YOU want to go?…

Young skier ready to slay!

Yes, I made them make turns for this blog…

A grom making a turn around a photographer…

However, his sister is a bit harder to manage on photoshoots…

A grom in the Moment – Telluride, CO

Bon Vivant is an incredible spot for some French Onion soup and a beer…too bad the views are horrendous.

Bon Vivant – Telluride, CO

If you save some energy, there’s more than enough to keep you busy when you make a left off Chair 12…

The hike-to terrain of Prospect Lift

Gold Hill Chutes finally say hello from Prospect Lift…

Golden Views of the Gold Hill Chutes…

My 10 year old had to check off Dihedral Chute, so up we went…

Not a bad day in Telluride…

When Palmyra is open, you just keep going up, up and then more up…

Hiking to Dihedral Chute – Telluride, CO

The terrain above Alta Lakes just beyond the boundaries…

Alta Lakes fun zone…

You can’t have a Telluride report without a photo of Mt. Wilson and Wilson Peak..

Mt. Wilson and Wilson Peak, CO

Silver Mountain shows us its ‘chutey’ side…

Silver Mountain – Telluride, CO

Dihedral Chute just as my camera’s battery died. Did I mention is was cold? Well, it was chilly indeed…

Dihedral Chute – Telluride, CO

Forgot to zip a pocket, so there’s an iPhone in here somewhere…

Aggressive Alpine Skiing…

Some more snow overnight, some breaks in the clouds, so its time to Family Shred…

Chair 9 – The Plunge

Hey guys, you know you can wait for dad right?

Family in Telluride…

With the sun out, we decided to play around the ‘town side’ of the mountain…

Grom in North Chute – Telluride, CO

Consistent pitch down to town is the name of the game…

North Chute – Telluride, CO

My wife has been coming to Telluride for over 20 years, so she knows how to navigate the hill…

Bump slayer spotted in Telluride…

Still checking off the boxes with Cat Paw, Jaws, Bail Out and Mine Shaft on the lower mountain…

Dad, where’s the green runs?

In Telluride, you can ski right into your favorite local restaurant…

Town views on Bail Out…

The last day started out pretty decent…that is, if you like snow.

Chair 8 powder day!

On days like these, its best to session Chair 9…

Powder day – Telluride, CO

Bushwacker is a tough one to beat with its consistently steep pitch…

Bushwacker – Telluride, CO

It also has some fun tree skiing off skier’s right…

Groms eat up the powder on Bushwacker…

This is where Dad yells to ‘be careful’ near the trees…

The elusive tree grom…

Of course, we HAD to ski down East Drain…

East Drain off Bushwacker trail…

Yup, some hot drinks are in order…

Giuseppes is THE iconic place to get a snack!

We headed over to the Apex Lift (Chair 6) via Sully’s and it did not disappoint…

Casey Cane in Sully’s Gully

We lapped all the runs off Chair 6 and admired the scenery…

Apex lift trees…

‘Where do you want to go next?’…

Mother and daughter on Chair 6 – Telluride, CO

I’m sorry, but I’m kind of forcing my kids to enjoy powder skiing…

Some groms racing down soft snow…

It was time to pack up the gear so we headed back down the Plunge toward town…

People on Chair 9 – Telluride, CO

‘One more run, please, I’ll be good, I PROMISE!’

The base of the Gondola and Chair 8…

Until next Winter Telluride! You have a pretty fun mountain as well…

The Telluride Gondola…

See you in July Telluride, and yes, I’m bringing skis…

 

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