Thrashing with the Tribe…a week in Telluride!

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So here we are…another year, another ‘ski week’ in Telluride. With six days of skiing on the docket, the big difference this year is that the kids can actually ski with us! Hell, my 7 year old decided to pick off ‘double blacks’ all over the mountain. Call this dad impressed…

Telluride is our staple ski destination outside of California for many reasons. One, and most importantly, there’s great hike-to steep terrain like the Gold Hill Chutes, Mountain Quail and Palmyra. Secondly, they have some amazing beginning and intermediate terrain for the little rippers in your family. Finally, it was a town before a ski resort and that character shines through as you walk down main street. I guess you argue that the views are pretty spectacular, restaurants are amazing, and the sunsets are to die for, but I only have some much time to editorialize.

With over 240 inches of snowfall before our visit and spring time temps throughout the week, we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather to ski bell to bell everyday. Groomers such as Henry’s, Milk Run, Bushwacker and The Plunge had that ‘every so perfect’ Rocky Mountain chalky consistency. Coverage in the steeps was better than years past, and outdoor lunching at Bon Vivant or Giuseppe’s could not have been more sublime.

My only dilemma was trying to fit in some dad time lapping Dihedral face and at least one hike up to Palmyra Peak. I managed to bag those lines and a few others but had just as much fun cruising the mountain with the 4 and 7 year old groms. To be honest, it is pretty rewarding to see your kids having a blast on the hill but its even more rewarding when they crash to bed earlier than usual after a big day.

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The trip begins with dad booking a windowless back seat, so I’m stuck with the problem child…

Flying IFR

The first day was engulfed in low clouds and flat-light, so it was a great day to acclimatize and hit some piste…

Bear Creek – Telluride

After that, the weather was rather springlike for February…

Polar Queen run

Black Iron Bowl was skiing well…

Black Iron Bowl and Gold Hill Chutes

From Propsect lift, an easy 15-20 min hike can get you up to Dihedral and Mountain Quail…

Skiers hiking for terrain

One of my favorite areas is Dihedral Face because its steep and has lots of options…

Dihedral Face

You can choose to air it out and play it safe…

Dihedral Face lower

Dihedral Face has a great north eastern aspect that keeps the snow at high quality …

View of the hike-to Diheral Zone – Telluride

Hard to beat the views on Lookout run…

Grom on Lookout Run

Closest thing to a European lunch experience in Southern Colorado…

Bon Vivant at lunchtime

I think I’ll grab an umbrella, a Face Down Brown Ale, and unbuckle my boots for a bit…

The good life at Telluride

Palmyra Peak and Dihedral Zone with Mountain Quail being the saddle chute in the middle…

Inbounds hike-to terrain

Dynamo is accessed from lookers left of the Gold Hill lift. It has a great pitch and leads into a rocky area near the bottom…

Dynamo off Gold Hill

View from ‘in’ the rocky area on the bottom of Dynamo…

Steep skiing for the win

Revelation Bowl is the resort’s newest terrain and holds some impressive vistas of Bear Creek as well as steep groomers, gullies and cornices…

Revelation Bowl

The wife makes her way down aptly titled Majestic run…

Revelation Bowl – Telluride

Late afternoon almost apres ski at Gorrono Ranch is the place to be…

Gorrono Ranch

The iconic Main Street twinkles bright before sundown …

Downtown Telluride

The next day I warmed up with lap on the steep face just before Mountain Quail…

Nice rollover eh?

And look at this…some steep untracked? Thank you!

Mountain Quail Face

The view from below shows that you need to know your line beforehand…

Mountain Quail Face

It was time to make the 1hr 15min hike up to Palmyra Peak…

Stairway to heaven

Some great views of the edge of The Gold Hill Chutes…

Rocky Mountain High

And then 1500 vertical feet later, you stand atop the peak at 13,320 ft…

Top of Seniors Run

You said you wanted some nice views…AM I RIGHT?

Top of Palymra Peak

The backcountry views behind the Peak…

T-ride backcountry

In order to get to my favorite zone up here, you have to take a tiny exposed walk…

Palmyra Ridge

And here it is…Upper Roy Boy!

An extreme skier sets up for his line

Pretty fun line that leads right into Roy Boy below…

POV Chuting

After hitting Palmyra, I skied into Review in Black Iron Bowl…

Review Run – Black Iron Bowl

All that hiking leads to an aggressive appetite, so it’s time for some pulled pork at Giuseppe’s…

Giuseppe’s

The San Joaquin Couloir in the distance…

One day…yes, I think so

Did I mention the sunsets? Well, in any case, here’s a good one from Mountain Village…

Sunsetting chairlift

The trip rolls on and so does the morning struggle…

ski boot hell

At least the 4 year old is using her edges…

Misty Maiden

Taking conservative runs with the wife is not really a chore when you can rail carves down See Forever…

See Forever

Ice skating is not this kid’s strong suit…

ice skate fail

Thankfully, he’s a much better skier…

Lookout Run

But to dad’s demise, he chooses steep bump runs for the first run of the day…

Mammoth Run

Telluride is great for exploring with the family because there are easy routes off almost every chairlift…

Prospect Bowl gate

Off of Chair 10, the Enchanted Forest is pretty damn cool for the little groms…

Chair 10 – Telluride

My daughter was in awe of all the ‘wishing trees’…

Enchanted it is!

Yes, my son made me ski a frozen Mineshaft for the first run on the last day…

Chair 8 – Mineshaft

Then my daughter and I hit some roller laps on Chair 1…

Grom airing it out

The wind came out of nowhere and starting howling…then it began to snow.

Chair 12 snowstorm

With Dihedral closed due to wind, I ran a few laps on Genevieve..

Genevieve Run

What you can’t see in this photo are the windows shaking due to the gale force wind…but my beer still went down nicely

Last pulled pork of the trip

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And wouldn’t you know it, the forecast is calling for snow. So go get some!


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