The BEST Ski Run in North America
Telluride now has 4,600 vertical feet of skiing from the top to bottom.
For a lucky few of us who happened to get “the call”, check the website, or call the snow report, we were able to make the mad dash up to the peak before Patrol closed the hike at 12:30pm. Telluride’s Ski Patrol director Pat Ahern has been trying to open the terrain all season, but with the abundant snowfall, has encountered numerous obstacles in the form of snow safety and labor intensive control work to make it safe for the public. Yesterday’s opening served as a trial run on how operations would handle skiers making the trek up to this kind of terrain.
From the peak, there are 4 different exit couloirs, 3 shoulders/ramps, and then 3 different faces to traverse to from those couloirs. Once off the peak proper, the terrain opens up into 2 large bowls with further exit gulleys, and multiple features from which to huck your rad self. Snow gets loaded into this terrain as the bigger San Juan storm systems usually come from the South and drift in on the North side of the Peak, which is the aspect that is now open. The hike takes skiers anywhere from 40 minutes to 90 minutes from the lift- depending on from where you come- mountains vs sea level, respectively. The hike is not a walk in the park, and depending on wind effect and snow pack, offers slightly technical maneuvers and some healthy exposure.
Rumor has it that rest of the upper Gold Hill ridge, across from Palmyra, will also be opened westwards into the resort later this February. If that happens this season, there is no other place you want to be for varied incredible extreme skiing then Telluride. Lastly, slated for additional opening next year, via direct lift service off the top of the mountain aka Gold Hill, is Revelation Bowl, which will create up to five more runs for intermediate skiers… so, a little something for everyone.
This is the inside scoop on one of the ski industry’s best expansions in years. Come visit- http://www.tellurideskiresort.com/.
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