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Telluride Winter Experiences
I couldn’t believe it. Had we really skied five runs already? Where had the day gone? The heli settled into the LZ, our now familiar little niche high in Governor’s Basin, and we made our methodical exit, crouching and huddling alongside the chopper’s exterior as it lifted back into the sky. A spray of rotor wash whirled with it, followed closely by the quiet of the backcountry as it peeled away, out of sight. Clicking into our skis and adjusting our packs, we traversed out into the pristine powder and assessed our route for the final descent of the day. With a string of effortless and creamy runs under our belts already, we felt confident this one would be no different.
Despite waking up with plenty of time, it had been an utter scramble to get out of the house that morning (babysitter in order, gear together, baby gear together, etc.), but the minute I sat down to fill out the waiver form at the Telluride Helitrax office in Mountain Village (albeit, a good 20 minutes late), I forgot about the gazillions of pressing responsibilities that had been weighing on my brain for weeks. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the forecast on that Mid-March day was for quintessential spring skiing…not a breath of wind and temperatures, even at 8 a.m., only calling for a lightweight jacket. And I was going heliskiing.
Not only was I going heliskiing, but I was going with my four dearest girlfriends, one of whom was going to be our guide…ensuring an even tighter-knit posse. We were all weathered skiers, out for a fun day together in our big backyard. The guides and pilot chose an area north of Telluride, Yankee Boy and Governor’s basins, as our playground for the day. Although a place I often visit in summer, I hadn’t spent time there in the winter in years. Wow, was it spectacular…the craggy peaks, untouched snow, and no one around but us (and the two other heliski groups partaking that day). On account of the blazing sun overhead, we thought we might encounter some crusty, funky conditions, but every inch we touched was soft and dreamy, bouncy and effortless…the stuff that, well, the stuff that people heliski for.
On that last run, we nosed off a steeper face at the top. It was quite a few turns, but the pitch made them blow quickly by and the rollover halfway down stirred a few butterflies. For the finale, we cut around to a lower apron and put the rockered skis (that I was trying for the first time, and must say, was head over heels for) on autopilot for a series of “hero” turns to the bottom. Then the heli swooped in and just like that, it was back to civilization…the Peaks Hotel to be exact, for margaritas, consumed by all except, yours truly. Yes, I quaffed a cold and somewhat tasty N/A beer because as I failed to reveal earlier, I was four months pregnant at the time. Can’t wait to tell my little one some day….in-utero heliskiing, how many can say they’ve done that?
This is Telluride.
Posted On March 13, 2012
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Video from the Slopes!
Posted On March 8, 2012
Current Conditions in Telluride have been amazing.
Telluride Powder Day - 1/22/12
Posted On January 23, 2012
20"+ in the past 24 hours here in Telluride, Colorado! Check out this awesome powder video from 1/22/12.
Current Conditions in Telluride! 1-17-12
Posted On January 18, 2012
The current conditions in Telluride are GREAT! 10" fell this week and more on the way! Check out this video from the slopes... we skied groomers, moguls and hike-to's yesterday!
The Telluride Newb - Episode 20 - Winter's Greatest Hits
Posted On August 10, 2011
Regardless of the below average snow year and Dutch fracturing his leg, all of us agree that this last winter was one of the best ski seasons we've ever had. Sure, the sweet place we landed at the base of Lift 7 and the fact that we spent most of our ski days exploring and familiarizing
The Telluride Newb - Episode 19 - "Closing Day"
Posted On August 10, 2011
The desired norm for any closing day is warm weather and blue-bird skies. Nothing beats finishing off the season than with slushy bumps, short sleeves and a forearm tan. But as seen on Sunday, one key word easily sums up the weather for this winter season in Telluride: unpredictable. The day
Telluride Newb - Episode 18 - "Meet Bobby, a true Telluride Newb."
Posted On March 30, 2011
Over the last four-and-a-half months of the Telluride Newb, one person has been consistently mentioned, yet not adequately introduced, throughout our weekly episodes and bi-weekly posts: Bobby Haupt. As the third leg of our Telluride-life "tripod," Bobby moved down a few weeks after
Telluride Newb - Episode 17 - "Ophir is the definition of a mountain/ski town"
Posted On March 24, 2011
We've been highlighting Telluride non-stop since we started (hence the name the Telluride Newb), but we feel that the time has come to look at the bigger picture - i.e. the surroundings of the San Juans. And there is no better place to start off on this outward examination than with the town
Telluride Newb - Episode 16 - "Nothing can top lapping the Hoot Brown terrain park"
Posted On March 24, 2011
Let's be honest, Telluride does not need a terrain park. While most resorts construct them to attract the skiing and snowboarding youth market, we can all agree that the steep pitches, amazing scenery and epic backcountry have that demographic dialed. Because of this, the resort's down
Telluride Newb - Episode 15 - Après-Ski! Part Deux
Posted On March 9, 2011
A few weeks ago, we put Telluride's MSNBC.com ranking to the test to see if it truly deserved its position as one of the top 10 après-ski scenes in the world. We stopped off at five different locales all over the resort and were pleasantly surprised with all of the options and deals to be had