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December 11th, 2018

A Guide to Telluride's Hike to Terrain

 Information and photos courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride offers an incredible in bound experience that rivals the backcountry. Hikes range from moderate (Genevieve)  to extremely challenging (Palmyra Peak). Whether you are looking for a little adrenaline rush or a massive dose of endorphins, Telluride has you covered.


Black Iron Bowl is an upper-mountain area accessible via Lift 12 (Prospect Lift) and a short hike out Prospect Ridge.

Skiers and riders may drop in anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes hiking time along the ridge. Dropping 1,000 vertical feet on the primary pitches, terrain includes the expansive Mountain Quail couloir, European-style faces, open glades and steep chutes. Trails include Westlake, Lakeview, Review, Dihedral Chute, Dihedral Face, Jello’s Bowl and Nice Chute. Black Iron Bowl, named for an old mining claim, is an a signature area for in-bounds hiking, where advanced skiers and boarders enjoy fresh tracks virtually all season. Estimated hike times from the top of Lift 12 (Prospect Lift):

  • Genevieve: 5 - 10 minutes*
  • Lakeview:  20 - 25 minutes*
  • Mountain Quail: 30 - 45 minutes*


Located east of Black Iron Bowl, this incredible terrain includes well over 200 acres and almost 2,000 vertical feet on the north face of 13,320 foot Palmyra Peak. The peak is accessed via Lift 12 (Prospect Lift). What can be considered some of the most spectacular in-bounds terrain in the country, the runs Tram Shot, Sunrise and Electric Shock drain into Upper Moraine, and Lower Palmyra Ridge which lead back into Black Iron Bowl.
Estimated hike time: 1 - 1.5  hours past Black Iron Bowl*.


Gold Hill Chute 1
To ski this epic chute on the flip side of Revelation Bowl, you can access it one of two ways. 1) Through the gate at the top of Revelation Bowl Lift (15), or 2) Traverse across the top of Little Rose and Andy' s Gold, through the gate adjacent to Andy's Gold. The chute is not open continually, so check for current information on the signs. The expert-only chute directs you away from the cliff band by taking you to the traverse to skiers right and back to Andy's Gold. 

Gold Hill Chute 2
To access, stay left off of Revelation Lift (15) and continue up the Gold Hill access road. Enjoy the grand vistas before skiing the 1900' vertical feet to the base of Prospect Bowl or Gold Hill lifts. The chutes are not open continually, so check for current information on the signs before you make the hike.
Estimated hike time: 15 - 20 minutes* (As of the 2016/2017 Season, Gold Hill Chutes 3, 4 and 5 will be closed.)

Gold Hill Chutes 6-10
Offloading Revelation Lift (15) take a hard left and hike the new Gold Hill access road. Be sure to check out the bridge and staircase accessing Gold Hill Chutes 9 and 10. Chutes 6 - 10 are not open continually, so check for current information on the signs before you make the hike. The expert-only chutes go down below the skyline saddle and dump into Palmyra basin below.
Estimated hike time: 20 - 30 minutes*

Bald Mountain is accessible via an access gate located on Upper Galloping Goose in the Lift 12 area.  This local's favorite includes both Jackpot and Audrey and is home to some of the best and longest lasting stashes on the mountain.  Be sure to look to the south at the summit for a view of the historic mining town of Alta just below. The gate to Bald Mountain will close promptly at 2:00 p.m. daily in season.
Estimated hike time: 20 - 25 minutes.

* Hike times are approximate and may take shorter or longer based on your personal level of fitness and weather conditions.

WARNING: The upper mountain areas of Telluride Ski Area contain some of the steepest, most challenging terrain found anywhere in the world. Extreme Terrain is for EXPERTS ONLY. You may encounter cliffs, very steep slopes, rocks, challenging hikes, exposed traverses, and other hazards. Stay Safe. Access Telluride’s Extreme Terrain at your own risk. Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: Changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.

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