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Skiing and Snowboarding, Telluride

Telluride , Colorado
Tel: 970 728 6900
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Telluride Ski Resort is challenging: Thirty-eight percent of its 2,000 skiable acres are rated advanced or expert. On average, annual snowfall is a respectable 309 inches, but the quality is more impressive than the quantity. Storms from the Pacific lose moisture while traveling over the desert, and snow falls so light and fluffy here it can't be packed into a snowball. The Telluride skier or snowboarder is often more advanced than the Vail-goer, for there are fewer groomers and more mogul-studded steeps, particularly double-diamond Electra and Little Rose, which spill down Gold Hill.

Unless you're sensitive to high altitudes, the must-do run at Telluride is See Forever. When you slide off the Gold Hill chair at the resort's 12,570-foot apex, you'll be significantly higher than any lift in California, Utah, or Montana. See Forever starts here, and as you drop down this always-groomed intermediate pitch you can see deep into the red-rock canyons near Moab and the La Sal mountains emerging from the Great Basin like islands in the sky. Advanced bumpers schuss the egg cartons of the run Plunge, while rubbery teenage snowboarders flip and spin in the Air Garden Terrain Park. Skilled backcountry skiers or riders (equipped with shovels and avalanche transceivers—and the knowledge to use them) can pass through a Forest Service access gate and drop more than 4,000 vertical feet into the sheer, cliffy Bear Creek drainage. Rent or demo skis or a snowboard from Paragon Sports.

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