Day 2 in Telluride and here’s the report!
After being hit with some serious elevation and sunburn throughout yesterday, I ended up going to bed at 8 pm last night, but not getting much sleep due to a headache (every time I go on a pow trip I remind myself to “drink more water this time”), so I was a bit of a wreck this morning. Fortunately for me, we we’re taking the chairlift, which doesn’t open until 9 am, so after more than a few glasses of water and some cups of coffee I was alive again. Unfortunately for us, the Colorado spring has really started to set in with temperatures up in the 50°F range, or 12 °C, and this under sunny skies from 8 am until 6 pm. This means high altitude slush skiing!
The team headed up to the top of the ski resort of Telluride, from which we we’re setting out on a 45 minute hike up Palmyra peak. Definitely felt the altitude towards the top, as the peak is just above 13.300 feet, or 4.053 m above the sea. After skiing some fun little lines off the back, and a 40 minute skin track up the next ridge, we we’re looking out over the town of Ophir, CO, which sits confidently in the valley right below a south facing snow-filled bowl that funnels out right above the village, population 158.
After a couple thousand vertical feet in the now slurpee feeling snow, we all felt some relief to get out of there before it was getting too late in the day, since the heavier the snow gets, the greater the avalanche danger. After hanging out at our photographer Brett Shreckengost’s house in town for an hour we saw several south-facing slopes with some serious wetslides down them. Good thing the north faces seem to be almost unaffected so that’s where we will be looking over the next few days.
Here’s a visual overview of the day:
On the way up the lift we had a pretty good view of one of our options for another day, the little Wasatch face, with legendary colouirs like the Y, the Grandfather, oblivion bowl, the elevens and hairy banana. Definitely got some butterflies over these.
Then I got to hang out with the Brett’s cat, who just happens to be the coolest cat in the world:
Next on the schedule is dinner in the house and an early sleep tonight, leaving on another solid skin tour at 7.30 am tomorrow. Stay tuned for more adventures in the Telluride backcountry!
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