Day 6 in Telluride, and we have finally been skiing again. After taking a day and a half off (except some), the crew was eager to get on some good lines, and got up early to get first tracks up to one of Telluride’s classics, the San Joaquin colouir:
To get there we had to traverse off the back of the ski resort, and skin up the San Joaquin ridge. Not a bad view, the bowl in the back left of the photo is where we climbed Silver mountain a few days ago.
And a little over an hour later, I found myself peeking over the edge of the San Joaquin. Steep and narrow, but this run has been done by hundreds (probably thousands) of people, so this was more about capturing a classic, rather than skiing something new and unexplored.
Nate Wallace coming down and around the krux one third down the run.
After another hour of skinning and a fun bowl run in some fresh pow, we were yet again greeted by another one of Telluride’s mythical colouirs, the Why. A 1500 vertical foot trench in the north face of Little Wasatch, with some freshly blown in snow after last night’s storm. About two thirds down the run, a mandatory but easy to miss right turn directs you away from 3 massive unskiable cliffs, into a fun exit colouir.
Sure felt good to be back in town for some food and interviews. Two big colouirs in the bag, successful day!