It looks like this March will be coming in like a lion, if today’s snowstorm is any indicator. Raaawwwr. Check out this first-person footage from Telluride Lodging for a dizzying, top-to-bottom run on Lift 9 and get the virtual vibe from a great powder day on the mountain.
Archives for February 2012
If you got passed on a ski run by a kid half your size wearing a costume and a helmet this weekend, you are not alone. Saturday’s ski and board-a-thon was a fun annual fundraiser for the kids in Telluride’s Ski and Snowboard Clubs. They get sponsors, they dress up and they go up and down the ski runs as fast as they can, collecting as many laps as their young legs will allow in a day.
The money goes toward scholarships for the clubs, so kids like the one in the video above can keep doing the outstanding and amazing things that make their parents simultaneously gasp with fear and swell with pride. TSSC has produced several notable ski team athletes and Telluride is proud of the club’s efforts.
Avalanche Danger in Colorado is “Worst in 30 Years”
About this time every year, at the end of February or beginning of March, helicopters fly above the peak at the east end of the Telluride valley (Ajax) and do avalanche control work, dropping bombs and causing slides that are incredible and awe-inspiring to watch. This year, nature beat them to it: a huge fracture appeared and the slope slid, causing billowing snow and debris to cascade down the cliff bands in a powerful shower.
Avalanche danger in the state is at a 30-year high, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. There have been six fatalities so far this season, including a local snowboarder, and 16 people have been caught in avalanches. Local forecaster Matt Steen shows us the avalanche danger in Ophir’s swamp canyon, where another skier was swept up in a slide but survived—although the dog touring with him did not.
This is a scary season to be out in the backcountry and a good one to take advantage of Telluride’s patrolled and controlled slopes. If you do intend to venture out, make sure you have the proper equipment, evaluate the avalanche hazards and check the CAIC forecast of the conditions.
All the snow this week reminds me of what I really love about powder days: the peacefulness. There is a kind of hushed quality, a stillness, when the mountains are swaddled in snow. Deep in the trees or traversing to a secret stash, the noise of the chairlift and the clatter of the lift lines gets left behind and the mist of the storm envelops you. Sometimes all you can hear is your own breathing.
Don’t we all deserve some peace and quiet? After the hectic pace of work, the nonstop noise of kids, roommates, pets or whatever keeps your home humming, and the frenzied crowd in the powder line, it is nice to check out for a while. Especially when the snow is great.
My friend Jesse wrote a column about what music people listen to while they’re skiing or boarding. Whether it was thumping, energizing punk rock or smooth, flowing reggae, everyone seemed to have the perfect soundtrack to accompany their turns. While there is something undeniably musical and rhythmic about skiing and snowboarding, I still think it’s OK to shut off the iPod once in a while. Instead of losing yourself in the music, change it up and listen to what’s going on (or not going on) around you. Let yourself be swallowed up in the quiet of the trees, the baying of the wind, or the sound of your own gear slicing through the snow, and enjoy the ambient sounds of the outdoors.
There are just two performances left of “Alice Underground,” the original adaptation of the old Lewis Carroll book. The play is being put on by Telluride Theatre, the newly formed theatre group. Telluride Theatre is the partnership of SquidShow Theatre, a local professional acting company, and Telluride Repertory Theatre, a community theatre group. This performance features the professional troupe and an original play and score. The shows are free but a hat will be passed for donations; the curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at the Palm Theatre. Don’t miss some of the most creative and talented forces in Telluride at work.
A special thanks to Jeb Berrier and Plum TV Telluride for this sneak backstage peek of “Alice Underground.”
Celebrate the colorful past of one of Telluride’s most historically significant structures, the Sheridan Opera House, with this fun tour. Did you know that there used to be a hidden entryway between the opera house and the New Sheridan hotel? Or that the balcony is supported entirely by those thin metal poles in either corner? Or that there used to be a coop and food store in the bottom floor of the building? Join docents Jacob Reuter (the opera house’s facility manager) and George Greenbank (local architect and historian) as they share some of the interesting stories and secrets that make this building and performance venue so special.