There is only one sure cure for the January blues in Telluride: powder. And this week, we got lots of it. Check out this great ski footage by Telluride.com of some fun laps on Lift 9. Enjoy the snow this week! And here’s hoping February shows us lots of love, too.
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.
Hats off to the hardworking Telluride Ski Patrol for keeping the slopes safe this weekend. Consider this: a month of sunny skies, warm temperatures and no snow created a very weak underlying layer and this weekend’s foot-plus of new, wet and slabby snow created some very hazardous avalanche conditions. But skiers in Telluride didn’t have to worry about that, as patrollers here used explosives to do what seemed like an interminable amount of snow control on the area. The conditions Sunday were great and the powder frenzy in the wake of such a snow-less month was as pronounced and joyous as I have ever seen.
That’s not all. Reverend Jerry Roberts, our faithful snow forecaster, is calling for perhaps a foot more to fall tonight. So, to the men and women on team red and white, rest up. It looks like you’ve got more work to do—and thanks.