Spoiled for choice

As we are only 55 miles from Mountain Village Telluride its time to venture onto the slopes again after
all the December snowfall. This year we managed to buy the cheap rate “locals” 6 day pass which is
about 1/2 the cost of the normal daily rate and well worth the money. It also seems that no matter how
much older I get than the “age” for geriatric skiing goes up at the same differential….. one day, one day,
I’ll get that 1/2 price senior citizen discount !!!

The plan then, is to depart with fully fueled car at 0830, 1 hour in transit, and then get down to the lift
ticket shop and have the photos taken for our passes. Over the years Telluride has gone from strength
to strength and must rate as one of the best ski resorts in all of the USA. Last year they opened up a
whole new area way up the mountain which has meant that some of the lower runs are now  virtually
deserted. However other than a “look” I rather feel that we will be fairly close to our favorite watering
holes and enjoying the fun and music at the halfway house

On arrival there is a multi level car parking area and while you struggle into your cold ski boots a golf
cart will arrive and convey you to the Gondola which will whisk you down to the ticket shop in the center
of Mountain Village right by lift 4. On return and at the end of the day there are willing bodies
(NO Tipping) on hand to carry your skis to the Gondola and then a stream of golf carts to run you to
your car, and I mean car not just the floor you left it on.

So tonight out with all the kit and check it over and make sure it all fits. This year after a spate of skiing
deaths, and nearly all head injuries we are wearing helmets although I have to say that they don’t seem
to have a great deal of padding and protection and I really can’t see them being much good in a real
humdinger of a head plant into a tree or large Colorado boulder. Well, never mind at least our ears will
be warm.

This one is fitted with “The Key to Success”

Also comes with the “Missing Link”

The mission gets underway at just after nine fifteen, so we are close. Crisp and crunchy but no wind
and clear skies so conditions are looking good for the fair weather skiers. The roads are all  clear and
dry and one hour later we are on the top floor of the parking lot and can easily managed the 50 yard
walk to the Gondola. My feet are persuaded into the Tecnicas and are eventually buckled down for the
day. Down in Mountain Village we are photographed and in no time have our lift passes and are ready
for action. The slopes are not busy despite the 12 x 60 seater coaches from Phoenix that hammered
past the house yesterday.

Off we go, Day 1 of the 2010 season

Over the top of the Lizard and looking down on Trout Lake

Skis on and up the Misty Maiden for the first run. Everything is beautifully groomed, the snow making
equipment is in full flow on a couple of runs to make some wacky snowboarding half pipes but the rest
is just gorgeous. A couple of runs and Brenda’s courage meter light comes on so a quick stop to top off
the system and back to the action. Several more runs and she is back finding her form having not been
on the slopes in 2009.

Looking good, conditions perfect!

Perfectly groomed and hardly a soul around

Soon the call to the bar goes out and we stop at Camp 1 and regroup around the fire pit with a bloody
mary. The band is playing and the holiday makers are in fine form. A lot of camera swapping for the
tourists as everyone enjoys the superb conditions and the refreshments.

First “Bloody Mary” of the year

……. and the band played on

Suitably lubricated we take in a few more runs on some different terrain and then on the 1530 lift up the
hill the temperature takes a sudden dip as we pass through a shaded part…….. well thats terminal!  So
this is the LAST run, and despite Brenda having an uncooperative leg we made it down unscathed and
are soon back at the car. All loaded up and I have a one hour drive in solitude as my partner has drifted
off and is no doubt reliving bumps and turns. A quick stop at the Hollywood Bar for a single and then
back to the duty dog walking.

Excellent, and yet another empty run

As Brenda said this morning “that was fantastic….and we still have 5 more days left”


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