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|10-06-2009 12:06 PM|
mid march usually has pretty good snowpack. i live in durandgo and our resort is pretty legit, at purgatory tickets can be pretty cheap 2, 40-80$. make sure you hit the pithfork terrain garden. it has a few rails and a sum nice 30-40 foot jumps.
|10-04-2009 04:00 PM|
|unfmoose||Not from Montrose. I have never seen the roads closed...no passes either though. The worst I have ever seen it was the snow between Montrose and Ridgway...snowing so hard we were going like 35-40. Thought about turning around and it was bluebird from Ridgway to Tride. Turned out being an amazing day. Dallas Divide can get pretty snow packed, buts I haven't seen it too bad. 1 hour to an hour 15 minutes on a good day. The longest it has ever taken me is an Hour and half.|
|10-04-2009 01:14 PM|
Originally Posted by unfmoose View Post
Is Telluride a tough drive in winter? I live near Steamboat.
|10-04-2009 04:08 AM|
Originally Posted by rubbertoe View Post
|10-04-2009 04:02 AM|
|unfmoose||On a clear day you can see Moab from the See forever run in Telluride. It has some amazing terrain...you won't be dissappointed.|
|10-01-2009 02:48 AM|
Originally Posted by Nugggster View Post
|09-25-2009 08:36 PM|
|Nugggster||Only place ive been out west was the boat. 3600+ vert was plenty for me. I had a blast.|
|09-19-2009 12:17 PM|
On 2nd thought:
Purgatory will be packed with really long lift lines on spring break. Wolf Creek or Telluride shouldn't be so bad. I checked the map and Telluride has added a lot of park lately. It will cost you about 25 to 50% more than Wolf Creek. For an intermediate group I would pick Telluride. I do have a prejudice against Wolf Creek. Everytime I book a trip 3 weeks in advance it doesn't snow for those 3 weeks. Still it really doesn't have a great deal of intermediate but it does have some steeps and trees.
For views I hear Telluride is great. When we were there it was getting nuked and you couldn't see very far but you had freshies on every run.
|09-19-2009 10:53 AM|
|Mr. Right||When they get a good snow the waterfall area at Wolf Creek is my favorite place to ride that I have ever seen in my time on a snowboard. I would vote for the Wolf out of all of the ones mentioned myself. Pagosa is a fun place to party too.|
|09-17-2009 11:01 AM|
Durango/Purgatory would be my pick for an intermediate rider. It has lots of blues. It is also cheaper than Telluride. It might get a little busier than Telluride during spring break. The blacks at Purgy get icy when it has been a few days since it snowed. The park at Purgy or what I have seen of the park at Telluride is better. Tamarron Lodge South of Purgy is cheaper than resort side and only seven miles from the lifts. A free shuttle runs until 10pm or so. The slope side lodgings at Purgy are nice. You can run and have a beer and sandwich for lunch. Also catch the lift early and head to the back lift before it gets crowded, not so crowded and some nice runs. Hermosa lift has a lot of nice intermediate terrain some of which are steeper than blacks at Telluride.
Wolf Creek doesn't have a park but it is a lot less busy. It has less lift serviced terrain than the other 2. Or at least less than I have found. It is also a bit of a drive from Pagosa Springs which is on your side of the slope. It's a beautiful drive. I think Wolf Creek is better for Advanced and Beginner, or people with poles.
Telluride is a little pricey. Don't be afraid of the blacks there, If there is snow on them they aren't so bad. The extreme stuff was closed when I was there and they were blasting it so I really didn't get a look at it, I wouldn't have done it anyway. If it is dumping and you plan on dropping to the other side don't take the lift out of Telluride. They don't groom powder and the lift unloads you in a major flat area. Take the gondola over to the other side and the middle 2 lifts have a lot of intermediate terrain. If it is dumping take the lift out of Telluride and ride the blacks down to Telluride(not so much flat going that way. There is about 1700' of vertical back to town. Stay off the blue going to Telluride. It doesn't have enough slope to be called a green.
Hope this helps.
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