Turns out oak looks great with white lol
I arrived at Telluride to hear people talk about waste deep powder...It snowed 15 inches Friday in to Saturday.
By Sunday morning it had snowed 5 more inches.
Sunday- was spent with an instructor who really pushed me through blues, double blues and tree runs. This being my first trip to a big mountain it was an incredible first day. The instructor got me on virgin powder for the first time. It took a couple of runs to get it down, but I quickly realized why everyone gets so excited about it. It is way different than boarding on the hard pack. By the end of the day my feet where killing me, it thought my boots where too tight.
Monday, 2nd day to on the mountain. 11 inches of new snow.this time it was solo. I started out with by making my boots loser. This helped my feet but did nothing for my riding once the powder became choppy. I was catching edges left and right, had little control over the board. I tightened boots up whiched helped with control but by 2pm my feet were killing me I had to come off the mountain.
I went to the boot doctor and they hooked me up with some new boots and insoles...I was in there for 3 hours trying on boots. They had told me that my boots where to big and that was the problem. Also told me I needed custom insoles because my feet where flat (I actually have orthotics for my tennis shoes and work shoes) so this made sense. Of course I relized that this was one of them deals where you have to take a step back to move to steps forward ie I was going to spend a day getting use to the new boots and longer to break them in. I only had two days left to snow board.
Tuesday- New boots, sun shine. Boots really helped although I did have some issues, especially with heel side turns but by the end of the day I was doing well and back on the double blues. No new snow for this day.
Wednesday- My last day of snowboarding on the mountain. I thought I would try a black diamond by the end of the day. For the first half of the day I did blues and double blues, mostly groomers but some bump runs to. I could make through the moguls with out falling but it was never smooth by any means or fast....Towards the end of day I tried bush wacker (a black diamond). It was an adventure to say the least. I fell multiple times sometimes slidding for several yards after the fall. I don't know if I wasn't ready or if my legs were just done, either way I felt like I was not active enough on the board to make down this run cleanly. I retreated back to the blues, which I had to take breaks on to make it back down to the bottom. At 2pm I called it a trip.....
Snowboard school- was a big help, but still wonder if it was worth the $625 plus the $75 tip I gave the instructor.
Altitude - had a headace for the first couple of days but that was gone on the third day 2nd day of snowboarding. I still was getting winded easier than I would here although it wasn't a big problem. I would have no reservations about going into high altitude again.
Schedule - Having for snowboard days in a row with out a rest day was big no no. I have done enought mtb trips to know that you should build in rest days or days with alternative activities. I think this probably impeeded my progress on the snowboard more than anything, granted the boot thing didn't help either. With the lack of lines I was rattling of runs one after another which many were probably decents greater than 2000 feet and more than a mile long compared with the runs I am use here with 400 vertical feet and less than a mile long. My legs just were not ready, making rest even more important.
Snowboard vs skiers - Telluride is defiantly dominated by skiers, this wasn't a problem though. The staff there was a great, never did any body make any remarks or act indifferent to me because i was a snow boarder...In fact seemed like a lot of the staf snow boarded. I would not hesitate to go back to telluride snowboarding.
All and all I had a great time, the runs were a blast, the veiws draw dropping and the beer was good....The people in telluride where great.
If you go I keep in mind that the night life in the mountain village is almost no existent. Telluride is where is happening. The Sheridan and smugglers seemed to be the place to go for a good time at night.
I will be doing this at least once a year, and twice this year given the pending trip to Mt. Hood in June!