Telluride Powder

Telluride Powder

Home Again, Home Again...after many happy memories in Telluride (and 35 inches of new snow in seven days), we're back once again in sunny, snowless SoCal.

Conditions here in the local mountains remain pretty bleak, with the storm track remaining well to the north, so I've been adding a few more shots to the Photo Gallery to fight off the culture shock.

For those who don't know the area, Telluride, Colorado, sits in the San Juan Mountains, perhaps the most spectacular part of the Colorado Rockies.

I find the San Juan Mountains, with their dramatic cliffs, spires, chutes, and flutings reminiscent of parts of the Sierra (especially Mount Williamson's west face). The backcountry options in the Telluride area are extremely enticing, though avalanche danger is a significant threat.

Interestingly, skiers in Colorado can now purchase Search and Rescue Cards, which offer SAR insurance at a reasonable rate. To the best of my knowledge, no similar program exists for Sierra Skiers at this time.

As for the in-bounds skiing, I can only say that Telluride is a special place, remote, beautiful, and blessed with a unique blend of Southwest sunshine, Colorado powder, and dramatic terrain.

— February 6, 2006

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents