Our Telluride trip, Jan 21-27, encountered some interesting challenges with travel and illness however everyone experienced amazing ski-days at a very scenic location in the majestic
San Juan mountains Colorado.
On Sunday, travel day, our trip leaders Suzanne Rogers and Leah Clark, were presented with travel challenges before we arrived at the airport. Bad weather in Denver cancelled our connecting United flight. With help of an excellent United agent and our travel agent Dana Flach, our group of 33 actioneers were quickly re-booked on later flights splitting the group to arrive at different airports. Even though the later group arrived at our hotel by 2:30 am Monday morning, in near zero degree weather and some with missing luggage, spirits were none-the-less high.
On Monday, we bundled up to stay warm. We quickly learn that the groomers are beautifully maintained with few rocks while off-piste that was open to skiing, presented more obstacles. We stopped at a very rustic “Giuseppe’s” restaurant. At 11,885 feet they boast the best lunch on the mountain! New snow from the weekend, allowed the opening of several new runs and many Actioneers enjoyed the new powder having lots of fun and thrills.
On Tuesday, another perfect sunny but cold day, we ski with a “Mountain Host” who brought us
to a variety of more advanced runs, including “Allais Alley,” a double diamond run down thru a debris-field of rocks and small trees. The term “Rock Skis” and visits to the repair shop are common discussions. The “Apres” hosted by Suzanne and Leah was excellent. We consumed wonderful appetizers and beverages fitting for a day on the slopes.
On Wednesday, another blue bird day, many us are taking more time to shop in the mountain
village and eat at other restaurants. The highlight of this day was Apres at Allred’s restaurant a
stop on the gondola. The view of Telluride with a majestic mountain backdrop during sunset
On Thursday, several of us descended to Telluride to tour the town, visit an amazing historical museum rich with mining history and visit the local brewery. In 1889, Butch Cassidy and his gang robbed the local bank for $24K. In the evening, most everyone met at a rustic restaurant called Smugglers. We selected our meal from a fixed menu with delicious food and service.
On Friday, its colder and few inches of snow fell overnight. Two-additional chair lifts are opened which allowed us access to new areas. We skied for several hours finding the powder staches in “Prospect Bowl.” In addition, we rode up Chair 14 to get access to the exclusive “Apino Vino” Restaurant at 11,966 feet.
On Saturday, we packed up and travel back to San Diego without delays.
A special thanks to all participants for helping make the trip a success and for supporting trip
leaders during times of travel and logistical challenges.