Written on March 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm , by Lauren Cardarelli
I felt like I was home the second I touched down in Colorado’s tiny Montrose Airport two weeks ago. The sun tickled my pasty skin as I bounded off of my puddle jumper plane with a list of to-dos a mile long—pee, claim baggage, find my shuttle, etc.—yet all of those thoughts and former stresses seemed to disappear in thin air (literally, hello altitude) when I laid eyes on the snowcapped mountain skyline. Holy snowplow. I could get used to this.
As a self-proclaimed “summer girl” who finds winter’s only redeeming quality to be powder-packed slopes, it has been a dream of mine for far too long to experience trails (both “groomies” and glades) out West. So when I was invited on a trip to Telluride, I felt like a kid in Toys-R-Us the week before Christmas—wide-eyed, jaw ajar the entire five days I spent gallivanting about. But is the skiing really that much better than the Northeast? Like, worth the extra travel and lugging of clunky equipment? Abso-freaking-lutely. The conditions rocked the socks off my go-to stomping grounds (while lacking that bone-gnawing bitter cold us Northerners are all accustomed to), and the town itself had the local charm a city dweller craves…without sacrificing cell service. From backcountry hikes and wildlife tours to snowmobiling and gaga-worthy dining views, the destination is a fit gal’s heaven. And the food? I can’t even begin to explain the flavor explosion my taste buds experienced. It had the high-end Manhattan quality, touting a local farm-to-table flair. Insert your choice of an expletive adjective to describe the melt-in-your mouth pork belly.
What else made my trip so epic? Check out my video (gnarly GoPro footage included!) and the ski town’s official website for more information. Want custom skis like mine? Telluride-based Wagner Custom Skis are rad. The ultra-modern shop—powered by wind and sun—handcrafts a pair specifically for you, carefully altering flexes and bases best for your body, different weather conditions and optimum performance. Oh, and they’re pretty! Done and done.
I may be counting down the days until summer but I admit, I’m also looking forward to another Telluride rendezvous next ski season. Note: There are nonstop services from Newark. Squeal!
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