To Hell You Ride - A New Years Mini-Adventure in Telluride

Got the call from Ashley our sales manager the day after Christmas. He wouldn't take no for an answer, he and the Lovely Ele Meyer rented a 30 foot RV and were heading to Telluride for the new year and I was to be there. Well how could I say no to some of my favorite people, and one of my favorite ski towns and mountain zones in the lower 48 - I packed up the Jeep and sent it. . On New Years Eve day I Had the privilege of skiing with our good friend Matt Steen. Matt has lived in Telluride for over 13 years as an active ski patroller, snow safety expert, backcountry guide and all around bad ass. Matt and I skied Telluride Resort for a few laps warming up the legs and taking in some sights before heading out of bounds for a "mellow tour" into Bear Creek Canyon. . IMG_1736

. IMG_1733 . IMG_1746 . My excursion with Matt was quite a privilege and a treat. After showing me around the resort and pointing out the legendary zones surrounding the area and some of the gnarliest lines in the San Juan Mountians he then led me out of bounds into the sidecountry. After a short boot pack and a nice low angle pow shot through an area called Safe And Sound we ended up in a basin where would put on our skins. Matt proceeded to pull out a 23 year old bottle of Bordeaux from his pack and pop it. We enjoyed some of this delicious wine and went up hill. The New Years Celebration had begun! . IMG_1751 . IMG_1740 . IMG_1741 . Our descent then began through an area called The Grave Yard skiing pow in a beautiful boulder field and then continued down canyon. The terrain narrowed as we skied a pillowy chute called the Wedding Chute descending further into the Canyon. The walls are huge around you as you ski down through pow, trees, and boulders, over streams, down ropes and around ledges. Eventualy we emptied out into town on the hiking trail which took us through the street and over the bridge and back to the Gondola. Here's a video with some clips of the fun descent. . _ Blog Entry By: Scotty VerMerris

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