A group of 47 Ski Club trip participants' spent a great week of skiing in Telluride, Colorado. We departed on Saturday morning, February 15 from four airports and rendezvoused in Atlanta for our flight to Montrose, CO. One couple drove up from Arizona to join the trip. We were fortunate to have late morning flights from our originating airports.
We stayed at the quaint Victorian Inn in the town of Telluride, just a short walk to the gondola. The Inn also provided us with a hearty continental breakfast every morning and we had three wonderful group dinners on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday.
A Mexican dinner was held at Esperanza's Tequilas Restaurant on Sunday; on Tuesday we had a pizza party at the Crazy Elk Pizza with our own private dining area and bar. The staff kept the variety of pizzas and beautifully displayed salad and breadsticks flowing. Friday, was our farewell dinner at the Cornerhouse Grille, where we had the whole restaurant and bar to ourselves making socializing easy. We enjoyed wings and could order off their menu. All restaurants were within a short walking distance from the Victorian Inn, except for the Crazy Elk Pizza, which was located in the Mountain Village. It was fun to take the gondola over there and see the Mountain Village in daylight and the Town of Telluride at night.
The skiing …
Skiing at Telluride was great and offered us sunny days, endless well-groomed piste trails for all levels, and glades (which Telluride is famous for!) and there was enough snow one day to enjoy powder skiing providing challenging skiing for the most adventurous and advanced skiers. Moguls were soft and fun for the serious mogul hounds. Many of us couldn't get enough skiing and purchased the 6th day lift pass, while others used their free day to tour the town of Telluride to sightsee and stimulate the economy!
It was also an exciting time to be in Telluride during the Sochi Winter Olympics as hometown hero Gus Kenworthy, won the silver medal in the Men's freestyle skiing for slopestyle and halfpipe. Gus also made headlines for pledging to adopt and bring home a family of stray dogs.
Many of the group took the mountain tour on the first and second day of skiing; and learned that it was as much a history lesson as it was a mountain tour. Telluride was originally named "Columbia", but due to confusion with Columbia, California, the post office renamed the town to 'Telluride', which is derived from the mineral tellurium.
On our return trip home we passed Ralph Lauren's 17,000-acre Double RL ranch, with its miles of teak fence just outside Telluride, where American designer Ralph Lauren and his family vacation.
We would like to welcome several new members who joined the Telluride trip and hope they will join the Baltimore Ski Club on a trip again in 2015.
SMILE AND SAY:
"To Hell You Ride" …
Assistant Trip Leader