Skiing Palmyra Peak

After two days of powder and clouds at Telluride, the weather finally cleared on Wednesday, and we hiked and skied Palmyra Peak (elevation 13,320 ft).  It definitely had the best snow and best views in Telluride.

Palmyra Peak, Tellurde, CO

The peak is 1,500 vertical feet above the Prospect lift, and the hike took about 1 hour, 40 minutes.  It was grueling but worth it.  It effectively ended our ski day!  There were a few difficult to navigate bands of rock, and several stretches of loose rock.  This picture taken from Gold Hill, shows the entire hike.  The Prospect lift is on the right end of the ridge.

Palmyra Peak and Black Iron Bowl viewed from Gold Hill, Telluride, CO

From the top of Palmyra Peak you get this spectacular 360 degree views of the San Juans.  The peak comes to a point that is about 10 ft wide at the top.

Panoramic view from Palmyra Peak, Telluride, CO

Mad River Glen + Stowe

Last weekend Dad and I went skiing at Mad River Glen and Stowe. Both resorts had gotten about 3′ of snow the week before, and conditions were awesome!

Mad River Glen, Catamount trail There’s a bunch more snow in the forecast for this week, although I’m unfortunately heading to Vail/Beaver Creek at the end of the week so I won’t be able to enjoy it until I get back.

Dan and Doug at Mad River Glen

Wisconsin skiing

Yesterday Jerry, Mike, Nathan and I went skiing at Wilmot Mountain, southeast Wisconsin’s world renown ski and snowboard resort. With a 230′ vertical drop, skiers from all over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin flock to tame its awesome slopes. You could literally be right next to the mountain and not even realize it’s there. Oh, I also forgot to mention that the reason there’s even a hill there at all is because it’s a landfill. We used to go there with middle school ski club, and it was really funny to be back. I wore jeans and a really ugly 80’s jacket and goggles. I used my dad’s old pair of Kastle’s from ~1985. I think they were 210cm.

80's style skiing at Wilmot

I tried to hit some rails with amusing results. We had forward races, backward races, one-foot races, binding wars, and through-the-legs skiing challenges. And we ate fried cheese curds dipped in cheese sauce. And on the way back we hit up the Jew Express:

Jew Express