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Far from the hustle and bustle of Interstate 70, Summit
County, and the greater Denver area is a place so
remote its name was derived from to-hell-you-ride.
Telluride became a little more urbanized last season with
the addition of the Revelation Bowl. The ski area,
already known for having some of the steepest inbounds
terrain in state, only adds to its resume with inclusion of
the Revelation Bowl, Palmyra Peak, and the upper Gold
The new lift, located behind Gold Hill, provides excellent
powder skiing with some of the best views in America.
While the Revelation Bowl is moderately pitched
compared to Gold Hill, its north face provides excellent
snow quality. During heavy powder days, Revelation
Bowl can experience delayed openings for avalanche
control. Due to the windy nature of the Gold Hill area,
the Revelation Bowl tends to wind load, which can turn
a six inch accumulation to over a foot.
While skiing in Telluride, be sure to check out the Black
Iron Bowl. This bowl opened to skiers for the first time
during the 2007-08 season. Located off of the Prospect
Bowl Lift, Black Iron offers various lines through wide
open ballrooms, tight chutes and even glades near the
bottom. Skiers and riders need to earn-their-turns as no
lift serves these trails. The hike time can take anywhere
from 10 to 30 minutes; depending on one’s aerobic
ability at altitude and the entrance point you choose. By
skiing the Black Iron Bowl, you’re guaranteed great
snow and no crowds.
The upper Gold Hill chutes and Palmyra Peak areas
offer extreme-type terrain. These portions of the ski
area only open as conditions allow and on lower snow
years might have very limited access. The upper Gold
Hill chutes are easily accessed by the Revelation lift. Be
sure to check with the ski patrol for snow conditions
before entering these runs.
|A look up the Revelation Lift
|The dramatic ridge lines off of the
|The Black Iron and Prospect Bowls