Being located off the beaten path has its advantages: untracked powder! Telluride's somewhat remote location keeps local Denver skiers and riders and even travelers at bay, which is just fine! Crowd-free terrain and non-existant lift-lines define a Telluride ski vacation. Combine that with the steep, challenging terrain of Palmyra Peak, Black Iron Bowl and the Gold Hill Chutes, not to mention all the pucker-worthy steeps that end right in downtown Telluride, and you quickly understand why Telluride is a bucket-list destination for expert skiers and riders.
The most renowned, and aweinspiring, Telluride expert terrain exists on and next to the stunning 13,000-plus-foot Palmyra Peak. To looker's right of Palymra, experts have the playful, steep couloirs, rock features and rollers in Black Iron Bowl and to the looker's left of Palmyra sits the famed Gold Hill Chutes
To access Black Iron Bowl, hop on Prospect Express lift. For the best snow conditions, opt for a short hike to black-diamond Confidence, and double-black Crystal, La Rosa and Genevieve. The higher up you go, the better the snow conditions and the less tracked up. There’s a mini couloir off of Genevieve and tons of cliff-dropping options scattered throughout Black Iron Bowl.
To ski the famed double-black Gold Hill, which skis better earlier in the day, head to Revelation Bowl. It takes a couple lift rides to access; take Village Express to Polar Queen Express to Gold Hill Express. When you drop into the steeps of Revelation Bowl, enjoy the G’s and arch wide turns. Take the Revelation Lift up and you’ll see signs for Gold Hill. At the bottom of this steep run, look up for incredible views of Palmyra Peak.