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This is a collection of my blog entries about snowboarding.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for the more recent trips that I have recorded in blog entries:

Table of Content for snow:

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2017/03/06 Mountain Collective Tour: Telluride
π 2017-03-06 00:00 in Snow

After Silverton, it was time to go to Telluride. Telluride is about 10mn away as the crow flies, but more like 2H by road since you have to drive all the way around a bunch of peaks. While the snow the day or our travel didn't materialize much, or even the night before we went skiing, the day we did go skiing, it was there. That was along frigid temperatures (-20C wind chill). Even then, anything not north facing was pretty crappy under the fresh snow that wasn't deep enough, but by the end of day, we got enough new snow that things were pretty good. By mid afternoon, the sun came out, and it got warmer:



oops, I got stuck in a valley and had to walk out
oops, I got stuck in a valley and had to walk out


the lift run looks nice
the lift run looks nice

it's called the bad idea run because you get stuck without a slope at the bottom, so I went :)
it's called the bad idea run because you get stuck without a slope at the bottom, so I went :)





The next day was sunny and we went for the left over fresh snow:


sadly, lift 15 wasn't that good when it opened, not deep enough
sadly, lift 15 wasn't that good when it opened, not deep enough



a bunch of nice EX runs
a bunch of nice EX runs

great view on the aircraft carrier style Telluride airport, highest commercial airport in the continental US
great view on the aircraft carrier style Telluride airport, highest commercial airport in the continental US


another nice tree run that ends up on a path and a road :)
another nice tree run that ends up on a path and a road :)


nice view of telluride town
nice view of telluride town

2017/03/03 Mountain Collective Tour: Silverton
π 2017-03-03 00:00 in Snow

After Aspen, Arturo drove us to Silverton. My first time was absolutely awesome, 4 days of endless powder. My second time, I went with Arturo, but we got unlucky: temps were way too high and we got more ice than good snow :(.

This time was a bit in the middle, we had originally planned 3 days but were only able to do 2 and the snow was just good enough, when you picked the location carefully, the first day where we went guided skiing.

Subaru blocked the access road for a bit while they were shooting a commercial with a drone
Subaru blocked the access road for a bit while they were shooting a commercial with a drone

we went to the advanced group directly, the briefing was 'brief'
we went to the advanced group directly, the briefing was 'brief'

we didn't waste time climbing for 30mn from the lift for our first run
we didn't waste time climbing for 30mn from the lift for our first run

snow down looked good, but it wasn't that great the sun had already started baking it
snow down looked good, but it wasn't that great the sun had already started baking it

silverton guides keep things tidy to use the snow as long as possible
silverton guides keep things tidy to use the snow as long as possible

each run got us back down to a road where a bus or van would come pick us up
each run got us back down to a road where a bus or van would come pick us up

while we were hiking up, some lucky folks got heli rides
while we were hiking up, some lucky folks got heli rides

The 2nd day, we were signed up for an all day heli tour. We ended up leaving late due to the avalanche danger being high, as well as very strong winds in the morning, making heli flying a bit more interesting. The first ride was damaged powder, but the last 5 runs we went to the next mountain across where the snow was still pristine and the north facing or tree protected snow was still in good shape:

your ride has arrived
your ride has arrived






our guide had a nice board, the church of snowboarding :)
our guide had a nice board, the church of snowboarding :)

the snow that day were really wanting to slide
the snow that day were really wanting to slide






The last 5 runs were pretty good considering, not awesome alpine from top to bottom due to the conditions, but still good and fun.

On the way back, I got a few shots of Silverton



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