For 18 years, Kristen Permakoff has been snowboarding at one of the nation’s most revered mountains, Telluride Ski Resort in southwestern Colorado. In 1994, Kristen was fresh out of college and decided she would switch it up from skiing and strapped on a snowboard to experience a deep powder in Telluride. She was instantly hooked and made it her mission to ride as much as possible from that moment on.
The following season, Kristen was hired by the resort as a snowboard instructor, and she continues to share her passion for snowboarding at Telluride to this day.
Here are a few of her favorite things about Telluride:
Aspect of Telluride:
My favorite aspect of Telluride as a snowboarder is the Lift 9 area. Minimal traversing to beautiful lines in the trees and steep gullies makes for easy shredding! Also, Giuseppe’s is a fab spot at the top of 9 for lunch or a quick drink.
Place to ride on a powder day:
The powder on the north-facing 9 area is always good too, along the sides of KantMakM or through Satisfaction. For spring conditions, the Lift 6 area gets the afternoon sun, which really softens things up. There are exciting log rollers in the trees and access without much traversing!
Apres-ski at Oak at the bottom of Lift 8 in Telluride is great fun. There are lots of locals, great barbecue, and beer. On the Mount Village side, Tomboy Tavern has been revamped and has a huge beer selection on tap and yummy food with a sweet outdoor bar!
Place to eat:
My favorite spot is Honga’s Lotus Petal. You can get the happy hour special roll and mojito downstairs in the lounge for $12. You can also do the full sushi/Thai menu for a bigger money night. The New Sheridan Chop House is also a fave–it has bar steak and glass of wine for $20–or do it up with their dinner menu in the stylish restaurant.
Why Telluride is special:
Because of its breathtaking beauty and weather, but it is extra-special because of the people who make up this community! Free spirits and adventure seekers thrive here in our San Juan Mountains. These are the reasons I call Telluride home.