Telluride’s Triple Threat Camp

Telluride’s Triple Threat Camp Learning to ride the pipe can be pretty intimidating. It’s even worse if you’re”past your prime,” so to speak-maybe in your twenties or thirties. The same goes for Alpine riding. Hardboots and those steep binding angles can put people off, although deep down they might be suppressing aneed for speed.

With this in mind, Telluride has created the Triple Threat camp for the rider who wants todevelop well-rounded snowboarding skills. Campers get a full day of freeriding fundamentals, a full day offreestyle technique in the resort’s pristine pipe and new Air Garden (the largest terrain park in theSouthwest), and another day of Alpine instruction, all by Telluride snowboard-school instructors specializingin each of the three disciplines. An optional fourth day offers an introduction to the backcountry called theOutback Adventure, where riders are shuttled high above the lifts to famed Gold Hill via snowmobile for aguided powder romp through some of Telluride’s best terrain.

Triple Threat participants are given free reign of the brand-new Rossignol demo center, and are encouraged to customize their setups for each day’sprogram. Really, what’s the use of a full-day Alpine-riding clinic if you’re not going to do it right-with hardboots, plate bindings, and a nice, stiff carving board. By separately focusing on freeride, freestyle, andAlpine riding for a day, the Triple Threat camp has created a new approach to snowboard instruction,maybe one that appeals to you. For more information, call the Telluride Ski and Golf Company at1-800-801-4832.-E.M.