Trip Report: Nordica’s Unlimited Series Shines at Telluride

All images: Jeff Cricco

When Brooks Curran and his girlfriend Charlotte Hoeft were packing for a two-day ski trip to Telluride, they weren’t sure what kind of conditions they were going to sink into, other than skiing the first day and the hinterland the second. Luckily, Nordica’s Unlimited Series has removed the giant question mark when it comes to deciding which skis to bring, being the brand’s true all-around freeride ski.

On day one, Curran and Hoeft were greeted with a freshly groomed stiff corduroy. Skiing fast, firm groomers, the Unlimited’s ability to lock into a turn and release with complete ease gave Curran and Hoeft complete confidence to slice and carve as they please while still being able to relax. enough and enjoy the incredible views. from the historic mining town below. Come lunchtime, the two couldn’t resist stopping by mountain favorite Giuseppe’s for some grub. The second half of the day was full of hot laps on the resort, but instead of heading back down to town at the end of the day, the couple grabbed their stash bags and headed out the back of the Prospector Bowl to Alta Lakes Observatory.

Curran tearing up the groomers at Telluride Ski Resort completely uninhibited.
The speed limit does not exist for the Santa Ana 104 Unlimited

A luxurious backcountry cabin, the Alta Lakes Observatory is one of the few private homes above 11,000 feet. Nestled beneath the 13,000 foot Palmyra and Silver Peaks of the San Juans, the Observatory offers a unique, comfortable, quiet, and accessible backcountry experience. But don’t let all those adjectives fool you, just outside the front door are a vast array of couloirs and other steep lines for you to test your backcountry skills. Once you’ve maxed out vertically, descend back to the Observatory for a home-cooked meal and a cool-down soak in the hot tub.

On the second day, Curran and Hoeft woke up to a fresh layer of snow outside their cabin window. Keeping safety front and center, the pair decided with the rest of the crew to keep it relatively gentle, foregoing the steeper lines due to the avalanche forecast, but reaping the benefits of the storm nonetheless. Again, the Unlimited Series, available in both Enforcer and Santa Ana models, provides exactly the skiing experience the two pros were looking for. Light enough to conserve energy on the piste but capable enough to recharge in varied conditions, “I don’t think we could have picked a better ski,” says Hoeft. At the end of the day, the team returned to the edge of the ski area and capped off the weekend with celebratory drinks at Peaks Resort at the base of the mountain.

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