Ski patroller: First weather look peaceful

Meg Margeson is a six-year pro patroller at Telluride ski area. She has been skiing for 28 years. Here are a few of her favorite things:

Favorite run: Lift-served is Spiral Stairs; hike-to is Roy Boy. I can’t complain about the view at the top of Palmyra Peak.

Most rewarding aspect of the job: I love being one of the first patrollers on the mountain to do the weather. It is so tranquil, and I’ve seen some amazing sunrises over Mount Wilson. That juxtaposition with the hoots and hollers of the public a few hours later after we open, our hike-to terrain on a powder day is pretty rewarding. We’re happy if you’re happy!

Best safety tip: Test yourself before you overterrain yourself. We have some

amazing expert terrain in Telluride, and we love to see people getting after it but not getting stuck or hurt. It is easy to think big and start marching toward the summit. Test yourself on something shorter and more forgiving first, then work your way up the ridge. Try skiing La Rosa before you end up on top of Gold Hill #10 with vertigo.

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