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Best place to ‘Go’ when skiing

Telluride's new facility

Construction on the new bathrooms at the top of Polar Queen Express broke ground this September

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Telluride ski resort

Tourist Office

Telluride Ski Resort
565 Mountain Village Boulevard
Telluride
Colorado
USA
CO 81435

Telephone: (970) 7286900
Website: www.tellurideskiresort.com

Description

One of the world’s top resorts, and least full of hype, based on an old gold mining town. As Dizzy Gillespie has it, “If Telluride ain’t paradise then heaven can wait”.

Review

If you like your ski holidays to be really ”away from it all” then Telluride is the place for you. Located a good two-and-a-half-hours drive from the next closest ski area, and surrounded by the greatest concentration of 14,000-foot (4267m) peaks (the San Juan Mountains), Telluride has a nice, remote feel. It’s closer to the Grand Canyon than to Denver, has not yet seen a traffic light (the nearest one is 72km / 45 miles away.) and boasts more animals and wildlife than people.

Compared to other resorts in Colorado, which tend to sit just a valley or high mountain pass away from one another, Telluride has grown up alone. The town”s first skiers, it is said, were the Swedes and Finns who used barrel staves to beat their co-workers to the bordellos on payday back in the mining days of the late 1800s. The last of these female boarding houses; didn’t close down for good until 1959. A stunning $60 million in gold and silver was pulled out of local mines during the town’s first 30 years alone. (Some of this money accounted for Butch Cassidy”s first bank heist in 1889.)

In the early 1970s, the streets of Telluride weren’t paved with gold and there was no silver lining on the valley floor. The town had gone belly-up, and miners that had hung on were hoping for new beginnings. In the face of a languishing economy, a group of local miners and shopkeepers looked for a way to revive the town. Hoping that snow would be the white gold of the future, they chipped away at the idea of creating a ski area. The rest, as they say, is history.

In the first season more than 30,000 people skied the mountain, with 100 on the first day, establishing a precedent that still exists today – little or no lift queues. Telluride today is free of Western clichés, but full of Western reality. Apart from the skiing and the town, the resort’s commitment to the environment, good
planning and common sense has gone way beyond the normal winter sports media outlets since it opened its famous gondola in November 1996.

Unlike a typical ski area, Telluride”s system offers tremendous environmental benefits by uniquely linking two towns and a ski area. It provides free public transportation for passengers between the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride. The gondola features a mix of quad chairs and four seater gondola cabins on one leg, with eight seater cabins on another. The whole concept is ”very Telluride”.

Among the locals, tolerance is a valued commodity. Cowboys get along with Rastafari-ans, who live with trust funders, who buy tickets to the movies made by Hollywood celebrities, who ride lifts with the varied, outdoor-addicted residents. The hippies that pad down the town’s streets have been known to put off
some visitors because they don’t look like Barbie and Ken. But remember that Barbie and Ken’s dream world is made of plastic, and that’s about the last word you’d use to describe Telluride.

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Telluride installs chute access stairway

The stairs and bridge were put on Gold Hill, seen on the left.

Telluride ski resort in Colorado has airlifted a new bridge and staircase to Gold Hill on left shoulder of Palmyra Peak.

Canadian helicopter company Heliqwest airlifted two steel staircases and a bridge over the ski resort to its final resting place, the span between Gold Hill Chutes 8 and 9. The new stairway is already open for skiers.

The two sets of stairs measure 48 and 54 feet, and weigh 3304 and 3324 pounds, respectively. The bridge measures 24 feet in length and weighs 2750 pounds. All three components measure 30 inches wide, feature hand railings on both sides and serrated grated steel walking surface. Together, the stairway and bridge combine make up 126 linear feet ascending Gold Hill.

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Americans choosing Banff over Whistler, and Colorado above all: study

Americans are still flocking to Vail and other Colorado resorts instead of Canada or Europe.

Americans are still flocking to Vail and other Colorado resorts instead of Canada or Europe.

An annual survey of the ski vacation market in the United States has revealed some interesting stats in booking patterns for some of the biggest buyers in North American skiing.

The National Ski Club Newsletter carried out their eighth annual survey which showed that Colorado continued to dominate the ski club market, with Vail, Telluride, and Steamboat all sharing the top of the list with a six per cent market share each. Snowmass, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Whitefish, Heavenly, Taos, and Banff each sold four per cent of ski club trips this season.

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New vertical coming to Telluride for 2009 season

Telluride to expand with new chutes this coming season

Telluride to expand with new chutes this coming season


When the snow officially sets in for the 2009-10 season, Telluride in Colorado will be expanding it’s terrain with the addition of Gold Hill Chutes 2-5. Local revelers to the ski hill were widely expecting this new expert skiing zone since the opening of Gold Hill Chutes 6-10 opened in 2007-08 and the original Chute 1 in 2008-09.

Chutes 2-5 offer wide-open, above treeline couloirs and chutes dropping 500 vertical metres (1,600 vertical feet).
The resort added two WWII-era howitzers last season to facilitate control of this terrain, which will open as conditions allow.
Terrain expansion is just part of ongoing improvements at Telluride. In the last five years the resort opened Revelation Bowl and the newly built Revelation Lift.

Other developments include two new restaurants, restaurant upgrades, new snowmaking and snow cats, new hike to terrain and the addition of new sun decks. Not only is the town going to be famous for its film festival, but now skiing just got a whole lot better!

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