Happy Thanksgiving!

Telluride Affiliates Blog

Thanksgiving week started with lots of fresh snow on the ground and the Ski Company reporting 75 inches of snow YTD for the season and a 41 inch base. With all the new snow we’re on track for one of the best opening days in quite some time and the mountain opens tomorrow, Nov. 27th, with Donation Day, a fundraiser for the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club. All tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the Club’s scholarship fund.

The skiing should be great, so come support the kids and see why Conde Nast Traveler readers once again ranked Telluride the #1 Ski Resort in North America!

We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving holiday wherever you are and look forward to seeing you when you are in town. As always, please feel free to stop by the office or contact us online or at 970-728-0213.

SkiNet Names Telluride as one of Best Ski Resorts in West!

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SkiNet.com recently released 2014’s Best Ski Resorts in the West and Tellurid made the list!

Those surveyed had this to say about Telluride:

“So uncrowded you can still be hitting untracked powder at the end of the day after a storm.”

“I love Telluride because of the town and the beauty of the place. You feel you’re somewhere very special when you’re there, almost a fairytale storybook kind of place. To be able to ski there too is icing on the cake!”

Find out the other cities that made the list.

 

Our city has received another distictive recognition: One of four Great North American Heli-Skiing Trips

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Our city has received another distictive recognition: One of four Great North American Heli-Skiing Trips

Here’s what they had to say about our great city!

With access to the San Juan Mountains—one of the few places to heli-ski in Colorado—Telluride Helitrax takes skiing to new heights, about 13,500 feet up in the air. You’ll have access to more than 200 square miles of some of the best skiable terrain in the country with vertical drops as high as 3,000 feet. If your plans take you to the slopes in Aspen, Vail or Beaver Creek, Helitrax offers chartered flights to Telluride that will have you back before happy hour so you can experience the après ski scene, too.

Check in here: Take a load off at the ski-in/ski-out Hotel Madeline Telluride in Mountain Village with its luxe rooms, relaxing spa and gourmet restaurant. If you’re looking to curl up by the fire, book one of the 11 suites or 12 condos for a real Rocky Mountain stay.

Look at the three other locations named.

Telluride Named #1 Ski Area in the US & Canada

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Condé Nast Traveler has named Telluride the #1 Ski area in all of US and Canada. 

In their annual Readers’ Choice Survey, they asked 20,000 Condé Nast Traveler skiiers to vote on the best ski areas in North America—and they came up with an impressive list of must-visit mountain towns. Telluride received a Readers’ Choice Rating  of 94.1%.

Here’s what they had to say:

Our readers consider Telluride “the most beautiful mountain town in Colorado with views reminiscent of the Alps,” rocketing it to the number one spot in our poll. Readers love the no-line lifts, the steep terrain, and the overall laid-back vibe, adding it’s “absolutely the world’s greatest ski area when it comes to variety of difficulty.” What’s more, Telluride is a “fun town to explore,” “a little slice of heaven in a gorgeous box canyon.”

Find out what other towns were named on this list!

Most Scenic Resorts of 2013

 

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SkiNet Magazine has named Telluride Ski Resort as one of the most scenic resorts of 2013! Find out who else made the list.

 

 

Telluride Named The Best Ski Resort and Hotels in North America 2012

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Conde Nast Traveler ranked Telluride as the #1 ski resort in North America! 9 Telluride hotels were also ranked in the top 50 Ski Hotels in North America.

Find out who else made the list!

National Geographic Features Telluride in Top 25 Ski Towns in the World

National Geographic Article - Telluride Affiliates BlogBest For: Big-lunged skiers and boarders with a taste for fine wine and the mountain high life

Remote and unrelentingly beautiful, Telluride may be the most picturesque ski town in North America, a Victorian-era silver-mining hamlet set deep in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. The steep runs of Telluride Ski Resort spill right into the edge of the town’s National Historic District, where a gondola whisks skiers back up into the area’s almost 4,000 vertical feet of absurdly scenic skiing. Only 12 blocks long and with no stoplights, neon signs, or billboards, this charming town of 2,325 people combines fine wine lists and funky bars with a spirited culture of diehard mountain lovers. The town sits at a gasping 8,793 feet above sea level, and lifts reach to over 12,500 feet, so come prepared to acclimatize.

To read the full Article from National Geographic click here

Telluride Receives 7 More Inches of Snow!

This makes for 26″ of new snow since Saturday! The skiing and boarding is fantastic.

The Ski Resort is also hosting a Salomon Skis Demo this weekend — February 10, 11, 12. In the mountain village core near the base of lift 4. Come try out skis daily from 9am-4pm. Look for the Salomon tent!

Top 5 Ski Resorts by Forbes!

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Forbes magazine has named the town of Telluride as one of the top 5 ski resorts!

Here’s what they had to say

If you’ve been to Telluride, you understand why it’s on this list.  Seeing this town’s main street framed against one of the more magnificent box canyons in the world, the spire of its old courthouse saluting a battalion of serrated San Juan peaks, pays for the plane ticket.  As for that plane ride, Telluride has a reputation for being hard to reach.  It’s a tag that gets Dave Riley, the CEO of the resort, bristling.  “It’s simply not true,” he says.  “It’s easier to get in here than a lot of other Colorado resorts, and the drive is better.”

To read full FORBES article click here

A Revelation: New Lift Will Open New Terrain!

 Revelation Bowl - Revelation BowlSkiers in Telluride will have a new place to play next winter. Telluride Ski Resort CEO Dave Riley announced this week that a new lift will be constructed this summer, opening the Revelation Bowl on the northeastern side of Gold Hill.

The new lift comes on the heels of a season during which the ski company opened up large swaths of new hike-to terrain on Gold Hill and Palmyra Peak. As if that weren’t enough, the new Revelation Bowl Lift will not only open still more terrain, but will make portions of the new hike-to terrain on Gold Hill far more accessible.

By delivering skiers some 400 feet higher on the Gold Hill ridge than the existing Gold Hill lift does, the Revelation Bowl Lift will also drop skiers at the threshold of the existing back country gate, accessing the vast out-of-bounds terrain of Bear Creek.

The new $2.2 million fixed-grip quad “is a small lift that does a lot,” Riley said this week.

Skiing in Revelation Bowl itself promises to be epic. The bowl, formerly called the San Joaquin Bowl, offers 800 vertical feet of terrain. Advanced intermediate skiers will be able to descend a groomed pitch down the middle of the bowl, while shots off the bowl’s sides are steeper. The bowl receives deposits of snow blown by the westerly winds over the Gold Hill ridge, and should offer the best lift-accessible powder skiing on the mountain.

From the top of the new lift, at 12,570 feet, the formerly long hike to Gold Hill Chutes 6-10 and the expansive Palmyra Basin will require only 160 vertical feet of climbing. The Telluride Ski Area’s total vertical drop will now be 4,425 feet from close to the summit of the hike-to Palmyra Peak, which opened this past season, with 3,845 vertical feet lift-served.

The ski company underwent a lengthy in-house discussion about whether to build the new lift, Riley explained, given the fact that the ski area as it is rarely experiences lift lines and that the existing terrain is rarely crowded. Moreover, he said, the company remains concerned that the region’s limited bedbase makes investments in the ski area risky.

His discussions with the ski area’s principal owner Chuck Horning revolved around the question of whether “it is timely for the ski company to show a good faith effort to the community that we want to play our part in helping Telluride become the greatest resort in North America,” Riley said. Riley said that he discerns a “positive trend line in the community’s awareness and willingness to act on behalf of Telluride’s future.”

Riley was explicit in expressing the hope that the gesture of building the new lift will help him forge the kind of relationship that will be necessary for him to work with the community to generate more bedbase. He has been especially encouraged, he said, by a proposal now in the Mountain Village approvals process for a new 189-room hotel. The so-called Mountain Village Hotel would be built in what is now a parking lot behind the Westermere Building, and would be “moderately priced.”

“Our purpose in building this lift, quite frankly, is to signal our commitment to the community to the long-term success of this region,” Riley said. “We wanted to act in-kind, to demonstrate that we are willing to play.

“I believe there are a lot of other great things that can happen to the ski area,” Riley continued. “I hope the community will focus in on a long-term plan for Telluride. To the degree that we see progress in correcting our bedbase problems, it will make it far simpler for us to move forward.”

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