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

2014 Best Ski Resorts in the West - Telluride Affiliates 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


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


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!

Forbes Contributor Names Telluride as Favorite Resort

Forbes Article

Larry Olmstead, Forbes contributor, has recently named the Telluride Ski Resort as his new favorite ski resort!

He credits the most important reason for his love of Telluride Ski Resort as the Terrain. With trails good enough for the pros, Larry loves this about this location. Let’s also remember that for those who are a little less advanced in skiing, we’ve got some great trails for you too.

Secondly, he appreciates the “presence of a town” nearby as another reason people should check it out.

Lastly, Telluride offers a wide-range of activities in and around the resort. It keeps you captivated, and entertained enough to stick around.

Read more about why Larry Olmstead loves Telluride Ski Resort.

Most Scenic Resorts of 2013



SkiNet Magazine has named Telluride Ski Resort as one of the most scenic resorts of 2013! 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

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.”

Peaks Resort and Spa Sporting a Cleaner, Brighter Interior

In the days just before the Christmas Holiday, the Peaks Resort Hotel and Spa, sporting a new “cleaner” interior, returned to a bustling tourist lodge with 140 guestrooms and all penthouses operational after a summer-long closure of all 176 rooms for renovation.

Although it remains uncertain if and when a deal will be reached from a prospective buyer to purchase the resort from current owner, The Blackstone Group, the Peaks opened Dec. 15 with a fresh look in its guestrooms and spa.

According to outgoing General Manager Eric Sather, renovation crews worked diligently until the Dec. 15 deadline to keep Blackstone’s promise to the town that the hotel would be open for the winter season. Sather recently took a hotel management job in Florida and will be leaving to fill that position this week.

“They worked around the clock,” Sather said in an interview last week. “Some of the furniture just came in before the opening. We really wanted to keep our commitment to the mayor and town council that we would open by Dec. 15.”

Last May, The Blackstone Group announced that was embarking on a $60 million renovation and refurbishment project that would change the look for the hotel-condo building that towers over Mountain Village. In June, construction on the renovation was halted when Blackstone put the hotel up for sale. Between the stop order on the renovation in June and Dec. 15, crews made do with what they had to make the five-star hotel acceptable for the region’s high-end business.

Probably the most notable difference to the basic guestrooms is the increased brightness with the new paint job each room received. Currently, the most basic guestroom costs somewhere between $199.00 $249.00 a night. Sather couldn’t elaborate on how much money went into the shortened version of the renovation but was in “the millions” of dollars.

“We wanted to clean everything up,” Sather said. “You can see that we whitewashed everything to brighten the rooms up rather than leaving the tan color.”

Guestrooms have new mattresses, bed-skirting, 400-thread count sheets and all new refrigerators. Most of the carpets in the guestrooms were deep-cleaned, as was bathroom grout, with many of the bathroom faucet fixtures in guestrooms being replaced as well.

The hallways leading through the arteries of the building were also repainted, with new logos attached to each guestroom door. Sather went on to say that the Great Room, which was bustling with après ski festivities during the interview, didn’t change much and that the bar and restaurant are now fully open.

Currently, the Peaks employs over 300 people full- and part-time. Bookings since the hotel’s reopening have been good, Sather said.

“This year, advance bookings are up, even with the fewer number of rooms we have available and the uncertainty people had about us,” he said.

The Golden Door Spa at the Peaks also received a face-lift with over $2 million in construction. Greeting guests at the entrance of the spa is a new desk with a newly installed shield made of horizontal bamboo. Treatment rooms were reduced from 40 to 32 to accommodate couple-treatment rooms.

The lap pool received a thorough cleaning and paint job while the fitness room received a new audio system and cardio machines are now sporting new individual television monitors. The spa no longer has racquetball courts as they were turned into yoga/Pilates studio.

“And rest assured,” Sather added. “We didn’t take away the waterslide. Parents are always coming here and telling me, “don’t take away that slide.'”

Sather expects the rest of the hotel to be renovated and completed sometime next summer. But for now, the hotel is fully operational with Legends open for breakfast and dinner and après ski in the Great Room available for weary skiers coming off the slopes.

Sather said it is too soon to quantify any feedback on the renovations from return visitors.

“We just opened so it is hard to tell what people think,” he said. “The people who were here last year are going to see some changes. With the uncertainty, people always think the worst. We worked six-days-a-week to get it up and running and it is fully functional.”

Sather will be replaced by interim general manager Daniel Mann, who is coming from a resort in Boca Raton, Fla.


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