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What's New at the Telluride Ski Resort

Wednesday • October 23, 2013

Opening Nov. 28, 2013, Thanksgiving Day

Closing Apr. 6, 2014

Snowmaking – State of the Art Technology Gives Telluride a Greener Edge

Telluride Ski Resort is excited for the completion of the snowmaking system upgrades and expansion around the ski area. The new system being installed on Butterfly and Village Bypass ski runs is ten times more efficient and will enhance early season conditions with better snow and opening more terrain earlier.

The investment that has been made in the state of the art Snowlogic equipment is a step forward in Telluride Ski Resort’s green initiatives, producing the same amount of snow as the current system while using less energy. The newer equipment will provide a savings in electricity by completing snowmaking operations earlier with lower energy consumption. This project greatly improves efficiency and the overall operation of snowmaking on these trails, allowing for safer early season conditions and reliable schedule for terrain opening.

Telluride Ski & Snowboard School – Unique Camps for Taking It to the Next Level

Telluride’s Ski & Snowboard School will be implementing several new specialized and unique programs this season. Ski Biomechanics Camp will be held in January for those looking to take their performance to the next level. Through body awareness this camp will improve technique, efficiency and safety while skiing.

Other new programs available this season with ski school are Yoga for the Mountains, Intermediate Breakthrough and Heli Ski-Prep Camp which will offer a two day course with a third day of heli skiing with Telluride Helitrax. Also being offered this season is Morning Max 4, a morning lesson limited to four people per instructor to prepare skiers and snowboarders for the day on the mountain.

Pass Products – Skip the Ticket Window and Head Straight for the Slopes

Telluride Ski Resort has made some changes to pass products being offered for the 2013-14 ski season. The Senior Pass has been broken down into three age groups: Senior Pass (65-69), Plunge Pass (70-79) and the Palmyra Pass (80+), which will be free for those skiers throughout the Early Pass Sale. The new Young Adult Pass for those ages 19-23, is a great opportunity for this age group to access Telluride Ski Resort this winter.

Season pass holders at Telluride will now be able to ski Utah with a new program set up with Solitude Mountain Resort outside Salt Lake City. The program offers full season pass holders at each resort three free days of skiing at the other resort during the 2013-14 ski season. Telluride pass holders will also receive the added benefits of ten percent off on-mountain food and beverage along with 10 percent off resort lodging at Solitude.

Purchase pass products by Nov. 1st or at a Regional Sale events for the best price on season and multi-day passes at Telluride Ski Resort.  If you are not in the market for a full season pass, you can save money by bundling disocunted lift tickets with your lodging by calling (877) 358-7122.  

Air – New Air Service from L.A. & Increased Service from Other Major Cities

Access to Telluride Ski Resort has become easier once again this year with the addition of new and improved air service into Telluride/Montrose Regional Airport. New this season is Allegiant Air service from L.A. The leisure air carrier will be offering low cost, non-stop service to Telluride throughout the season. Allegiant will also be continuing its service from the Phoenix area, providing great, hassle free travel options for skiers in the greater Phoenix area.

Telluride will be increasing its air service with additional flights on United from Chicago, Delta from Atlanta and American Airlines from Dallas. This will allow for more flexibility and better connecting options when booking a Telluride trip this winter.

Culinary – Bon Vivant, Live the Good Life…..Just Got Better

Telluride Ski Resort’s unique outdoor dining experience at Bon Vivant, with authentic French cuisine and libations surrounded by 360 degree majestic views of the San Juan Range, has made some improvements. As the restaurant is a large deck with a center bar and 40’ umbrella, glass wind barriers have been installed to create a warmer and more comfortable dining experience. The deck was also sealed to prevent any drafts from cooling the space. These additions will make Bon Vivant a restaurant to enjoy in any kind of weather to truly live the good life.

New Restaurant- Siam's Talay Grille

The Mountain Village is home to a new restaurant called Siam’s Talay Grille. Sister restaurant to the ever popular Siam down in the town of Telluride, Jeff Badger and his team bring the superb food Siam is known for to the Mountain Village core. The dinner menu focuses on a spectacular seafood selection featuring fresh fish complimented by a selection of house-made sauces. The bar menu includes Siam’s famous hand-rolls and lettuce wraps along with specialty cocktails.  Located inside the Inn at Lost Creek, Siam’s Talay Grille fills a much needed niche in the Mountain Village.

Terrain – Honoring a Great Soldier and American Hero

Telluride Ski Resort has renamed Ophir Loop trail ‘Stormin’ Norman, in honor of General Norman Schwarzkopf, a Telluride resident and renowned four-star general, lead the American forces in the Persian Gulf War. Schwarzkopf, who lived just outside Mountain Village and was very generous to Telluride organizations with philanthropic efforts, died in December 2012.

Terrain Parks – Revamped Ramps

All features (rails and boxes) will receive a complete facelift. Improvements are being made to the design, functionality, and overall aesthetic of each feature. Telluride Ski Resort is also adding a couple natural log features and a wall ride to the mix in the Hoot Brown Park, which will contain both the intermediate and advanced parks this year.

Events – If Skiing isn’t Enough of an Excuse to come to Telluride…

Telluride Ski Resort will hold more events this year, inspired by last season’s 40th anniversary celebration where Telluride Ski Resort hosted 40 events in 40 days.  Some favorites, mixed with new events and revived traditions will dot the social calendar this upcoming winter.

Dec. 21 & Mar. 22– Rail Jam -- Skiers and riders will battle it out in our open format Rail Jam where the winners receive cash and other prizes provided by Rockstar Energy Drink and local outfitter Paragon Bootdoctors.

Christmas – Torch light parade

New Year’s Eve – Torch light parade and fireworks along with the countdown in front of the court house in downtown Telluride.

Mar. 16 – Full Moon Relay Race -- We will be celebrating the full moon of March with a four leg relay race at the base in Mountain Village.  Teams of four will be competing on a course starting with a skin up the hill followed by a slalom ski down. The third leg will feature a fat tire-snowbike lap with the race concluding in an all-out snowshoe sprint to the finish, winner takes all.

March 29 – Bikini Slalom and Luau at Gorrono Ranch -- The Bikini Slalom, a former tradition resurrected by Telluride Ski Resort’s 40th anniversary, will start things off.  Points are awarded for style, speed, skills, and creativity.  With lots of crowd participation this is one of Telluride’s favorite events!  Following will be a luau at on mountain restaurant, Gorrono Ranch.  A live DJ, drink specials, and luau style food, including a whole roasted pig, makes this a fun day.

April 4-6 – Pond Skim Closing Weekend – A favorite weekend for locals, Telluride celebrates the end of its winter season in style. Beginning with KOTO Flamingo Day Street Party Friday evening, the weekend starts off strong in downtown Telluride. Costume clad skiers and riders are scattered all over the mountain scoring their last runs of the winter and convene up at Gorrono Ranch for  Pond Skim and Costume contest with party with local favorite, DJ Soul Atomic.  Costumes, music and dancing create this festive farewell to winter!

Women’s Week – Three sessions: Jan 24-26, Feb. 9-13– Telluride women’s week features specialized women’s clinics coupled with après-ski and other activities.  The event focuses on the dynamics of women skiers both on and off the slopes.

Telluride Gay Ski Week – Last week of February – Telluride Gay Ski week celebrated its 10th anniversary this past year by expanding from the usual seven days to ten making it the longest gay ski week in the country.  Ranked #1 gay ski week in the U.S.A. by, TGSW provides a unique vacation experience complete with events and parties both on and off the slopes.

Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Telluride Ski Resort have partnered this winter to bring concerts and events to the Telluride Conference Center and Mountain Village. A schedule of events is in the works to bring in the likes of Steel Pulse and other artists from a wide variety of genres.

Fun Fact: This year we have an Olympic hopeful for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games: Joe Discoe. Joe is from Telluride and competes on the US Freestyle Team and we hope to see him on the podium this February in Sochi!