Telski: What's New
News and information for the upcoming 2013-2014 season at Telluride Ski Resort. Opening is Thanksgiving Day, November 28
Snowmaking – State of the Art Technology Gives Telluride a Greener Edge
Telluride Ski Resort is excited about 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 10X more efficient and will enhance early season conditions with better snow and opening more terrain earlier.
The investment 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, a two-day course with a third day of heli-skiing with Telluride Helitrax. Also being offered is a morning lesson limited to four people per instructor to prepare skiers and snowboarders for the day on the mountain.
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+). (The Palmyra Pass is free for those skiers throughout the Early Pass Sale.)
The new Young Adult Pass for those ages 19-23 is a great opportunity for young adults to access the 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 10 percent off on-mountain food and beverage along with 10 percent off resort lodging at Solitude.
Purchase pass products by Nov. 1 or at a Regional Sale events for the best price on season and multi-day passes at Telluride Ski Resort.
Look for details at www.tellurideskiresort.com/pass
Air – New Air Service from L.A. and Increased Service from Other Major Cities
Access to Telluride Ski Resort has become easier 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 offers 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. The service allows for greater flexibility and better connecting options when booking a Telluride trip this winter.
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. Because 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.
Inn at Lost Creek – The Best Location and Service Enhanced by New Restaurant
New to Telluride Ski Resort this year is the acquisition of the Inn at Lost Creek.
Condé Nast Traveler ranked the Inn at Lost Creek #20 of the top 50 hotels in the US and Canada in the 2012/13 reader’s poll and TripAdvisor it ranked as the #1 property in Telluride. Located slope side in Telluride’s Mountain Village, the Inn is a true Colorado boutique hotel. With ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet and a staff to handle every detail of your trip, the Inn represents truly specialized service. From pre-arrival planning to special dinner reservations, the Inn at Lost Creek is the perfect stay for guests looking for a unique Telluride vacation. This cozy upscale hotel offers unique suites and condos, featuring kitchenettes, steam showers, and balconies with breathtaking mountain views.
Along with the addition of the Inn at Lost Creek is Telluride’s newest restaurant Siam’s Talay Grille. Sister restaurant to the ever popular Siam down in the town of Telluride – which Ski Magazine singled out as best of the best in its October 2013 issue – 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 in-demand 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 Schwarzkopff. The Telluride resident and renowned four-star general led the American forces in the Persian Gulf War. Schwarzkopf, a founder of the renowned philanthropic organization, the Telluride Foundation, 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 during which 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. 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. It all begins with KOTO Flamingo Day Street Party Friday evening in downtown Telluride. Costume-clad skiers and riders scatter all over the mountain to score their last runs of the season. They convene up at Gorrono Ranch for Pond Skim and Costume contest with party with local favorite, DJ Soul Atomic. Costumes, music, and dancing add up to memorable 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, 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 gay.com, 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 is in the works to bring in the likes of Steel Pulse and other artists from a wide variety of genres.
Be sure to check out our new Resort Store, located at the base of the Franz Klammer next to the Swanky Buckle, featuring the best in Official Telluride Ski Resort fine gifts as well as merchandise from Ski Resort Sponsors such as Tissot and Ibex.
Fun Fact: Two Telluride skiers are Olympic hopefuls for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games: Joe Discoe, known for some of the most dynamic turns in mogul skiing, is from Telluride and competes on the US Freestyle Team. Gus Kenworthy, master of both halfpipe and slopestyle skiing events, grew up in Telluride and won a medal at the Olympic venue and X Games in 2013. We hope to see them both on the podium this February in Sochi!
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