Telski: Holidays Mean Business As Usual, Overview

Telski: Holidays Mean Business As Usual, Overview

The Telluride Ski Resort looks forward to welcoming guests this holiday season. Visit the Event Calendar for a full listing of area events including live music, fireworks, movies, magic shows, and more. Lift ticket prices have been adjusted for this holiday season. Until January 7, 2018, the window price for a 1-Day Adult Lift Ticket is $99. View Telski’s revised lift ticket pricing and save time when you purchase your tickets online.

Go here for updates on terrain expansion.

For further information call the Telluride Visitor’s Center, 970-369-2100.

Scan our Home Page for more entertainment, arts, special events.

Ok. Alright already, so Ullr has been AWOL. Even a sacrifice in Mountain Village to the God of Snow failed to keep his attention.

Ullr, Norse God of Snow. Say a prayer.


Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. Jack Frost is nipping at your nose. Carolers are singing familiar tunes.

“It’s A Wonderful Life.”




New Year’s Eve bashes.

Presents too.

The holiday season is, after all, about all of the above – and giving. But not just stuff. The focus of Christmas should be on experiences like skiing and just being with family and friends in memorable places like, well, Telluride through the New Year.

Yes, skiing.

To the cynics who say “but there is no snow,” we say lose your Grinch. Get with the program. Dive into the eggnog – and onto the slopes.

“Massive kudos to the snowmaking and grooming teams for all of their hard work as they continue to open more terrain and fine-tune Telluride’s ski conditions every day. Despite our lack of natural snowfall, the experience on the mountain is incredible. Thanks to mountain operations, we have pristine corduroy every morning and are steadily expanding our open terrain ahead of the holidays. We are excited to welcome guests to the resort this holiday and beyond. The focus for our staff is to deliver the exceptional hospitality and the unmatched experiences that differentiate Telluride from other resorts in North America,” said Matt Windt, VP, Sales & Marketing.

Skiing in Telluride over the holidays, update

Every night, using a new, state-of-the-art snowmaking system, the Telluride Ski Resort expects its hard-working snowmakers to refresh the snow surface. on one or two trails. Telski is now skiing and riding on more than 100 acres of terrain and 2,810 vertical feet.

Lifts now open include 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 (upload only) and ski access from mid-station on the Gondola. In additi0n, Beginner’s Magic Carpet and Adult Magic are open. However, Sunshine Express (10): Plunge Lift (9), Prospect Express (12), Gold Hill Express (14) & Revelation Lift (15) terrain will be closed until the mountain receives sufficient natural snowfall.

On Saturday, January 6, Lifts 8 and 9 openalong with Lookout (top-to-bottom, from See Forever to Lift 9) and ski access to Oak Street (via Telluride Trail to Lookout to Bail Out to Telluride Trail).

“Our snowmakers and groomers remain in ‘terrain expansion mode’ as the forecast is for cold temperatures into the foreseeable future. TSG is committed to making snow on all our available terrain and we anticipate continuing to make snow well into January, beyond our normal snowmaking calendar, to provide the best skiing experience possible for our guests,” added Windt.

Go here for details on groomed runs in Telski’s Daily Snow Report. 

And here’s a video highlight from the weekend of December 15, 2017.

Support services for skiing and riding are in place too.

Find ski valets at the base of Chair 4 and at The Peaks Resort & Spa. Both are operating with normal winter hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Skier services, lift tickets and season pass office are open at all locations 7 days a week, including Mountain Village, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Coonskin, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Oak Street, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Big Billies, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Telluride Ski & Snowboard is offering all winter products and services. Call (970) 728-7414 for information.

Additional on-mountain activities:

The Telluride Ski Resort offers sledding on Wednesdays, December 27 and January 3, 4:40 – 6 p.m. at the base of Chair 4. Sleds are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult; all participants must sign a waiver.


Eco Adventures provides day camps for kids ages 5-12. Programs are designed to connect kids with their environment and develop a deeper appreciation for the world around them. Full day, half day, and afternoon options, with programs for all interests. And while you’re signing your kids up for our camps, don’t forget to check out our snowbike lessons. It is an exciting way to get down the mountain.

Located on the Mountain Village Gondola Plaza and open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Adventure Center is designed to connect you with the area’s premier winter sport guides offering several family-friendly and advanced alternatives to keep you busy if you’re looking for a break from the slopes, including snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, bungee trampoline, heliskiing and more. Explore the hidden gems of the San Juan Mountains which offer world-class on-mountain and backcountry options for novice-to-expert abilities.

One of Telluride’s favorite retailers is The BootDoctors, which is all about sharing the power of mountain life: adventure, style, gear, and community in the Telluride region. Go here to find out about non-snow activities you might enjoy in and around town. 

Getting high on the Via Ferrata, courtesy, The BootDoctors and Melissa Plantz.


Biking on Telluride’s trails, courtesy Melissa Plantz for The BootDoctors.

Spa at The Peaks Resort

In the U.S. alone, where there are more spas than Starbucks (a good guess based on Internet sources is 21,000 versus about 18,000 across the country), The Peak’s 42,000 square-foot facility, the largest in Colorado, was named by Condé Nast Traveler among “the top resort spas in the country.”

The Spa’s mission is to empower individuals by helping them make conscious, positive choices about their health, wellness, and beauty designed to enhance everyday living and quality of their lives overall.

Amenities include 32 treatment rooms offering the latest in massage and aesthetics by nationally and state-licensed therapists, multiple dry saunas, Roman tubs, 3 jacuzzis, 2 natural mineral salt baths, and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, both gender-specific and co-ed, private and group classes, two pools, and a full-service salon.
The Spa is open during normal winter hours, 6:30am – 8pm.

The Spa has added 15 extra family-friendly classes to the fitness schedule from December 22 – January 4.

To view a full schedule of classes, go here.

To make an appointment, call 970-728-2590.

All that plus Hot Cookies in Mountain Village: December 23 – January 7 | 3pm – 4pm Daily | Base of Chair 4.

Holiday dining

A wide range of on-mountain and Mountain Village dining options are available, from family casual to romantic white tablecloth service.

On-mountain dining venues include Allred’s, Alpino Vino, Gorrono Ranch, Bon Vivant, Giuseppe’s, and Big Billies.

Check out the views form Allred’s, named for Ron Allred, co-developer of the Telluride Ski Resort.

All restaurants in Mountain Village are open for the winter including: Altezza, Bean Café, Black Iron Kitchen, Crazy Elk Pizza, La Piazza & La Pizzeria, M Club, Poacher’s Pub, Scratch, Siam’s Talay, Starbucks, Telluride Coffee Company, Tomboy Tavern, Tracks Café, Village Table, and The View.

Holiday entertainment in the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village

It is rock ‘n roll (often literally) “downtown” (in Telluride) and “uptown” (in Mountain Village), at venues featuring top-tier entertainment for young people and adults.

Robert Randolph, courtesy, Sheridan Arts Foundation.

Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House is an historic venue operating now for well over 100 years. The Opera House has been described as a “pearl” and “acoustically perfect.” On New Year’s Eve, the Opera House is featuring Robert Randolph, but there are other great shows in the run up. Check out its holiday and full winter program schedule here. 

Located next to the Telluride High School/Middle School, the Palm complex offers magic over the holidays. Go here for more. 

Denise Mongan’s Beyond the Groove, Telluride’s premier entertainment and music production company, puts up shows at Club Red in Mountain Village. Club Red features plush décor, ambient lighting, and intimate proximity between guests and artists to create an exclusive guest experience. Go here for holiday programs at Club Red including The Everly Brothers Experience (12/28) and on New Year’s Eve, Telluride favorites Yonder Mountain String Band.

Club Red in Mountain Village, intimate and happening.

And on New Year’s Eve, Telluride’s Ah Haa School throws an elegant gala, a celebration of fine food and fine art.

Ah Haa’s gala NYE feast.

Other amenities, including kiddos, transportation & lodging

Telluride Ski Resort’s Nursery is offering all winter products and services. Call (970) 728-7531 for information.

Transportation between Mountain Village & Town:

The Gondola opens daily at 6:30 a.m., 7 days a week. It closes at midnight, Sunday – Thursday; at 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Images, courtesy Telski.

Additional shuttles will run starting 12/26, as needed between 3-5 p.m., from Blue Mesa to Town of Telluride with four stops in Telluride: Shandoka, Oak St. Gondola Station, Post Office, and Courthouse.

Nine new cabins have been added to increase capacity on the Telluride-Mountain Village Gondola by 16% for this winter.

Dial-A-Ride (Mountain Village):

The Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association encourages members and their guests to sit back, relax, and let this service drive you to where you want to go. Through the holidays and New Year, additional vehicles and personnel have been added to support quick service times and a positive experience for guests. Phone: (970) 728-8888. Hours: 6:30 am-12:30 a.m. Sunday – Thursday; until 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.


The Inn at Lost Creek, The Peaks Resort & Spa, and Telluride Resort Lodging are all open for the season. New reservations can be booked over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling Telluride Resort Reservations (855) 517-2906.

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