Telski: Lift 5 Opens + Upcoming Terrain Expansion

Telski: Lift 5 Opens + Upcoming Terrain Expansion

Though it is obviously way early in the season, the Telluride Ski Resort already has something to crow about: very favorable snowmaking conditions. With 20 inches of snowfall in the past several days, Telski announces new terrain in the Lift 5 / Polar Queen area opens for the season as of Tuesday December 4.

Updates to this summary can be found on Telski’s Daily Snow Report here. And might want to download the new Telluride Ski Resort app to stay in-the-know throughout the winter season.


Summary of upcoming lift & terrain opening dates:

1. Polar Queen Lift (chair 5) Opening Day – Tuesday, December 4, 2018
. A majority of the terrain in this area will be open including Polar Queen.

2. Apex Lift (chair 6), 4/5/6 Loop Opening Day – Saturday, December 8, 2018. Opening terrain will include See Forever and some additional terrain in the lift 6 area.

In addition, Bon Vivant will open for the season on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Additional target dates & priorities:

3. Plunge Lift (chair 9) – “targeting” Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 
Extensive snowmaking is in-progress in the area. As soon as access is available, chair 9 will open for the season; egress out will be See Forever from the top of lift 9.

4. Prospect Bowl (chairs 12 & 14) Opening Day – “targeting” Saturday, December 15, 2018.

5. Sunshine Area (chairs 10, 11 & 13) Opening Day – “targeting” to open with Prospect Bowl on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

6. Telluride Trail, ski access to Town of Telluride – Extensive snowmaking is in-progress on Telluride Trail. “Targeting” to open ski access to Town prior to the Christmas holiday. Stay tuned for additional updates.

A picture is worth 1,000 words:

(Note: All images courtesy the Telluride Ski Resort.)

Imagine driving into this scene.


Town of Telluride, Thanksgiving weekend.








Framed by powder!




Flight information update:

And with the good news from El Nino comes this additional good news. United Airlines, in partnership with the Colorado Flights Alliance, has committed to a significant increase in winter flight frequency between Newark International Airport (EWR) and Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ) for the 2018–19 ski season. During the holiday travel season and the core of the winter ski season, service will increase from twice-weekly flights on Saturdays and Sundays to daily service, 7 days a week.

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Newark flights will run daily from Dec. 19, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 and Feb. 16, 2019 – Mar. 30, 2019, and on Saturday & Sunday from Jan. 12, 2019 – Feb. 10, 2019. These new flights are available for reservations immediately.

“The New York City metro area is one of the largest ski markets in North America and it’s an important destination market for Telluride as well,” said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski Resort. “Working with United Airlines to increase the frequency of new flights and access options for guests traveling from the northeastern U.S. has been a top priority for Telluride and we anticipate our guests will welcome this increase in nonstop flights between Newark and Montrose.”

A notable change for guests traveling from or through New York to Telluride is that the weekly flights between La Guardia (LGA) and Montrose (MTJ) will be absorbed by the expanded Newark frequency.

In addition to the daily flights and increased service from the northeast, for the upcoming winter United Airlines is also adding daily flights during the December/January holiday period from San Francisco (SFO) to MTJ in addition to regularly scheduled three-times-weekly service throughout the season.

American Airlines is also increasing service to Telluride this winter by providing larger jets, the 160-seat Boeing 737-800, on the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Montrose (MTJ) morning flight, two flights per day through the season, and up to three flights a day over the holidays.

With this additional service Telluride’s 2018-19 winter season will see a 7% increase in available seats to the two airports serving Telluride (MTJ & TEX).

“The mission of the Colorado Flights Alliance is to foster economic growth and sustainability for the western slope of Colorado through an industry-leading airline program,” said Matt Skinner, Colorado Flights Alliance CEO. “We’re very proud of the partnerships we’ve built with the major airlines and the progress the organization has achieved in adding seats and flight frequency to Montrose and Telluride from key destination markets, year-round.”

Summary of winter flights by airline:

United Airlines into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ):

• Daily flights to/from Chicago O’Hare (ORD), December 20 – April 2
• Daily flights to/from Houston (IAH), December 19 – March 30
• Daily flights to/from Newark (EWR), December 19 – January 6 & February 16 – March 30, with • • • Saturday & Sunday flights January 12 – February 10
• Saturday & Sunday flights to/from Los Angeles (LAX), December 22 – March 30
• Daily flights to/from San Francisco (SFO), December 19 – January 6, with Wednesday, Saturday & • Sunday flights January 12 – March 31
• Up to six (6) daily flights, year-round, to/from Denver (DEN)

United Airlines’ partner, Boutique Air, into Telluride Regional Airport (TEX):

• Multiple daily flights, year-round, to/from Denver (DEN)

American Airlines into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ):

• Daily flights, year-round, to/from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) with up to three (3) daily flights throughout the winter
• Daily flights to/from Phoenix (PHX), December 19 – April 1
• Daily flights to/from Chicago (ORD), December 19 – January 7, with Saturday flights
January 12 – March 30
• Daily flights to/from Los Angeles (LAX), December 15 – January 7, with Saturday flights February 17 – March 31
• Saturday flights to/from Charlotte (CLT), December 22 – March 30

Delta Airlines into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ):

• Daily flights to/from Atlanta (ATL), December 20 – January 2, with Saturday & Wednesday flights January 5 – March 31
• Daily holiday flights to/from Salt Lake City (SLC), December 22 – January 2

Allegiant Airlines into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ):

• Wednesday & Saturday flights to/from Los Angeles (LAX), December 19 – March 30
View a summary of winter flights by city on

About Colorado Flights Alliance:

Colorado Flights Alliance is an economic development organization that provides non-stop air service to the Telluride Airport (TEX) from Denver (DEN), and to the Montrose Airport (MTJ) from Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Chicago (ORD), Charlotte (CLT), Newark (EWR), Phoenix (PHX), Atlanta (ATL), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), along with Denver (DEN) service.

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About Telluride Ski & Golf Resort:

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, rated the #1 ski resort in North America five out of the last six years by Condé Nast Traveler, offers visitors an unparalleled combination of world-renowned ski terrain, spectacular scenery, unspoiled character, and signature hospitality. Nestled in the 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks of Colorado’s majestic San Juan Mountains, the acclaimed resort offers over 2,000 skiing acres with some of the most legendary terrain in the Northern Hemisphere. Telluride is served by two regional airports; Telluride (TEX), just 10 minutes from town and the slopes, and Montrose (MTJ), a 75-minute shuttle ride to the resort.

Note: Schedules subject to change. United flights may be serviced by United Airlines or United Express. American flights may be serviced by American Airlines or Envoy/American Eagle.

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