Telski: Summer Helicopter Logging Operation Completed

Telski: Summer Helicopter Logging Operation Completed

Helicopter logging operations at Telluride Ski Resort wrapped last week, removing approximately 6,000 trees from the Chair 9 area.

Telski, Lift 9 (in our dreams).

By removing dead and diseased trees, the project completed by the Telluride Ski Resort will enhance forest health by increasing sunlight penetration for the forest canopy. The initiative also reduced the fuel load as part of a wildfire mitigation effort.

For skiers and snowboarders, the logging operation created an additional 44 acres of north-facing gladed terrain.

Bill Jensen, CEO, Telski

“Chair 9 offers a great blend of advanced and expert runs that make it some of the best terrain in the country,” said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski Resort.

The project was funded entirely by Telluride Ski Resort and encompassed nearly 150 hours of helicopter time. The resort opted for helicopter logging as it is more environmentally sensitive than traditional logging methods (i.e. roadcuts, skidding to log decks and logging trucks).

The removed merchantable timber was sent to a wood mill in Montrose.The dead and diseased timber are scheduled for two controlled burns—one on upper Double Cabin ski run and the other at the base of Bushwacker ski run—which will be monitored by USFS fire management.

The date of the controlled burn will be late-October or early-November, dependent on sufficient snow coverage and weather conditions. The controlled burn areas will be closed to public access.

About Telluride Ski Resort:

Telluride Ski & Golf, rated the #1 ski resort in North America by Condé Nast Traveler for six of the last seven years, offers spectacular skiing, riding and recreation opportunities. Located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, Telluride is tucked among the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America. The ski resort offers unmatched scenic beauty and incredible terrain for all abilities and consists of 127 trails over 2,000 acres.

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