Telluride: 2021 Summer Operations, Overview!

Telluride: 2021 Summer Operations, Overview!

The Telluride Ski Resort announces that the Bike Park and new Canopy Adventure are slated to open June 19. For more information on Telluride’s summer programs and to purchase passes online, go to

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Telluride will open the Bike Park and Canopy Adventure on June 19 for full operation 7 days a week.

The development of both the Bike Park and Canopy Adventure has been a big undertaking for Telski and the subject of lots of excitement and debate. There are many competing projects that have been targeted for the ski resort including lift replacement, snowmaking and restaurant improvements. These two projects in particular were chosen because they were envisioned to be key driver of an extended summer economy, and improved opportunities for the workforce in the Telluride region.

According to Anton Benitez, President and CEO of the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, the ski resort is succeeding with that goal:

“The Bike Park has been a great addition to our summer mix of recreational activities. The Village and our many businesses have seen greatly increased visitation and sales with riders enjoying a meal or shopping after a day on the trails.”

Adam Singer, owner of Poachers agrees:

“The Bike Park has brought vibrancy to the village. It has been great! It has helped stabilize employment for my employees and that is a good thing.”

Recognizing the importance of the Bike Park to the community, the ski resort is beginning a reinvestment program. The Bike Park currently offers a network of gravity-fed, lift-served trails within the resort as well as cross-country trails within the USFS special use permit area.

“The Bike Park has helped provide year-around employment for some of our staff, and we look forward to continuing to improve the bike park in future years, as we are able,” said Scott Pittenger, Director of Mountain Operations.

The park will introduce a new technical intermediate trail this summer dubbed “Scrubber.” This action-packed spur from the popular Tommyknocker trail is tighter, steeper and features both natural and man-made attractions. The ski resort has increased the number of bike carriers on Lift 4 this year so that there is a 1 to 1 ratio of bike carriers to carriers. That alone will have a significant impact on increasing uphill capacity for biking guests.

As to the increase in the cost of the Bike Park passes this year, Owner Chuck Horning said:

“We were delighted to be able to provide our local winter season pass-holders with Bike Park access for only the cost of processing the passes during the two inaugural years of the Park. This was intended to be a gesture of appreciation to our Telluride community. But, now in order to continue to operate, maintain and potentially expand the Bike Park, it was necessary for us to raise the rates.”

The Telluride Bike Park Pass prices for the 2021 summer season are:

● Adult Winter Season Pass Holder Upgrade (19 years and older) $185
● Youth (18 and younger) Winter Season Pass Holder Upgrade $105
● Adult Bike Park Pass $325
● Youth Bike Park Pass $185
● XC Pass $45
● Single day bike park ticket $50 until June 30, then $55 beginning July 1

The new Telluride Canopy Adventure features 5 ziplines, 2 skybridges and 2 rappels, reaching heights of over 200 ft off the ground in some places. Beginning at the Telluride Adventure Center, guests will receive a safety briefing, get geared up and then ride the Village Express Chair to hike to their adrenaline-infused Adventure. Once the fun ends, side by side UTVs will return guests to the Mountain Village Core.

The Canopy Adventure is offered exclusively for private guided experiences for $675, and includes up to 6 guests.

The Telluride Resort is also introducing several new camps and activities this summer that incorporate the Bike Park. Sure to be popular are the weekly Grom Camps and the new Summer version of D Squad, a 6 -weekend program for local and regional kids. Both are open to kids ages 8 – 15.

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