Telluride returns with World Cup events in 2010-11 for European-inspired ski resort experience

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 15, 2010 1:47 pm

Telluride Resort has a unique vibe that is truly unmatched by any other Colorado ski resort, or perhaps by any U.S. resort for that matter. Featuring a distinctly European-style feel, Telluride’s resort offerings and guest experience have the power to transform your typical ski outing into something magical.

Building off this same idea, for the 2010-11 winter season, Telluride’s 180 different on and off mountain projects look to bolster the overall mystic felt by guests to the legendary ski town.

Expanding on the European-inspired ski experience, the Telluride Ski Resort installed a new bridge and staircase this spring that will have you thinking you’ve arrived in Chamonix. The two steel staircases and a bridge were airlifted over the ski resort to its final resting place – the span between Gold Hill Chutes 8 and 9. Together, the stairway and bridge combine to  provide 126 feet of linear access, opening Gold Hill 8 to chutes 9 & 10.

Following the spectacular additions of Palmyra Peak and Revelation Bowl, Telluride Ski Resort is also undertaking an aggressive clean up program this summer of long skied tree areas. Old favorites and new tree runs alike will be ready for this winter’s powder hounds. Areas include: Skier’s left of Silver Tip and skier’s right of Henry’s Run on Lift 5; Skier’s right of Stella and skier’s left of Upper Magnolia on Lift 12; Skier’s right of Log Pile and Skier’s left of Joint Point on Lift 9.

For the fashionistas, a new women’s boutique called the “The Swanky Buckle” will debut just in time to outfit guests with the latest fashions to take in the new print gallery, “Gold Hill Gallery,” which will open in Mountain Village.

Telluride will really hit the ultimate home run as a European-style resort when the ski area once again plays host for the only U.S. stop of the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup, featuring Snowboard-cross and Parallel Giant Slalom competitions. The Visa U.S. Snowboard-cross Cup hits the Rocky Mountains Dec. 15-18. Telluride was recently recognized as the United States Ski & Snowboard Association’s Rookie of the Year as the best new venue for last year’s inaugural event.

With all the improvements and awards, it’s no surprise Telluride was pegged to be a featured resort in this winter’s Warren Miller Entertainment film, Wintervention. Showcased in the film is a cast of riders including world renowned skiers Chris Davenport, JJ Thomas, Lindsey Vonn, Andy Mahre, Jossi Wells, Hugo Harrison, and numerous Telluride locals.

Other notable additions include doubled snowmaking capacity for the Misty Maiden pumphouse, which will enhance the speed of snowmaking in chair 4, 5 and 6 pods.

A new enclosed snowcat “people hauler” will accommodate 12 people in heated comfort for trips to dinner at the highest wine bar in ski country, Alpino Vino, located just down from Gold Hill ridge at 11,966 feet.

Jibbers will be delighted to hear Telluride’s four terrain parks will offer new features/jibs this winter, and Nastar’s new location becomes permanent with start/finish buildings for the top and bottom of the race course on Butterfly.

Also returning for a second season will be Telluride Eco Adventures. Aimed at connecting guests to all the region has to offer both in winter and in summer, Eco Adventures focuses to meet the diverse needs of a family on vacation. Eco Adventures features a year round Nature Center designed for kids and includes activities such as snowmobiling, ice climbing, fly fishing, river rafting, glider rides and heli-skiing with Colorado’s first and most experienced operation.

Telluride’s continued improvements, legendary terrain and scenery, free gondola and lack of lift lines, coupled with exceptional guest service, luxurious hotels and amenities, make this destination unparalleled in North America.