Telluride features spectacular additions for the upcoming winter season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 26, 2009 2:35 pm

Telluride Ski Resort has been called “the most beautiful place you’ll ever ski.”  And for the upcoming winter season, the resort is giving guests even more reasons to say that very statement.  From added terrain, to new, luxurious hotels and restaurants, all while keeping their pricing and guest services the same, Telluride will be a premier destination for visitors this winter.

Telluride has expanded by over 400 acres in the past three seasons, and the vertical drop is now one of the largest in North America at 4,425 feet, with 3,845 feet serviced by lifts.  This year, the Gold Hill Chutes 2-5 will be open, which means all of the Gold Hill ridge will be open to the public.  

Two of the resort’s newer hotels, the lumiere and Capella, have been named to Elite Traveler Magazine’s Top 101 Suites.  lumiere opened in Telluride for last year’s winter season and sits slopeside in the Mountain Village.  The boutique hotel has 30 rooms, and each suite includes a flat panel TV, gas fireplace, and Egyptian cotton sheets.  The Capella opened in February of 2009 and was named one of the hottest new hotels by Conde Nast Traveler.  It is also situated in the middle of the Mountain Village, and offers 100 hotel rooms and 60 one, two,three, and four bedroom condominium residences.  Capella is the finest ski-in/ski-out location on the mountain, and it includes several upscale restaurants, an exclusive lounge, and spa and indoor pool.  

The dining at Telluride is some of the best, and this season, the resort’s flagship restaurant, Allred’s, will have a new menu, with new items and a n

ew steakhouse atmosphere.  Alpino Vino, which sits atop Gold Hill, offers wines, cheeses, soups, and sandwiches, has a new deck with outdoor wine bar with seating for 50 guests.  Finally, The Hop Garden, which is located in the Mountain Village, also has a new outdoor bar and beer garden, along with the ‘best burger in the world’ recipes from the previous owners of the Skier Union Cafe.

Getting to Telluride has never been easier, as there is now direct service to the mountain from nine U.S. cities to the two area airports, Telluride and Montrose.  The Telluride Regional Airport is undergoing almost $60 million in improvements, and there are four non-stops daily from Denver and two from Phoenix.  At the Montrose/Telluride Airport, there are daily non-stop flights from Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston, and Salt Lake City, along with weekly flights from Newark, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. 

The resort is hosting two big competitions this upcoming season, beginning with the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup from Dec. 17-20.  The event includes snowboardcross, parallel giant slalom, and the new event Team Snowoboardcross.  Seth Westcott, Shaun Palmer, and Lindsey Jacobellis will all be competing.  In February, the 5th Annual Subaru Telluride Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier will hit the mountain, as competitors from around the world will descend on the resort.  The competition runs from Feb. 4-6.  

And last, but certainly not least, Telluride has kept their pricing on passes the same as last year, and has no plans to reduce its services or programs. Speaking of passes, the Telluride Pass Sale runs through this Friday, October 30th.  The Adult Pass is 35% off the regular season pass and the 4Pass is nearly 50% off.  Don’t miss your chance to get a great deal, all while enjoying the amazing runs and amenities that Telluride has to offer!