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Thanks for a great ski season

Hi Folks,
I’d like to thank everyone – our great employees, managers, guests, second homeowners, and locals for a great ski season. Looking back, it went fast. They say time flies when you’re having fun; and it was definitely fun.
With credit to the entire community including all the volunteers, Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, Capella, Mountain Lodge, The Peaks, Telluride Tourism Board, the Telluride Foundation, Town of Telluride, Town of Mountain Village, as well as Telluride Ski and Golf’s staff, our first FIS World Cup competition was a huge success:
The VISA SNOWBOARDCROSS CUP:
It was a year full of initiatives by the ski company, as we launched several new ventures and services with the intent of creating exceptional experiences for our guests.
The new outdoor bar at the Hop Garden proved to be a great addition to Mountain Village this winter:
And, the new outdoor bar and deck at Alpino Vino was a smashing success:
TSG’s new Mountain Village boutique, Telluride Naturals, was well received, offering products from SW Colorado:
TSG’s new eco-tourism division, ECO-ADVENTURES was a great success also, offering our guests outdoor adventure alternatives and environmental education programs while partnering with many local recreation service providers:
Telluride Backcountry Guides was launched late this spring, offering some of the best guided skiing imaginable:
The new RESORT STORE filled a need in Mountain Village for extensive logo items:
The new and unique Gold Hill 9 bridge and stairway was a wonderful addition to the ski area, as well as the new snowcat road to GH8:
A big THANK YOU goes out to the US Forest Service for helping Telluride be a world class resort:
The end-of-season party at Gorrono Ranch was Telluride style:

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Announcing Telluride Backcountry Guides

Hi Folks,
Several months ago, Telluride Ski and Golf applied for a permit with the US Forest Service to conduct commercial guide services in the backcountry areas of Bear Creek and Alta Lakes, which are adjacent to the ski area and accessible through USFS backcountry gates. We are pleased to announce that last week we received a favorable decision from the US Forest Service to provide this service to the public.
We are now offering Telluride Backcountry Guides through our eco-tourism division which is called ECO-ADVENTURES, located in Mountain Village in the Franz Klammer breezeway. You can learn more or book a guide by calling 970-728-7300.
Telluride Backcountry Guides can now help you find the best terrain in the gigantic and beautiful upper basins of Bear Creek:
The prevailing southwest wind carries snow across the Gold Hill ridge and deposits it deeply into upper Bear Creek, much like what we normally see in Revelation Bowl:
This guided area of Bear Creek is called “The Wedding Chutes”:
“E-Ticket” is another route our guides now offer:
This blog only shows a sampling of the areas within the new guide permit area:
Below is a picture of the Alta Lakes area, which is also part of the guide permit boundary:
In addition to backcountry tours into Bear Creek and Alta Lakes, Telluride Backcountry Guides are also now offering guided trips to adventurous in-bounds, hike-to ski areas such as Palmyra Peak, Gold Hill Chutes, Black Iron Bowl, and Bald Mountain. Below is a picture of a few folks summiting Palmyra Peak:
Below is a picture of the Palmyra Peak terrain as viewed from the top of Gold Hill:
Below is a picture of Bald Mountain:
Telluride offers the most incredible ski terrain in North America. We’re pleased to be able to now help expert skiers experience Bear Creek and Alta backcountry, as well as our adventure terrain at the ski area, with the support of professional guides. Your skiing ability will be assessed by the guide prior to being allowed to ski this terrain. An educational component is included in the excursion. We believe it is advisable to hire a Telluride Backcountry Guide when considering a trip into the backcountry terrain of Bear Creek and Alta as opposed to going into these areas without the assistance of a professional guide.
Telluride is a very unique and special year-round alpine resort. We’re focused on offering the best experience possible to our guests, and Telluride Backcountry Guides is just one more reason why Telluride is “Unmatched in North America”.
Please feel free to post a comment and/or question. Just scroll to the dialog box at the bottom of this blog, type away, and hit submit. We love to hear from you.
Enjoy! – Dave

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Another Beautiful March at Telluride

Hi Folks,
I love March skiing at Telluride. Words are hard to come by that accurately describe how beautiful this resort is. A picture tells a thousand words.
Below is Gold Hill Express, located in the incredible San Juan Mountain Range of Southwestern Colorado:
Below is the top of Gold Hill Express, and Revelation Lift:
Here’s a few pictures of my wife Noreen skiing Gold Hill  #1:
Here’s a few pictures of Elizabeth Howe, Executive Director of Resort Services skiing Black Iron Bowl:
I like this one of Upper Little Rose:
You can’t find views like this anywhere else in Colorado:
I sure hope you will get an opportunity to ski Telluride this spring! We’ve got great conditions and offer the best ski vacation experience you’ll ever find. Let me know if you need any information to help you plan the perfect vacation. We’ve got a big staff of dedicated folks waiting to take care of your every need.
You can always reach me at driley@tellurideskiresort.com
- Dave

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The New Stairs to Gold Hill Chute #9 Opened Today

Hi Folks,
The new stairs from Gold Hill Chute #8 to Chute #9 opened for the first time today. A big “THANK YOU” goes to Mark Bosse, who designed and built the stairs.
Additionally, Chutes 7, 8, 9, as well as Black Iron Bowl, Bald Mountain, and Palmyra Peak all opened for hike-to skiing today. A big “THANK YOU” also goes out to the Ski Patrol for their excellent work.
Below is a picture of the ski patrol heading up to Gold Hill Chute #8. The ski company built a snowcat road from the top of the Revelation Lift to Gold Hill #8 last summer which allows for snowmobile access. This snowmobile route, in addition to the new stairway, has made patrol access much easier in this area – which is a good thing. You can also see a fair amount of skiers heading up the hiking route:
The new stairway starts out at Gold Hill Chute #8 with a spectacular viewing platform:
The mountain views in every direction are fantastic:
Then the climb begins by walking the bridge section across what is called 8 1/2:
The accent to the top of Gold Hill Chute #9 is a little longer than it looks:
But worth the effort:
Finally, arrival. What an incredible place in ski country:
This is what the entrace to Gold Hill #9 looks like from the top:
It starts out narrow and then gradually gets wider. It’s steepest at the top:
Below are several pictures of my 14 year-old daughter Alex, and wife Noreen, skiing the chute today:
Here’s a few pictures of Gordy Sato, a friend of mine, exiting the chute:
What a fantastic place:
Gold Hill # 9 dumps you out into Palmyra Basin, a huge bowl below Palmyra Peak. This area provides an awsome ski experience:
I love this gigantic basin. Its got lots of different routes to choose from:
Looking up at Palmyra Peak is fantastic when you’re down in Palmyra Basin:
As I mentioned earlier, Palmyra Peak was also open to the public today for hike-to skiing. If you look closely, you can see people standing at the top, and about half way down the run called “Senior’s”:
This area is so huge. I’m using a 300mm zoom lense and the skiers still look like ants at the top of the peak:
Nice rock “fingers” at the top:
Skiers decending Palmyra Peak:
There were several skiers also coming down Gold Hill Chute #7 today:
Kids love Palmyra Basin too! Below is a picture of local ripper Micah Hesse in Palmyra Basin:
This is a picture of skiers left of Palmyra Basin:
It’s interesting how Palmyra Basin has all these different bowls and routes that step down as you go:
And to skiers right as you decend, you find another huge area people refer to as the “Fans”. You can traverse over and get fresh tracks:
The terrain in Black Iron Bowl, Gold Hill Chutes, Bald Mountain, and Palmyra Peak is for expert skiers and snowboarders only. Cliffs, narrow chutes and variable conditions exist. Be aware, ski and ride with care.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little photo tour. Please feel free to post a comment or question. Just scroll to the bottom, type away in the dialog box, and hit submit.
Enjoy! – Dave

Gold Hill 9 Bridge & Stairs Installed this Morning

Hi Folks,
Our ski resort staff, with the help of a heavy-lift KMAX helicopter operated by a Canadian helicopter company called Heliqwest, installed a steel bridge and two sections of steel stairs which run over the cliffs from Gold Hill Chute #8 to Gold Hill Chute #9 early this morning. The structure is 30″ wide, has hand rails on both sides, and serrated step treads.
The purpose of this project is to provide a more comfortable route to GH #9 for our guests and patrollers. GH #9 is the most gentle (but still advanced) chute of all ten Gold Hill chutes. Gold Hill #9 provides skier access to the incredible, giant, powder fields of Palmyra Basin below.
The concept of the project was “imagineered” last summer when we were building a snowcat/snowmobile road up to GH #8. The French Alps resort of Chamonix, and the Aiguille du Midi – Mont Blanc in particular, provided inspiration for this project.
Twelve-year veteran Mark Bosse, ski company Lift Master Mechanic and expert steel fabricator, built the bridge and stairway sections over the last several months in the mountain department shop parking lot.
Below is a picture of the site, as the sun was just lighting the sky, before the steel arrived. If you look carefully you can see the foundation brackets which were installed over the cliffs last fall by Mark. He drilled deep holes into the rock and anchored the steel foundation plates (which he built) with steel rods and grout:
Crews await the first bridge section to arrive. Mark Bosse is in the orange helmet:
The helicopter arrives with the first bridge section:
The lower bridge section fits like a glove into the foundation brackets, and the crew gets ready for the middle stairway section to arrive next:
The KMAX moves the first section of the stairway into position. It is 48 feet long and weights 3,300 lbs.:
It slides right in to the foundation brackets without a problem:
One more piece in place, no problems:
The last and biggest piece of the stairway is 54 feet long. The KMAX lifts slowly at almost 13,000 feet above sea level:
All pieces are in place. A huge sigh of relief is felt by the entire crew:
Mark Bosse survey’s his excellent work, mission complete:
I’d like to give a sincere “thank you” to Mark Bosse, Jeff Proteau, VP – Mtn. Operations and Planning, and the entire mountain department team who made this dream a reality.
Mark has a few welding projects to finish up in the field before the structure is ready to open to the public, which will take at least a few days. We’ll let you know when it opens.
Telluride Ski and Golf’s slogan is Unmatched in North America. That slogan means different things to various people, but one thing is for sure: Telluride is a very unique and special international destination ski resort which offers adventures in skiing like no other place on this continent. We’re committed to providing exceptional alpine recreational experiences on a year-round basis to everyone who visits, our staff members, and those who call Telluride and Mountain Village home. Enjoy! – Dave
P.S. Please feel free to post a comment or question – we always love to hear from you. Just scroll to the bottom, type away in the dialog box, and hit submit.
Blog photos by Brad Foley, Brett Schreckengost, and Dave Riley

Gold Hill 9 Bridge & Stairs Installed this Morning
February 24, 2010
Hi Folks,
Our ski resort staff, with the help of a heavy-lift KMAX helicopter operated by a Canadian helicopter company called Heliqwest, installed a steel bridge and two sections of steel stairs which run over the cliffs from Gold Hill Chute #8 to Gold Hill Chute #9 early this morning. The structure is 30″ wide, has hand rails on both sides, and serrated step treads.
The purpose of this project is to provide a more comfortable route to GH #9 for our guests and patrollers. GH #9 is the most gentle (but still advanced) chute of all ten Gold Hill chutes. Gold Hill #9 provides skier access to the incredible, giant, powder fields of Palmyra Basin below.
The concept of the project was “imagineered” last summer when we were building a snowcat/snowmobile road up to GH #8. The French Alps resort of Chamonix, and the Aiguille du Midi – Mont Blanc in particular, provided inspiration for this project.
Twelve-year veteran Mark Bosse, ski company Lift Master Mechanic and expert steel fabricator, built the bridge and stairway sections over the last several months in the mountain department shop parking lot.
Below is a picture of the site, as the sun was just lighting the sky, before the steel arrived. If you look carefully you can see the foundation brackets which were installed over the cliffs last fall by Mark. He drilled deep holes into the rock and anchored the steel foundation plates (which he built) with steel rods and grout:

Crews await the first bridge section to arrive. Mark Bosse is in the orange helmet:

The helicopter arrives with the first bridge section:

The lower bridge section fits like a glove into the foundation brackets, and the crew gets ready for the middle stairway section to arrive next:

The KMAX moves the first section of the stairway into position. It is 48 feet long and weights 3,300 lbs.:

It slides right in to the foundation brackets without a problem:

One more piece in place, no problems:

The last and biggest piece of the stairway is 54 feet long. The KMAX lifts slowly at almost 13,000 feet above sea level:

All pieces are in place. A huge sigh of relief is felt by the entire crew:

Mark Bosse survey’s his excellent work, mission complete:

I’d like to give a sincere “thank you” to Mark Bosse, Jeff Proteau, VP – Mtn. Operations and Planning, and the entire mountain department team who made this dream a reality.
Mark has a few welding projects to finish up in the field before the structure is ready to open to the public, which will take at least a few days. We’ll let you know when it opens.
Telluride Ski and Golf’s slogan is Unmatched in North America. That slogan means different things to various people, but one thing is for sure: Telluride is a very unique and special international destination ski resort which offers adventures in skiing like no other place on this continent. We’re committed to providing exceptional alpine recreational experiences on a year-round basis to everyone who visits, our staff members, and those who call Telluride and Mountain Village home. Enjoy! – Dave
P.S. Please feel free to post a comment or question – we always love to hear from you. Just scroll to the bottom, type away in the dialog box, and hit submit.
Blog photos by Brad Foley, Brett Schreckengost, and Dave Riley

What a Fantastic Ski Season in Telluride this Year!!

Hi Folks,
Telluride Ski Resort has been blessed with some of the best snow in North America this year. One of the things I really love about this place is the quality and consistency of the snow. Not to mention the spectacular views, terrain, historic Town, Euro Village, great dining, shopping, lodging, ski school, Eco Adventures – the list goes on and on. Telluride is truly Unmatched in North America.
To date, we’ve received 189 inches of snow, and we have a fantastic 63″ base – which is still growing. We received well over a foot last night, it snowed all day today, and the forecast is for more snow tonight and tomorrow. Historically speaking, March is typically the snowiest month of the winter season, and when it does clear the sun is really strong in southwestern Colorado. Needless to say, we’ve got fantastic conditions guaranteed through the end of the season.
The powder and coverage at the top of Gold Hill Express was really nice this morning:
Kevin Maughan, Manager of Resort Service for Telluride Ski & Golf, helps organize guests in the lift line today at Gold Hill Express. Thanks Kevin!
Local kids in Telluride become very good skiers – and there is a reason. They ski two half-days per midweek for “Ski PE”, then also ski Saturdays and Sundays. I guess when you ski four days a week the mileage adds up and the skills develop rapidly. My daughter Alex was enjoying the new snow this morning on Happy Thought. It’s fun to watch local kids ski around this mountain:
Alex enjoys some light/dry powder on Zulu Queen:
Alex’s friend, Sara Fulton – 14 years old, shows style in the trees next to Allias Alley:
Sara’s younger brother TJ (12 years old), rips:
Who doesn’t love soft powdery bumps?
Fat skis float nicely in the deep powder:
During a brief break in the snowstorm today, Palmyra Peak made a wonderful appearence:
Throwing snow on her dad after skiing Dynamo:
If you haven’t been able to ski Telluride yet this year, now is the time to come.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Just scroll to the bottom, fill out the dialog box, and hit submit. We love to hear from you! – Dave

What a Fantastic Ski Season in Telluride this Year!!
February 20, 2010
Hi Folks,
Telluride Ski Resort has been blessed with some of the best snow in North America this year. One of the things I really love about this place is the quality and consistency of the snow. Not to mention the spectacular views, terrain, historic Town, Euro Village, great dining, shopping, lodging, ski school, Eco Adventures – the list goes on and on. Telluride is truly Unmatched in North America.
To date, we’ve received 189 inches of snow, and we have a fantastic 63″ base – which is still growing. We received well over a foot last night, it snowed all day today, and the forecast is for more snow tonight and tomorrow. Historically speaking, March is typically the snowiest month of the winter season, and when it does clear the sun is really strong in southwestern Colorado. Needless to say, we’ve got fantastic conditions guaranteed through the end of the season.
The powder and coverage at the top of Gold Hill Express was really nice this morning:

Kevin Maughan, Manager of Resort Service for Telluride Ski & Golf, helps organize guests in the lift line today at Gold Hill Express. Thanks Kevin!

Local kids in Telluride become very good skiers – and there is a reason. They ski two half-days per midweek for “Ski PE”, then also ski Saturdays and Sundays. I guess when you ski four days a week the mileage adds up and the skills develop rapidly. My daughter Alex was enjoying the new snow this morning on Happy Thought. It’s fun to watch local kids ski around this mountain:

Alex enjoys some light/dry powder on Zulu Queen:

Alex’s friend, Sara Fulton – 14 years old, shows style in the trees next to Allias Alley:

Sara’s younger brother TJ (12 years old), rips:

Who doesn’t love soft powdery bumps?

Fat skis float nicely in the deep powder:

During a brief break in the snowstorm today, Palmyra Peak made a wonderful appearence:

Throwing snow on her dad after skiing Dynamo:

If you haven’t been able to ski Telluride yet this year, now is the time to come.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Just scroll to the bottom, fill out the dialog box, and hit submit. We love to hear from you! – Dave