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WHAT’S NEW IN TELLURIDE FOR 2009-2010
New Terrain – Gold Hill Chutes 2-5 Opening
Telluride, Colorado (October 26, 2009) -
Telluride continues this year on an unprecedented run of terrain expansion, opening Gold Hill Chutes 2-5 for the 2009-10 winter season. Revelation Bowl opened in 2008-09 as the biggest story in ski country, along with Gold Hill 1. Palmyra Peak, Black Iron Bowl and Gold Hill 6-10 opened in 2007-08 to huge public response. All told, the resort has expanded by more than 400 acres over the past three seasons, adding to Telluride’s already legendary terrain and offering some of the most spectacular skiing and riding on the planet. The resort’s vertical drop is now one of the largest in North America at 4,425 feet, with 3,845 vertical feet lift-served.
The addition of Gold Hill Chutes 2-5 gives full access off west Gold Hill ridge, with 1-10 now open to the public. Reminiscent of the long, open lines of Alaska, the spectacular terrain drops 1600 vertical feet into the Prospect Basin, including faces, couloirs and chutes all above treeline. A ride up the new Revelation Lift offers easy access, with direct skiing into Gold Hill 1, and a short 20 minute hike up a new snowcat road to the top of Gold Hill for chutes 2-10. The area is controlled by two U.S. Forest Service WWII vintage 105mm howitzers, installed last year.
New Telluride Hotels Capella and lumière featured in the 2009 Elite Traveler Top 101 Suites
From secluded to slopeside, luxurious to rustic, Telluride continues to offer the finest in accommodations for all visitors. Elite Traveler Magazine scoured the globe to find best of the best new and classic suites to surpass any notion of luxury and redefine the standards. Two new Telluride hotels, lumiere and Capella made the annual list. Both hotels exceed in exquisite attention to detail, outstanding service and overall experience of ultimate comfort, taking luxury lodging in Telluride to the highest level.
lumière Telluride opened to rave reviews for the 08/09 ski season. A small boutique hotel with only 30 keys, this luxurious property sits slopeside in Telluride’s Mountain Village. Each unit is appointed with flat panel televisions featuring surround sound, gas fireplaces, Egyptian cotton sheets, L'Occitane natural bath and body products, oversized bath sheets and plush bath robes and slippers. With ski-in, ski-out accommodations, VIP concierge, ski valet and ski tuning over night, spa treatments and European-style breakfast, lumière excels in guest service and casual elegance. The extremely hip Little Bar at lumière features glass doors revealing an outdoor living room and access to three outdoor hot tubs.
Capella Telluride opened Feb. 12, 2009 in the heart of Mountain Village, marking the U.S. debut of Capella Hotels and Resorts. Named one of the world’s hottest new hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, Capella Telluride is redefining mountain luxury with 100 condominium hotel rooms and 60 one, two, three and four bedroom condominium residences. Capella Telluride offers the finest ski-in/ski-out location on the mountain and provides guests and residents with an unprecedented level of personal service. Its world-class amenities include an exclusive Capella lounge, boutique spa and indoor pool, a fitness center, ski valet, several upscale restaurants, a skating rink and a kids club. For more information, visit www.CapellaTelluride.com.
Resort Dining Redefined
Telluride’s flagship restaurant, Allred’s at the top of the gondola, introduces a new and approachable dining experience, mixing local and regional, organic and original. Steaks, seafood, chops, salads and sides accompany ideal appetizers and signature cocktails. Grab a ‘Quickie’ and a glass of wine during happy hour in the spectacular bar, or sit and enjoy the new steakhouse atmosphere with the best restaurant views in Telluride.
High upon the mountain, Alpino Vino opened in 2009 as the perfect European style retreat near the top of Gold Hill. Offering renowned wines, fine cheeses, amazing soups, sandwiches and antipasti plates, Alpino Vino’s spectacular views coupled with comfortable cozy ambience provides a perfect retreat from the slopes. This year, a new multi-tiered deck has been constructed with an outdoor wine bar, seating for 50 and spectacular views of the Wilson Range.
The Hop Garden, located in Mountain Village at the base of the Village Express (4), has opened its new outdoor bar and beer garden, offering domestic and international beers, cocktails and a menu to suit the whole group for lunch and dinner. The Hop Garden adopted the ‘best burger in the world’ recipes from previous owners of the Skier Union Café - and serves them up daily to the delight of little and big kids alike. The giant yellow umbrella has become the place to be for après ski –to recap the day, or become part of the new Mug Club.
Telluride Eco-Adventures offers one-stop shopping for all activities in the region, from ice skating to snowshoeing, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, and heli-skiing. Trained staff customizes and books an adventure perfectly suited to each individual or family interest. Located in Mountain Village (Franz Klammer breezeway), the Eco-Adventure Center also has environmental displays and creative daily activities for kids. Come visit or call 970-728-7300 to book popular activities, adventures, and more.
Telluride boasts some of the best non-stop resort access in the U.S., plus redesigned airport
Telluride boasts non-stop flights from more major hubs than most other resort destinations. With direct service from 9 U.S. cities, national and international connections will put guests on the slopes quicker and easier.
Guests vacationing at Telluride Ski Resort can utilize two area airports: Telluride or Montrose. The Telluride Regional Airport is currently undergoing a $58 million runway improvement project to improve safety and extend the runaway by 200+ feet. These improvements will accommodate a growing demand for a wider variety of aircraft and continuing increased service.
Service this winter includes daily non-stop flights from Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston and Salt Lake City, plus Newark (weekly), Atlanta (2x weekly) and Los Angeles (2x weekly) to Montrose/Telluride Airport, as well as non-stops from Denver (4x daily) and Phoenix (2x daily) into the Telluride Regional Airport. Increased service provides visitors with a great variety of carrier options, easier coast to coast connections, flexibility in departure times and lower fares.
Pricing Remains the Same, Guest Services Remain Top-of-Class
The Telluride Pass Sale runs through October 30th, with full season pass prices the same as last season. However, if four adults get together to purchase a 4Pass during the sale, the price drops to 2007 rates. Window pricing will also remain the same, as will Internet, although with slightly better discounts on multi-day adult tickets during regular and late season. As many resorts are cutting back this year, Telluride has no plans for reduction in services or programs, offering the same world-class activities and guest services that trademark the destination.
Telluride Hosts Snowboard World Cup
Telluride will be the new home of international snowboarding competition in the U.S. as the 2010 Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup hits the Rocky Mountains Dec. 17-20. Telluride will be the sole U.S. stop of the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup and will feature an SBX (snowboardcross), PGS (parallel giant slalom) and the newly added Team Snowboardcross competition during what will be the second in a series of five Olympic qualification events. The heat will be on in the snowboardcross as four athletes race through rollers, jumps and banked turns in an attempt to be the last racer standing. U.S. Snowboarding's men's SBX roster includes Olympic champion Seth Wescott , snowboarding legend Shaun Palmer (South Lake Tahoe, CA), and Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT).
5th Annual Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Event Hosts the World’s Best Freeskiers in February 2010. The Subaru Telluride Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier returns this season from Feb. 4-6. The Freeskiing World Tour continues on Telluride’s legendary terrain with competitors from around the globe, including Canada, U.S.A., Japan and Australia. The Ski Resort is thrilled to host this caliber of world class athletes for the fifth consecutive year.
Telluride Development Squad
For more information please e-mail TheSquad@TellurideSkiResort.com or call 970.728.7354.
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