FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telluride, Colorado (March 27,2012) – As the end of the ski season approaches, Telluride Ski Resort and the U.S. Forest Service want to inform the public of new and existing access restrictions during non-operating months.
“From April 9th to April 30th hiking or skiing will be prohibited within the ski area boundaries due to closing operations and ski area maintenance. These policies are in place for public safety and the safety of mountain employees. This restriction will apply from November 5th to the opening day of the 2012-13 winter season. Violation of this restriction includes the loss of access to the ski area for a minimum of one year.”
As per the 2002 Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan for the Telluride Ski Resort, no public motorized vehicles are permitted. This includes, but is not limited to snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and automobiles.
Motor vehicle restrictions are regulated by the USFS Travel Plan and the resort operating plan. Penalties for violation include loss of access to the ski area for a minimum of one year and Federal fines of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
Closing, opening and summer maintenance operations, including the presence of heavy equipment, the use of explosives, machine traffic, high voltage and high pressure lines, variable conditions and the lack of any resort or ski patrol services, makes access during these closures very risky for public safety.
The USFS and Telluride Ski Resort have a growing concern for the public’s safety and well-being, as avoidable incidents within ski areas have been occurring throughout the country.
“We look forward to a safe spring, summer and start to next year, with all of our locals healthy and ready to enjoy the ski season,” said resort CEO Dave Riley.