Telluride & Mountain Village
About the Slopes
The Telluride Ski Area
Telluride Ski Resort is famous for short lift lines, long ski runs and dramatic scenery. The terrain shifts from expert to beginner, keeping skiers and riders on runs suitable to their skill levels. The east end of the mountain provides a formidable challenge for experts, the middle of the area offers plenty of cruisers and corduroy for intermediates, and the gentle western slopes are ideal for beginners. Open to the public since 1972, the Telluride Ski Resort sits in the Uncompahgre National Forest and is owned and operated by Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. To contact the resort, call 970.728.6900 or find them online at www.tellurideskiresort.com.
The ski area doubled in size in 2001 with the opening of Prospect Bowl, and now has more than 1,700+ acres of skiable terrain. Accessed by a free gondola and two lifts from the town of Telluride. the newly expanded ski resort has 16 lifts and 84 trails. The area's high point at 12,260 feet on Gold Hill gives the mountain 3,530 feet of gravity-fueled vertical drop. Lift tickets can be purchased and equipment rented in both Telluride and Mountain Village. To get an idea of the magnitude of this amazing terrain. take a summer ride on the gondola, which offers spectacular 360 degree views of the region.
Total Lifts & Trails:
18 lifts, 120+ trails
1 three-stage gondola (2 lifts)
7 high-speed quads, 1 fixed grip quad
2 triples, 2 doubles
2 surface lifts
2 Magic Carpet for beginners
Lift Capacity: 22,386 skiers per hour
Nordic Trails: 10-kilometer Nordic network
Skiable acres: 2,000+
Longest run: Galloping Goose: 4.6 miles
Coonskin Lift 7: 8.725 feet (2.660 meters)
Gondola Station Telluride: 8,750 feet (2.667 meters)
Gondola Station Mountain Village: 10,535 feet (3,211 meters)
Plunge Lift 9: 11 ,890 feet (3.625 meters)
Gold Hill Express Lift 14: 12,255 feet (3.738 meters)
Revelation Lift 15: (3,831 meters)
Vertical Drop: (4,425 feet, 3,845 feet lift-served)
Elevation: Base:8,725 feet, Lift-served:12,570 feet (Maximum: 13,150 feet)
Terrain: 24% beginner. 38% intermediate. 38% advanced/expert
Average Annual Snowfall: 300 inches
Vertical Drop: 3.530 feet (1,078 meters)
Telluride Ski and Snowboard School
Learn how to ski at the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School. Over 200 instructors from around the world, specializing in the American Teaching Program and other innovative techniques, offer lessons to groups, individuals and children. Call 800.801.4832 or 970.728.7507 for reservations and to find out more about group rates.
11 AM to 3:30 PM
Learn all the basics such as how to balance and turn in a safe and supportive environment while having fun. This introduction to the mountain is ideal for first-time skiers and snowboarders.
11AM to 3:30 PM
These lessons, beginning mid-morning, allow vacationers plenty of time to sleep in before hitting the slopes for an all afternoon lesson to perfect their technique.
9 AM to 10:45 AM
Start your day with a morning lesson and use the early daylight hours to test and hone your new skills.
One on one instruction allows you to choose the time and terrain for your lesson and focus on the skills and techniques that you want to major in. Private lessons are available for all skill levels. Reservations are recommended. Call 800.801.4832 or 970.728.7507.
All Day: 9 AM to 4 PM
Half Day: 9 AM to 12 PM or 1 PM to 4 PM
Early Bird: 9 AM to 11 AM
Late Riser: 2 PM to 4 PM
Children interact with Telluride's mascots, Olivia the Otter, Eddie the Eagle and Morris the Bear while learning about the local history and environment through programs tailormade just for kids. Children are placed into age-specific groups for lessons designed to teach new skils but with safety and fun paramount. Snowboard lessons are offered for childrens from ages seven to twelve. Ski lessons are offered for children agest three to twelve. Visit www.telluridekids.com for more details.