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December 10, 2008 — Do not visit Telluride without a stroll through its old town, where 100-year-old Colorado history is perhaps more visible than anywhere else in the state. It just so happens that one of the great ski resorts of the nation is also nearby, rising precipitously from the heart of the old town.
Towering peaks shade this box-canyon resort through most of the short winter days, so riding the excellent gondola system to the top of the hill is a good way to get into the Colorado sunshine. From there, experts will want to sample the new Revelation Bowl set to open during the 2008-2009 season, which will offer 400 new acres of classic Telluride-style terrain. The Revelation Bowl terrain has long tempted riders who could look, but not touch, the pristine black-diamond terrain. Even the boldest of skiers stayed away in former days, as the bowl ends in a series of massive cliffs. With a new lift the backside of Telluride is finally open to everyday skiers.
While experts swap stories of stashes lost and found in Prospect Bowl and Revelation Bowl, beginners can revel in the accessibility of chairs 10 and 11. Intermediates can cruise the blues and bumps under chairs 4 and 5, advances riders can hit chairs 6, 9, and 14.
Fun Fact: Allred’s on-mountain restaurant, located at 10,551 feet above sea level, is routinely described as among the best in the state
Average annual snowfall: 309
Price (Adult all day/half day): TBD
Skiable Acres: 2,000+
Lifts: 18 (2 high-speed gondolas, 7 high-speed quad, 1 fixed quad, 2 triple, 2 double, 2 surface, 2 magic carpet)
Terrain park: Yes
Season: Nov. 27 – April 5
Terrain breakdown: 21 percent beginner, 32 percent intermediate, 47 percent advanced/expert
Location: 65 miles from Montrose on highway 145, or 71 miles north of Cortez
Information: www.tellurideskiresort.com or (970) 728-6900 or (800) 778-8581
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