The Most Beautiful Place You’ll Ever Ski!
In 1972 Joe Zoline installed the first ski lift on the slopes above Telluride, and a ski resort was born. Along with Telluride native and mountain manager, Bill “Senior” Mahoney, they put together a plan to grow the resort and develop Telluride, as well as the surrounding region. Six years later, two entrepreneurs, Ron Allred and Jim Wells, purchased the resort with the idea of making it a world-class ski destination. The new ownership embarked on a plan of lift upgrades, ski terrain expansion, the development of Mountain Village, and the gondola. Then in 2004 Chuck Horning and his partners purchased the resort, continued expansion and are currently the owners today.
Telluride ski resort offers a unique ski experience for all levels of skiers and snowboarders with a mix of quality terrain of varying levels throughout the mountain. From beginner groomed runs to steep double blacks there is something for everyone. Telluride ski resort is often uncrowded through most of the season, and it may seem like you have the mountain all to yourself. The views from the top of the resort are exquisite; you’ll discover why Telluride has been called, “The most beautiful place you’ll ever ski.”
The ski resort boasts over 2,000-plus acres of skiable terrain and 127 trails. In somewhat of a contradiction, the snow averages 300 inches a year, but with 300 days of sunshine during the same timespan. You are generally guaranteed to have fantastic conditions when you come to ski Telluride. For experts, challenging terrain exists off of Gold Hill, whereas See Forever is great for those of intermediate ability, and the 4.6 –mile-long Galloping Goose trail is an ideal beginner’s trail. If you like to freestyle, Telluride offers several terrain park with rails, boxes, kickers, and more.
Ski Resort Quick Facts
|Skiable Terrain:||2,000+ acres (810+ hectacres)|
|Longest Run:||4.6 miles (7.4 km) “Galloping Goose”|
|Trail Difficulty:||23% Beginner
41% Advanced / Expert
|Total Lifts:||18 Total: 2 high-speed gondolas, 7 high-speed quads, 1fixed quad, 2 triples, 2 doubles, 2 surface lifts and 2 magic carpets|
|Vertical Drop:||4,425 feet (1,349 m)|
|Lift-Served Drop:||3,845 feet (1,172 m)|
|Elevation:||Base: 8,725 feet (2,659 m)
Lift-Served:12,570 (3,831 m)
Maximum: 13,150 feet (4,008 m)
|Lift Capacity:||22,386+ skiers per hour|
|Ave Annual Snow:||309 inches (789 cm)|