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 the expansion and are still 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 across 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 148 trails. Interestingly, Colorado is one of the sunniest states in the country, with over 300 days of sun per year. In Telluride take advantage of the sunshine while also enjoying the 300-plus inches of snow. For experts, challenging terrain exists off Gold Hill, whereas See Forever is great for those of intermediate ability, and the 4.6 mile-long Galloping Goose trail is ideal for beginners. If you like to freestyle, Telluride offers several terrain parks with rails, boxes and kickers.
|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:||19 Total: 2 high-speed gondolas, 7 high-speed quads, 1 fixed quad, 2 triples, 2 doubles, 2 surface lifts and 3 magic carpets|
|Vertical Drop:||4,425 feet (1,349 m)|
|Lift-Served Drop:||3,790 feet (1,155 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)|