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For the 2013/14 ski season
Telluride Mountain
Opens November 28, 2013
Closes April 6, 2014


Jay Evans, carving at Mach 3 - Jack Afleck Photography

Escape to an undisturbed box canyon, surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks where you'll discover miles of uncrowded slopes and diverse terrain. When you're ready to get away from it all, visit Telluride.... The perfect place to plan your escape!

The Telluride Ski Patrol has completed two new buildings and acquired two new 105mm vintage 1942 Howitzers. The guns were completely refurbished by the US Army on a base in Nevada before being recently shipped to Telluride.  This program will deliver explosives in a much more accurate and effective manner, improving safety for our patrol staff as well as our guests.


Snowmaking has been running full blast for a few weeks. Improvements to the system this year are yielding very good results. Below is a picture of the base area at Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village:

Telluride offers the best of all worlds with 22 percent beginner terrain, 38 percent intermediate, as well as the best black diamonds in the country. And thanks to the Grand Opening of Prospect Bowl, there are now over 1,700 acres of "must ski" terrain for every type of skier from beginner to extreme. 

A scenic setting so dramatic it is unparalleled in all of ski country. Flanked by jagged and dramatic peaks on all sides, skiers and riders who enter Prospect Bowl experience the sensation of being in the Alps, with peaks close enough to reach out and touch. This inspirational setting has a hypnotic effect, encouraging guests to leave the realities of the everyday world behind and simply enjoy the breathtaking serenity of the mountains. The soothing atmosphere provokes a renewed sense of discovery, simplicity and balance.


Telluride is located at the end of a narrow box canyon in
the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern, Colorado.
Approximate Driving Times:
Denver, CO:  7 hours
Montrose, CO:  1.25 hours
Durango, CO:  2.25 hours
Phoenix, AZ:  7 hours
Grand Junction, CO:  2.5 hours


There are two airports that offer convenient access to the Telluride area.
Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is located just 3 miles from the entrance to town
and is serviced by daily flights on America West/US Airways and Great Lakes Airways.
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is 1 hour and 15 minutes (65 miles) north of Telluride
and is serviced by non-stop flights on United, American, Delta, and Continental.

There are a variety of transportation options from the Montrose and Telluride airports.
There are some choices ranging from shuttle service to vehicle rentals.

Call the toll-free reservations center at 800-778-8581 and
Telluride will be happy to help you plan and book your vacation. 

Operating hours of the Telluride Ski Resort are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

High Altitude Tips

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Telluride is‚ perched in the mountains at a higher altitude than you are likely accustomed to. Combat the potential affects of altitude sickness by drinking an abundance of water (twice the amount you normally consume). It is also wise to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine the first couple of days at altitude as they can cause dehydration. Before traveling to altitude, ask your doctor about any current illnesses or conditions affecting you now that could be exacerbated by altitude, such as high blood pressure, angina, or pregnancy. Make sure these conditions are under control before you come up here.

Avoid over exertion upon arrival.
Take it easy on the slopes the first day.
At first sign of a headache, take ibuprofen;
400-600 milligrams may be very helpful.

Headache, nausea, trouble sleeping, dizziness are the symptoms. Seek treatment if symptoms continue longer than 24-48 hours or the symptoms are severe, such as vomiting, severe headache or difficulty breathing. It is quite common to have minor symptoms or difficulty breathing the first few hours at altitude. Medical care may include the use of oxygen or medication. Although traveling to lower altitudes treats altitude sickness, very rarely do sufferers need to resort to these measures. Altitude sickness is often compared to sea sickness.

Sun Exposure:

Wear sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to avoid sun exposure.
Fresh snow can reflect up to 90% of the sun's dangerous UV Rays.
When working or playing at higher elevations you are exposed to 50% more UV radiation

Up to 80% of UV radiation from the sun can pass through the clouds,
therefore, always wear plenty of suncscreen.
Be sure to reapply it several times throughout the day.

For more information on Telluride Mountain itself (web cams, runs, statistics, facilities)
Click Here to go to the official Telluride Mountain web site.


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