Telluride Named Top 5 Ski Resort in the West
TELLURIDE, Colorado (October 3, 2017) – After a record-setting snowfall last winter, and in anticipation of another legendary ski season, SKI Magazine readers rank Telluride Ski Resort in the top five in the annual reader’s survey.
The Point: Telluride Ski Resort is back in the coveted top 5 ski resort spot in the 29th annual survey and nabs the number one spot for character.
The Details: SKI Magazine readers ranked Telluride number five for best overall resort in the west, after ranking eighth in the annual rankings last year. The resort is also ranked number one for character, and in the top 10 for terrain (3), lodging (5), dining (6), challenge (7), and terrain variety (10). (Additional rankings have yet to be released)
For this winter Telluride continues its ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar investment in snowmaking upgrades and technology to improve efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. Beginners in Telluride will be greeted by a new 15-acre terrain-based teaching facility and new 300-foot magic carpet. Skiers will also find an expanded grooming fleet to enhance the groomed terrain across the resort.
Last years rankings: Overall resort (8), scenery (1), access (45), service (7), character (3), lodging (5), après (6), variety (4), challenge (7) and grooming (10).
Telluride #7 for Best Small City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Readers -
October 17, 2017
Pristine alpine skiing meets luxury in Telluride, a scenic former mining town. Grab a Local’s Lager at the Telluride Brewing Company, or learn more about the town’s history at the Telluride Historical Museum, located in a converted hospital built in 1896. Return in summer for the world-renowned Bluegrass Festival, where you can listen to live performances against the backdrop of the San Juan mountains.
Best Small Towns to Visit in All 50 States - THRILLIST TRAVEL - May 19, 2017
It’s kind of a pain in the ass to get to Telluride. But, oh, the rewards upon arrival. This former silver mining town hunkers basically in a dead-end valley, its mountains sporting one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the world: Telluride’s Bridal Veil. With peaks great for skiing, mountain biking, or hiking -- picture the scenery from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eightbecause, well, it was filmed around T-Ride. The town has blossomed into one of the best festival sites in the nation, with renowned events like the Bluegrass Festival and Telluride Film Festival. Even if you’re in town when a fest isn’t, you can grab a drink (or better yet, stay) at the historic New Sheridan Hotel, then continue your crawl to the no-frills Last Dollar Saloon before hitting 221 South Oak, a fine-dining spot helmed by Eliza Gavin, a former Top Chef contestant. -- Colin St. John, Thrillist contributor
World's Best Ski Resorts: Telluride Wows With Charm, Scenery and Great Skiing - Forbes Magazine - January 13, 2017
Telluride Ski Resort to Join The Mountain CollectiveTM for 2016-17 Season
Telluride, Colorado – August 9, 2016 – Today, Telluride Ski Resort announced that it would be joining The Mountain Collective alliance, a collaborative pass program providing access to some of North America’s best ski mountains. With the addition of Telluride, Mountain Collective pass holders will now be able to experience some of the best and most varied terrain in North America.
"Telluride is excited to join the Mountain Collective family of resorts," said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. "Being a part of the Mountain Collective is an outstanding opportunity for passionate skiers and snowboarders to experience Telluride's extensive terrain and benefit the resort community as Mountain Collective pass holders add Telluride to their list of destinations to experience this winter."
As part of the Mountain Collective pass, skiers and riders enjoy two days at 14 notable ski resorts, including Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Taos, Whistler Blackcomb and more with no blackout dates. Additional days at The Collective destinations are available at a 50 percent discount and pass holders are also eligible for special Mountain Collective lodging specials.
"We are thrilled to welcome Telluride, one of the world's truly iconic resorts to the most incredible lineup of destinations on one pass ever assembled. The Mountain Collective is made up of a collection of independently owned, big mountain, life list resorts and we couldn't think of a better new addition than Telluride," said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Company, "With 14 destinations located around the globe, the Mountain Collective Pass is the perfect incentive for passionate skiers and riders to embark on the winter adventures they've long dreamed of."
When visiting Telluride, Mountain Collective pass holders can take advantage of an exclusive lodging deal with The Peaks Resort & Spa, with 10% off lodging with a three night minimum and a $150 Peaks Resort credit that can be used at the Resort’s newest restaurant, Altezza at the Peaks, or The Spa at the Peaks.
The Mountain Collective pass is now available online at www.MountainCollective.com for $409 for adults and $99 for kids aged 12 and under. For a full list of participating resorts and pass benefits, please visit the Mountain Collective website. For information on Telluride-specific benefits, or to plan your trip, please visit www.TellurideSkiResort.com.
BILL JENSEN JOINS TELLURIDE SKI AND GOLF AS CEO AND PARTNER
Bill Jensen, a longtime captain in the ski resort industry, is joining Telluride Ski and Golf Resort as both a partner and chief executive officer.
Jensen, who helmed Intrawest from 2008 through 2014 and spent 11 years as an executive with Vail Resorts, joins Telluride resort owner Chuck Horning as a partner. That ownership stake is expected to deliver stability to the resort, which has seen several management veterans — including Dave Riley and most recently Greg Pack — come and go since Horning, who has played an active role in steering the ski area, bought it in 2003.
"I wasn't going to come here just to be the next guy," said Jensen, describing his and his wife Cheryl's ownership stake as "meaningful enough." "I'm proud and happy that Chuck gave me that opportunity. My sense of it was that it wasn't that hard for him. He knows he needed to get that stability. The staff, which is just incredible, they want security and they want certainty."
Despite the rotation in the wheelhouse, Telluride has thrived under Horning, a West Coast commercial real estate and healthcare facility entrepreneur. In recent years, the resort company's revenue-based lease payments to its Forest Service landlord have climbed as much as 30 percent a year. Summer and winter sales tax revenues in both Telluride and Mountain Village have set records nearly every month for the last few years.
Jensen said those trends continued last season and numbers are up for the early season as well. "This resort has a lot of momentum. Telluride is well positioned to continue to enjoy the growth it has had for the last five to 10 years."
Horning, in a statement, said the deal with Jensen marks "a significant step towards bringing Telluride to its potential."