It’s officially springtime in Telluride and there is plenty going on at the ski resort to fill up your time. Whether you’re here on spring break looking for some fun in the sun or live locally and are looking forward to participating your favorite annual events, there’s something exciting throughout the remaining three weeks for everyone. Spring is a special time to be able to get on the mountain and enjoy the snow while enjoying the beautiful sunshine. So don’t forget your t-shirts, sunscreen and sunglasses and get out to soak up these warm spring days.
To kick off our spring events is The Sunset Scramble, a snowshoe fun-run fundraiser hosted by and benefiting Telluride Academy.
Want to know more about the Sunset Scramble? Check out these FAQ’s from Telluride Academy:
Is this a fundraiser?
Yes, all proceeds from this event benefit Telluride Academy’s Tuition Assistance Fund, which provides financial support to local kids helping them attend our summer and after-school programs.
Is this going to be physically challenging?
If you walk or hike on a regular basis, you are ready for our “Sunset Scramble”. We created this event to get YOU out enjoying a beautiful evening on the mountain. And YES we are awarding great prizes for the top three fastest men, women and youth (and new in 2017: Best Costume), but EVERYONE regardless of how serious you are about “racing” is welcome and encouraged to attend. You can run or walk up at your leisure. You can also walk part way up and if you choose, turn around anywhere before the ½ way mark.
Where is the Course?
We start the bottom of Mountain Village Express (Lift 4) at The Beach and hike up Village By-Pass, take a short detour on lower Pick and Gad, back on Village Bypass and then on to the finish line at Station San Sophia.
How long will I be hiking?
Four members of Telluride Academy’s Staff hiked the route recently and it took us 45 minutes with many stops along the way. We estimate the fastest hiker/runner finishing in under 30 minutes and most others finishing in one hour to 1.5 hours. Thanks to daylight savings, everyone will be off the course well before dark, so headlamps are not necessary.
Can I bring my children?
Children are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by their Parent(s) or a Guardian who will stay with them during the entire event. The course is steep however and not appropriate for children under 12. As mentioned above, you are welcome to bring younger children and walk up as much of the course as you like and turn around ½ way, which makes participating in the event appropriate for all ages.
Are there prizes?
Yes, some prizes are reserved for the fastest participants (and the best costumes) but everyone registered has the opportunity to win a prize through a raffle (your bib number is your raffle number), which YOU are entered in with your registration regardless of how long it takes you to walk or run to the top. You must be present at the post-event party to win one of these door prizes.
What should I wear?
Come prepared for all kinds of weather. Layers and a backpack are a good idea so you can peel off a layer if you get warm during the hike, and then bundle up later for the gondola ride back down. Wool socks and good sneakers or hiking boots on your feet are required.
Do I have to wear snowshoes to be qualified to win?
No. If the trail is hard packed, you may participate in hiking boots or sneakers.
Can I skin up?
No, no skis allowed.
What’s for dinner?
This year, it’s Black Bean Sauté. All participants will also enjoy 2 complimentary beverages (beer or wine for those of age or non-alcoholic beverages for those under 21). There will also be a full bar available for those who would rather purchase a drink of their choosing.
Schedule of Events:
Registration Desk opens at the bottom of lift 4 (pick up your bib, sign waiver) 4:00pm.
Registration Desk closes 5:45pm
Sunset Scramble begins 6:00pm
Post Scramble Party Begins @ TELSKI Member’s Lounge 7:00pm
Scramble Awards & Door Prizes 7:45pm
Event ends 9:00pm
To follow Telluride Academy’s Sunset Scramble, Telluride’s One to One Mentoring Program is hosting its annual Cardboard Sled Derby. This event is a beloved fundraiser that has been going on in Telluride for many years and is hosted by One-to-One Mentoring, which has a mission to “empower youth in San Miguel County to achieve their social, emotional, and academic potential through professionally supported mentor relationships.” The sled derby is a race event where children ages 5-14 years old make their very own sled completely out of cardboard, tape and glue and decorate it as crazy as they’d like. There will be prizes for most creative as well as the fastest sleds. There are only two riders permitted per sled and helmets and goggles are required. On Saturday, March 18th the event begins at 10:30 am at the Nastar Race Hill off of Mountain Village Express (Lift 4). For more information on the event and to register your sled visit One to One Mentoring’s Website online pre-registration is required for the event.
And to finish off this fun-filled spring week, the last Rail Jam of the season will take place on Saturday, March 18th at the bottom of Mountain Village Express (Lift 4) at The Beach. Registration to compete in the Rail Jam will take place from 12-2pm at the Mountain Village Bootdoctors with a $15 a person entry fee. The freestyle sessions will begin with judging at 4pm and will decide the winners for the 6pm awards ceremony with cash prizes for the best skiers and riders out there.
It’s going to be an action packed week with great events on our mountain. Take advantage of the gorgeous spring weather and join us outside for any and all of our spring events. Haven’t booked your spring vacation to Telluride yet? The Peaks Resort & Spa, Telluride's only ski-in/ski-out and golf-in/golf-out resort, is a short, free gondola ride away from the historic Town of Telluride, or explore all of Telluride's lodging options and our trip planning guide.