Opening Day has come and gone and oh, what a day it was. With clouds and snow filling the forecasts, it was a perfect day to get outside, enjoy the snow, and take some turns. The first chair lineup started taking shape early in the morning with two strangers enjoying the front spot to begin. Jack Black and Trent Young had never met and are both brand new to town but bonded over their victorious place on First Chair. Trent, an 18-year-old, moved to Telluride just four days ago and skied the mountain for his first time on Donation Day. You’ll be seeing him in the kitchen at Gorrono Ranch all season long or scrounging town for pork carnitas, his favorite food.
Jack Black is also new to Telluride’s local population but has been in town for a full week. This being his first year he’ll spend in Colorado, he’s a new kid on the Telluride Ski Resort Lift Operations Team. He’s been skiing since he was six having grown up in Stowe, Vermont and is most excited to ski the woods and the glades here in Telluride along with breathing deep on the hike-to terrain.
Spencer Kenimer (17) and Ty Hostetler (16) are buddies from Montrose, and while they were initially on the second chair with their other friends, they couldn’t let Jack and Trent ride up alone on the First Chair. Spender has been skiing Telluride since he was five and loves skiing Prospect Woods. As a junior in high school, his sights are set on college and, with a passion for history, fits right in here in Telluride. Ty Hostetler was born in Wisconsin but has lived in Montrose for six years and is excited to spend another season skiing Telluride.
As is tradition, the wonderfully talented kids at Ah Haa School for The Arts in Telluride designed and decorated our wonderful Opening Day banner. This year’s design team included Ah Haa’s Early Release Art Tuesday students Noah Baker, Nora Haskell, Rita Hynes, Lilly Jones, Zander Santa, and Serenna Schrank and teachers Greta Neumann and Kendra Norris.
With Mountain Village Express (Lift 4) and The Chondola (Lift 1) open for the season, our Patrol and Ops teams are working hard to get additional terrain on the mountain open over the next few weeks. On December 10 th , expect to see Polar Queen Express (Lift 5) and the Apex Lift (Lift 6) open up giving skiers access to the “Super Loop” encompassing Telluride’s famous See Forever. Snow in the forecast is always a good sign and the holidays are fast approaching. There’s plenty to look forward to with Noel Night approaching this Wednesday followed by Holiday Prelude , the Christmas and New Year’s Torchlight Parades, Club Red Concerts and much, much more.
The Telluride Ski and Snowboard School is officially open and teaching for the season. Whether new to the sport or advancing your skills, group and private lessons are a great way to improve technique and reach your goals on the mountain this winter. Our Children’s Ski School Instructors are some of the most entertaining in the industry. Save yourself time and book lessons for you and your family in advance by calling (970) 239-7061.
Allred’s and Gorrono Ranch are both open for the season with many more restaurant openings to look forward to as the mountain continues to open terrain. Be sure to check out our weekly Beer Tastings featuring brews from Telluride and Sweetwater Brewing Companies every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm all season long. Allred’s new pastry chef, Chef Jason Lemon, has some incredibly delightful desserts at Allred’s including a sweet potato and chocolate bread pudding with a Woody Creek Rye Whiskey Anglaise and a Nougat Glace served with a gluten-free Millet Cake and Bourbon Caramel. With more to come to make your mouth water this season, stay tuned for more restaurant news in the coming weeks.
It’s officially ski season here in Telluride and we look forward to seeing you on the mountain. Begin planning your winter visit to Telluride today by looking for direct flights to Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ) from one of many hubs this season. Or take a look into connecting through Denver to fly direct to Telluride Airport (TEX) so you can hit the slopes in record time. No matter your plans during your visit, Telluride is a perfect winter destination.