Telluride Announces Future Development and Expansion

Telluride SKi Resort

Telluride Ski Resort is home to some of the steepest, deepest and most diverse terrain of any ski resort in the U.S. Throw in a 4,425 foot vertical drop and a top elevation of 13,150 feet, and you have one of the toughest terrain anywhere. But, like all mountains, there is always room for improvement and Telluride is aiming get even better. Recently, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort announced their master development plan for the next 10-15 years.

According to Jeff Proteau, vice president of mountain operations and planning, they are looking to “enhance the overall guest experience through a series of improvements and additions to our existing offering both in the winter and summer,” and to make Telluride one of the best, year-round alpine resorts in North America. Some of the proposed winter and summer projects as part of the Master Development Plan include (but are not limited to):

  • Replacements of lifts, including Plunge Lift (Lift 9), Coonskin Lift (Lift 7), Sunshine Express Lift (Lift 10)
  • Expansion of Giuseppe’s and upgrades to Bon Vivant
  • Restaurant at the top of Sunshine Express Lift (Lift 10)
  • Snowmaking enhancements to improve coverage and efficiency
  • Mountain Bike “Flow” trails
  • Canopy Tour
  • Aerial Adventure Park

Telluride sits on part of the U.S. National Forest and all changes need to be further reviewed. But, Telluride is looking to get the information available for the public to review and get feedback. Although the Master Development Plan will be accepted by the U.S. Forest Service, each individual project will need to go through an extensive review process and analysis.

Telluride SKi Resort

As part of their review, Telluride is looking for input from the community. “We see the community as having a vested interest in the Master Development Plan, and want to be sure they have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback,” said Proteau. “We’ve already seen positive feedback through our public forums held the last two months, and look forward to taking everyone’s comments into consideration as we move forward.”

It’s nice to see a company seeking input from the community. With 147 trails and over 2,000 acres of terrain, Telluride is already one of the largest resorts in the U.S. and is consistently ranked as one of the top resorts by numerous magazines. The only thing it currently needs is a little modernization.

In 1999, the last Master Development Plan included several lift projects. Some of these projects are again being included in this latest plan. Most notably, the Palmyra Basin lift is planned to be rise 1,165 vertical feet to serve intermediate terrain above the Prospect Express. Numerous other lift projects should modernize their lift system by servicing more area and being able to quickly move more people up the mountain. Hopefully these plans move forward. Telluride is already a fantastic resort and these plans will improve the whole experience even more.

Telluride is also expanding their summer activities by adding bike trails, Arial Adventure Park, and canopy tours. The bike trails will include a variety of skill levels to make the mountain more of a family-friendly activity-based mountain.

Do you have any suggestion? To review Telluride Ski Resort’s Master Development Plan and submit your input, visit

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