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Page Title: Guest Services at Telluride, Colorado
Page Synopsis: An overview of guest services at Telluride, Colorado.

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On the Mountain in Telluride, Colorado

Once upon a winter's day, Mother Nature dropped two feet of her lightest champagne powder on the Telluride Ski Resort

On a day like this, true snow worshippers head to the lifts at the break of dawn to conquer the steep bump runs on Lift 9, such as Kant-Mak-M, Spiral Stairs and the Plunge. Others hightail it to the new Gold Hill Lift for the deepest of freshies, an abundance of open bowls and chutes. Late in the day, powder stashes can still be found in the trees off of Lifts 6, 9 and 12 (Prospect Lift). Guests get the inside scoop from friendly locals to find the "sweetest powder shots" on the mountain.

Be sure to take the Plunge, one of the most popular runs in the United States, known for its breathtaking views of town as well as its starring role in a VISA commercial. The Plunge is a jaw-dropping, black diamond bump run descending 3,140 vertical feet from the top of the Mountain into historic Telluride.

While Telluride is renowned for its steeps and bumps, 38 percent of the mountain is intermediate terrain. Lift 5 is the perfect hideaway for the intermediate snow rider, offering short chutes, friendly corduroy, glades and moderate bumps. Lift 10 and Ute Park in Prospect Bowl are a beginner and lower intermediate's dream, with meandering green and blue runs nearly two miles long.

See Forever, Telluride's most popular trail, keeps guests coming back for more. Panoramic views run from Mountain Village all the way to the La Sal Mountains of Utah. Open slopes and no lift lines truly enhance Telluride's charm as an "off the beaten path" destination.

There once was a ski resort perched high in the hills
With amazing guest service and the wildest of thrills

Mountain Hosts
More than 60 staff and community members comprise this friendly group of local mountain hosts. They handle a variety of tasks including directing guests to ticket windows and rental centers, carrying skis and dispensing hot chocolate, candy and mints on the mountain. Telluride's hosts are more than happy to answer questions on entertainment, special events, mountain facts, important phone numbers, mountain services, dining favorites and much more.

Meet the Mountain
Led by Telluride Mountain Hosts, this free tour of the ski resort incorporates colorful stories about Telluride's history, interesting facts about the environment and local trivia. Open to intermediate-level and above snowriders, the "Meet the Mountain" tour meets daily at 10 a.m. at the trail map at the top of Lift 7, steps from the gondola's Station St. Sophia.

Snowshoe Naturalist Tours
Guests have the opportunity to explore other areas of the mountain during a snowshoe tour. Guided by a U.S. Forest Service Ranger, tours meet Thursday-Sunday at 1 p.m. at Station St. Sophia and follow Coonskin Ridge through the woods into Mountain Village. Snowshoe rentals are available at Telluride Sports. Call (970) 728-4211 for additional information.

Superior Snowmaking and Grooming
120 HKD snowmaking guns, the most energy efficient in the industry, builds the mountain's snow base early in the season. Telluride recently invested over $3 million in snowmaking infrastructure to provide snowmaking in the 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 lift pods. Fresh corduroy abounds on the mountain, as every night snowcats are busy grooming 30 or more trails.

Daily Grooming Report
Mountain Hosts, stationed at all the base facilities, update the mountain's daily grooming reports and signage. Guests can go online at or call (970)728-7425 for the daily snow and grooming reports.

On-Mountain Dining
Gorrono Ranch, located mid-mountain on Misty Maiden, is a historic ranch-style building that offers American favorites and an outdoor barbecue on the sunny deck with stunning views. Giuseppe's, at the top of Lift 9, features quick Italian fare in a cozy setting. Big Billie's, located at the base of Lifts 1 and 10, is an ideal location for the family with southwestern and barbecue entrees. Pizza Chalet, at the bottom of Lift 4, offers a variety of pizzas, salads, sandwiches, espresso drinks and ice cream.

Hot Chocolate, Mints and Lots of Water
Served in the Mountain Village Plaza in the mornings and afternoons, hosts offer hot chocolate, mints and candy to guests just taking a break.

Slopeside Lockers
Guests can stow their skis nightly in the Mountain Village at Slopeside Lockers. Lockers are $7.50/night and include boot dryers and enough room to accommodate two pairs of boots and skis. Guests are also welcome to Ski Check their skis and poles for $3/night.

With spectacular views at 12,000 feet
Charming instructors make lessons a treat

n Telluride, going back to school is fun. The Telluride Ski & Snowboard School offers one of the most innovative and spectacular classrooms in the country. In Telluride, a ski or snowboard lesson is much more than an instructional session; it is an unforgettable guided adventure that highlights all aspects of the area. Highly skilled instructors coach guests through the bumps, groomers and hidden powder stashes, and offer local tips on hot spots, from popular watering holes to cafes that serve the finest cappuccino. Students are greeted by an instructor in the beginning of a lesson and say goodbye to a friend at the end of each day.

Telluride teaching system keeps Telluride on top
The Telluride Ski & Snowboard School is keeping pace with new ski technology. With the shaped ski revolution, the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School created the Telluride Teaching System (TTS&tm;) to introduce efficient carving methods to adult and child skiers and snowboarders. Each lesson is customized to the individual's body type and needs. Using simple drills, the instructor identifies challenges the skier may be experiencing, and adjusts movement or equipment to create an automatic sense of balance, control and freedom.

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