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TTB: Telluride Welcomes Winter with New Air Service, Activities, Culinary Offerings and More.
TELLURIDE WELCOMES WINTER WITH NEW AIR SERVICE, ACTIVITIES CULINARY OFFERINGS AND MORE
Visitors will enjoy an enhanced experience on and off the slopes this ski season
TELLURIDE, Colo. (Nov. 14, 2012) – Long touted for its legendary ski and snowboard terrain, colorful history, character and charm, Telluride has even more to offer visitors this winter, both on and off the slopes. The destination, which was recently named the number one ski resort in North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and the most scenic in North America by readers of SKI magazine, is kicking off the 2012/13 ski season right with expanded air service, new adventures and enhanced culinary offerings.
SKI magazine, is kicking off the 2012/13 ski season right with expanded air service, new adventures and enhanced culinary offerings.
Beginning December 15, Allegiant will offer nonstop service from Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) for the winter season. The flights, which will be available twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays through April 3, will provide travelers with the lowest cost means of reaching Telluride with one-way fares starting as low as $113 from Oakland and $83 from Phoenix. The new service will also drastically improve travel time from both areas to Telluride, with Allegiant flights giving those in the Phoenix area the quickest way to reach any destination ski area.
Once in Telluride, visitors will be greeted with a superior dining experience thanks to restaurant renovations and dining additions, including Arroyo Telluride Fine Art Gallery & Wine Bar, which opened in June and features new artist show openings and receptions monthly. The wine bar offers specialty wines along with selected spirits and beers and a variety of savory and sweet snacks. Over the Moon, a mother and daughter owned cheese and gourmet food shop also made its debut this summer in downtown Telluride. In addition to a variety of locally made and specialty cheeses, Over the Moon features delicacies like escargot and truffle oil and gives patrons the opportunity to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with a charcuterie and cheese plate.
The Butcher and Baker Café is now offering farmhouse dinners on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the holidays. The dinners will include a six-course menu featuring local, organic fare served in a family style atmosphere with wine pairings. TheTelluride Olive Oil Company just opened its doors offering numerous infused oils and vinegars imported from many parts of the world.
Guests at Hotel Madeline can feast on farm-to-table Colorado Rocky Mountain cuisine at REV, the hotel’s new definitive dining experience which serves elegant mountain cuisine featuring local and regional ingredients—from organic meats to exceptional seafood, produce and cheeses. Another new addition is the hotel’s gastropub, SMAK Bar, which serves up small plates and creative cocktails.
Additionally, Telluride Ski Resort is completing several restaurant improvements in advance of the upcoming ski season, including a new private dining room at the après ski hotspot Tomboy Tavern and renovations at the on-mountain restaurant,Bon Vivant, which opened in January 2012. Big Billie’s Restaurant will debut a new soda fountain style bar perfect for families.
One of the best ways to work up an appetite in the mountains is to get the blood pumping. While Telluride is known for skiing and snowboarding, local outfitter BootDoctors is giving visitors the chance to experience an up-and-coming winter sport - riding fatbikes. Salsa Mukluk fatbikes are ride-anywhere bikes that provide extreme tire floatation and traction and ride where other bikes can’t, like snowy trails. Tours can be tailored to each group’s specification, whether it’s a three-mile snow ride across the relatively level valley floor, a hair-raising mountainous route through backcountry trails or the Big Tire Bike and Brew Tour, which includes a stop at the Telluride Brewing Company. Non-alcoholic beginner and family tours are also available, which include hot chocolate, snacks and a ride back to town.
For those who prefer to watch rather than partake in adrenalin-pumping adventures, Telluride will once again be the sole US host for FIS World Cup Snowboardcross, and for the first time in history, will be adding FIS World Cup Skiercross to create a combined event. This year’s action will begin December 13 with the Skiercross, followed by Snowboardcross December 14-15. Teams from around the world will descend on Telluride to start their march toward the 2014 Sotchi Olympics.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort have teamed up to launch an interchangeable lift ticket, the Telluride-Crested Butte Ultimate 6 Pass; a six-visit pass that is good for three days of skiing and riding at Crested Butte and three days at Telluride at a discounted rate of $399. After the six visits have been used, additional days can be purchased at a 20% discount. The T-CB Ultimate 6 Pass is available in limited quantities through December 15, 2012. To purchase, please visit www.Liftopia.com, www.skicb.com/seasonpass or http://tellurideskiresort.com/TellSki/info/season-passes.aspx.
Telluride Ski Resort has also added two new warming hut yurts and restrooms at the top of Sunshine Express (Lift 10) and the bottom of Ute Park (Lift 11,) along with five high-efficiency snowmaking guns and three new Piston Bully snowcat groomers that will improve terrain and grooming. The Ski Resort opens November 22, with ski season running through April 7.
Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, (elevation: 8,750 ft.) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. The former mining town lies in a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 14,000-foot peaks, which provides the ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and other outdoor activities. Telluride is linked to the neighboring Mountain Village (elevation: 9,540) by a free, scenic gondola – the only transportation system of its kind in North America. For more information or to book a Telluride vacation, visit www.visittelluride.com
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