Telluride Ski Resort confirmed the terrain on Wednesday that will be available Saturday, opening day. Tracks that will be open include Village Bypass, Upper Misty Maiden, Lower Boomerang, Vista Carpet and Meadows Carpet.
There is no access to The Meadows from Meadows Carpet yet.
“We will be adding this land in early December,” said Patrick Latcham, vice president of sales and marketing for Telski.
The 2022-23 season begins on Saturday, two days later than long-standing tradition. Like many resorts, Telski strives to start its new season on Thanksgiving Day. The 48 hour hindsight can seem endless for those looking to get into bindings and boards. Still, in some ways, “we’re still narrowing it down,” Latcham said. He was referring to the completion of construction, then the extraction of heavy equipment – a giant crane used to replace Chair 9 – from the mountain before visitors. “Everything works,” Latcham said philosophically on Wednesday. “It’s crazy what’s happened on the mountain this year. We had to sacrifice two early season days to make sure we stayed on track with Chair 9.”
“It’s worth nothing,” added Latcham – also philosophically – “that other resorts are experiencing huge delays” due to the installation of new lifts. “I’m glad we’re not one of those.”
Indeed, Whistler’s new Creekside Gondola – which was due to open today, along with the rest of the resort – has been pushed back indefinitely.
“Well, just another delayed lift, right? Not exactly,” explained Outside Online. “The Creekside base is a major gateway to the Whistler side of the resort. station could be faced with a few thousand skiers who must be transported to another base to access the mountain.
One state to the west, skiing has also been hampered due to the installation of a new ski lift. The completion of the new Sunnyside chair in Alta – and the closure of the Albion elevator while Sunnyside is under construction – means that “Alta’s beginner pitch will be severely limited for the first few weeks of our 2022-23 season” , the station announced on Facebook. Last week.
“There’s an insane demand” from ski resorts for new means of transportation right now, Latcham said. “Tons of capital are flying around. And then you add supply chain delays on top of that demand.
On Saturday, Telski will celebrate the opening of its 50e season — and the new chair 9 — with two employees who have worked for the resort for 50 years: ski instructor Annie Vareille-Savath and ski patrol supervisor Tom “Socko” Sokolowski will be aboard the first chair, as well than their loved ones, for a walk in the mountains.
“We will be unveiling a new monument at the top of San Sophia showcasing all of our employees over 45,” Latcham added.
Actual snowfall, to complement the man-made variety that the station crew has been assiduously laying down over the past few chilly nights, should provide more cause for celebration.
“There will be high pressure on Saturday, with partly cloudy skies,” National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Renwick said. “The good news is that our models, which have been very consistent, show a stronger cold front moving into place on Monday evening. The heaviest snowfall will be before daybreak on Tuesday.
The Weather Service’s Grand Junction office is forecasting 6 to 8 inches of new snow from this storm; The Open Snow ski forecast website calls for 10 inches. Regardless, “I have no doubt – I’m certain” Telluride will see further snowfall early next week, Renwick said. “The next storm after that may be next weekend. But it’s so, so far “weather-wise,” and things could change.”
Maybe it’s better to offer thanks for an open station and fresh snow on the way, for now.