What's New in Telluride for 2009-2010

Style News Wire | 11/5/2009, 10:03 p.m.
New Terrain - Telluride continues this year on an unprecedented run of terrain expansion, opening Gold Hill Chutes 2-5 for ...

New Terrain - Telluride continues this year on an unprecedented run of terrain expansion, opening Gold Hill Chutes 2-5 for the 2009-10 winter season. Revelation Bowl opened in 2008-09 as the biggest story in ski country, along with Gold Hill 1. Palmyra Peak, Black Iron Bowl and Gold Hill 6-10 opened in 2007-08 to huge public response. All told, the resort has expanded by more than 400 acres over the past three seasons, adding to Telluride’s already legendary terrain and offering some of the most spectacular skiing and riding on the planet. The resort’s vertical drop is now one of the largest in North America at 4,425 feet, with 3,845 vertical feet lift-served.

The addition of Gold Hill Chutes 2-5 gives full access off west Gold Hill ridge, with 1-10 now open to the public. Reminiscent of the long, open lines of Alaska, the spectacular terrain drops 1600 vertical feet into the Prospect Basin, including faces, couloirs and chutes all above treeline. A ride up the new Revelation Lift offers easy access, with direct skiing into Gold Hill 1, and a short 20 minute hike up a new snowcat road to the top of Gold Hill for chutes 2-10. The area is controlled by two U.S. Forest Service WWII vintage 105mm howitzers, installed last year.

New Telluride Hotels Capella and lumière featured in the 2009 Elite Traveler Top 101 Suites From secluded to slopeside, luxurious to rustic, Telluride continues to offer the finest in accommodations for all visitors. Elite Traveler Magazine scoured the globe to find best of the best new and classic suites to surpass any notion of luxury and redefine the standards. Two new Telluride hotels, lumiere and Capella made the annual list. Both hotels exceed in exquisite attention to detail, outstanding service and overall experience of ultimate comfort, taking luxury lodging in Telluride to the highest level.

lumière Telluride opened to rave reviews for the 08/09 ski season. A small boutique hotel with only 30 keys, this luxurious property sits slopeside in Telluride’s Mountain Village. Each unit is appointed with flat panel televisions featuring surround sound, gas fireplaces, Egyptian cotton sheets, L'Occitane natural bath and body products, oversized bath sheets and plush bath robes and slippers. With ski-in, ski-out accommodations, VIP concierge, ski valet and ski tuning over night, spa treatments and European-style breakfast, lumière excels in guest service and casual elegance. The extremely hip Little Bar at lumière features glass doors revealing an outdoor living room and access to three outdoor hot tubs.

Capella Telluride opened Feb. 12, 2009 in the heart of Mountain Village, marking the U.S. debut of Capella Hotels and Resorts. Named one of the world’s hottest new hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, Capella Telluride is redefining mountain luxury with 100 condominium hotel rooms and 60 one, two, three and four bedroom condominium residences. Capella Telluride offers the finest ski-in/ski-out location on the mountain and provides guests and residents with an unprecedented level of personal service. Its world-class amenities include an exclusive Capella lounge, boutique spa and indoor pool, a fitness center, ski valet, several upscale restaurants, a skating rink and a kids club. For more information, visit www.CapellaTelluride.com .