TELLURIDE, Colo. -- Ski resort officials here are heralding the
opening of Prospect Bowl. They say it gives visitors a reason to
stay for a weeklong vacation instead of the average three-day
visit. The area, built at a cost of $14 million, adds 733 acres of
ski terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels.
Bowl, which officially opens Dec. 20, is served with three
high-speed lifts that carry skiers high atop the San Juan
Mountains. "With these new lifts in Prospect Bowl, all lift pods of
Telluride's naturally segregated mountain become connected,
creating a seamless flow," said Ron Allred, chief executive officer
of Telluride Ski & Golf Co., in a statement.
"Prospect Bowl transforms the Telluride mountain into a weeklong
destination," he said. The ski area also is awaiting the start of
American Airlines service from Chicago O'Hare to Montrose, Colo.,
which is a 65-mile drive from Telluride.
The service, scheduled to begin Dec. 22, gives Telluride air
access from six cities on four carriers: The other service is on
American from Dallas, Continental from Newark and Houston, United
from Denver and America West from Phoenix.
The resort created a package in conjunction with the new
service. The Breeze into Telluride plan starts at $689 per person
and features four nights' lodging, three days' skiing and roundtrip
air from Chicago to Montrose. The offer is valid Jan. 4 to 31 and
is based on midweek travel.
In other Telluride news, the resort area opened Station
Recreation, a natural amusement park with mountain activities, such
as tubing, sledding and snowbiking. For more information, call
Telluride Central Reservations at (800) 525-3455 or visit www.telluride-ski.com.