New terrain to give Telluride a lift

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.

Telluride is preparing for the opening of Prospect Bowl.Prospect 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

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