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Telski to host range of other activities during holiday

Telluride Ski Resort


Telluride Ski Resort makes snow Friday morning at the base of the Village Express Lift (Lift 4). The resort, which received 5.5 inches of snowfall mid-mountain on Thursday, is expected to announce its opening day on Nov. 28. (Photo courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort)


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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 6:18 pm | Updated: 6:25 pm, Fri Nov 18, 2016.


With opening day postponed from its usual Thanksgiving Day spot, Telluride Ski Resort will offer a range of other activities for visitors to enjoy beginning Thursday.

Telski on Friday announced its “Thanksgiving Snow Jam” event. From holiday movies to free rail jams and various kids’ activities, there will be plenty to do over the holiday period, a company news release said. 

“Despite the delay in our winter-season opening, we wanted to provide snow activities for our guests and the community to get into the spirit of the season,” said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. “Our team is looking forward to creating a memorable holiday.” 

Activities for people of all ages will include: 

• Snow Play area: Thanks to the recent snowfall and snowmaking temperatures, the resort will offer a sliding area Thursday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skiing and riding in this area will be prohibited, but sleds will be provided.

• Rail Jam area: The Telluride Terrain parks crew will have several small features built at the base of the Village Express Lift (Lift 4) for skiers and snowboarders to test their skills and warm up for the season ahead.

• Park Bully snow cat viewing and photos: The resort’s newest addition to its snow cat fleet, the Park Bully, will be on display for photo ops.

• Ice skating at the Madeline: The Mountain Village Ice Rink, adjacent to the Madeline Hotel and Residences, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. daily for a nominal fee. Skate rentals also will be available. 

Those participating in the Snow Play area and the Rail Jam area will need to stop in the Mountain Village Ticket Office for a complementary activity ticket prior to entering either area, the news release said. If season pass-holders are participating in either area, they can use their pass as opposed to going to the ticket office. 

Also, Skier Services will be open for folks to pick up their passes prior to the season opening.  


Eco Adventures also will be offering full and half day programming for children ages 5-12, as well as a Kids’ Happy Hour from 3:30-5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. More information on Eco Adventures programming is available at

For those looking for indoor activities, the Telluride Conference Center will host two free movie screenings, showing “A Christmas Story” on Friday, Nov. 25, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Saturday, Nov. 26. The movies will begin at 4 p.m., and a cash bar will be available. 

Dining options in Mountain Village will also be plentiful throughout the weekend, with Allred’s, Siam Talay and Tomboy Tavern open for dinner. Altezza at the Peaks will be open for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and reservations are required, Telski’s news release said.

For up-to-date information on events happening during the resort’s Thanksgiving Snow Jam and on news regarding the resort’s revised opening date, visit or The rescheduled opening date will be announced on Nov. 28.

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 dan henschel, Telluride, real estate