The Telluride Ski & Golf Company (Telski) celebrated the start of the ski season by raising a record $15,557 to benefit the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club (TSSC) on Donation Day, Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Nearly five feet of natural snowfall since Oct. 24 and an expanded $3-million snowmaking system contributed to opening more than 70 percent of the mountain and over 500 acres of skiable terrain.
“We’re proud to be able to contribute this record donation to the club. Outstanding early season conditions and a successful promotion of opening day helps the club and enhances the chances of club members getting to national competitions,” said Johnnie Stevens, chief operation officer of Telski.
On Donation Day, skiers and snowboarders purchase a lift ticket for just $20 (children ages 5 and under are free) with all net proceeds benefiting local amateur athletes of the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club. The TSSC, founded in 1971 by Telski, is the central organization for all Telluride competitive youth programs. Its mission is to support, develop and train amateur athletes by hosting races and supporting those members who go on to compete regionally and nationally.
The TSSC has a 20-year tradition of training phenomenal athletes, and in 2002, the club anticipates Olympic success from its U.S. Freestyle Team members Caleb Martin and Justine van Houte. The TSSC consists of three disciples–alpine, freestyle and snowboard–under the executive direction of Larry Gianatti, also the alpine coach. “It’s outstanding to have raised $15,000 for these kids,” said Gianatti.
For more information on the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, contact Larry Gianatti (970) 728-6163.