TELLURIDE, Colo. (October 2, 2008) – After months of digging, building foundation forms, heli-porting in the cement and setting anchor bolts into concrete foundations, the day came to bring in the towers. At 9:23 am on Wednesday, October 1, the K-MAX helicopter came swooping over the Gold Hill ridge with tower number 8 of the new Revelation Lift. Within 15 minutes, the tower with its cross bar and two sheave assemblies was in place after four trips by the K-MAX. By 1:45 pm that same day, all eight towers were in place and awaiting the cable to be strung and chairs to be hung for operation.
"It's really amazing how quickly the towers go up," said Vice President of Operations Jeff Proteau. "You go through months of preparing the site for the massive undertaking of a new lift and then in half a day's time, all the towers are up and ready to go."
The Telluride Ski Resort is on schedule for the opening of Revelation Lift. The lift is being built in conjunction with the opening of the new Revelation Bowl for the 2008-09 ski season. Situated on the spectacular east side of Gold Hill, Revelation Bowl boasts wide-open skiing with spectacular views of the Bear Creek Basin, 13,446 foot San Joaquin Ridge and13,555 foot Wasatch Mountain and it's dramatic cliffs. The Bear Creek Overlook observation deck has also been constructed at the base of the bowl for rest and relaxation with a stunning view of the Telluride valley.
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"With the opening of Revelation Bowl, Telluride has again set itself apart as one of the premiere ski destinations," said CEO Dave Riley. "What we offer for inbounds terrain, including Prospect Bowl, Palmyra Peak , and now Revelation Bowl, would be hard to find anywhere else in North America.
The opening of Revelation Bowl is just part of Telluride's incredible expansion this year including the opening of public hike-to access to Black Iron Bowl, Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill Chutes 6-10. All told, the resort has expanded by nearly 400 acres, offering some of the most stunning skiing and riding on the continent. 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. Visit Revalation Bowl and Telluride resort for more details.
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