TELLURIDE, Colo. (Oct.25, 2002) – Skiers and riders who hit the slopes of Telluride this winter can “go big” – three times as big, with the new and improved Sprite Air Garden Terrain Park. The new park incorporates the latest jibs, a steeper half pipe and more terrain to motivate riders to catch bigger air, ride a rail, or simply hang out. Three distinct lines enable snow sliders of differing abilities to hit the park simultaneously. Beginner skiers and riders can hone their skills in a “pocket park” full of hits and rollers off of the Ute Park lift.

Telluride Ski Resort’s seasoned terrain park team led by industry expert Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson created the new park, tripled its size, and relocated the park from the Butterfly run to Lower See Forever, making it more visible from the core of the Mountain Village and the gondola.

“With the new and improved terrain park our riders can now sample some of the best terrain available, similar to other resort parks in the country,” said Jeff Proteau, vice president operations for the Telluride Ski & Golf Company (Telski). “We are thrilled to work with such an experienced team to create a state-of-the-art park and are confident that next year we will be able to enhance the park with the addition of a super pipe and other amenities.”

Skiers and boarders who need an extra dose of snow sliding can check out the new snow skate park (wheeless skateboards designed for snow) at Thrill Hill, a nighttime outdoor fun center offering tubing, snow biking and snow skating, located off Lift 2. Gravity Garage, a yurt at the base of Thrill Hill, serves as a laidback lounge and warming hut.

Gunnarson, president and founder of Snow Park Technologies, a snowsports-consulting firm who has worked with the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, the World Championships of Snowboarding and the ESPN Winter X Games worked with Telluride Ski Resort’s terrain park team to create a top-of-the-line terrain park with jibs of all shapes and sizes.

With several early season storms dropping nearly 2 1/2 feet of snow in Telluride, conditions are shaping up for Telluride’s opening day on Nov. 26, 2002. For more information, call 970-728-7409 or visit tellurideskiresort.com.