TELLURIDE, Colo. (Oct.10, 2001)¿Telluride is covered in a blanket of white thanks to a storm that dropped approximately 4 inches of snow in the past 24 hours. More snow is expected later in the week.

“The first snow of the year always puts huge smiles on faces,” said Johnnie Stevens, chief operating officer for the Telluride Ski & Golf Company (Telski). “There is a high level of excitement as skiers and boarders await the start of ski season and the grand debut of Prospect Bowl.”

In preparation for the Telluride Ski Area’s opening day on Nov. 20, Telski’s mountain operations’ crew will start making snow within the next two weeks, weather permitting. This winter, Telluride celebrates the grand opening of Prospect Bowl, 733 acres of new lift-served terrain that nearly doubles the size of the ski area. Three new detachable high-speed quads and one surface lift open a diversity of terrain to skiers and riders of all abilities.

While the new terrain in Prospect Bowl opens on Dec. 20, a grand opening celebration will be held from Jan. 10-13, 2001. The action pack weekend includes headliner concerts, spectator events, expo areas, après ski parties, and more. Guests can join in the festivities with the Prospect Bowl Package which includes three nights lodging and two days of skiing starting at $180/person (subject to availability and restrictions, tax not included). For more information call ResortQuest at 800-525-3455 or visit For information on snow conditions, call 970-728-7425 or visit