TELLURIDE, Colo. September 17, 2004 — Backcountry enthusiasts eagerlyawait the opening of Telluride's new guided hike-to terrain in ProspectBowl's challenging and breathtaking Mountain Quail.Telluride Ski Resortplans to launch the new guided terrain of Mountain Quail as early asJanuary 2005. The run sits against the dramatic backdrop of Palmyra Peakand offers guided hike-to terrain within the ski area boundary for thefirst time ever.
"This guided terrain is both challenging and exceptionally beautiful, saidJeff Proteau, vice president of operations for the ski resort. "We canassure our participating guests an unforgettable guided backcountryexperience.
Mountain Quail is the highest point on Prospect Ridge. After a 30-minutehike from the top of lift 12, this northwest-facing chute rewards skiersand boarders with 1,100 feet of vertical bliss with plenty of face shotsand powder turns.
Guided ski tours of Mountain Quail will be led by the experts ofinstruction and safety - ski school instructors and ski patrollers. A10-15 minute safety orientation will be presented by a patroller prior tothe hike. Mountain Quail skiers are required to wear a beacon and shovel,each provided by the resort. To hike and ski the new terrain you must bean expert skier and sign up with the Telluride Ski/Snowboard School 24hours in advance. To ensure great snow and safety, group sizes arelimited.
"This program enables us to test the terrain prior to expanding hike-toskiing into this area, said Gary Richard, ski patrol director.
Telluride's new guided program is an excellent addition to the existinginbounds hike-to areas of Bald Mountain and Prospect Ridge, where advancedskiers and boarders enjoy fresh tracks virtually all season.
Weather and conditions permitting, Mountain Quail will open the guidedhike-to terrain as early as mid-January. For more information call (970)728-7409 or visit www.tellurideskiresortcom.