Telluride uses stairs to open chute access

Workers install 126 feet of stairs and bridge at Telluride Ski Resort, to close the gap between Gold Hill Chutes 8 and 9.

The newest addition at Telluride Ski Resort has a French accent.

The ski area Wednesday finished installing 126 feet of stairs and bridge designed to give skiers and riders unprecedented access across the gulf between Gold Hill Chutes 8 and 9.

The idea was born last year when Telluride Chief Executive Officer Dave Riley visited Chamonix, France, and saw how the Europeans handled what seemed insurmountable challenges to skiing access.

Riley brought the idea home, and last summer started working with the Telluride staff to develop something similar for the two chutes offering access to the basin below Palmyra Peak.

“This addition is a continuation of our efforts to provide a ski experience which is unmatched in North America,” said Riley shortly after a Canadian helicopter company airlifted the final span into place. “This project was extremely technical, and our in-house staff has done a phenomenal job in both planning and execution.”

The chutes lead off the left-shoulder ridge of Palmyra Peak and can be reached from the top of Revelation Lift.

The stairs and bridge will continue Telluride’s push to “expand easy access into epic inbounds terrain,” Riley said.

The stairs and bridge are 30 inches wide, feature hand railings on both sides and serrated, grated, steel, walking surface. It’s expected the stairs will be open to the public starting Saturday.


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