Making Snow in Telluride

Aug 13th @ 9:50 am in News by Scott Staley


(Telluride, CO)

A plan to upgrade the snowmaking equipment at Telluride and place a lot of the infrastructure underground will require the removal of up to 76-trees and disturbing the ground in a 35-foot wide, 1,957-feet long swath.  Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests spokesperson Judy Schutza says the project would entail excavating a 4 to 5 foot wide trench at a depth of 4 feet for installation of two 8-inch air and water pipes on the south side of Telluride Ski Area’s Upper Village Bypass ski trail; and to accommodate associated installation of valve stations and hydrants. The project will replace the existing 867 feet of aboveground pipe and bury it in the trench and add 1,090 feet of new pipe within the same trench where aboveground snowmaking hose had previously been used.

Anyone interested in learning more about the proposal and weighing-in on the plan should visit the GMUG website at