Construction on the new lift, called "Revelation," will take place this summer, running from the base of Revelation Bowl up to the Gold Hill ridge. Construction is scheduled to be completed by November 15, 2008. The opening of Revelation Bowl is the next phase of Telluride's expansion this year, but has been a part of the resort CEO Dave Riley's master plan since taking over in July 2007. "It's in our permit area and we've had approval from the forrest service to develop this land since 2001, we just had not put the resources into opening it," Riley said. "We're just really fortunate to have this terrain, because any other resort would have jumped at this opportunity a long time ago." Situated above tree line, the natural, wide-open bowl offers advanced and expert skiing, and an additional 400 vertical feet to the entire ski resort. Revelation Bowl faces northeast, which means it's on the back side of the prevailing winds which come up and over the top of Gold Hill from the west. "Snow loads in the bowl at an incredible rate," Riley said. "If it snows 6" we could easily have 12" in Revelation Bowl due to wind transport." "Revelation Bowl is very Alps-like," Riley said. "It's a high-alpine powder bowl with multiple 13,000'+ peaks to be seen in every direction ... from an expert or professional's view, this terrain is a mountain utopia." Two communities are connected by the resort, making the "Alps-like" feel even more apparent . "We have lift and gondola access to both the historic mining town of Telluride and also Mountain Village," Riley said. "The resort is based on a European model where people don't need a car to get around." The first phases of expansion began with hike-to access in Black Iron Bowl, then Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill Chutes 6 through 10. Since the 2006-07 season Telluride has expanded by nearly 400 acres. More phases of expansion are planned for Telluride in the years to come.
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