ResortQuest Telluride Announces the 2nd Annual Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Open -- Set to Host the World's Best Freeskiiers February 8-11, 2007

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Mountain Sports International (MSI) and the International Freeskiiers Association (IFSA) set to kick off 2007 competitive season at Telluride Mountain Resort. Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series is the premier big mountain freeskiing series with over $100,000 total cash prize purse.

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Telluride defines big mountain freeskiing and we're looking forward to watching these amazing competitors and athletes, sculpt some incredible lines on some of the most difficult terrain in the world.

Heading into its 17th year, competitive freeskiing is gaining momentum and interest throughout the world. Registration for the first event on the five-stop 2007 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series roster, the Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Open, filled in only four days.

"The Telluride Freeskiing open is quickly becoming one of the preeminent big mountain events in North America," said Matt Skinner, director of marketing for the Telluride Ski Resort. "We look forward to a great turnout of world class talent."

Competitors from around the globe, including Canada, U.S.A., Argentina, Sweden and France will battle it out for $7,500 with the men's and women's overall tour point leaders taking home $2,500 each. With over 60 men and 20 women competing, the reigning Subaru Telluride Freeskiing Open champs, Carrie Jo Chernoff and Cliff Bennett will have their work cut out for them as they try to hold onto their titles. Other contenders include Tyson Bolduc, Drew Billington, Jess McMillan and Rachel Burks.

"We are very excited about the 2007 Subaru U.S. Freeskiing Series, and to be returning to Telluride for a second year," said MSI President Adam Comey. "Telluride defines big mountain freeskiing and we're looking forward to watching these amazing competitors and athletes, sculpt some incredible lines on some of the most difficult terrain in the world."

Nestled at the end of a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, Telluride sits against the most beautiful and mystical backdrops imaginable. Far removed from the hectic pace of every day life, this charming and authentic town is surrounded by the greatest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in North America.

Telluride will open terrain outside of their regular ski resort boundaries for the competition. The famed Palmyra Peak will be the backdrop to competition as skiers explore terrain below the Peak on the ridge of the Prospect Basin. Genevieve, West Lake, Review, Mountain Quail, and Dihedral Chute are all possible venues, with the final venue being announced just before the competition begins. Freeskiing enthusiasts are encouraged to book Telluride vacation rentals at discounted rates for slopeside or ski-in ski-out properties. Call 800-463-9579 or visit to inquire about a stay Telluride lodging.

About ResortQuest

ResortQuest, one of the nation's leading vacation rental and resort real estate companies, provides a one-stop resource in North America's premier resort destinations, ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and vacation rentals in the U.S. and Canada, based on a portfolio of nearly 17,000 properties, from Outer Banks vacation rentals to Destin condos, with a combined real estate value estimated at approximately $7 billion. ResortQuest Real Estate is one of the nation's leading real estate companies focusing exclusively on resort properties, offering superior brokerage services in the country's premier beach, ski and golf destinations. ResortQuest employs more than 4,000 people and is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE: GET), one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the hospitality and entertainment industries, based in Nashville, Tenn., that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit or

Contact: Kiera Skinner 970.369.7822


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