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5 Great Reasons to Ski Telluride this Winter

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort
Larry Olmsted Senior Contributor | ForbesLife
Town of Telluride in Winter
With a charming town and awesome mountain, Telluride is one of the world's great ski destinations. VISIT TELLURIDE
Two years ago I wrote a feature here at Forbes about why Colorado’s Telluride is one of the world’s best ski and snowboard resorts, and having been to just about every major destination ski resort in the country, it’s tied only with Jackson Hole atop my personal best list.
But now it is even better.
To summarize, Telluride’s two main strengths are its ski terrain and towns. I say towns, because unlike almost any other resort, the ski mountain links two distinct ones, Telluride proper at the bottom, a charming, authentic, Old West flavored 19th century mining town, and Mountain Village up on the slopes, a modern, pedestrianized ski resort village in the style of Beaver Creek. You can stay, eat, drink, shop or live in either, and both are fully connected to the slopes, ski-in/ski-out. They are also directly connected to each other by a free gondola running well into the after dinner hours, extremely novel public transportation.
This choice of two “municipalities” is unusual in skiing, but so is the skiing itself. Telluride Ski Resort has what I believe to be the best selection of terrain for every ability of any U.S. resort. Some major mountains are weak in beginner terrain (Aspen, Jackson, etc.), some in expert/extreme (Vail), but here there is plenty of green, blue, and black for everyone, But on top of this, there is also a wealth of double blue terrain, great news for a huge but generally under-served ski and snowboard audience - advanced intermediates. There’s also a ton of double black expert terrain, but beyond this, a lot of double black EX - extreme - runs, and the small but devoted percentage of skiers who seek out mountains like Jackson, Squaw Valley, Crested Butte and Big Sky for ultra-steeps, cliffs and chutes will be right at home here.
Couple Skiing
Great skiing and snowboarding for every ability is Telluride's strength. VISIT TELLURIDE
As I said, I’ve never seen such a perfect dispersion of options for all abilities, as well as all tastes: trees, bowls, in-bound hike to, out of bounds lift served sidecountry, long groomers and of course, bumps, the area in which Telluride is perhaps the very best American ski resort. For this season they added 44-acres of north-facing expert glades. Yet despite this almost embarrassing wealth of terrain and variety, the very large mountain is well laid out and extremely easy to navigate - you can often get from one end to the other with a single run and lift ride. As an added bonus, just about every lift, no matter how high or daunting, serves at least one groomed intermediate trail, so it’s virtually impossible to get into the wrong place or over your head.
So that’s the Telluride advantage in a nutshell, two great towns, one great ski area. But there are other compelling reasons - some of them very new - to choose Telluride. Here are five of them (for more info see the town’s excellent official tourism site).
Denver Air Connection jet in flight
New this winter, Denver Air Connection (and United) makes it easier than ever to ski Telluride!
1. Easier to Get To Than Ever: After years without decent commercial service into Telluride’s uber-convenient yet weather challenged airport (the last time I was able to fly directly there was on now extinct US Airways), jet flights have resumed, courtesy of Denver Air Connection. These are sold through United with baggage sharing, and since Denver is a major international United hub, you can now fly one-stop right to Telluride from most major cities in the country and many throughout the world. The 40-minute flight to Telluride followed by a 10-minute ride to town makes it one of the smoothest commutes in skiing. If weather shuts the airport down, DAC automatically reroutes to Montrose, the airport you would otherwise fly to anyway, and adds ground shuttle, so you are still protected.
Beyond that, flights on all the major airlines into Telluride’s main gateway, Montrose, CO, less than 90-minutes away, have increased significantly, and you can fly non-stop from lots of cities, as far flung as Newark. American added a weekly flight from LaGuardia and increased capacity from its Dallas hub by 27%. Both American and United increased service from Chicago O’Hare and Delta expanded its non-stops from its Atlanta hub by 33%. Overall there are 15 different non-stops to Montrose from 11 major US airports. With easy connecting shuttle services, Telluride, long lamented to be “hard to get to,” is now faster to reach from a lot of big cities than many of the big Denver-served Colorado ski resorts.
The rooftop pool at The Madeline Hotel
The rooftop pool at The Madeline Hotel (an Auberge Resort) is one of the hot spots in Telluride's Mountain Village. TONY DEMIN
2. Mountain Village Improvements: Widely considered Telluride’s top full-service luxury hotel, The Madeline was taken over by prestigious Auberge Resorts two years ago, has already improved, including revamped dining, and is undergoing a major renovation including the common areas and all rooms. Some rooms have been done, and the whole thing will be finished by next season. The Madeline is a centrally located Mountain Village ski-in/ski-out resort.
One of my very favorite Telluride hotels has long been the 18-suite boutique Lumiere, a luxury residential property with European flair and sumptuous apartments in Mountain Village. But last winter Lumiere partnered with luxury destination club Inspirato, undertaking a top of bottom renovation including every unit, with brand-new appliances and furnishings. Now known as Lumiere by Inspirato, it’s still open to the public and residences feature gourmet commercial-style kitchens, dining rooms, gas fireplaces, decks, laundry rooms and oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs and steam showers.
A very notable addition for this winter is the bar and retail shop for Telluride Distilling (the actual distillery is offsite), which produces the most awarded artisanal schnapps in the world, as well as a full range of gin, vodka, whiskey and a surprisingly good tequila-like agave spirit. But the real wow factor here is the prices, with signature cocktails from $5 all the time, plus a great ambiance that has instantly made it THE place for après in Mountain Village, so it is always hopping. Equally importantly, its owner helped transform Mountain Village into a legal “common consumption” street party, and with various events, live music and such, it has a great afternoon/evening scene.
The National Restaurant
The National is the latest addition to Telluride's dining scene - and instantly popular. VISIT TELLURIDE
3. Food!: Telluride was already one of the very best food ski towns in the country, but it keeps getting better. Where it has long excelled is at comfort food - while every major ski resort has some good fine dining choices, people on a budget or looking for simpler fare are often forced to settle. Not here. Brown Dog Pizza is THE best ski resort pizzeria in the country, period, Oak is probably THE best ski resort barbecue/Southern restaurant in the country, Tacos del Gnar is probably THE best ski resort taqueria in the country, and Steamie’s won Best Burger in Colorado. That’s an unbelievable slate of value-focused causal choices.
But the fine dining scene is also impressive - and expanding. 221 South Oak is the town’s flagship, run by cookbook author and former Top Chef star Eliza Gavin, and besides great food she now teaches a 12-course instructional cooking demo with wine pairing just about every Friday (sometimes Thursday) during ski season. I’ve seen nothing rivaling this at any other resort, you sit and learn cooking tips without lifting a finger, eat great food, and drink great wines, but be prepared to call in sick to skiing as it starts at 11 AM and it’s hard to move afterwards. A food lover’s must!
Most recently, Telluride welcomed an all new fine dining eatery that has proven incredibly popular (i.e., make advance reservations). The National combines great food with an impressive wine list and craft cocktails, featuring lots of small plate grazing options. Like most of Telluride’s best eateries it is small and intimate, and the town is full of these hidden gems, with other can’t-miss choices include cocktail centric SideWork, the New Sheridan Chophouse, and Alpino Vino - an on-mountain eatery that is one of the best replications of European ski dining in the U.S.
HELI-SKIING
Telluride is one of the rare ski resorts with an onsite daily heliski operator, Helitrax. TELLURIDE SKI RESORT
4. Beyond the Resort: Telluride is one of just a handful of ski areas in this country offering onsite daily heliskiing, through respected operator Helitrax, which has been at it for almost four decades. Unlike remote lodge-based trips, where you invest a ton of money and then put yourself at the mercy of the weather with little or no backup for not uncommon cancellations, with day operations if the weather is bad, you just bump a day and still go skiing. I’m a big fan of the onsite concept, but even among its few peers (Jackson, Sun Valley, Snowbird/Park City) there are some advantages here. It’s super convenient, located right in Mountain Village, with no shuttle ride to the helipad. The staff are pros, equipment first rate (I’ve done it), but most unusually, Heltirax and the ski resort offer a unique package for first time heliskiers who are often nervous. These 3-day Heli-Camps feature two days of resort skiing with an experienced ski instructor who focuses on the skills you’ll need, and then he or she accompanies you out for the heli day, so you have your own powder mentor with you. It’s a cool concept!
Otherwise, Telluride has just about every kind of non-skiing diversion you could want, from dog sledding to great Nordic skiing to introductory ice climbing to really fun guided fat tire bike tours. But one of the standout options here, that again, not many other places offer, is a variety of great snowmobile tours, half and full day, visiting ghost towns and natural wonders. I did one with Telluride Outfitters, and like heliskiing, they start right from Mountain Village, use first-rate equipment and great guides, and it was a surprising blast.
Bikers with Dog in Snow
Bonus Points: Telluride is one of the most dog friendly towns in America! ©TONY DEMIN/VISIT TELLURIDE
5. Telluride is Epic (and Empty): While not part of Vail Resorts, last winter independent Telluride launched a partnership offering 7-days of skiing for Epic Pass holders. Since the Epic is the industry’s bestselling pass - over 925,000 were said to have been sold this winter - that helps a lot of people ski for a week at Telluride for free, which is nothing to sneeze at. But while this season has been rife with complaints nationwide about overcrowding and long lift lines from the proliferation of both the Epic and Ikon passes, Telluride has long enjoyed blissfully short lines, and with the exception of Christmas week, this has seemed to remain the case. I skied on a Sunday in January and there several runs where I was the only one on the trail. That’s hard to beat.
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Phase Three Lodging Capacity Remains at 50% Occupancy in Telluride, Colorado

     

We are now in Phase Three of opening, a period that runs from July 14 through August 3. During this time period, paid short-term lodging remains limited to 50% - that’s 50% occupancy for a 21-day span. For a self-managed property (Airbnb, VRBO and similar platforms), this equates to 11 days of rental during this time period.  For multi-unit companies and hotels/lodges, half of its rooms or units are available to rent for the 21-day span. During Phase Three, the aggregate paid occupancy for the destination is 50%; there are nights when we are less than 50% occupancy and other nights when we are greater than the 50% occupancy mark. The maximum single-night occupancy for multi-unit lodgers is 65%.  Click here to review occupancy numbers through the end of Phase 3, August 3.
 

 

 AIR UPDATE

As we hit the busy month of July, air both locally and nationally has been showing steady signs of recovery. This may flatten with the current spike in nationwide cases.

We have seen four straight weeks of positive bookings, hitting 40-50% of normal weekly activity. Montrose flights are showing load factors above 65%, and TEX flights have also started to pick up bookings.

With the recently added second daily DFW flight, our target capacity for the core summer remains at about 50% of average. Current passenger counts are currently about 40% of average.

Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town


Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

COLORADO

THIS FORMER MINING VILLAGE COMBINES EPIC SKIING ON UNCROWDED, HIGH-ALTITUDE RUNS WITH UNPRETENTIOUS OLD WEST VIBES.

By ALEX BHATTACHARJI 
December 5, 2018

As a half-dozen skiers, planks slung over their shoulders, hiked past us up the ridge toward Telluride’s famed 13,320-foot Palmyra peak, my new friend Seth thrust his ski pole forward for emphasis and shouted, “Confidence!”

It was less an exhortation than an exclamation of discovery. Seth, a fortysomething attorney from Chicago I’d met on the gondola in town, had found the black-diamond run bearing that name was somehow still unskied, despite the fact it was approaching midday. Falling away between granite walls and pines that poked out of deep billowy drifts, its untouched powder reflected the strong bluebird day sun. Before us, the expansive vista of Colorado's San Juans’ spiny ridges and sharp peaks were blanketed in 19 inches of fresh snowfall. Just up the mountain lay some of the most extreme in-bounds terrain in America; on our other flank, Galloping Goose, a beginner run that wends more than four and a half miles to the base of the mountain.

I followed Seth as we carved first tracks down the run, kicking up a spray of snow softened slightly by the morning sun, and made our way over to the Gold Hill Express lift, where there was no line—as had been the case at the gondola from town and every lift we’d taken up to 12,000 feet. It was a late-season Saturday, no less. Pretty much everyone in town was on the mountain and yet it felt intimate, like a living room concert, in one of nature’s most spectacular stadiums.


The gondola at Telluride Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

“This is just the way it is,” said Seth, who’d been coming to Telluride since the early '90s, with a shrug. “The way it’s always been.”

A short while later on the sun deck of Bon Vivant restaurant and wine bar, I told Seth: “You know, I think I’m finally beginning to get it.” We sat drinking in the stunning views of the Wilson Range’s trio of 14,000-foot peaks and the improbable back-of-beyond feel with a Bordeaux in hand. I had come to skiing late and Telluride even later, though the destination held my fascination before I could hold my own on its steeps. The accolades hinted at the compelling contrast I was experiencing now: The Best Big Mountain and Little Ski Town in America.

WHILE DISCERNING TRAVELERS PAN FOR KERNELS OF AUTHENTICITY, TELLURIDE SITS ON THE MOTHERLODE.

Since the mining village got its first lift in 1972, Captain Jack Carey, perhaps the most famous ski bum in history, and captains of industry (from oil barons to Enron execs, former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman to mogul-loving movie mogul Kathleen Kennedy) have chosen to call it home. Telluride has every luxury amenity—five-star accommodations, spas, and gourmet dining—though other ski destinations have those things in greater numbers. And here’s the thing I had come to realize about Telluride: What it don’t have, you don’t want. Free of crowds, ostentation, tracts of cookie-cutter condos and franchise mall fare like Nordstrom and Forever 21, Telluride is independent and feels that way. If you find designer threads here, it won’t be at the Vuitton or Prada store like in Aspen, but in the Free Box, the open-air giveaway station where the town’s residents walk away with housewares and, occasionally, high-end clothing. And what you find in Telluride is far rarer and more coveted: A place that has only ever aspired to be what it is, that offers a ski experience that’s as pure, sublime, and free of artifice as any in America. While discerning travelers pan for kernels of authenticity, Telluride sits on the motherlode.

The first prospect who struck gold in the Valley staked his claim in 1875. Three years later the town of Telluride was established. Its main drag, Colorado Avenue, is lined by low, late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings that hark back to the town’s mining roots. The low-key restaurants and bars that occupy them today have a Western-inflected bohemian vibe that grew out of the hippie wave that swept into town in the seventies. In the morning, skiers in a hurry to get on the mountain stop at the Coffee Cowboy, housed in a permanently parked camper, for eye-opening espresso drinks in to-go cups. In the evening, they pour into The Last Dollar Saloon, the dive bar institution (since 1978) affectionately known as The Buck, gradually peeling off layers as they settle in with each successive round of après-après-ski drinks. All day long, from breakfast through dinner, the Butcher and Baker attracts a hip, casual crowd with its locally sourced, low-key fare, from hand-made croissants to house-cured salumi plates.


Downtown Telluride Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

On the other end of the culinary spectrum are the traditional cuts at New Sheridan Hotel ’s Chop House, which, like its classic bar next door, dates to 1895. Foodies have plenty of options, from the inventive New American cuisine at 221 South Oak (run by chef Eliza Galvin of Top Chef season 10 fame), to the seafood-forward Asian tapas at Siam’s Talay Grille in Mountain Village. But the most unforgettable meal you’ll have is, perhaps fittingly, back on the slopes. At Alpino Vino, the highest restaurant in America at 12,000 feet, you arrive at the chalet via Sno-Cat, are welcomed with an aperitif and views of the sun setting over the Wilson Range, then settle in for a sumptuous five-course tasting menu of northern Italian dishes with generously poured wine pairings.

Sure, there’s a Starbucks in slopeside Mountain Village (technically its own town, connected to Telluride by a free gondola), but it’s tucked away well off the beach at the base of the lifts. Besides, you’re more likely to see folks sipping locally roasted coffee from Tracks Cafe outside nearby Wagner Custom Skis and watching as the bespoke planks are painstakingly crafted over a period of three weeks. “It’s a skier’s town and mountain,” said Pete Wagner, who began making his skis, which start at $1,750, in a trailer park outside town in 2006. “If you want the most of this or that, you should go elsewhere. If you want the best, well, I’ll see you on the lifts.”

Telluride has more than 2,000 skiable acres, which doesn’t tell you much about the mountain other than it's smaller than Vail and Park City. (Another way to measure that: Its hotel capacity of 6,500, more than half which is in Mountain Village, is just a third that of Vail and half that of Park City.) Its vertical drop of more than 4,425 feet—1,400 feet more than Vail and more than 700 feet greater than Park City—is somewhat more telling. Although its trails are divided roughly evenly among ability levels, Telluride’s steeps—52 black diamond, double black diamond, and EX (extreme) runs—are capable of challenging the most adventurous skier. What’s more, its out-of-bounds terrain stacks up against any in North America. “It’s as challenging as Jackson Hole and easier to access,” said Matt Steen, a heli-ski guide with Telluride Helitrax, which operates in 250 square miles worth of alpine wilderness, mostly above the tree line. “I don’t want to blow smoke up clients’ you-know-what, but they really don’t know how good they have it on a perfect day.”

THE BIGGER THE BIG BOYS GET, THE MORE TELLURIDE FLIES UNDER THE RADAR, WHICH SUITS FOLKS HERE FINE.

Telluride is increasingly rare amid so many ersatz, theme-park-like resort villages (no offense Whistler Blackcomb), a genuine Old West town. Butch Cassidy, a sometime resident of the town, robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank here in 1889, a decade before he joined forces with the Sundance Kid and formed the Wild Bunch gang and got himself killed. Later, while telling patrons about the local lore, the bartender at the Buck can’t resist a few jokes at the expense of Sundance and Park City, Utah. The home of Robert Redford’s film festival had just gone corporate, selling out to the ski industry giant Vail Resorts, which also purchased Whistler Blackcomb in 2016. Last spring, in another billion-dollar buying spree, Aspen Skiing snatched up Mammoth Mountain and Intrawest Resorts. The bigger the big boys get, the more Telluride flies under the radar, which suits folks here fine.

Tucked within in a tight boxcar canyon, the town has less than 2,500 year-round residents—few things limit growth and sprawl as effectively as geology. The town is the seat of San Miguel County, which covers an area larger than Rhode Island yet doesn’t have a single stoplight. If traffic is backed up going into town, it’s likely because bighorn sheep are crossing the road.


Telluride is in the San Juan Mountains Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

People drawn to Telluride tend love its smaller scale, and over the years, it has become a consciously casual exclusive enclave that has attracted attention-weary celebrities. Tom Cruise, Oprah, Daryl Hannah, and her beau Neil Young all bought homes here. Ralph Lauren and his progeny stay just outside the valley at Lauren’s Double RL Ranch, which gives the designer’s rugged clothing line its name and gives the Polo Lounge in New York and Chicago and the New Sheridan Chop House on Colorado Ave its world-class Angus steaks. An outpost of Dylan Lauren’s Dylan’s Candy Bar stands out in an arcade below the Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection in Mountain Village, which is one of just a couple of high-end properties here, including 

Telluride’s pioneers and purists aren’t too sweet on that brightly colored confectionery, nor any development in and around town, which they worry is spoiling the place. “Of course, I have heard people saying that for 25, 30 years—even before I moved here,” said Steen, who arrived 18 years ago and never left. The changes haven’t altered the town’s sense of community. Telluride remains a place where scruffy twentysomething ski bums and silver-haired second-home owners mix at the Sheridan Opera House, the vaudeville-era concert venue, movie house, and theatre that hosted Sarah Bernhardt in its early days and more recently Tig Notaro and Mumford and Sons. It’s also the sort of town where a cross-country-skiing obsessed local throws a progressive dinner along the Valley Floor wilderness, where folks ski, snowshoe, or bike under the moonlight from hot cider and soup stations on through dessert. “It's just it keeps people glued together,” Steen said of such small town rituals. “Keeps the family going.”

Ten years ago, Telluride’s luminaries like Hannah, Whitman, and former ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke locked arms with locals in a battle to keep that same 570-acre swath of river-side woodlands near the entry to town from being developed into another resort village by the CEO of a defense contractor. Some residents even took out mortgages to help raise the $50 million necessary to acquire the parcel via eminent domain and have it permanently condemned, thus preventing development. If you don’t overbuild it, they—the right kind of they—will come.


The Dunton Townhouse, Telluride Jack Richmond/Courtesy Dunton Town House

Case in point: The Dunton Town House. Opened in November 2016 by the owners of the revered Dunton Hot Springs resort and situated half a block from the gondola, the property is home to five guest rooms, perfectly appointed with a mix of Western antiques and chic Tyrolean fabrics. If it seems indistinguishable from the charming 1900s homes on South Oak street, that’s because it is one—though the building exterior it belies the luxurious renovated space within. Over a heaping breakfast spread of frittatas, homemade yogurt, candied bacon, and scones, my wife and I befriended Jon and Kathleen Peacock, who first visited Telluride over the holidays, staying in Mountain Village, and were so taken it with they decided to come back less than three months later and stay in town—this despite the fact that they own ski houses in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Their son Matthew, something of a ski prodigy, who had cut his teeth on Verbier, Wengen, and Murren when the family lived in Switzerland, plans to make Telluride a regular pilgrimage. “It really is the closest experience to skiing in the Swiss Alps,” he said. “Only better—because you have trees and the snow is incredible and reliable.” As at Europe’s top destinations, the wide open, uncrowded, high-altitude slopes make it easy to forget you’re at a resort at all.

My wife and I had plans to rent fat tire bikes and ride along the banks of the San Miguel River to frozen Bridal Veil falls, at the end of the canyon, a destination among ice climbers. But something else Matt said right before catching the airport shuttle made me reconsider.

“I skied my last run yesterday and even that late I was making second tracks,” he said. “This run called ‘Confidence.’ Everyone just goes past it to the peak. I don’t know why.”

Telluride just topped our annual Readers' Choice Award list for the best ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada—read on fo

Enjoy The Sheridan Opera House SHOW Bar all summer!


Special Thanks to the Sheridan Opera House

The Sheridan Arts Foundation is committed to ensuring that everything is done to help keep our community as safe as possible as we look forward to the summer season. The Sheridan Opera House has some exciting new plans that they can't wait for you to be a part of, and  will be implementing all CDC guidelines in the building to protect the community as well as the staff.

SHOW Bar- Opening July 2, every Thursday-Sunday from 4-10 pm!

The beautiful SHOW Bar will be opening for the summer beginning July 2 for Telluride's Art Walk, and will be open every Thursday-Sunday from 4-10 pm! The outdoor patio has been extended to enjoy your cocktails safely, and there will be home-made pies from the Dolores Market- yum!

Summer-long specials will include $12 sixteen-ounce flatliners, $12 slice of pie with rose, and $35 buckets of beer. Additionally, twenty-five of the incredible Plein Air artists will be featured all summer as the SHOW Bar is converted into a gallery. A generous percentage of all painting purchases will directly benefit the Sheridan Arts Foundation.

CDC guidelines will be enforced in the SHOW Bar, including mandatory mask-wearing unless you are seated with your drink and pie, limited capacity within the premises, and hand sanitizer dispensers placed throughout the bar.

Plein Air Gallery in the SHOW Bar!

Although the 17th annual Telluride Plein Air Festival has been postponed until September, there are paintings from the 25 nationally recognized artists selected on display. The Plein Air Gallery will be hosted in the SHOW Bar at the Sheridan Opera House all summer. All paintings will also be on sale on the website beginning mid-July. The gallery will be open during normal SHOW Bar hours, but if you would like to make an appointment with Executive Director Ronnie Palamar to view the paintings earlier in the day, you can contact her at 970-209-5083.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation's annual Plein Air Festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year, and is crucial to keeping the Sheridan Opera House afloat and the doors open. Each artist has submitted two paintings; one was generously donated so that the bar is able to keep 100 percent of the sales profit, and the other painting's sale will provide a forty percent commission. This will go directly back to the SAF to help the business stay alive during COVID-19, as the majority of the programming had to be cancelled.

Hope to see you this summer to enjoy cocktails, pie and beautiful art in our SHOW Bar!

Things to Do: Telluride Historical Museum Opens July 1


RE-OPENING

The Telluride Historical Museum is looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum starting July 1st by appointment only. They will be taking appointments Wednesday - Saturday and may expand to more days depending on how the first phase of reopening goes. The Museum is committed to keeping everyone safe and will institute precautionary measures such as regular disinfecting of common surfaces as well as adhering to social distancing guidelines. Their interactive exhibits have also been pulled to help reduce potential transmission.

Groups or individuals visiting the Museum must pay in advance and follow all safety precautions. Everyone who enters will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands. If you or your party does not have a mask the museum will provide one for you. Groups must be no larger than 8 people and part of one booking. The museum will do their best to allow ample time for everyone to absorb out exhibits and well curated history.

Telluride Historical Museum wants everyone to know they understand this will be a new experience, and they appreciate your patience as they navigate their re-opening under the current circumstances. It is imperative to keep everyone safe including visitors and staff. 


Bake Like a Pioneer 

Our bodies constantly adjust and adapt for living in the high country. Baking above sea level is no different. In order to make something delicious up here you have to take the low air pressure into account and adjust recipes accordingly.  Some of the first pioneers to bake here had to experiment with different formulas before getting recipes just right. Today we have the luxury of high altitude conversion charts but that doesn't mean baking is a breeze! Attempt one of the recipes below out of the "The Rocky Mountain Cookbook" that pioneer Harriet Backus aka the 'Tomboy Bride' used herself.  

Safer at Home Camp Challenge  

Ten local nonprofits are collaborating on a fun, free camp that kids can do safely from home. This downloadable packet of activities, from cool science experiments and reading challenges to amazing arts and crafts, will get your kids outside, reading, and creating. There are even healthy lunch recipes and a calendar of fun "challenges." Activities are designed for all ages, but kids under 9 should participate with an older sibling or guardian. 

Share your fun! Be sure to post pictures of your adventures and creations and tag them #SAHCampChallenge.

English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1koT7mcjylwruDlNh_UONrkaGEcZmqBax/view  

Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U5X0c3OZAG9IAujvRy0Px9fUMmeG1dV8/view  

Learn How to Talk About Race via National Museum of African American History and Culture's

New Online Portal 

The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers, and individuals committed to racial equality.   

Research shows that many people feel they do not have the information needed to discuss race in a way that is candid, safe, and respectful of other viewpoints and experiences.

Talking About Race builds upon decades of work by the museum's educators. It is the result of extensive research, studies, consultations, and educational resources from these fields: history, education, psychology and human development. It includes published research from leading experts, activists, historians, and thought leaders on race, equity, and inclusion, including Brené Brown, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Robin DiAngelo, Julie Olsen Edwards, Jerry Kang, Ibram X Kendi, Enid Lee, Audre Lorde, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Tim Wise.    

ADMISSION 

(Please call the Museum to Reserve Your Tour Slot):

$7 General Admission 

$5 Seniors (65 and older)

$5 Students (6-17)

Free Children 5 & Under 

Free for active military personnel


Museum Members are always free and don't forget...

Locals receive free admission every Thursday!   

201 W. Gregory Ave. | at the top of N. Fir St. | P.O. Box 1597 

Telluride, CO 81435  

970.728.3344 | www.telluridemuseum.org

A tour of the epic cliffside route across Telluride's via ferrata

Special Thanks to Spencer McKee - #OutThereColorado 

High above Telluride is a relatively short hike called the Via Ferrata, or Korgeratta depending on who you talk to. Featuring a trail that involves moving across a cliffside on a series of metal rungs and cables, there's a reason this experience is on the bucket list of so many adventurers.  If you're looking to climb the course this summer, make sure you follow ALL posted safety guidance and do your research before hand (this article is a good place to start). Editor's Note: This trail can be deadly. We recommend going with a guided tour.

Welcome to Telluride, Colorado. It’s home to some epic views, mountain town vibes, walls of cliffs, and the via ferrata route.
Photo Credit: danicachang (iStock).

Via Ferrata Spencer McKee

The via ferrata route is found across the cliffs that stand tall in the backdrop of the town. In this photo, Spencer McKee navigates a point near the start of the via ferrata course with the tiny town of Telluride in the background.
Photo Credit: Kimmy Saavedra.

Via Ferrata Abi D'Anna

The Telluride via ferrata course uses a special equipment system in which two carabiners are used to move from safety cable to safety cable. This allows someone to always be clipped in while navigating the route as it traverses across the cliff. We recommend using a guide for this experience, with one reason for doing so being the technical gear that must be used.
Photo Credit: Abi D’Anna.

The via ferrata can be accessed via the road that cuts past the iconic Bridal Veil Falls. To tackle the course in the most correct manner, start at the higher trailhead that can be found along the road just past this epic view.
Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

While hikers are clipped in during the most dangerous sections of the Telluride via ferrata course, several stretches of the trail included unprotected, deadly falls. Proceed with extreme caution and only tackle this course if your experience level matches the feat. It’s not for those with any fear of heights.
Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

Spencer McKee Via Ferrata

One section of the course is called the Main Event, in which hikers stand on metal rungs 100s of feet above the ground.

The main event is known for being a spot where epic photos can be taken. It’s also known as being the spot where hands get the sweatiest. Make sure you don’t drop your camera or phone!
Photo Credit: Mariah Hoffman, Pictured: Spencer McKee

Telluride Via Ferrata - OutThere Colorado

The course consists of a mix of rock and metal holds, along with dirt trail. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes with good grip so that you’re able to handle all three types of terrain.
Photo Courtesy: Sophie Goodman.

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Hikers on the via ferrata course.
Photo Credit: Abi D’Anna.

Via Ferrata Spencer McKee

While no technical climbing experience is required, it certainly helps. Make sure you’re comfortable with the gear you’re using and comfortable with the expectations of the course prior to starting the trek.
Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

But don’t forget to have fun, while being responsible and safe of course.
Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

Black bear pass road Spencer McKee

Be prepared for epic views along the way.
Photo Credit: Spencer McKee

Bridal Veil Falls - powerofforever - OutThere Colorado

If you bring some binoculars, you’ll be able to get an even better view of Bridal Veil Falls, a 365-foot waterfall.
Photo Credit: powerofforever.

Bridal Veil - Terry-Foote - Creative-Commons - OutThere Colorado

The building on top of the waterfall is a powerhouse that can power the town of Telluride.
Photo Credit: Terry Foote (Wikimedia Commons).

Downtown Telluride. Photo Credit: Michael Buck (Flickr).

Once you’re back in Telluride, don’t forget to check out the local gear shops and restaurants. There’s a reason this spot is one of the most iconic destinations in the Centennial State.
Photo Credit: Michael Buck (Flickr).

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Insights from District 3 County Commissioner Kris Holstrom and County Manager Mike Bordogna

TREC sat down with District 3 County Commissioner Kris Holstrom and County Manager Mike Bordogna for some answers during challenging times.

The pace of change has slowed a little and technology is certainly a big part in the proactive change according to Holstrom. Telluride and the surrounding areas expect to see new public orders from the state next week. Holstrom indicated there was a draft for indoor and outdoor events, space dependent, being worked on, as well calls regarding county fairs this week.

Since traffic will be down, our team wants to know what’s next for lodging?

Bordogna indicated that we are at 25% capacity now and we’ll know by June 18th if we could be moving to a 50% capacity by Monday June 22nd. The decision will be based on the information and metrics as they sit as of Thursday. Adhering to the current standard of 3 weeks, we could see 75% occupancy by July 13th.

The Economic Recovery Committee will meet Friday, June 19th . They will be looking at how the town and county can support local restaurants. Holstrom encourages the public to attend.

But we will see a spike this summer? It all depends on the numbers Bordogna said, and where the outbreak occurs. At present, 12 or 13 cases would be a spike in San Miguel County.

Holstrom added that the positives are that there are now options like the Telluride Farmer’s Market, Gondola, restaurants and outdoor places to sit and eat. She added that the towns are in a great place as far as collaboration. The Town of Telluride is seeking additional alcohol permissions to support restaurants and the Gondola is giving away free masks to every passenger. Bordogna added that they are in the process of rolling out several variances to the state order, and 38 are known in the initial round.

In the meantime, people all over the country are re-evaluating their quality of life. We’ve seen the greatest shift in wealth in recent times with the stock market rallying every other day. We’ve seen that people are discovering that they can work remote, remotely. We predict that the industry will continue to show an increase in sales as a result of people looking at real estate in remote areas like Telluride where they have traveled and are familiar. We may see big homes move in the Town of Mountain Village this summer. In other cases, buyers have been traveling and investigating properties online and were teed up to buy before the pandemic. The world essentially collapsed for our friends in higher density areas, and the flight to safety and hunting for more space is real. Telluride’s lack of supply plus the quality control in growth over the years makes it a gem for quality of life. Now that we are opening our doors again, we hope that others will come visit us and fall in love. We have just over 70 houses available and buyers have every reason to be confident with access to our really Big Backyard, at 112 acres a person.

With everything our luxury lifestyle has to offer, stay tuned for the possibility of Open Houses beginning July 4th. We are working on being strict about abiding by protocols while offering you the experience you deserve.

 

Telluride & Mountain Village Gondola Opens Monday, June 15th!

   

Gondola Opening for Summer 2020

Special Thanks to Katherine Warren

Mountain Village officials have confirmed that the gondola, connecting Mountain Village and Telluride, will open for summer 2020 on Monday, June 15 at 7 a.m.

The gondola’s operating hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at this time. Buses will run after hours between Mountain Village and Telluride 9 p.m. to midnight until further notice. Given the fluid nature of state and county public health orders, operating hours are subject to change and any schedule changes will be communicated through all Mountain Village communications channels.

“As we open up for this unique summer season, we are excited to announce the gondola will still be getting us — safely and efficiently — to our farmers markets, shops, restaurants, and trailheads,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez. “I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our partners at San Miguel County, Public Health Director Grace Franklin, and the entire gondola maintenance team for making it possible for the gondola to meet our community’s critical transit needs this summer.”

The gondola’s bi-annual maintenance program, which occurs each shoulder season, saw a three-week delay due to public health orders in March, and maintenance work began on April 26 to be in compliance with Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board requirements.

“Even though our maintenance work was delayed, the weather was on our side, and we were able to make up for lost time,” said Mountain Village Transit Director Jim Loebe. “We’re confident that our new gondola protocols will help keep the community safe.”

The following protocols have been set in place to ensure passengers and staff safety:

  • No mask, no ride: per Mountain Village and Telluride ordinance, masks are required on all public transportation at this time for those over the age of 2. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering, please let operators know. Operators will provide a face mask if you don’t have one.
  • Cabin occupancy: one person or one associated party at a time will be loaded per cabin.
  • Cabin cleanliness: Advanced cabin disinfection methods will be in constant use. Cabins will be disinfected after each passenger disembarks. Cabin windows will be kept open to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Line management: there will be no singles line, and markers will be at each station to maintain social distancing while waiting to board. Operators will maintain a six-foot distance from passengers yet continue to engage with guests.
  • Hand sanitizer: hand sanitizers will be available at each station for passengers.
  • Recreational equipment: Passengers will be required to load their own recreational equipment, including bicycles and strollers. Please familiarize yourself with the proper use of the exterior bike racks before loading or ask an operator for guidance.

These measures are subject to change if state or county public health orders are revised.

“The gondola is such an important part of this community and its reopening is a real bright spot during these challenging times,” said Mountain Village Town Council Member Patrick Berry. “I am so grateful to the gondola maintenance team for getting this key piece of transit repaired, tuned, and ready for operations.”

Please note: Several trails accessible via San Sophia Station including Ridge Trail, Telluride Trail, See Forever and Village Trail will be open when the gondola resumes. However, the Telluride Bike Park, Wasatch Connection, Basin Trail and Prospect will remain closed until further notice from Telluride Ski Resort.