About Telluride

Adventures in Telluride

Winter Activities

Snowshoeing

 

Guided Snowshoeing

Explore Hidden Areas of the Resort

Our legendary guide staff will detail the local flora and fauna and provide exclusive knowledge about the captivating natural world.

Snowbiking

 

Snowbike Course & Rentals

A Fun Way to Speed Down the Hills!

Our snowbiking instructors will provide you with an exciting, fun experience that fits your needs and abilities.

Kids Snow Camp

 

Kids Half Day Snow Camp

A Cool Alternative to Ski School

Discover the wonders of Telluride through programs such as Winter Wilderness Survival, Trekking and Tracking, and Geocaching!

Telluride Helitrax

 

Heli-Skiing

Guided Heli-Skiing and Snowboarding Tours

The Telluride Adventure Center works with Telluride Helitrax to skiers and snowboarders create the memory of a lifetime.


Kids Half Day Snow Camp

A cool alternative to ski school for kids ages 5-12.

Kids Snow Camp

Kids Half Day Snow Camp Sessions:

     
A.M. HALF-DAY 9AM-NOON $100
P.M. HALF-DAY 1PM-4PM $100

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The Telluride Adventure Center provides day camps for kids ages 5-12. Our programs are designed to connect kids with their environment and develop a deeper appreciation for the world around them.

Due to social distancing protocols Kids Snow Camp will be operating in the outdoors only, in half day increments.

A cool alternative to ski school for kids ages 5-12, your child will experience a half-day of outdoor winter activities. Discover the wonders of Telluride through programs such as Winter Wilderness Survival, Trekking and Tracking, and Geocaching! Give us a call for details on our weekly program schedules. For a safe and enjoyable adventure, your child needs to bring a warm jacket and gloves, a winter hat and boots, sunglasses or goggles, and a water bottle & backpack. Due to Covid-19 social distancing protocols, lunch will not be included in Kids Snow Camp this year, and reservations will need to be booked in half day increments in advance, either over the phone or through the webstore.

For a safe and enjoyable adventure, your child needs to bring a warm jacket and gloves, a winter hat and boots, sunglasses or goggles, and a water bottle & backpack. All other equipment is included in the price. Camp departs from the Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village.

For more information, please email adventure@telski.com or call (970) 728-7433.

Snow Bike Course & Rentals

Smiling Snowbiker at Telluride Ski Resort

No tires needed on this biking adventure! Ski blades replace wheels as you cruise and curve down our groomed ski runs. With smaller ski blades on each foot, you are able to carve through the snow and stop with ease. While staying on the mountain, try this fun alternative way to speed down the hills! Whether you’re a veteran skier who wants to switch things up a bit or you’re new to the slopes and want to start off slow, our snowbiking instructors will provide you with an exciting experience that fits your needs.

In order to rent a snowbike, you simply need to join us for a quick half-day certification course, and upon completion you are then welcome to keep your bike for the rest of the day. Once certified guests may rent a bike whenever they would like to go out on their own for years to come!

Skiing and snowboarding experience is not required, but is highly encouraged in order to immensely increase your chances of passing the certification course.

Due to Covid-19 social distancing protocols, walk-ins will not be accomodated for the winter of 2020-2021. To register for a snowbike lesson or rental, please book online or over the phone (970) 728-7433.

Two-Hour Certification Class:

   
$100/PERSON FOR LESSON & BIKE RENTAL
$180/PERSON FOR LESSON, RENTAL & 1-DAY LIFT TICKET

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Rentals:

   
$50/DAY FOR CERTIFIED RIDERS
$25/DAY FOR FOR GUESTS IN PRIVATE SKI LESSON

Snowbike courses begin in Sunset Plaza at 9:30am of the reservation day. For more information, please email adventure@telski.com or call (970) 728-7433.

Guided Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Tour Prices:

   
TOP-A-TEN SNOWSHOE TOUR $100
TOP-A-TEN SNOWSHOE TOUR (PASSHOLDER) $90

For more information, please email adventure@telski.com or call (970) 728-7433.

Guided Snowshoeing

Explore areas of the Telluride Ski Resort that are inaccessible on skis or a snowboard. Our group and private snowshoe tours cater to all ability levels. Advance reservations for snowshoe tours and rentals will be required to participate in the tours. Walk-ins will not be accommodated in the winter of 2020/2021 due to Covid protocols.

Imagine being led through Telluride’s winter wonderland by an expert naturalist. Our legendary guide staff will detail the local environments’ flora, fauna and provide exclusive knowledge about the captivating natural world. Tours are designed to accommodate all ability levels and depart from a designated outdoor meeting space across the snow from the top of chair #1 in the Sunset Plaza.

ON-RESORT DAILY SNOWSHOE TOURS

  • Approx. 3.5 hours from start to finish
  • There are two tours available per day. One at 10:00am the other at 10:30am.
  • Tours depart from the Adventure Center’s designated meeting spot in the Sunset Plaza.
  • Tours depart from the Adventure Center’s designated meeting spot in the Sunset Plaza
  • Please arrive ten minutes prior to your tour (9:50am and 10:20am respectively) to meet your guide and finalize any details.
  • Guests can expect to return to village core by approximately 1:30pm if on the first tour, or 2:00pm  if on the second tour.
  • Each tour may accommodate a maximum of 4 guests who have traveled and lodged with one another.
  • Walk-ins will not be accommodated during the winter of 2021. Advance registration must be completed online or over the phone to participate in a tour.
  • On the tour, the group will walk from the meeting area to the Chondola/Lift 1 (half chair lift, half gondola) and download on the 4-person gondola portion of the lift. Across from the bottom of the Chondola is the bottom of Sunshine Express/Lift 10, a chair lift that takes you to the Top-A-Ten Nordic and Snowshoe Area.
  • Guests will be outfitted for snowshoes once outside the warming yurt at the top of lift 10.

Heli-Skiing

Telluride Helitrax

Telluride Helitrax
136 Country Club Dr.
(970) 728-8377

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The Telluride Adventure Center works with Colorado’s premier helicopter ski company,  Telluride Helitrax, to bring advanced-intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders the memory of a lifetime at some of the highest elevations in North America.

The  Helitrax Eurocopter  S350 B3e helicopter allots guests exclusive access to over 200 square miles of high alpine basins, cirques and summits. Backcountry enthusiasts can expect an average of six runs over the course of a day, totaling approximately 10,000 to 14,000 vertical feet.

Special Thanks to The Telluride Adventure Center

How to Stay COVID-Safe on the Ski Slopes This Year

What ski areas are doing—and you should, too—to minimize virus risk.

BY  Special Thanks to Men's Health

skier carving through powder snow

ADIE BUSHGETTY IMAGES

The day after Thanksgiving, Dr. Jana Eller and Dr. Shiraz Naqvi were seated beside an outdoor fire pit at the base of Telluride Ski Resort, taking a short break from skiing. The two physicians from Houston had driven more than 18 hours to get here for the holiday weekend, and they were staying (and preparing meals) in a rented home. They traveled with another couple and their kids, colleagues they’ve been “bubbling” with in Houston.

“We got a COVID test prior to leaving and will get another when we return,” Naqvi said.

The skiing itself doesn’t feel much different during the pandemic, Eller said, but, “the après ski scene is just gone.”

In March, at the beginning of the pandemic, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order requiring the state’s ski resorts to close in response to COVID-19, which had hit the state’s ski towns early and hard. Now, as the resorts enter their busy season, the state has taken pains to avoid blanket closures even though cases of COVID-19 are reaching their highest levels yet.

What to expect when you ski this year

Resorts that are able to stay open will look different this year, of course. Mandatory face coverings have become the norm, but other COVID mitigation efforts vary by site. Vermont resorts ask skiers to certify their compliance with rules governing interstate travel during the pandemic when buying a lift ticket, and in California, a regional stay-at-home order has essentially closed ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region to non-residents. In Colorado’s Pitkin County (home to Aspen), visitors will be required to confirm they’ve had a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of travel or pledge to quarantine for 14 days after arrival or until they obtain a negative test result.

The internationally renowned ski destination of Telluride is one of the many places trying to operate safely while protecting the 8,000 or so permanent residents in the area. On Nov. 25, with its COVID case numbers skyrocketing and its positivity rate hitting 4.6%, San Miguel County, which includes Telluride, closed its bars and restricted its restaurants to takeout and outdoor dining only. Signs posted throughout the resort remind visitors of the “five commitments of containment” — wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distance, minimize group size, wash hands frequently and, when you feel sick, stay home and get tested.

How bad would things have to get to close the resort? That’s hard to gauge, said Grace Franklin, public health director for the county. People are going to do what they will regardless, she said.

“If we shut down the ski resort, how many people will take to the backcountry and get injured or trigger avalanches where the impact is greater? It’s a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation,” Franklin said.

So they’re trying to figure this out: “How do we create safer, engineered events so people have an outlet, but we minimize as much risk as possible?”

How risky is skiing this year?

Skiing itself poses relatively little risk, said Kate Langwig, PhD, an epidemiologist at Virginia Tech. “You’re outside with a lot of airflow, you’ve got something strapped to your feet so you’re not in super close contact with other people, and most of the time you’re riding the lift with people in your group.”

Gathering in the lodge or bar is by far the biggest COVID risk associated with skiing, said Langwig, who grew up skiing in northern New York. “In my family, one of the things you do after a day of skiing is connect with friends and have a beer in the lodge,” and it’s this social aspect of skiing that’s too risky right now, she said.

In an effort to discourage tourists and residents from congregating, local governments, medical facilities and the ski resort released a co-signed letter in November urging people to cancel any plans to gather with those outside their immediate household and celebrate the holidays solely with people from their own household. Keeping the resort open will require everybody to do their part, said Lindsey Mills, COVID public information consultant for San Miguel County.

“We are not telling anybody not to come, at least not yet,” said Todd Brown, Telluride’s mayor pro tem. But local officials are broadcasting a strong message to everyone in the area — “Chill out. Don’t have the big party with five families.”

That’s important not only for your own health; this year, you also need to think about the impact your skiing will have on the community, and whether it could overtax the medical facilities. San Miguel County has an urgent care center but no hospital, and its medical center experienced a 22% staffing shortage at the end of November, mostly because so many employees are in quarantine. Hospitals in nearby Mesa County reached their ICU capacity last month, and other hospitals in the region are also pinched. “We can’t have a situation where people break their legs on the slopes and we can’t get them care,” said Franklin.

The resort has taken steps to facilitate physical distancing among visitors. Reservations aren’t required at Telluride, but lift tickets must be purchased in advance, and the resort can restrict ticket sales if necessary, said Jeff Proteau, vice president of operations and planning at the Telluride Ski Resort. Gondolas are operating with the windows open and each load is restricted to members of the same household.

What will happen at the lifts

To reduce contact in and around the lifts, workers have created “ghost lines” of empty space to ensure a 6-foot distance between groups while they wait in lift lines. People from the same household can stand in line together and ride the two- to four-person lifts next to one another, Proteau said, but when riding a lift with someone from another household, guests are asked to leave a vacant seat between them.

Langwig was a children’s ski instructor for many years and worries about ski school. “You interact pretty closely with the kids,” she said, noting that runny noses are common. “You spend a lot of time getting kids bundled up and to and from the bathroom.” This could be especially challenging if indoor spaces are closed, she said. “Hot chocolate breaks are one of the ways you get kids through the day, and that’s not safe anymore.”

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In anticipation of visitors needing to take breaks to warm up, the resort has installed six temporary structures around the mountain with insulated ceilings and heated panels. When the sides are rolled up, they’re considered outdoor spaces, Proteau said, but they can be closed into confined spaces with limited occupancy as needed, especially on a blustery day.

The risk for most employees on the mountain should be relatively minimal, Langwig said, at least at work. “Lift attendants are outside wearing thick gloves and a mask most of the time. Compared to someone who works in a restaurant, their risk is pretty low.”

Employees are generally assigned to work in small groups that can be quarantined, if necessary, without wiping out a whole department, Proteau said. There’s also contact tracing in place for resort employees.

Arizona native Joey Rague moved to Telluride last year and works as a ski valet on the mountain. He said there’s a huge incentive among employees to keep the resort open. With affordable housing sparse in Telluride, “all of us are struggling seasonally to be able to pay rent.”

So far, he said, most visitors have been respectful and conscientious of the rules.

“It seems as though people understand that if we want to stay open, we have to come together,” he said.

From: KHN.

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Telluride Tacos and beer

New brewpub and taqueria in Mountain Village

  • Special Thank Bria Light, Telluride Daily Planet Staff Reporter

Tacos and beer

From left to right, Brian Gavin, Chris Fish, and Tommy Thacher of Telluride Brewing Company toast outside Mountain Village's latest eatery, the Telluride Brewing Company Brewpub and Taqueria. (Courtesy photo)

When I was 20 years old, I fell head over heels in love. It was the kind of love that hit me with all the force of divine revelation, an unshakable certainty that this was a love that would stand the test of time. The only thing was, the object of my affections was not, in fact, human, or even a single entity. Truth was, I had fallen irrevocably in love with Mexican street tacos.

Indeed, this is a love that has endured to the present day, and though I no longer inhabit the homeland of my beloved tacos, our long-distance relationship may soon come to a blessed end. Telluride Brewing Company Brewpub and Taqueria will open its doors Wednesday in the Mountain Village center, offering a rotating selection of unique craft beers and a mouth-watering menu of authentic Mexican-style street tacos crafted by Chef Alex Castagneto.

“Alex was making these incredible tacos up in Denver and I never forgot it,” said Jared Schwartz, co-creator of The Goods Hospitality and Los Buenos Tacos, who partnered with Telluride Brewing Company for the brewpub. 

The tacos, Schwartz said, feature fresh in-house tortillas made from blue corn sourced from Bow & Arrow of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, along with locally-sourced meats, proteins and produce. Al pastor pork will be roasted in traditional style on a rotisserie and served with the requisite pineapple slivers for that pop of sweet with the savory. Cochinitas, a slow-roasted marinated pork traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and roasted for days in the ground, will be on offer alongside barbacoa, locally sourced buffalo tongue lengua and Baja-style fish tacos.

Vegetarians have options too: char-grilled mushrooms with herbs and calabacitas with stewed black beans offer non-meat proteins for the herbivores.

“Los Buenos Tacos boys — their tacos are mind blowing,” said Chris Fish, co-founder and brewmaster of Telluride Brewing Company (TBC). “It’s very exciting to pair our beers up with these tacos. We’re really excited about this partnership.”

While the brewery had been thinking about opening up a second location for years, it wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that the idea to bring a brewpub to Mountain Village began to crystallize with assistance from the Town of Mountain Village Owners Association. 

“The Lawson Hill location is a little difficult if you don’t have a car or it’s not summer so you can’t bike,” said Tommy Thacher, TBC’s co-owner and president, explaining that the team had considered locations as far away as Montrose. “This location allows us to stay at home and grow our footprint in our own community, which is what it’s all about, and it allows us to reach a bigger audience.”

The brewpub also boasts an on-site brewing facility, with Fish concocting a variety of new styles and experimental small batch brews. An aficionado of Belgian-style beers, Fish is looking forward to embracing his love of traditional beers by brewing up old-world styles like tripels, saisons, farmhouse ales and Christmas beers.

“It’s a total fun zone,” said Fish of the new brewing space. “We’ll be using it for recipe development, pushing boundaries and diving into lots of traditional styles. We’ll be able to do a lot of stuff we couldn’t do on a large production scale down at Lawson.”

Of course, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the new brewpub will be open for take-out only for now. Fortunately, street tacos lend themselves well to eating outside or on the go, traditionally gobbled down by a roadside stand fresh off a piping-hot comal. Mountain Village’s plazas are “common consumption” areas as well, so patrons can also purchase take-away pints, crowlers and six-packs.

“Street tacos are meant to be eaten on the go,” said Swartz, noting that the brewpub is offering a “baker’s dozen” special, with an extra taco thrown in for free upon ordering a dozen. They’ll also be offering taco supplies to go, so DIY taco lovers can get their fix at home.

Between the food and the beer, “it’s an all-star team up here, super passionate about using the best ingredients,” said Thacher. “It’s a unique and fun partnership.”

JetBlue Welcomes Winter with First Flights Arriving in Telluride

JetBlue Airways

On Dec. 19, JetBlue announced its new winter seasonal service to Telluride, Colo. has begun with Flight #2325 from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Flight #2540 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) arriving at southwest Colorado’s Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) at approximately 2 o’clock this afternoon.

“JetBlue’s new seasonal service in Telluride – via Montrose Regional Airport – is the latest example of JetBlue adapting its route map to better serve customers in this new travel environment,” said Andrea Lusso, vice president network planning, JetBlue. “At the same time, the new routes not only help us diversify our network, but also introduce another unique destination to our customer bases in our East and West Coast focus cities.”

JetBlue is the only airline to offer nonstop service between Montrose and New England, and offers a new choice for ski-bound travelers in Southern California. Supplemental nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is scheduled on peak travel days around the President’s Day holiday.

Telluride – one of the premier ski destinations in the West – is just 90 minutes south of Montrose. Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring scenery and vibrant summer festival season. Telluride has been ranked the #1 Ski Resort in North America by Condé Nast five of the last six years.

Colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard store fronts, boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, and historic buildings are set against a backdrop of 13,000-foot peaks, and complemented by the modern Mountain Village, a short, free gondola ride away. Skiers can glide straight into town and Mountain Village, with the majority of lodging within walking distance or a short shuttle (or gondola) ride to the renowned slopes of Telluride – a true ski-in/ski-out destination.

Click Here to monitor Telluride Gondola lines throughout the winter

Webcams

View live cameras of our gondola stations.

Winter 2020-2021 will see long gondola lines due to COVID-19 loading restrictions. Please bookmark and check often to monitor gondola lines throughout the winter. Thank you for your patience. 

Telluride Station

Access to Oak Street Plaza in Town of Telluride.

Mountain Village Center Station 4

Access to Mountain Village Center shops and restaurants, ski access, ski school, Telluride Bike Park, trail system and gondola connection.

Mountain Village Center Station 5

Access to Mountain Village Market Plaza, shops, restaurants, ski access, Gondola Parking Garage and Mountain Village Town Hall.

Market Plaza Station

Access to Gondola Parking Garage, Mountain Village Town Hall, post office boxes, Village Market and liquor store.

San Sophia Station

Access to Allred’s Restaurant, ski access, and Telluride Bike Park/trail system.

Telluride Resort Webcam

A sneak peak at The Cabins at Mountain Village in Telluride

Anyone who's had the chance to visit Mountain Village's Heritage Plaza this week may have noticed we're in the process of redecorating our plazas with the recent installation of 20 red, blue and yellow refurbished gondola dining cabins through the Mountain Village Center.

When all is said and done, we will have 25 gondola dining cabins and several dining pavilions installed throughout the Mountain Village Center to help the public gather safely in these cabins with their families/households. We will share a full announcement when the installation is complete and all cabins are ready for the public to enjoy.

In the meantime, as these are installed in phases, we would like to take the opportunity to share some helpful tips for enjoying The Cabins at Mountain Village in a safe manner amidst increased COVID-19 concerns.

  • First Come, First Served: These unique dining cabins will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis to safely enjoy food or drink from one of our restaurants.
  • Share the Love: Please share the love and limit your time to one hour with no more than eight people from one associated party/household.
  • Wait it Out: Please allow five minutes of ventilation time between parties, and leave the windows open for proper ventilation. There will be timed heaters in each cabin to keep you warm and cozy.And soon we will install timers to help the public know when five minutes have passed between users.
  • Sanitize It: The Cabins will be cleaned regularly by staff and the public is encouraged to use our sanitization stations in the plaza if needed.
  • Unattended items will be removed: Please do not leave items unattended to 'save your spot.' Unattended belongings will be brought to Lost and Found underneath Tomboy Tavern.
  • No smoking
  • Please bus your table and keep exploring Mountain Village!
  • Tag us on Social Media! Tag us on social media @townofmountainvillage #TheCabinsAtMV

There are QR codes in each cabin that will take you to our Dine Outside page where you can conveniently peruse the takeout options from our Mountain Village restaurants. Special thanks to Town of Mountain Village Kathrine Warren

12 Days of Telluride Christmas

There's a New TREC Team! J&W: Ben Jackson and Andrew Williamson - the Telluride lifestyle experts.

12 Days of Telluride Christmas


Holiday Magic 

There is nowhere better to be for the holidays than in magical Telluride! 
Wherever you may be enjoying the season, (hopefully here!) we hope you enjoy this collection of our favorite things from around town. 

Our small businesses are the heartbeat of Telluride - they are what keep the  independent spirit of the town alive and well.

We are shopping local this year - hopefully this guide makes it easy for you to do the same!

Cheers and happy holidays from all of us!

Ben and Andrew
JW & Associates 
Your Telluride Lifestyle Experts 

 

 

Gifts for the Foodie

Telluride Truffles
a local favorite since 1997.
We love the "Fourteener"  $52

Telluride Distilling Company
Charilift Warmer Peppermint Schnapps, Gold Medal Winner 2018, With a European-Alp's styled recipe, our schnapps boasts "enough sugar but not too much to make it a syrup" and an authentic peppermint flavor.   $20 (pro tip: you need this to make the Telluride unofficial cocktail "The Flatliner") 

Private Chef with a side of Poetry!
www.winegeekfoodfreak.com to plan your private dinner 

Award winning Chef, Sommelier, Writer, Wine Maker, T.V. Host, and self-described "Party on Feet", Patrick Laguens was born in New Orleans Louisiana.  Patrick has seven Wine Spectator "Awards of Excellence", along with a Master's Degree in Philosophy. Book a wine-pairing dinner with Patrick for an unforgettable experience.

The Coffee Cowboy
a gift card for Telluride's treasured coffee trailer makes a perfect gift! 

December 16, 2020 !  New to the Mountain Village Core, the Telluride Brewing Company Brew Pub & Taqueria will open their doors - featuring the  award-winning beer we all love along with  tasty tacos

Send the gift of beer to those who can't make it! We love the Ski In- Ski Stout! 

 

Gifts for the Glow Getter! 

 

The best  beauty product you've never heard of and can't live without
Encantos Sun Filtering Oil  $15/$30 
 Sesame Oil (known to filter 30% of the suns rays) Jojoba (known to protect from free-radical damage), Aloe Vera (known to soothe and help regenerate damaged skin), Honey (which protects the skin from damaging sun rays), Vitamin E (which promotes healing and tissue repair), Sea Buckthorn (one of the finest oils for protecting and regenerating the skin), and small amounts of Lavender and Rosemary essential oils along with Absolute Linden Blossom to give a sweet, gentle fragrance to this wonderful product. 

 Spa Day 

we highly recommend the soul sampler!

The local’s favorite. Perfect for a 2.5 hour rejuvenating journey. Swedish relaxation 60-minute massage + Aveda 60-minute Customized Facial + Express Pedicure.  $320

 

Gifts for the Homebody 

 

Share the great taste of Telluride's favorite interior designers Victoria and Robyn of Tweed Interiors  with your friends and family by shopping their well-curated shoppe.  (text or DM to shop @tweedinteriors)   Aviator Nation for comfy clothes and  gracious home goods 


 

"Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope"
Fresh flowers are a natural stress reliever - in addition to brightening up your home!   Flowers by Ella delivers locally. 

Timberline Ace Hardware, family-owned and operated since 1969.
 Find a more amazing ACE hardware anywhere and we will give you a $25 gift card to the coffee cowboy!

The Big Green Egg is available - our favorite is the "Mini-Max" $600 

Normally you are not buying Bamboo undergarments at the hardware store - this is no ordinary store! Boody Wear is the softest you will find. 

 

Gifts for "I'd Rather be Outdoors. Way Outdoors"

If you know what these  items are, this is the right store for you! Pictured L to R - The 4000 Eiger EVO GTX RR is the lightest Eiger ever made by Zamberlan  ($679) and Ultralight Java drip- perfect  for backcountry coffee. ($10)
Thank you Jagged Edge for being you. 

AKA the relationship saver.
Give the gift of custom-fitted boots from Bootdoctors this year.  Call to schedule a fitting for a gift that gives for years.  800.592.6883

 

For the Fashionista 

Ski You Later!
Their clothes rock and their DM game is solid -  you can buy  in your PJs, with just a couple of clicks!  Two Skirts is a perennial favorite since 2001, these are our favorites for 2020-2021 ski season.
** a gift card always fits!

 

Tween Dream (tweens of all ages) 
Keeping Telluride on-trend ! Sublime has the best accessories for the fashion-forward.  Find them on Facebook or Instagram and let them do the heavy lifting  for you - it's a great way to elevate your gift game!

 

And for the 13th day of Christmas, we love 455 E  Colorado
Home is where the heart is - this is a  perfect place to come spend your holidays in Telluride.

5 BED · 6.5 BATH · 3429 SQ FT
MLS #38291

Purchase price $5,795,000
Nestled among the trees, this riverside home is perfect for family and for entertaining; featuring a private courtyard, five bedrooms, six bathrooms  w/powder room, a custom kitchen, wet bar, and a private hot tub. A great detail is the detached garage with a private bedroom/bathroom and bar area above. 
Strong rental history. 
 

See if you can find Santa walking through! 

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Ben and Andrew 

 
 
 

Masks Off, It's Time to Eat in Telluride, CO

 

telluride dining options

From outdoor cabins to take-out food, dining looks different this winter

Special Thanks to Elizabeth Guest. Telluride Daily Planet

Local restaurants rallied this summer with outdoor tables and curbside pickup to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions, but as daylight dwindled and snow accumulated, picnics became a less viable dining option. While take-out options are better than ever, winter dining during a pandemic demands new, creative approaches.

The Cabins at Mountain Village, debuting this season, are a collection of gondola cabins and tented dining pavilions scattered throughout the plazas. Twenty refurbished gondola cars—similar to the ones used on the ski resort—are equipped with tables, benches, lighting, heat, and ventilation. Eight are located around the fire pit in the center of the village core, four by the base of Life 4 and Tomboy Tavern, and four more by the top of Lift 1 and La Piazza.

The cabins operate as dining rooms for take-out food and libations from any Mountain Village restaurant or bar. They fit up to eight people and afford families more flexibility in food choices—kids can order pizza or cheeseburgers from one restaurant, while parents can get something more upscale from somewhere else, and still eat together.

Kathrine Warren is the public information officer for Mountain Village; the town, its business development committee, and the local homeowners association collaborated on the project. “The gondola is a treasured Mountain Village asset, so we might as well play on that idea, as well as support local restaurants,” says Warren.

The Cabins at Mountain Village also include outdoor dining pavilions for patrons of La Piazza, Trax Café, Poacher’s Pub, and The Coffee Company. These tented structures seat eight and provide comfort and shelter from the outdoor elements. They’re adaptable, with flaps that roll up and down depending on the weather. An oversized dining pavilion for larger parties is also available outside the Telluride Conference Center.

There are no reservations for the Cabins at Mountain Village, which operate on a first-come, first-serve basis with expectations of respectful patronage: Don’t take too long of a gondola “ride,” and let cabins air out before climbing aboard. Menus are available at www.townofmountainvillage/dining. Also, since drinking alcohol is allowed outdoors in Mountain Village, folks can disembark their gondola and enjoy the last sips of a hot toddy on a starlit stroll through the plaza.

Downtown Telluride restaurants are also finding food  service solutions. Expecting a busy winter, The National has re-designed the interior space to accommodate socially distanced dining as well as plexiglass partitioning at the bar. “People are still wanting to go out,” says Ross Martin, The National’s co-executive chef with Erich Owen. “Dining in-house this winter will be a coveted thing for Telluride; reservations are going fast.”

Grab  and Go

No available tables?  No problem—90 percent of The National menu is available online for contact-less, curbside pick-up. For groups of four and more, they recommend you order 48 hours in advance for a restaurant-caliber meal in the comfort of your own abode.

The National also has a new offshoot restaurant called Littlehouse, a few blocks away, at 219 West Pacific Street. The farm-fresh gourmet delicatessen is open 11 a.m-9 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Like The National, the food features high-end quality ingredients and craftsmanship, but with more family-friendly offerings in a more casual setting. The atmosphere is lively yet comfortable with lots of natural light, clean contemporary finishes and rustic mountain feel. A large open garage door in front features floor-to-ceiling lighting, opening on sunny days for a cool indoor-meets-outdoor space, the perfect place to lunch on a sunny ski day, and a close walk from the gondola and Lift 8. There’s a full bar, beer, and wine with pre-order family-style meals also available. Littlehouse caters to little people with items like grilled cheese and parmesan pasta, but also includes more sophisticated samplings: Thai noodle salad, ahi tuna poke, Tuscan five bean kale salad, crab cakes from the case, plus six different sandwiches, vegan lasagna, beef Bourguignon, Brussel sprouts, and soups and salad paired with cocktails like a Mezcal Old Fashioned or a simple glass of Sauvignon blanc. “We felt that town was in need of this,” says Chef Martin. “A kind of California-European Delicatessen.”

There’s another new restaurant in town opening during the pandemic: Lunch Money, located in the breezeway of the Heritage building at 126 West Colorado Avenue. Focused on foodies, Lunch Money is for mid-day munchies and also seasonal take-home meals five days a week, so you don’t have to cook dinner. The menu changes frequently to highlight fresh ingredients and healthy fare: salads, noodle bowls, sushi, soups, wraps, snacks, sweet treats, and cold-pressed juices, with ample vegetarian and vegan options. And no green guilt—Lunch Money uses environmentally-friendly to-go containers.

If there is one good thing that has come out of the pandemic, it’s that most restaurants, even the fine dining ones, have upped their take-out game and there is also a good variety of grab-and-go food available. The Butcher & The Baker has a deli case full of to-go sides and dishes, and offers chicken dinners to bring home, and you can order meals online to pick up at Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Siam. Virtually everything you can find in a restaurant is now available to eat at home; the new Telluride dining world is, as they say, your oyster.

An expert's suggestions on dining out safely in Telluride, Colorado

 

‘Remember the three V’s’

  • Special thanks to The Telluride Daily Planet - Leslie Vreeland, Contributing Editor

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Twinkling lights (above) in Telluride and Mountain Village add up to plenty of choices for where to eat and drink. And this year, there are more places to do both outside. (Photo courtesy of Visit Telluride/Facebook)

Bars and restaurants face a challenge as the state’s Safer at Home dashboard flashes increasingly urgent shades of Yellow, Orange and Red, for COVID-19 transmission risks in each county. 

The challenge boils down to five words:  

How to stay in business? At least Coloradans can still dine out. On Friday, the Bay Area enacted stay-at-home restrictions, per orders of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

To inspire people to keep dropping by, at least one Western Slope brewery has implemented a new program. If you had to assign it a color, you might make it White: It’s the Polar Bear Outdoor Drinking Club.

“We’d been wracking our brains for the past two months on what to do as the weather turns colder,” said Brian Fischer, the founding partner of Monumental Beer Works, Polar’s progenitor, in the Grand Valley. “We’ve got two patios. We’d love to have people come and drink here outside. We’ve considered putting up yurts, greenhouses, or fishing tents. We thought about wrapping our pergolas.” 

“All of those were too expensive,” said Fischer, “and the pergola wasn’t safe because of (the risk of collapsing due to) snow loads. It wasn’t worth it to spend $15,000 to wrap the pergola for two to three months.” 

So Fischer decided to embrace the great wide-open. 

“I thought, wait a minute. I don’t get it. I grew up in Summit County, and to this day I’m an avid skier,” he said. “When we’re done with skiing for the day, we sit outside and have a beer. I guarantee you at Telluride they’re also outside. We just have to give people an incentive to drink outside.”

And that inspired the Polar Bear Drinking Club punchcard: every time you have a drink outdoors in 45-degree (or below) weather, the card gets punched. After 10 punches, you get a free beer. 

No Polar Bear affiliates exist in the San Juans, but there are plenty of places to enjoy a bite and a beverage even though you’re not inside a Telluride restaurant. The same goes for Mountain Village, as well.

“Basically, outdoor dining is everywhere,” said Zoe Dohnal, Business Development and Sustainability Director for the Town of Mountain Village. What’s more, regional restaurants are rushing to keep patrons more comfortable while they eat and drink outside. “You can stay socially distanced here,” Fischer said, “and we have space heaters.” 

“We had a heating grant, and a lot of restaurants” have installed equipment “for just this purpose,” Dohnal said: to keep guests cozy and still outdoors.”

Those restaurants are on the right track, said Larissa Pisney M.D., the medical director for Infection Control at UCHealth. “I commend them for doing whatever they can to make it safe for patrons.”

This said, in a pandemic, even outdoor dining carries risks. 

“The way I’ve best heard it expressed is, remember the three V’s,” Dr. Pisney said. “Venue, ventilation, and vocalization. There’s a higher risk when people gather indoors. Another piece of it is ventilation: hospitals have more efficient ventilation systems, for example, than commercial buildings do, or people’s homes. The other part is vocalization: to eat or drink, you have to take your mask off.”

The safest way to dine out right now is to really dine out — in the outdoors — Pisney summed up, with members of your family. But she added, “I think everything right now comes down to taking your own individual risk into account. I have a younger brother, who’s in his 30s. He’s a rugby player. He and his wife have certainly eaten outside. For myself, I have a nanny share with another medical family, and I see patients all the time for my work. I fell pretty responsible to those other people. For higher-risk people, it may be better not to sit down at all. If you’re outside, socially distanced, wearing your mask, with just your group and lots of hand washing before and after you eat or drink, that’s as safe as you can make it.”

“In my household, we’re supporting restaurants by ordering lots of takeout,” she added. “It’s an excuse not to cook.”

Ski-in, ski-out brewpub and taqueria opening this winter in Telluride, Colorado

 

Special Thanks to Breanna Sneeringer

Telluride Brewing Companys new Brewpub and Taqueria. Photo Credit: Marybeth O'Connor.

Telluride Brewing Company’s new Brewpub and Taqueria. Photo Credit: Marybeth O'Connor.

Telluride Brewing Companys new Brewpub and Taqueria. Photo Credit: Marybeth O'Connor.

Telluride Brewing Company’s new Brewpub and Taqueria is set to open on Friday, December 11th, 2020, at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort. Photo Credit: Marybeth O'Connor.

There's a new brewpub and taqueria coming to Colorado's ski country this winter and we've got the scoop about what's on tap for hungry slope-goers.

Carve up an appetite for the new Telluride Brewing Company Brewpub and Taqueria set to open on Friday, December 11th, 2020 at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort. Rack up your skis and boards at the bottom of Lift Four and refuel between runs at this ski-in/ski-out brewpub with grab-n-go authentic street-style tacos and beers served on 20 taps. 

“What better way to enhance the apres ski scene in Telluride than through experimental beers and tasty tacos,” stated Tommy Thacher, Co-Owner and President of Telluride Brewing Co.

Menu items include cochinitas, barbacoa, seafood, and vegetarian tacos wrapped in handmade white and blue corn tortillas. Crowlers and six-packs will also be available for to-go.

Bar seating, high tops, a standing bar, and an outside gathering area allow for up to forty guests at the brewpub. 

The Telluride Brewing Co. Brew Pub, located at 168 Mountain Village Boulevard, Unit 136, will be open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Food will be served until 9 PM. For more details, please visit telluridebrewingco.com/brew-pub.