Let's make Telluride the Number 1 Ski Resort in Colorado!
The Know published by The Denver Post is holding their Ultimate Ski Area Championship - and guess what?
Telluride is in the semifinals!
Download the bracket below:
We are currently competing with Winter Park, Let's all vote to make Telluride #1
The Poll will close this Friday, December 20, 2019
Telluride is full of charm and natural wonder. Once you’re here you immediately begin to unwind and enjoy the box canyon. One thing that makes any stay in Telluride or Mountain Village special is the ease of getting around. Park your vehicle and enjoy the Gondola, Galloping Goose, Dial-A-Ride and Bike Rentals. Operations like Telluride Express and other limo and car services in the area can make getting around easy.
The Telluride/Mountain Village Gondola is the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States. Opening in November 1996, the Gondola, or ‘G’ according to locals, is a one-of-a-kind transportation system. Quiet and visually spectacular, its environmental benefits include eliminating noise and air pollution, as well as parking demands for commuters and skiers in the Town of Telluride.
It starts at the Telluride Station in the historic Town of Telluride, reaches its summit of 10,540 feet at the top of the mountain at San Sophia Station and descends into the European style Town of Mountain Village at the Gondola Plaza. The epically scenic ride is 8 miles and 13 minutes and offers some of the best views of the Telluride Box Canyon and San Juan Mountains. The famous Coors Light Mountain (Wilson Peak) can be seen on the ride between San Sophia Station and Gondola Plaza. Hopping off at San Sophia Station gives guests the opportunity to head to the ski slopes, hiking and biking trails. An evening on the town can be made special by taking the Gondola to Allred’s Restaurant.
Once in the Gondola Plaza in Mountain Village, you can head down the steps to the Mountain Village Core or ride the second part of the Gondola to reach the Mountain Market, the Post Office and the Mountain Village Town Hall.
Featured in many iconic images of Telluride the Gondola represents the true spirit of the area in providing simple and clean commuting for skiers and snowboarders, mountain bikers, hikers, tourists and locals alike. The electricity used to operate the Gondola comes from wind and solar power. There are handicap-accessible cabins as well as pet cabins for leashed pets and Gondola attendants are on hand to assist with loading strollers and wheelchairs. The Gondola cabins are also equipped with ski and snowboard racks in winter and bike racks in summer. Known as the most innovative transportation system in North America the Gondola received the 1998 Mountain Sports and Living Design Award for Resort Access Innovation and was named the 1999 Outstanding Transit Project by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies.
Running daily from 7:00 AM to 12:00 midnight, the Gondola operates year-round, closing 6 weeks in both the spring and fall off seasons for maintenance.
When Telluride was a booming mining town in the late 1800s, it along with the remote mining communities in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado were serviced by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Telluride, Durango, Ouray and stops in between on the 162 miles of narrow-gauge track, built to navigate the rugged mountainous landscape transporting people and provisions. After the silver market crashed, the Rio Grande Southern Railroad had to scale back operations to keep the railroad running prompting the invention of the Galloping Goose, a gasoline powered rail bus. The first Galloping Goose was made in 1931 from the body of a Buick. A fleet of seven were ultimately created, each time improving on the design. The efficiency of the Galloping Goose was much better than the seam locomotive, and the San Juan area began to rely on the Geese for mail, goods and transportation.
Today the Galloping Goose bus runs a town loop around the town of Telluride every 10 minutes. Transporting school children after school, locals on their daily commute and skiers enjoying the resort, the Winter 2019-2020 Town Loop Schedule: is November 22 2019 -April 5 2020.
Visitors can view Galloping Goose #4 at the San Miguel County Courthouse in Telluride. Galloping Goose #5 is located at the historical museum in Dolores and is fully restored and rail worthy. It still makes excursions on the remaining narrow-gauge railroad tracks in the Southwest. Other Geese are exhibited at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO.
Dial-A-Ride service provides point to point transportation within Mountain Village to all residents and guests of Mountain Village with a valid residential address and access code. The service is provided and paid for by the Mountain Village Owners Association, TMVOA, currently contracted with a division of Telluride Ski and Golf.
Guests can use their unique Access Code (given to all Mountain Village property addresses) as the identifier when requesting a ride. Hailing a ride is even easier now with the development of the Dial-A-Ride App:
In the Mountain Village DAR app, enter your pickup and drop-off location within the Mountain Village and number of passengers. Much like Uber, your estimated time will appear on the Request Ride button. Guests are then able to view wait time and track your driver once they’re on their way to your pickup location. Each residence has a limit of 200 complimentary rides for a combined winter and summer season. The percent ownership of the property applies to the complimentary ride limit. Normal hours of operation are 6:30 AM – 12:30 AM seven days a week during the summer and winter seasons. Extended hours of operation are 6:30 AM – 2:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and during busy season.
Check out Bootdoctors and Box Canyon Bicycles for your bike rental needs! Get geared up to hit the Mountain Village Bike Park or cruise around town exploring the sites. There’s no better way to get around in the warmer months, and even with a fat tire bike in the snow. Relax and cruise everywhere you need to go without worrying about parking.
From airport transfers to weddings and charters and tours, Telluride Express is your ticket. Having served the area for more than 30 years, Telluride Express has a fleet of shuttles, buses and SUV’s and is the only company authorized by the Colorado PUC to provide unrestricted call and demand limo service between Telluride and all the Western Slope Airports for shared ride airport shuttles and private rides. Telluride Express specializes in transportation to and from the Gunnison-Telluride Airport and the Montrose Airport to the Towns of Telluride/Mountain Village, Grand Junction, Crested Butte and outlying areas. Telluride Express also offers shared ride airport shuttles and private charters for individuals and groups for the Gunnison-Telluride Airports and Telluride area.
With an asphalt-grooved runway 100′ wide, 7,111′ long and an elevation of 9,070′, the Telluride Regional Airport is just minutes from the Mountain and the Denver Air Connection has two flights daily.
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Dec 21 – Jan 5, Feb 1 – Mar 29
Dec 21 – Jan 5, Feb 1 – Mar 29
FLIGHTS RESUME NOVEMBER 23, 2019
Telluride Ski Resort update from Bill Jensen, 100 Stevens Drive and Surprise and Delight
The 2019 Telluride ski season is officially underway with the Telluride Real Estate Corp. kick-off meeting held December 4th. Bill Jensen and almost all of the 38 TREC brokers were in attendance, including TAR President Pam Guillory, TREC President TD Smith, as well as Director Steve Hilbert and VP’s Toby Brown and Dan Henschel. Fresh faces and perspectives from travel filled the room and the buzz in the air indicated the team was approaching the 2019 Telluride Ski Season with a new revitalized energy.
Bill excited the crowd by indicating there would be a 5-hour preview of Chair 9 on Friday December 6th from 9-2 PM. With 4-6” of snow expected tonight and tomorrow, the terrain is sure to please. Jensen elaborated on the snow safety work being done on the mountain and indicated that Chair 12 and Prospect Bowl would be open within the next week. With the terrain opening on its current projected schedule, the Telluride ski resort is in great position for Christmas. An avid weather fan, Jensen indicated that weather patterns come in 5-week cycles, and the predictions this year have the snow cycles favoring the San Juan’s. Jensen said he always likes to see it raining in San Diego, as it bodes well for Telluride.
The removal of 7000 trees, 5000 of which were dead and dried was another preventative initiative by the ski resort. Jensen said that the burn piles were complete ash within 36 hours of burning.
The Mountain Village Market is getting a facelift – and is currently gutted to its shell as new plumbing, flooring, windows and shelving are going up. Slated to re-open Memorial Day 2020, the new market will have a Whole Foods experience feel and be much brighter, according to Jensen. Locals will have to be patient through the process, but the renovation of the market to mirror the more upscale resort surrounding it will certainly add to the appeal of the area as well as provide needed convenience. Jensen indicated the renovation would be upwards of $3.5M, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association (TMVOA) has already given $1.2M.
Mountain Village is also on the rise with the opening of another Telluride Brewing Company location. The brew pub is to be located behind the Black Iron Restaurant and not only offer local brews, but street tacos as well. Locals are thrilled that there now will be the Telluride Distilling Company and a brew pub, complete with convenient grab and go snacks perfect for the Telluride Bike Park or ski day.
Behind the Scenes: Canopy Zip Lines are up!
Another fabulous addition to the Mountain Village is a series of zip lines known as the Canopy, ready to ride Summer 2020. With the first run at 300 feet in length to get comfortable, guests are then sent down 1500-1600 feet 273 feet above the ground for an exhilarating ride. The canopy is a nice addition to the 10-mile bike park which opened Summer of 2018.
Jensen added that $1.5-$2M will be spent yearly in snowmaking, and we are well on track for meeting the 20% reduction of our carbon footprint by 2025, currently tracking at 14%. These goals are in line with the Town of Telluride as well as San Miguel County.
Jensen made special note of several of the affordable housing projects on the horizon, adding that he wants to keep the development local and focused in order to best retain employees.
The location at 100 Stevens Drive, Mountain Village CO provided gorgeous views as well as updated decking, enhancing the natural beauty of the property. Sitting on more than an acre, the 5 bedroom 4 ½ bath timber home sits just minutes from the mountain village core and is also ski-in/ski-out! Offered at $3.9M for just over 6,100 square feet, this residence is a quality find in a quaint neighborhood. New to market from Ben Jackson, schedule a tour this ski season before this property gets picked up!
President TD Smith and several other Christie’s International Real Estate Master’s Circle Members trekked to Houston Texas for the CIRE Conference this November. After being rejuvenated and reenergized through top notch speakers and valuable breakaways, the team returned full of fresh ideas and a recommitment to authenticity and the idea of ‘surprise and delight’. TD recounted the speaker’s story of wanting to purchase a luxury vehicle, found the one he wanted with all the accessories, yet was surprised and delighted by a secret compartment which sealed the deal for the purchase of the vehicle. It was this surprising and delightful aspect of the vehicle that actually made the sale.
In sales, we often think of good, better, best. The idea of surprise and delight suggests a measure of quality that our clients should experience. The ‘just expected’ ideas are things that people expect, the basics a client wants to see happen without fail. The next tier is ‘a little more…a little better’, a set of ‘better’ elements that make the client feel closer to a positive feeling or decision. For some clients this better is their just expected, especially in luxury markets.
The ‘surprise and delight’ element is just that – something unexpected that delights the client and satisfies a need they didn’t know they had or adds that extra measure of quality and attention. Feeling heard and understood without feeling pressured, and then revealing a delightful surprise is a customer experience we are dedicated to. Our experience speaks volumes about our authenticity and willingness to help our clients find the perfect fit, whether it’s second home ownership, a vacation property, legacy home or retirement estate.
Countdown to Christmas
It’s Telluride Ski Resort time again! The garland is up, the snow is coming down, just in time to ring in the holiday season and the new year. Where will you be taking your ski vacation this year? Opening day on Thanksgiving Day at the ski resort was an amazing success, and the Holiday Prelude is just around the corner. What are you going to ask Santa for this year? A sweet new pair of skis or snowboard lessons? How about a gift certificate to the Cosmo Restaurant or Allred’s? Santa and some of his reindeer will be in Mountain Village December 14th – 15th for the Holiday Prelude. There will also be free ice skating! Bring the kids and kick off the holiday right with family sledding. Christmas is only 3 weeks away! Enjoy the holiday fun as Mountain Village, CO is transformed into the North Pole – complete with pictures with Santa, holiday crafts, hot cocoa & popcorn, holiday movies and an adult cash bar and lounge.
TELLURIDE HOLIDAY PRELUDE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Noel Night in Telluride is Wednesday December 4th, and the Telluride shopping scene is ramped up for the holidays. Holiday sales are everywhere! Many of the retailers take significant percentages off and offer some pretty sweet deals. Special holiday offers combined with drawings for additional savings make it a fun interactive night. The Telluride Fire Festival is December 6th-8th , an annual nonprofit event that made its debut January 2015. Much like Burning Man, the annual celebration of community, art and fire brings larger-than-life fire art to the Telluride region, allowing people to see and interact with this magical flammable festival in the cool mountain snow.
The Choral Society Winter Sing takes place at 7 PM on Friday, December 13th and 4 PM on Sunday, December 15th at Christ Church and is sure to get you in the spirit. Devoted Telluride locals dedicate hours of rehearsal to bring echoes of the season through beautiful music. This year’s 2019 Wintersing show Light of the Season, features conductor Rhonda Muckerman, Susan Ensor on piano and Alan Bradley on percussion. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.telluridechoralsociety.org/
The first day of winter is officially December 21st and the Telluride Theatre will be presenting their annual Holiday Cabaret December 20th – 22nd, and Downlow on December 26th. The SAF Holiday Concert Series will take place December 27th-31st. The New Year’s Eve Torch Light Parade and Fireworks on Main Street will help ring in the New Year, welcome 2020!
Telluride Real Estate Corp is excited to be preparing for our holiday party at the National restaurant in Telluride, a favorite of many of our team. Perhaps it’s its close proximity to the Buck, perhaps it’s the amazing food (try the shrimp), perhaps it’s the opportunity for our team to get together to celebrate each other’s successes, the ups and downs of real estate business in the Rocky Mountains, and our corporate family. It is the experience of this team that makes them great, if only it were appropriate to repeat some of the stories of TD Smith, Steve Catsman and Stiff Patterson and Steve Hilbert from their Telluride heyday. Our TREC veterans have experienced the town of Telluride like no other and have helped it grow, investing from the beginning in both downtown Telluride and the Mountain Village. TREC played a large role in the development of the real estate around the Telluride ski resort. Participating in both the vision and design was important to the early adopters – TREC team members that could see the future of the #1 Ski Resort in America taking shape. The next phase for Mountain Village development is La Montagne currently in the conceptual planning phase.
What’s next for 2020? Be on the look out for the Q4 Telluride Real Estate Market Report, detailing the stats from the year, culminating in what looks to be a very strong end of year showing. Now is the time to investigate real estate, plan your second home or even vacation or retirement getaway. The holidays remind us of what’s important and oftentimes invigorates hope or rekindles dreams we once had. Is your happy place swishing through fresh powder? Or curling up by a fire with family and friends? What does a beautiful mountain view or deeply inhaling the crisp mountain air do for you?
This tiny Mountain Town might be difficult to get to, but its bustling dining scene far outpaces that of other far larger resorts.
Telluride has only about 2,500 residents, but that small size belies the depth of its dining scene. Here, you can find just about everything you’re craving, from Thai and Mexican to Middle Eastern and New American. There’s also Detroit-style pizza, steak house fare, stacked sandwiches, and damn good bloody marys to discover. Plan your trip, and go taste what this town has to offer.
—Amanda M. Faison
168 Society Dr
Telluride, CO 81435
You’ll have to hunt to find CindyBread, which is in Lawson Hill, but if you can find Telluride Brewing Company, you can find this locally owned bakery. Most of the breads are baked fresh daily and sandwiches get the royal treatment. Don’t miss the Emma with artichoke hearts, grilled eggplant, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, basil mayo, mixed greens and balsamic vinaigrette tucked between the bakery’s signature tomato focaccia roll. And…there are cookies!
If you’ve ridden Chair #4 you’ve likely spotted Goronno Saloon from above. The tiny bar is housed in an old wooden outbuilding alongside Goronno Ranch, the lively on-mountain restaurant during ski season. The bar is always busy: it’s a cozy haven on snowy days when the fireplace blazes and it has a line out the cabin door on sunny days. Order what you will—beer, bloody marys, hot toddys, and bask in the rustic vibe.
627 W Pacific Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
Walk by this corner bar on any given night and you’ll be lured in by the seductive lighting, the intimate space, and the promise of good food and drink. Initially folks discovered There while waiting for a table at Siam (the two spots sit cattycorner from one another), but the bar has since come into its own — even spawning a Denver location. Go for small plates and the signature jam cocktails where you pick your spirit and a housemade jam mix-in.
200 S Davis St
Telluride, CO 81435
Tom kha soup, choo-chee chicken, roti, beef satay…by now anyone’s mouth should be watering. Siam and its Thai-inspired cuisine has garnered a devout following since opening in 2006 and that loyalty will help the restaurant as it navigates new ownership. On a previous visit, the handroll portion of the menu was unavailable but that hasn’t stopped the masses from showing up. Arrive early to nab a table.
221 S Oak St
Telluride, CO 81320
There are times when one reads the description of a dish and you already know there are too many ingredients vying for attention. That is not the case at 221 South Oak, where one-time Top Chef contestant Eliza Gavin mines her Southern upbringing, her years spent cooking in New Orleans and Napa, and her training at culinary school in France for inspiration. Even with so many influences working at once, Gavin has a knack for distilling flavors.
233 W Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
While most everyone talks of the steaks at this old-school (and expensive) steakhouse, it’s really breakfast you should seek out. Located in the hotel’s grand lobby, the menu includes the usual suspects: omelets, eggs Benedict, house-made granola. The real find is the chilaquiles, and you can add steak tips for an additional $9 to make it all the more hearty. Tip: When the weather is warm, don’t miss heading up to The Roof, Telluride’s only rooftop bar.
110 E Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
Every town needs its staple pizza spot, and Brown Dog is Telluride’s. Along with Chicago Deep Dish and New York pies, Brown Dog offers Detroit-style pizza, which is rectangular, thick-crusted, and caramelized on the bottom. Don’t miss the award-winning 3-1-3, a white pizza with ricotta, Genoa salami, Calabrian red chiles, sweet piquante peppers, basil, arugula, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. If this combo sounds familiar, Denver, that’s because when the owners of Brown Dog opened Blue Pan in West Highland and Congress Park, they made sure that pizza was on the menu.
123 E Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
Mexican food that’s healthy? Or at least healthy-ish and made with whole, mostly organic ingredients? That’s Cocina De Luz. The vibe is casual and order-at-the counter but the food is exquisite — the posole and vegan tamales in particular. Don’t come expecting TexMex, but do visit the chips and salsa bar, check out the fresh-pressed juice menu, and order a scoop of just-churned ice cream.
123 E Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
For a mountain town of roughly 2,500 it’s remarkable to find a Middle Eastern restaurant that does the cuisine justice. And that’s just what Caravan, a food truck stationed on the La Cocina De Luz patio, set out to do. Browse the menu of lamb kofka, chicken shish kebab, falafel, hummus and know you can’t go wrong — and if you can’t decide, order the mezze vegetarian sampler plate. Bonus: Check out the smoothie menu.
As the snow continues to pile up in Colorado Ski Country, we think it's as good a time as any to provide you with some resources for how to stay safe in the backcountry as well as in-bounds at certain resorts where avalanches could potentially be a hazard.
There are some fantastic resources out there to help you navigate snow hazards, medical hazards, and even human hazards such as poor judgement and decision-making skills in the face of massive lines and fresh tracks. Two great resources to start with are Backcountry Access (BCA) and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).
BCA's website has a page called 'learn avalanche safety' where you can read up on tips for avoiding avalanches, rescuing victims, resources and trainings, as well as enlightening success stories. They also have an avalanche awareness guide for download. Both BCA and AIARE abide by a 5-step method to stay safe in any snow-heavy conditions.
Buy quality safety equipment if you're going into the backcountry (beacon, shovel, probe, avalanche airbag, emergency communication device), and have the best gear possible even in the front country in order to prevent potential hazards (first aid kit, extra layers, and maybe even a beacon, shovel, and probe in certain areas). Along with step 4, make sure you have terrain information and photos, a map, a gps device, and a charged smartphone or radio. Whether in the backcountry or front, make sure to practice with your equipment before heading out to avoid encountering an emergency situation and not knowing how to effectively, efficiently, and safely manage it.
Take an avalanche safety and awareness course! They are held all over the state, usually put on by AIARE through community colleges, universities, community centers, gear shops, etc. These courses will help teach you how to read a slope and how to make the necessary decisions to keep you and your group safe in avalanche terrain. They will teach you the technical skills for using the required gear in rescue scenarios as well as the human influences that can change decisions, outlooks, and outcomes.
There are many different courses to choose from, including AIARE I: Three Day Course, AIARE I: Split Course, AIARE I: Hut Trip, AIARE Avalanche Rescue, AIARE II, Avalanche Field Review, and Avalanche Awareness Clinics. Check out avtraining.org for avalanche course dates, providers, resources for instructors, and scholarship opportunities for the training courses.
Another way to stay safe and ensure the best possible outcomes in any situation is to learn how to provide first aid to a victim, even if the injury was not from an avalanche. There are many different CPR courses happening around the state constantly, so make sure you chose the one that's best for you (courses for the public, for childcare, for healthcare professionals, etc). Search CPR courses in your area: the American Red Cross and CPR Choice Colorado are great websites to find courses all over the state.
Other trainings to obtain are in wilderness medicine such as Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR). The care required for crises in the backcountry differs from that in the front country because you are farther from immediate, definitive medical care and your contact time with patients is generally higher. These medical trainings, especially WFR, are amazing resources to have, even if you never have to use them in a real emergency. Knowing how to remain calm and feel confident in your training is almost as valuable as the medical knowledge itself. Even if you're shredding the frontcountry, most ski patrol will be grateful to have someone with a little medical knowledge keeping the patient calm and managing any life threats in the time it takes them to reach the scene.
Read the snow report for the last few days: CSCUSA's snow report page is a great resource for this! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a good spot to find the weather forecast, and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) gives avalanche reports for all areas of the state with new snow, as well as accident reports if there was an avalanche.
Make sure you know the route and research it thoroughly. CalTopo is a great resource for finding and creating personalized topographic maps of your planned route, as well as potential plan B, C, etc. Make a plan before you go of what terrain you aim to be on, what terrain you absolutely will avoid, as well as where you might need to make critical decisions once you get to the slopes.
This point also applies to the front country: know your group's skill level and comfort zones. Taking people out who are not prepared or comfortable in more advanced terrain is the first way that bad stories can happen. Keep everyone safe and happy both in-bounds and out-!
This step mostly entails knowing the dangers and off-limits terrain and avoiding them. If you take any medical courses, one of the first things you will learn is to not create any more victims by putting yourself in danger to rescue someone else. This is good advice while skiing in-bounds as well: don't duck ropes. It's not worth potentially losing your pass and it's certainly not worth a life lost to carelessness. Just because it's still on the resort, doesn't mean it's maintained for avalanche safety. Stay in-bounds if you're in-bounds, and stay safe with as much training and know-how as possible if you're in the backcountry.
More of a visual learner? Check out http://avtraining.org/be-avalanche-aware/ to watch these steps played out with real people and their real stories.
If you are interested in updating First Aid kits, frontcountry gear, or looking into backcountry safety gear, here are some ideas for places to purchase:
No matter where you find yourself on a mountain, whether you're skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, in-bounds, or out-of-bounds, make sure to set yourself up for success. Have the training, have the gear, and remember that ultimately, Mother Nature is in charge. These steps and pointers above will help you have a better, more amiable connection to Her in times of epic pow days. Snow, although it looks like glitter from the sky, isn't magic. If you know what to avoid and how best to stay safe, you can increase your chances of success and an incredible day by huge margins. Stay safe and have fun with all this new fun stuff falling from the sky!
Flight schedules for Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) and Montrose Regional Aiport (MTJ) have been released. Highlights include United/Boutique to Telluride (TEX), added daily holiday flights from San Francisco (SFO) and New York (EWR), and larger jets on the Dallas (DFW) mainline routes.
We have entered the core booking season for winter, with sales growing each week from now through the beginning of December. Be sure to book early for best options and pricing!