Ski Resort Updates

When and how can Telluride non-resident homeowners come back safely?


Thank you to Dr. Sharon Grundy of the Telluride Medical Center, for this timely and informational Medical Minute update:

Many part-time residents are also patients of the Telluride Regional Medical Center. These are people we see year after year. They are a part of the med center family. 

Our community expands beyond who lives here year-round.

Telluride and the surrounding mountains live in the hearts of many people around the world — while only a relative few get to call this home year-round.

Many part-time residents are also patients of the Telluride Regional Medical Center. These are people we see year after year. They are a part of the med center family. 

Some part-time residents or second homeowners are asking when they can come back — and how can they do so safely and respectfully.

After all, for many, Telluride is not only their second home, or home away from home, it’s also the place they feel the safest, their happy place. We get it! 

So here’s where Colorado and San Miguel County stand today: Both our county and state have issued “Safer at Home” orders that limit travel into and around San Miguel County to Local Residents only. 

Side note: I love this info-graphic that can help people answer, wherever you are, the question: Am I safer at home?

The current San Miguel County Public Health Order states “visitors to San Miguel County are still not allowed and are directed to return home immediately by the fastest and safest available means.”

Why? We have very limited community resources. 

So far — and thanks to an abundance of caution, planning and community wide strategic efforts — our healthcare system has not been overwhelmed and we’ve been successful at keeping our staff and non-COVID-19 patients healthy. 

However, if you get coronavirus here, or bring it here with you, please understand: there are remarkably few Intensive Care Units and ventilators in the region.

In fact, our community is 65 miles away from the nearest hospital. If you were to become severely ill, you’ll find access to care limited. 

The main hospital that serves our community is Montrose Memorial Hospital and beyond that, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction (2.5 hours from Telluride). Additional surrounding counties rely on those two medical facilities. 

For that reason, at this time, non-resident homeowners are only strongly encouraged to not travel to San Miguel County. 

If you decide against the urging of Public Health officials, the Public Health Order instructs non-resident homeowners, and residents who have spent extensive time away, to quarantine at home for 14 days. 

The quarantine or self-isolation period is meant to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

The local order is explicit in detailing that those individuals who are coming to or returning to the area are not permitted to break quarantine for “Necessary Activities” or to access “Critical Businesses.” Not even a trip to the Post Office is permitted. 

You will need to be self-sufficient during this time. Meaning you’ll need groceries and to arrange for deliveries to that end. 

For definitions and the full public order, see here. 

And finally, if you’re determined to enter San Miguel County, be sure to read the Colorado State Safer at Home Order, review the San Miguel County Public Health website; and the individual ordinances of the township where your home is located. Links are provided below.

Note: Counties can be stricter, but not looser than State orders. Townships may be stricter, but not looser than counties. 

As State and County orders are likely to change again in June, be sure to check these resources frequently: 

Colorado Safer at Home
San Miguel County Public Health
Town of Telluride
Mountain Village

Wherever you are, the goal is to keep each other as safe as possible.


Dr. Sharon Grundy


The Colorado ski town of Telluride contained covid-19. The economic fallout will be harder to contain.

Telluride, Colorado acted quickly to test the community and get coronavirus under control, but bringing back tourism dollars is a long-term challenge with no easy solutions. Thank you #washingtonpost and #robertray for coverage. Although the news might not be the best, take a virtual and aerial tour of our beloved #Telluride until we can welcome you back to our streets and trails again soon. #wewillovercome

A Note from our President regarding COVID_19

 As a global company, Telluride Real Estate Corp. and Christie’s International Real Estate are committed to doing their part to reduce non-essential business activities as we join together to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Our thoughts are with all of those directly affected, and our foremost priority is to act in the best interest of our local communities, our clients and our colleagues.

Telluride and San Miguel County are attacking the pandemic head on. Our county was the first in the state to issue a mandatory “shelter in place” and is also first in the nation to embark on county wide testing over the next week. The testing is voluntary and is administered free of charge thanks to the United Biomedical Group. Approximately 650 tests have been conducted to date with only one confirmed case of the virus. Testing of the entire county should be complete within a week, or so.

On a more positive note, our real estate market started 2020 with a bang, with gross dollar sales 58% above 2019 for the months of January and February.  All market segments seemed to share in this increase in volume. There is little reason to expect that sales will be dramatically down this summer if the virus is brought under control. Our first major event, Telluride Mountain Film, is perusing an online format such that the usual attendees may enjoy the films in the comfort of their homes. The status of other festivals is uncertain at this time. One Constant – Telluride’s dramatic beauty remains forever unchanged and a myriad of family, lifestyle activities that invigorate and sooth the soul.

We have a built-in vaccine to our local real estate market --- superb planning over decades definitively limiting regional density to a fraction of other major resorts and design regulations that demand the highest of quality our marketplace has been resilient during times of economic crises. A lack of supply always tends to stabilize pricing in downward trends. This factor was no more evident than during the “great recession” where values diminished to a far lesser degree than in other major resorts. In short, our market may experience a slow-down in the short term but will bounce back at the first signs of returning to the “new norm”.

During this shelter in place period, it appears that families are searching on line for the safety and escape of small resort communities like Telluride. We are realizing the highest search volume in seven months and it certainly appears that once this pandemic is behind us, Telluride will be a focal point for an investment in lifestyle.    

As it has in the past 4 decades, Telluride Real Estate Corp. will face this situation head on and through our precautionary measures, positive attitude and proactive nature we will be ready for an influx of resort property buyers again. Let this be a time where we continue to demonstrate our unique ability to pull together.

Take this time to research and ask the questions you’d like answered. We have a dedicated team devoted to building quality, long lasting relationships. We’d like to continue to provide you with quality information to give you confidence and respond to your exact needs. Let’s discuss your options now so it will pay dividends in the future. Look forward to hearing from you, stay healthy.

T.D. Smith



Telluride Distilling Company Running Strong

Step into the new Telluride Distillery Tasting room in Mountain Village and you can already feel the vibe in the Core changing. Add a dash of Telluride history and a pinch of creativity for expansion and voila – a thriving second location for the Telluride Distilling Company is made.

Handcrafting vodka since 2015, Abbott and Joanna Smith have pursued their labor of love first opening the Telluride Distilling Company in Lawson Hill at the Society Turn Business Center. Now, with the opening of a second tasting room in the Franz Klammer Lodge in the Mountain Village Core, fans of the distillery won’t have to travel far to enjoy local liquors.

With vodka, whiskey and schnapps offerings, Telluride Distilling Company rolled out their vodka first in 2015. Their vodka is a throwback to an old Telluride miner’s recipe. “They used to import eight tons of sugar a week for miners back in the day, and we wanted to give nod to a true Telluride recipe”, Abbott said. With its creamy and velvety texture, it has become a local favorite. “Good vodka is meant to be flavorless, odorless and textureless” according to Abbott. Their schnapps was unveiled in May of 2016 and was an ‘afterthought’ according to the couple. 

“We love peppermint schnapps and decided, why don’t we make one?” Joanna said. Their authentic peppermint flavor combined with half the amount of sugar makes it a popular choice among locals and visitors alike. “It has the least amount of sugar to still be called a schnapps and no additive chemicals. Our German and Swiss clientele love it. It’s not your typical schnapps from college”. And as one of the only peppermint schnapps to win a gold medal at the International San Francisco Spirits Competition, it’s the natural choice that could easily go national, according to the couple.

The mountain mash whiskey is aged for at least two years in oak barrels. It’s a unique mash made of a 50/50 mix of the best parts of malted barley and rye. “We stay away from corn-based ingredients, as well as GMOs” Joanna added.

When asked about the couple’s thriving success, the down-to-earth co-owner Joanna, who studied chemistry and microbiology at the University of Colorado, simply stated “We wanted to grow organically. We each knew at a young age that we wanted to own a business in the future, and after realizing the market for distilling was on the rise, we wanted to build something that allowed us to stay in Telluride while serving the community we love so much”.

Abbott, with an engineering and business background, combined with his distilling knowledge is “always reverse engineering everything” and found space in the Telluride market. 

Their combined brilliance led to the creation of one of the only continuous fractioning columns in the state – that Abbott built with his bare hands. Sourcing parts and perfecting their distilling based on temperature and chemical compounds, the duo was able to dually shine.  “Our distillery is controlled by computer rather than someone’s senses”, Abbott said, “it’s been the only one in the state before last year.”  Their technical expertise is firmly on display as there are only two manufacturers in the US that builds them. He also constructed their soda system from scratch for their ginger beer, and the couple serves their own recipes and mixes using fresh fruit and their own unique frozen drink machine.

When asked how they manage their organic growth intelligently, Joanna expressed that they have been approached by several other states to distribute, including Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, New York and California. She says they are very careful about their research and sourcing and want to nurture their small Colorado brand in the right way.  She adds that they are careful and not frivolous, and meticulous about everything they buy.

“We knew how to distill, we just had to learn the business side of operating a distillery,” she said. 

And excelled to the top of the class they did. By focusing on three quality products, the husband wife team was able to have a high-quality product every time, allowing ease to market and lower costs aiding them in being competitive in such a narrow field.

“We appreciate that the locals are so supportive”, Abbott said. Bartenders will pour it and it moves, so business owners know it will sell.  We maintain $5 mules for locals, and our $4 schnapps shots are a favorite.

In addition to its new location across from the new Sunshine Pharmacy location, the tasting room also offers free popcorn, pool and darts.  The newest addition will be “Putt-Ski”, a golf/skeeball/beer pong game. Their commitment to community is also highlighted by their recent ski patrol fundraiser, which included raffles, donating a portion of the drink costs to the Hawkeye Foundation and supporting the Logan Fuller fund.

Abbott met Joanna at the Bluegrass Festival in 2011 and realized they were on the same wavelength over dinner at now defunct Flavor.  She was working nonprofit, he a bartender at Mountain Lodge. After discovering commonality in where they wanted to be in the world and how they wanted to impact it, their backgrounds and prowess bore a partnership. 

“I was living in Vail at the time working for a nonprofit foundation and a friend gave me some Bluegrass tickets.  I reconnected with Abbott through ski friends and we realized our shared passion.” Joanna said.

In the early days, you would often find the Smiths tending bar themselves to support the tasting room and their distributorship. “We worked hard to ensure we could collaborate and grow the right way” Joanna said. “We were very careful to grow organically and didn’t want to hound businesses to carry our brand. It’s not about the hype.”

But the hype has come, hand in hand with the opening of the June 15th common consumption area (CCA). “It really helps with capacity and we’re excited to expand with additional umbrella tables out front,” she said.

The move was years in the making and comes just in time for the expansion of the CCA in the Village Center. Championed by the Mountain Village Town Council and President Anton Benitez, Laila Benitez and Dan Caton, the new area will be in effect every day and will include Heritage Plaza and walkways and breezeways connecting the town center to the Sunset Plaza area.

Anton Benitez also serves on the Mountain Village Promotional Association (MVPA) which was formed in 2014 to diligently address the numerous requirements like security and signage that come with managing a CCA.

Support for the second location wasn’t hard to find. Telluride Real Estate Corp had the space and Jon Dwight, Alex Martin and Marcin Ostromecki aided the couple in their search for a second location to support their wholesale distributorship.  “We wanted a tasting room and it blossomed into a full bar. We never thought we’d have two locations: production and a separate tasting room in Mountain Village” Joanna said.

The Smiths are truly part of the Telluride tribe. Hailing from Wisconsin and Colorado, the couple enjoys the outdoors and hunting. Joanna’s grandparents met shooting and her great grandmother was born in Telluride – part of the Biddle clan. Her great great grandpa was an admin for the area’s school system and was also in the marching band for one of Telluride’s first July 4th parades. You can even check out a large pair of antlers mounted on the wall from an Elk Joanna’s grandmother shot with a muzzle loader back in the 50s.

With relatives here and their family steeped in history, the Smiths have deep respect for each other, locals and their employees. As if being one of the top distilleries in Colorado wasn’t enough, they cite one of their greatest achievements as having their family members from Wisconsin, Chicago and Key West finally visit Telluride when the Mountain Village tasting room opened.

Joanna still maintains her nonprofit work, and although their business is their baby and shared passion, they are also proud parents to furry babies “Larry Byrd” and a Wiemaraner “Zee”. They are extremely grateful to the town and give awesome kudos to the Town Council for being so supportive. When asked what it’s like to build up from treading water while nurturing their small Colorado brand, Abbott smiled and said, “It’s like being on a supercharged jet ski versus swimming!”

The Smiths encourage you to come by and try their hand made spirits, where they use only the finest ingredients distilled in a unique, high-altitude environment. The one of a kind experience and smoothness of each sip will keep you coming back for more. “Anything to bring people to the Mountain Village is a win for us”, the couple stated. “TMVOA did so much for us, we are happy to support them however we can.”



Getting Around During Your Telluride Ski Vacation – Park Your Car and Enjoy the Small-Town Charm

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 Gondola – a one of a kind experience

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.

The Galloping Goose 

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.

Bike Rentals

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.

Telluride Express

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.

Telluride Car Service, Mountain Limo and Box Canyon Limos are also options.

Telluride Regional Airport (TEX)

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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Telluride Ski Resort Winter Snow Update from Bill Jensen

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 in Telluride, Colorado

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.


December 14:

  • Curling Demo, 10am at Reflection Plaza
  • Free Ice Skating, 12-4pm at Reflection Plaza
  • Ride the Polar Express to the North Pole, 1-5pm at the Gondola @ Oak Street
  • Kids Train Rides, 1-5pm Throughout All Plazas
  • Live Reindeer, 1-5pm at Sunset Plaza
  • Sledding, 4:30-6pm at the base of Chair 4
  • Santa's Village, 1-5pm at the Telluride Conference Center
  • Local Kids Skating Show, 6:15-7pm at Reflection Plaza
  • Tree Lighting and Caroling, 6-6:15pm at Heritage Plaza
  • Ice Skating Party with DJ, 7-9pm at Reflection Plaza

December 15:

  • Ride the Polar Express to the North Pole, 1-4pm at Gondola @ Oak Street
  • Kids Train Rides, 1-4pm Throughout all plazas
  • Free Ice Skating, 1-4pm at Reflection Plaza
  • Sittin with Santa, 1-4 at Red Gondola Photo Booth

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

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?