Ski Resort Updates

Telluride Ski Resort announces 2020-21 dates

Ski Pass prices to be released Tuesday

Special thanks to the Telluride Daily Planet

Telski dates

Telski owner Chuck Horning stands at a conference table in his office during a previous interview with the Daily Planet. (Planet file photo)

Telski released more details about its plans for the upcoming 2020-21 ski season this week, including dates — Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) to April 4 (Easter Sunday), weather and COVID-19 restrictions permitting, according to a news release. 

The annual Donation Day, which benefits the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club, will be Nov. 25.  

“Our teams here have been working tirelessly to make this happen, and we all appreciate their efforts,” Telski majority owner Chuck Horning said in the release. 

Season pass and lift ticket prices will be released Tuesday, according to Telski officials, but people can expect increased rates due to the financial impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, though there will be lower-priced pass options as well. 

“The ski resort is facing a challenging ski season due to reduction in visitors, decreased flights and lodging/restaurant occupancy restrictions. While the resort is preparing for a significant drop in revenue, the expenses required to run the mountain will remain constant in many areas, but in general, it’s more costly to operate in the COVID environment,” according to the release. “This season, there will be additional expenses in crowd management, food service, sanitation and other COVID-related issues. The community should expect increases in prices to help offset some of these costs as well as new lower price pass options with date restrictions during our busiest times to accommodate capacity constraints brought on by COVID.”

When Vail Resorts announced its season operating plan last week, mainly the reservation system that will be open to Epic Pass holders initially this year, Telski told the Daily Planet that there would be no such system in Telluride this season. 

Horning previously told the Planet that the resort will follow any local or state COVID-19 guidelines that may be in place and are planning accordingly, including purchasing temporary outdoor structures in an effort to socially distance diners and investing in software for contactless sales. Telski’s mountain operations team is also working on snowmaking and lift plans “to safely spread skiers out around the mountain.”

“The safety of our employees and guests are paramount to us,” Horning, “This is a significant part of our planning process right now. … We've had tough times before, and we remain committed to deliver a quality experience this winter, facing many unknowns and constraints. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. We will work with this community to continue improving our mountain and this year is no exception.”

Horning reiterated his commitment in explaining part of the resort’s long-term plan is to work toward “economic sustainability.” 

“We keep moving the economic situation closer to sustainability every year. I know we’ve made progress,” Horning said in a previous interview with the Planet. 

For an area like Telluride and Mountain Village, such sustainability can be challenging, but there are similar resort communities in Europe that may be able to serve as a model for the area, he explained.    

“This region’s economic sustainability, in spite of the years of economic growth, remains marginal for many businesses, and for people who grow up here or relocate here for work,” according to the release. “Over the next few years, the ski resort plans to participate with the community to understand a path to economic sustainability. They will work with merchants to strengthen the core economy, something that is challenging for a remote ‘no-growth’ community. There are few successful models in Europe of resorts who are remote, intentionally limit growth and are good places to raise a family. The ski area plans to continue to learn from them.”

Creating more affordable housing is another piece to the puzzle, Horning said, adding that the resort will move forward with its current projects, but more needs to be done. 

“We are in this for the long term. Folks here care about Telluride, and while there is a history of fighting over the progress or lack thereof, today we enjoy amazing success from the creation of communities, while preserving the quality of life, environmentally and culturally,” said Horning. “ … We will be moving forward with the projects for which we have approval or are in progress, but that is only (27) units. We probably need several hundred units, and this is doable. We need another Lawson Hill, which will require zoning changes. Lawson Hill required a zoning change and it was controversial but, today, it reflects what can be done. Opening up some land for employee housing is the only responsible thing to do. With the growth limitations our communities have, we can carefully but safely and without creating growth issues, solve our employee housing needs”

He’s also told the Planet that an additional $35 or $40 million would be needed to make the resort “what we consider optimal.”

5 Great Reasons to Ski Telluride this Winter

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

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

Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride



December 5, 2018

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

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

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

The gondola at Telluride Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

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

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


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

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

Downtown Telluride Ryan Bonneau/Courtesy Visit Telluride

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountain Village Market On The Plaza Opens Today (Every Wednesday June 24th through Sept. 2nd)

Market On The Plaza 

Special Thanks to Zoe Dohnal

Market on the Plaza is held on Wednesdays in mid-summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Heritage Plaza, the center of Mountain Village. Heritage Plaza is steps from the free gondola and is adjacent to the Telluride Bike Park. Come enjoy local produce, original artisan creations, kid-friendly goods and more

Market on the Plaza's response to COVID-19

In an effort to keep our visitors and vendors safe in light of the current health pandemic, the Market on the Plaza will be following a new set of guidelines.

Please make sure to visit the Market on the Plaza booth should you have any questions or need a mask while visiting! We also encourage visitors to order ahead, see all vendor details below.

Meet our 2020 Vendors

See the vendor page if you are interested in applying to be a 2020 vendor.

Babies of the Bush

All original African wildlife art and beaded animals.


Cimarron Creek Essentials

Bath and beauty products and accessories.


Copper Jewelry

Craft copper jewelry. Bracelets, rings, earrings and pendants made of copper.


FRESH Food Hub

A community food cooperative bringing together farmers and producers


Ghost Pocket Supply

Organic bulk food pantry products. All-natural bulk cleaning supplies and zero-waste products.


Grand Mesa Creamery

Offers artisanal farmstead cheeses, and goat yogurt, made by hand in small batches.


Kendra's Kitchen

A Telluride long-time local sharing some of her homemade recipes.


Ladybird Baking Co

We specialize in old-world, crusty breads and artisan pastries.


LeGrande Jewelry

A line of handmade jewelry made with attention to detail.


Lucky Tree Studio

Ec-friendly bamboo accessories for modern, earthy souls


Matthews Alpines

Goat milk products: soaps, lotions, goat milk caramel sauce, milk shares and eggs.


Moonbear Jewels

Unique jewelry handmade in Colorado.


Niyol Jewelry

Dainty and unique gold fill, sterling and bronze jewelry.


Simply Magnetic

Magnetic jewelry for real-life pain.


Sky Blue Farms 

Frozen mangalitsa pork, heritage pork, beef, lamb. All meats packed into individual packages.



Boba tea, coffee, tea, and smoothies served in Mountain Village Center


The Wok of Joy

Food cart serving authentic Thai street food.


Tim's Naturals

Tim’s Trauma Balm, a pain relief and anti inflammatory salve.


Wags World Orchards

Honeycrisp, Fuji, Cameo and Jonathan apples, juice and wildflower honey.


Winding Drive Farm

Cut flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables in season, and fruit.


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


Gondola Opening for Summer 2020

Special Thanks to Katherine Warren

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountain Village and Telluride Colorado Opening Up for Business

Dining in Mountain Village

Special Thanks to K Warren and the Town of Mountain Village for their newsletter

Last week, San Miguel County saw several sectors of the economy start to open back up with strict precautions. With that, we are excited to announce that many Mountain Village restaurants are open for take-out and limited dine-in for residents (both full and part-time) and visitors alike! 

Mountain Village's plaza areas make for the perfect physically distant dining experience with take-out from one of our restaurants. And don't forget, the Mountain Village Common Consumption Area allows for the consumption of alcohol from approved establishments throughout much of the Mountain Village Center (including Sunset Plaza, Heritage Plaza and now Village Pond Plaza) noon-9 p.m. daily. 

The Mountain Village Business Development Advisory Committee has been working on more ways to help support our restaurants and merchants, and more plaza tables and chairs have been ordered and are on the way to allow for more outdoor seating this summer. There will also be local live musicians playing throughout Heritage Plaza and Sunset Plaza daily starting June 7, beginning at 2 p.m. daily.  

Below you will find updates from several of our restaurants who have shared their information with us and stay tuned for periodic updates from our business community.

El Rhino

El Rhino Taco & Coffee Bar

Located in Market Plaza, adjacent to the newly re-opened Village Market, El Rhino offers handcrafted carnitas tacos, breakfast food items, fine coffee and everything else you need to fuel your day. 

La Piazza

La Piazza del Villaggio

La Piazza Del Villaggio's menu is a marriage between old family Italian recipes and contemporary influences. Now open for take out and on-site dining 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. daily. 

La Pizzeria

La Pizzeria

La Piazza's sister restaurant offers a variety of traditional Italian pizza including the classics and contemporary combos! Top off your email with fresh gelato, sobetto and affrogato. Now open for take-out AND dining inside and out. 

 Shake n Dog

Shake N Dog Grub Shack

Shake n Dog Grub Shack offers high quality hot dogs, milkshakes, salads, wraps and snacks made to order, fairly priced and served quickly with a smile. Open for take out to enjoy in the comforts of Heritage Plaza. 


Telluride Coffee Company

Telluride Coffee Company

Telluride Coffee Company offers gourmet coffee and espresso, made-to-order breakfast, baked pastries to get your day started.Make sure to try one of our new seasonal alcoholic drinks, or spike any drink of your choice.

 Telluride Distilling

Telluride Distilling Company

The Telluride Distilling Company Tasting Room is now open , and will be offering  food from Aemono. If you don't want to hang out in the tasting room, bring one of their signature cocktails out to the Common Consumption Area. 




Telluride Coffee Company offers gourmet coffee and espresso, made-to-order breakfast, baked pastries to get your day started.Make sure to try one of our new seasonal alcoholic drinks, or spike any drink of your choice.

 Village Market

The Village Market

The Village Market is officially open offering an array of groceries and grab and go items. The recently renovated space now features fresh sushi, an expanded deli department, and masks are highly encouraged in the store. 

Opening soon! 

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


  1. Marcio Faria on

    Linda cidade. Ainda quero conhecer. Hi from Brazil.
    • Kimberly Corrigan on

      We have opened on a limited basis and are seeing visitors in Telluride and Mountain Village daily. Short term lodging is now available, we'd love to see you!