Blog :: 2018

Your 7 Day Guide to Telluride

Recently named the #1 in US News's Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA, Telluride's scenery, cultural events, sunshine, and charm make it a summer favorite. The TREC Team has put together a list of our favorite Telluride activities for every day of the week.

MONDAY

18 Holes at the Telluride Golf Club 

The natural beauty and splendor of the surrounding mountains and wildflowers will take your breath away as you tee off at 9,417 feet. And as one of the country’s highest courses in elevation, the ball travels significantly farther at the Telluride Golf Course (average golfers can drive an estimated 15-25% farther than on a lowlander course). Why? Same reason it’s tougher to breathe; the thin mountain air hosts less oxygen and therefore imposes less resistance on the ball. 

TUESDAY

Bear Creek Trail Hike at S Pine Street

Put on your hiking boots and head up the Bear Creek Trail. A local favorite, this trail goes through the Bear Creek Preserve and ends at the iconic Bear Creek Falls. Hiking musts include sturdy shoes, rain jacket, water, nuts or powerbars, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

WEDNESDAY

Sunset Concert Series  //  Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 pm  //  Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village

From Telluride, take the free gondola up to Mountain Village and enjoy live music while watching the sun set. Bring a blanket & camp chairs or grab a table at a restaurant in the plaza. Food and beverages are available for purchase. 

THURSDAY

Historic Walking Tour  //  Thursdays 1:00-2:00 pm  //  Telluride Historical Museum

Join longtime local Ashley Boling for a fun and lively tour about Telluride. Learn about the people, buildings, and events that make Telluride unique. $15 ($10 for members) Ticket includes free museum admission. Purchase tickets at the museum, online, or by phone, 970-728-3344 

FRIDAY

Telluride Farmers' Market  //  Fridays 10:30 am - 4:00 pm  //  South Oak Street

Since 2002, the Telluride Farmers’ Market (TFM) as been providing the residents and visitor of Telluride and the surrounding area, with access to regionally produced, organic food and crafts from Colorado’s Western Slope. Our favorite picks are the Thai food stand, produce from any of the local farmers, fresh cut flowers, and getting puppy kisses at the Second Chance Humane Society booth.

SATURDAY

Movies Under the Stars  //  Saturdays 8:45 pm  //  Reflection Plaza in Mountain Village

Enjoy an outdoor movie in the cool Rocky Mountain air, lit by stars and moonlight, surrounded by unmatched Telluride/Mountain Village views. Thursday and Saturday nights this summer. Free Admission. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks! Full bar and menu service is available.

SUNDAY

Mountain Biking

Our favorite trails are Village Trail and Prospect Trail which are accessible from the San Sophia Gondola Station. Or do a "locals loop" which is Village Trail to Ridge Trail to Jurassic Trail, a stop in Illium at the Brewery or Distillery for a refreshment and refill water bottles, and back to town on the Valley Floor River Trail. Bike rentals are available from Boot Doctors or Telluride Sports, in town or Mountain Village locations.

Mountain Bike Trails Expanding in Telluride

Telluride Bike Park to Expand to 15 Trails and 17 Miles of Terrain

At a community meeting last week, Telluride Ski Resort announced plans to expand its bike trails. The Telluride Bike Park, set to open June 2019, is currently underway with Telski investing $1 million to build miles of bike trails. Gravity Logic of Whistler, a industry leader, has been hired design and construct the project. 

“The new terrain (inside the park) will be more on the flow side of things. We hired Gravity Logic out of Whistler, the industry leader, to design and construct the park, and they’ve already started,” he said. Ten miles of new terrain will be added.

As with other upper-echelon bike parks, Telluride’s will be monitored by Bike Patrol to aid with mechanical problems and medical emergencies. And, like popular playgrounds, it will charge users to play. The gondola's San Sophia Station already provides access to the existing trails, Village Trail, Prospect Trail, and Basin XC Trail as well as the Mountain Village Bike Park (downhill bike park). Additional uphill access will be provided by Lift 4 (Village Express). 

Photo courtesy of Town of Mountain Village“The industry standard is $36 a day, so that’s what we’ll charge,” Telski CEO Bill Jensen said. “That includes a $1 donation to the National Forest Foundation (NFF), the nonprofit arm of the U.S. Forest Service.” 

The cost, however, will be substantially less for holders of Telski winter season passes: a one-time $25 donation to the NFF, which will grant the donator access to Cross-Country, Freestyle and Technical trails, as well as unlimited rides on Village Express. 

According to Jensen, local donations to NFF, which has a matching awards program, “will come back to us as a community and our trails. The hope is to sell 10,000 single-day tickets and put $30,000 in the coffers of NFF. Telski will make money at some point,” he said, but the short-term goal for the bike park is “to energize Mountain Village in the summer and stimulate the local economy.” 

The resort plans to open Telluride Bike Park the third Saturday in June with daily operation through Labor Day, then moving to Saturday-Sunday operations through the second Sunday in October. Personnel will scan passes at Station San Sophia and atop Village Express from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., which also are the hours for the Bike Park, as well as its patrollers, guides and instructors. 

 

Excerpts from Telluride Daily Planet/Rob Story

 

New Bites: Noodles & Whiskey

Wood Ear to Open This Weekend in the Roma Building

Texas-flavored ramen joint, Wood Ear Whiskey Lounge & Noodle Bar, is set to open June 24. Matt Arnold -- owner and general manager, and his employees “have resurfaced every inch except for the original walnut bar” (which was crafted by the Brunswick-Balke-Collener Company in 1860).

Wood Ear aims to stay open year-round, with the exception of a week each off-season, and by becoming “a place where everyone can afford to eat,” Arnold said. “People will be shocked by our prices.”

Indeed, Wood Ear’s preliminary menu reveals five items priced not in dollars but cents.

Along with a 25-cent nori sheet or 50-cent pickled carrot, diners will savor $2 charred corn, $4 wasabi potato salad or $5 shrimp tacos. 

Since bar manager Alvin Davis, head chef Kevin Bush and Arnold all hail from Texas, they endeavored to incorporate Hill Country flavors in the menu, meaning warm potato salad, cucumber salad and all kinds of smoked meats, whether brisket, pork shoulder or Asian-barbecue-style porkbelly.  

“We’re trying to bring our own touch to ramen,” Bush said. Lots and lots of ramen, that is:  According to Arnold, Wood Ear will boil 200 pounds of bones per day to create broth for all the ramen entrees on the menu. 

That process will take two days to complete, in order to intensify flavors, as will the smoking of Wood Ear’s brisket. 

Like neighboring restaurants La Cocina de Luz and Butcher & Baker, Wood Ear will operate as a counter-service joint. That way, Arnold said, he can save on employee costs and pass down the savings in the form of, well, 50-cent pickled carrots. 

In early March, Arnold imagined Wood Ear as a “cocktail lounge that serves Japanese-inspired drinking food.” The more the three main players tinkered, though, the more “we amped up our food” offerings, said Arnold. He now describes Wood Ear as a “Texas Hill Country-inspired ramen joint.”

Wood Ear is still obtaining whiskey from the East — just not the Far East. Bar manager Davis has stocked the bar with libations from Vermont’s Whistle Pig distillery instead of the major Japanese exporter because “Suntori is currently the most sought after brand of whiskey, and it rarely makes it off the coasts.”

Wood Ear’s new look will surprise those familiar with its predecessors’ gray-and-black hues. Arnold pointed to an Oregon artist’s fabulous new mural — in which bears snarl as long-stemmed chanterelles stretch for the horizon — and said, “We’ve started calling our motif ‘psychedelic hunting lodge.’”

That sounds about right, given the new wooden paneling: a lively interplay of beetle-killed blue pine, aspen and white pine. 

The mural surrounds the traditional stage of the Roma. The stage, Arnold said, will hold music acts during both Ride Fest and the Telluride Jazz Festival. 

From: Rob Story, Telluride Daily Planet

Luxury Market Update | June 2018

As revealed in our just-released in Christie's International Real Estate's Luxury Defined 2018 report on the global luxury real estate sector, sales of million-dollar-plus properties in second-home and resort lifestyle destinations worldwide soared in 2017. Luxury sales in second-home markets grew by 19% year-on-year in 2017 with Telluride exceeding with 37% growth in 2017. Telluride has seen $191.5M in closed transactions through May in 2018. With $97.4M in sales currently under contract, we look forward to the summer sales season.

Festival Seasons Kicks Off with Mountainfilm

The summer festival season in among us and starts with Mountainfilm. Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals and a locals’ favorite. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: Inspiring. Mountainfilm has evolved into a dynamic organization and a festival of films, people, stories, and ideas that celebrates indomitable spirit, educates and inspires audiences, and motivates individuals and communities to advance solutions for a livable world.

Mountainfilm will kick off its 40th Anniversary Festival by dedicating its Moving Mountains Symposium to one of the most pressing issues of our modern era: migration. To help guide audiences through the topic, the festival has gathered an impressive roster of scholars, activists, humanitarians and climate experts to speak at the event. The half-day symposium, which is scheduled for May 25, 2018 in High Camp Theater, will feature a former UN senior advisor, immigrant leadership advocate, a preeminent author of the American Southwest and expert in forced migration, among others. Speakers will take the audience on a deep dive into several facets of the migration issue, from immigration reform in America to the international refugee crisis and the long history of human movement across the globe.

With first ascents and routes on walls that span from Antarctica to Patagonia and Alaska to the Himalaya, author and North Face athlete Conrad Anker is a modern climbing legend. Anker is Mountainfilm's 2018 Guest Director. This year’s presenters include former festival director Arlene Burns, 2018 poster artist Joseph Toney, filmmaker Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, film producer and writer Anna Brones, and Norwood-based British climber Adrian Burgess. 

Mountainfilm is in the TREC family as Broker Alex Martin's wife, Sage, is Mountainfilm's Executive Director. “Alex and I are so blessed to have the opportunity to live and work in Telluride. The natural beauty is awe-inspiring, and the community genuine. We couldn’t dream of a better place to raise our sons and to call home.” says Sage.

To learn more about Mountainfilm, click here to visit their website. If you want to attend, we're sorry to report that passes are SOLD OUT. But, check out today's Telluride Daily Planet to see how you can Mountainfilm without a pass (and for free!). 

 

Summer Flights Grow Nearly 10%

Summer 2018 Will Include Daily Flights from Chicago

Colorado Flights Alliance has released the Summer 2018 flight schedule. Despite Great Lakes pulling out of Telluride (TEX), travel options into Montrose (MTJ) continue to expand. Highlights include extended daily Chicago (ORD) service on United and larger jets through out the summer on Houston (IAH) and Dallas (DFW) routes, and a second Dallas flight on core days.

Looking at summer bookings, traffic is up 7% on early numbers with each month pacing even to ahead year-over-year.

Presenting Vista Residences | Represented by Exclusive Affiliate Conlon Real Estate

TREC is pleased to share with you Vista Residences, represented by our exclusive affiliate in Chicago, Conlon Real Estate. If you'd like to learn more about this luxury development, please contact your TREC broker and we'll gladly connect you. 

                                                      

Chicago’s most anticipated development, Vista Tower, is now under construction in the city’s Lakeshore East neighborhood. Comprised of 406 ultra-luxury condominiums atop a 5-star hotel, Vista Tower will undoubtedly bring a new world-class building to Chicago’s lakefront. Visualized by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, this development is a masterpiece of design and, as Chicago’s third tallest building, will soar 101 stories above where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan. The tower will offer sweeping views spanning the cityscape and its striking architectural design will surely become an icon in Chicago’s magnificent skyline.

Rich in detail, each sophisticated residence will emit boundless style and comfort. Residences will include 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom units with pricing beginning at $1 million and reaching more than $17 million for the 360? Penthouse suites. Residents of Vista Tower can access the luxurious amenities in the five-star hotel in addition to their own private amenities at the exclusive Club Vista located on the 47th floor.

The private club includes:

  • Golf Simulator Lounge
  • Private dining room, outdoor kitchen and demo kitchen
  • Wine storage and wine tasting room
  • Game Room
  • City and Sky lounges
  • Theater
  • Massage Rooms
  • Steam/sauna rooms
  • Fitness room with private training room
  • Expansive outdoor space with fire pit, hot tub and outdoor pool
  • Car wash
  • Valet
  • Dry cleaning
  • 24-hour attended lobby and concierge services
  • Bicycle storage and storage for each unit
  • Enclosed dog run and owner’s lounge

Amenities

 

Lakeshore East is surrounded by the lakefront, river walk and Millennium Park; the elite epicenter of downtown Chicago’s luxury high-rise community. This award-winning planned development is a village within the city and is home to the Gems World Academy International School, a six-acre public park, the bustling Village Market and is minutes away from Lake Michigan, sailing clubs, restaurants, museums, shopping and a pleasing variety of Chicago’s finest destinations.

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Three Telluride Athletes Compete in the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang

Raised on the slopes of Telluride, locals Gus Kenworthy, Keaton McCargo, and Hagen Kearney traveled to PyeongChang, South Korea to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. 

This is Kenworthy's second Winter Olympic Games as a member of the Freestyle team, first competing in Sochi in 2014 and winning the silver medal in Slopestyle. Suffering a broken thumb and bruised hip from a hard fall in practice one day before competing, Kenworthy finished out of the metals in the men's ski slopestyle competition. In typical Gus fashion, he rescued a South Korean dog. Kenworthy and newly adopted pup, Beemo, will be stateside shortly.

Also on the Freestyle team is McCargo, competing in the Moguls event. The US women’s moguls team came to the games with high hopes but small errors kept the team out of the finals. McCargo nailed it in the first qualifying round and  finished eighth in the second, just two spots away from the metals round.

Kearney is on the US Snowboard Team competing in the Snowboardcross event. He had a fall which prevented him from making it past the quarterfinals.

All three athletes are products of the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, which TREC is proud to sponsor! 

Telluride Joins the Epic Pass

Vail Resorts and Telluride Ski & Golf jointly announced today that the Telluride Ski Resort will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a long-term alliance beginning with 2018-19 winter season.  This partnership opens the Epic Pass to 46 resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia.

Telluride is on the bucket list of skiers around the world and now the iconic mountain is now a part of the Epic Pass experience. 

“Telluride is excited to join the Epic Pass and a collection of world-class mountain resorts that skiers and snowboarders around the world come back to time and again. This new season pass alliance is more comprehensive and longer term than prior pass alliances and will provide an incredible benefit for both Telluride guests and our resort community. Epic Pass skiers and snowboarders thrive on new, unique one-of-a-kind adventures. We offer an extraordinary big mountain experience, signature hospitality and guest service, and an authentic, welcoming mountain town surrounded by stunning scenery,” said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf.

Following are the benefits for Epic Pass, Epic 7-Day and Epic 4-Day pass holders, Telluride Season Pass holders and Telluride Ski & Golf Club members with full winter benefits.

• Epic Pass™: Epic Pass holders will receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates. Once the seven days have been used, pass holders can get 50 percent off lift tickets at Telluride. Pass holders get the added benefit of going direct to the lift with their pass and avoid the ticket window. The Epic Pass offers full access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia, with no blackout dates. The Epic Pass also provides limited access to Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; 4 Vallées in Switzerland; Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy.

• Epic 7-Day Pass: Epic 7-Day Pass holders will receive up to seven days of skiing or snowboarding at Telluride with no blackout dates as part of their seven total days on the pass. After the seven days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders can get 20 percent off additional lift tickets at Telluride. Pass holders get the added benefit of going direct to the lift with their pass and avoid the ticket window. The Epic 7-Day Pass features a total of seven days with no blackout dates at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe and Arapahoe Basin, plus seven additional free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain.

• Epic 4-Day Pass: Epic 4-Day Pass holders will receive up to four days of skiing or snowboarding at Telluride with no blackout dates as part of their four total days on the pass. After the four days, regardless of the resort at which they were redeemed, pass holders can get 20 percent off additional lift tickets at Telluride. Pass holders get the added benefit of going direct to the lift with their pass and avoid the ticket window. The Epic 4-Day pass features a total of four days with no blackout dates atWhistler Blackcomb, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe and Arapahoe Basin, plus four additional free days at Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton or Wilmot Mountain.

Telluride Season Pass holders and Telluride Ski & Golf Club Members with full winter benefits: These season pass holders and club members with full winter benefits will receive 50 percent off lift tickets at all Vail Resorts owned mountain resorts.

Vail Resorts’ 2018-19 season passes will go on sale in early March at www.epicpass.com.