Mountain Village

Mountain Village Amends Design Guidelines

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Design Guidelines Relaxed in Mountain Village

On February 16th, the Mountain Village Town Council unanimously approved an amendment to the town’s design guidelines. The goal of the Community Development Code Design Review reads, “Architecture within the town will continue to evolve and create a unique mountain vernacular architecture that is influenced by international and regional historical alpine precedents. The Town encourages new compatible design interpretations that embrace nature, recall the past, interpret our current time, and move us into the future while respecting the design context of the neighborhood surrounding a site.”

To that end, the following design guidelines, among others, were approved:
– References to “solid, heavy” and “thick” bases as a design requirement were supplemented with language for design that appears “grounded” to the site to withstand alpine forces of wind, snow and heavy rain, with an expanded selection of building materials to choose from.


– Gable roofs are no longer the only required roof form, instead, the board added the requirement that roof design shall be made up of multiple forms that emphasize sloped planes, varied ridgelines and vertical offsets.


– The list of appropriate roof materials was also expanded to include black or gray standing seam materials, and certain synthetic materials that meet stated standards of durability, high strength and high-quality design.


– Individual windows are no longer required to be a maximum of 40 square feet. Instead, the new regulations require window use and placement be responsive to energy requirements, be an integral part of the design of the structure and be sensitive to adjoining properties. The standard that no more than 40% of the exterior of a structure be glass remains.

These guidelines apply to all architecture in the Mountain Village including residential and commercial properties.

Mountain Bike Trails Expanding in Telluride

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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

 

Your 7 Day Guide to Telluride

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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.

Top 10 Things to Do in Telluride under $15

 

  1. Ride the Gondola – scenic and gravity defying, our public transportation is like a gentle amusement ride.  With 360 degree views of breathtaking scenery, the 13 minute commute from downtown Telluride takes you to European inspired Mountain Village.  Cost: FREE  Intersection of W. San Juan Ave and S. Oak Street

  1. Eat at Tacos del Gnar – with a sister restaurant in Ridgeway, grab yourself a Drippy Mitch or Yard Bird taco, or shell out $10.50 (plus tax) for the Gnar Taco Dinner: pick any two tacos with cheese tots and kool beans. 
    123 S. Oak Street 970.728.7938

  1. Visit the Free Box.  The cubbyhole of Goodwills, find some of the most fantastic treasures in Telluride’s 24/7 swap meet.  Clothes, books, gadgets and household items. Cost: FREE 121 N. Pine Street

  1. Tour the Telluride Historical Museum. Museum associated with the Smithsonian with 10 themed rooms of exhibits dedicated to the area’s history & culture. $7 General Admission, $5 Students (6-17), $5 Seniors (65 and older), Free for Museum members and children 5 and under
    Free admission for active military personnel 201 W. Gregory Avenue 970.728.3344

  1. Stop by a live broadcast at KOTO.  Since 1975 KOTO has provided the Telluride region with high-quality, commercial-free, non-underwritten community radio.  Their mission is to inform, educate & entertain while reflecting the needs, desires & diversity of our community.  Cost: FREE w pre-arrival phone call. 207 N. Pine Street 970-728-4333

  1. Grab a snack at Cornerhouse – set in a historic house, this bar and grill has regular bar fare & a few Mexican dishes.  Although it is a sports bar, children are welcome.  Tables outside to enjoy the views, drink deals and a nightly specials menu.  Cost: $5 pitchers of PBR & Miller High Life, all menu items under $15.  Nightly Specials: Burger Night Monday, Taco & Tequila Tuesday, Whiskey Wednesday, Thursday is ½ off Ladies Day + Night/ ½ off Wing Night, Friday Burger Night, Saturday + Sunday Football Special, House Bloody Mary’s & signature Mimosas. 131 N. Fir Street 970.728.6207

  1. Visit Town Park – a scenic gathering place with camping & sports facilities plus a pool, playground & ice skating. Cost: Heated Pool – Adults $6, Seniors (59 and up) $3, Child (4-17) $3, Infant/Toddler (3 and under with paid adult) FREE, FREE Skateboarding & Sledding
    Items that can be checked out: Horseshoes, Basketballs, Fishing rods/tackle, Footballs, Frisbees, Soccer balls, Softballs/bats, Tennis racquets and balls, Volleyballs. 
    Reservations required: Tennis/Pickleball, Disc Golf, Indoor Ice Rink
    500 E. Colorado Avenue 970.728.2173

  1. Sample a Floradora Saloon blue plate bar special – serving fresh local food, Florie and Charlie Kane opened the Floradora Saloon in October 1973. In 2005 Florie and Charlie’s middle son, Roscoe, joined the business as the chef!
    Cost: $8 Hot Wings (6), $9 Squash Fries, $10 Duck Egg Rolls, Jalapeno Poppers, Baked Mac n’ Cheese, $12 Short Rib Poutine, $13 Honey Baked Brie, $15 Mahi Fish Tacos
    103 W. Colorado Avenue 970.728.8884

  1. Check out Esperanza’s Happy Hour – A surrogate mother to us all, Esperanza makes the best Margarita in town.  Happy Hour is ½ off Apps and Margs, chips, cabbage & salsa included.
    226 W. Colorado Avenue 970.728.8399

  1. Tasting Tour at Telluride Distilling Company. Vodka, Schnapps, Whiskey. Feel free to stop by during open tasting room hours and grab a taster and talk about any of the available products.  One of the knowledgeable bartenders would be happy to give you a rundown of how the spirits are made & the "science and engineering" behind the distillery. Advanced scheduling required for large groups or private parties.  567 Mountain Village Boulevard Suite 106B 970.728.2910

  1. *BONUS – Visit The Last Dollar Saloon for one more… with 119 years of service and a newly opened Rooftop bar & patio, this local watering hole is in the exact center of town and lovingly referred to by locals as “the Buck”.  Open any day starting a 2 PM, they have Telluride’s largest beer selection +/-60 Domestic, Imported, Local, Regional, Craft, Limited Edition and Seasonal offerings.  A fun cocktail menu and a nice wine list also available.  100 E. Colorado Avenue 970.728.4800