(Private) Truly Telluride Volume 42

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p e o p l e . p l a c e s . p r o p e r t i e s .

Covering Telluride, Mountain Village & Surrounding Areas

Volume 42








Since 1986, Telluride Properties has earned the reputation as Telluride's premier boutique real estate firm. We have navigated the ups and downs of the market, watched big brand names come and go, and the face of technology change for more than three decades. Through it all, our mission has remained the same, hire the best real estate professionals and provide our clients with the highest standard of service. Buying or selling a home is much more than numbers — it’s about relationships and knowing your best interests are being represented in a diligent, forthright manner. As your trusted advisor, we listen to your needs and purposefully guide you through the buying/selling process with the utmost expertise.

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people . places . 06




telluride lifestyle photo essay

trending design elements curated by Collective Roots Design





local goods from food to fashion

the draw of modern design and luxury lifestyle





Slate Gray Gallery donates profits to local art community

creating a better world through the power of film
















who's who in luxury real estate and leverage global partners



successfully listed and/or sold by telluride properties

get to know the brokers and staff of telluride properties

properties .




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marketplace L O C A L

ESKYFLAVOR TELLURIDE HAT $45 @ TwoSkirts / 127 W. Colorado Ave. shoptwoskirts.com



$1,750+ @ Wagner Custom / 620 Mountain Village Blvd. Unit 1B

$25 @ Telluride Truffle / 100 W. Colorado Ave.




CABIN PORN BOOK $32 @ Between The Covers Bookstore / 224 W. Colorado Ave. between-the-covers.com

MARYBETH EARRING $175 @ MIXX projects / 307 E. Colorado Ave. mixxprojects.com

LAUREN WOOD PILLOWS $495 @ On Main / 359 E. Colorado Ave.

APOLIS TELLURIDE MARKET BAG $72 @ Scarpe / 250 E. Pacific Ave. shopscarpe.com

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interior design T R E N D I N G

by Collective Roots Design

WALLPAPER Corner nooks and smaller spaces offer an opportunity to surprise and delight as they lend themselves to bolder decorative elements. The increasing popularity of wallpaper over the past few years has resulted in a surge of boutique producers that are creating stunning new options. Our favorite wallpaper designers artfully combine offbeat patterns and fun details — think metallic finishes and playful graphics — while maintaining a clean, upscale feel. Where to use: Give some personality to a powder bath, mudroom, laundry room, or kids room with wallpaper or colorful tile that is unexpected and uniquely you.

BRINGING NATURE INDOORS Taking inspiration from the outdoors creates a calm living space, and can work on many levels. Start by choosing organic, sustainably harvested accent pieces like driftwood, interesting seedpods, or a bare aspen branch - It helps to think about adding texture, warmth and a bit of history with pieces that tell a story. A color palette that mimics your natural surroundings is also vital in creating a tranquil atmosphere: greens, grays, earth tones, and rusts. The Judd Weibe Trail, a Telluride favorite, has a fantastic palette in its stone landscape for local inspiration. Where to use: Reclaimed timber can take a starring or backstage role in furniture and architectural accents, such as a trestle table, mantle, beams, or antique door. Reclaimed flooring, such as French Oak, can be made even more beautiful by introducing it in a chevron or herringbone pattern.




Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in the naturally imperfect — and impermanent — world. In a moment when we’re being asked to slow down and take care of ourselves, what does that look like? A Wabi-Sabi home is full of rustic character, charm, and moments that illuminate the passage of time. This can mean the patina of a worn leather chair, heirloom furniture that has been in your family for generations, a cracked-and-repaired piece of pottery, or a reclaimed local stone wall that leaves room for conversation with your neighbors.

The comfort of cashmere doesn’t stop at sweaters. There are dozens of brands bringing its luxe appeal to throw blankets, throw pillows, and bedding. We also love Belgian wool, linen, and alpaca. Heavyweight throws in an alpaca/wool boucle provide warmth and style on winter nights outside by the fire, while light weight options are ideal for cool summer evenings. Both provide beautiful comfort while also exuding a plush elegance when draped over the back of a couch or chair. Supporting high end craftsmanship from all ends of the earth is an added bonus.



Art that brings your favorite places to mind is an uplifting design choice — especially now that we’re spending more time at home. Incorporating an eclectic mix of modern and classical paintings, abstract landscapes, fine art photography, original local art, or framing some of your favorite travel photos, adds warmth and tells your story. Switching pieces and frames out over time can become a fun seasonal ritual.

HIGH CONTRAST CABINETRY: Currently popular in kitchens, dark-finished lower cabinets with light uppers will create a fresh, up-to-date look. UNIQUE HANDWOVEN BASKETS: Whether from Morocco, Africa, Santa Fe or a regional Native American trading post, hang baskets in a cluster as wall art to add visual interest. BLACK EVERYTHING: From cabinets and sinks to countertops and walls, black paint, finishes, and furniture can make your home look high-end and on-trend. RETHINKING YOUR HOME OFFICE AND WORKOUT SPACES: Now that we're spending more time at home, designate areas for specific activities using visual cues that focus on utility and tranquility.

With 20 years of experience in fine art, interior design, set decoration, and custom framing, MaryBeth O’Connor founded Collective Roots Design, a full-service interior design studio, in 2017. MB believes every space has a voice to be expressed and shared, and that a home should be a reflection of its owners and their passions. Her unique eye for exquisite treasures and chic design will enliven your home, tell your story, and inspire your lifestyle. By Appointment Only in Downtown Telluride / 970.708.7638 / collectiverootsdesign.com

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LIFESTYLE by Anna Wilson

It goes without saying that the Telluride lifestyle has always been a draw--and why not? The appeal of Telluride life is hard to ignore: surrounded by picturesque views, residents have the advantage of being mere steps away from world-class skiing, hiking, mountain biking, shopping, restaurants, art galleries, music festivals and more. But what happens when you combine that lifestyle with the opportunity to own a newly constructed, modern home? In the case of the recently completed Transfer Telluride project, represented by the O’Neill Stetina Group, the combination resulted in record sales prices, illustrating undeniable demand for the ultimate luxury Telluride lifestyle. Completed in December 2019, Transfer Telluride is centrally located in the heart of Telluride’s Art District, just steps from

both Main Street and the Gondola, and buyers were undeniably drawn to the walk-to-everything lifestyle that the project offers. When you arrive, you can park your car in your private, covered space, and leave it for the duration of your stay. Beyond the paramount location, Transfer Telluride’s residences include generous outdoor living spaces with unobstructed views of the ski mountain and valley, plus open-concept living with large kitchen islands and spacious great rooms. The interiors embrace thoughtfully designed elements, combining steel and wood for that sought-after mountain modern feel. There is no shortage of amenities as residents have private access to an on-site fitness center, spa and ski locker. In this new world that embraces contact-free living, each unit has its own private front door with no shared hallways, plus a state-of-the-


art Latch locking system, allowing residents to use their phones to unlock their residences. According to Rich Carr of CCY Architects, “Inside we wanted to create unique residences that lived like single-family homes. A driving force for the interior layouts was to capture a diversity of Telluride’s panoramic scenery, giving future owners the opportunity to enjoy both indoor and outdoor views of the San Juans, Bridal Veil Falls and Telluride Ski Area.” Bringing the outdoors in is a common theme in modern construction. Larger windows providing access to more natural light and visual connectivity to the outside are consistently cited as the primary drivers behind the modern-home movement, so there’s no surprise that it is increasing in popularity in mountain communities. In line with studies linking natural-light exposure to an elevated mood, many of us just seem to be happier inhabiting brighter interior spaces with an effortless visual link to the outside and Telluride’s picturesque views, even if we’d prefer to be indoors. The pent-up demand for such a product was made evident by the quick sales at Transfer Telluride: 7 units sold pre-completion, followed by 5 closings within 2 months of the project’s completion ranging in sales price from $3,105,750 to $8,200,000. Only one unit still remains: LoftHouse 2, a four-bedroom, fivebathroom residence, with a listing price of $4.45 million. Outside of the Transfer project, the desire for modern homes was illustrated by several sales within the Telluride Properties office. The O’Neill Stetina Group represented four significant sales of modern construction and remodels in the past 12 months: 372 Pandora Lane, a newly constructed home in the Idarado Legacy subdivision, sold for $8,400,000 upon completion. 235 E. Columbia, an impeccably restored historic home in the Town of Telluride, sold for $7,625,000, never even hitting the MLS. 114 S Townsend, also known as the Holly House, a beautifully renovated historic home in Downtown Telluride, sold for $5,025,000 after 132 days on the market. Finally, 517 E Columbia, newly renovated with a warm and modern aesthetic in Telluride’s sought-after East End neighborhood, sold for $3,800,000 after only 112 days on market. Futhermore, Steve Cieciuch orchestrated a spec project at 116 Rocky Road, an innovative modern design created by architect Narcis Tudor. This stunning Mountain Village home closed for $6,335,000 pre-completion, after only 69 days on market. Steve also represented the buyer for 300 W Colorado #3, an iconic penthouse located in the very center of Downtown Telluride, which sold for $11,200,000. Despite such popular demand, the value of Telluride still remains evident when compared to other ski resort towns. The average sales price in the Transfer Telluride project was $1,650 per square foot, while the average price per square foot for comparable product in Aspen is $2,743. Similarly, Vail and Jackson Hole’s averages remain at $2,519 and $2,473 per square foot for condominiums, respectively. Telluride’s value is undeniable when considering these numbers. While paying significantly less than in comparable ski towns, Telluride buyers have the opportunity to own luxury homes and condos in one of the most desirable, picturesque locations in the country, which is continually praised in publications like Conde Nast Traveler, who names Telluride the Best U.S. Ski Town year-after-year. Telluride’s version of “urban” living draws international visitors looking for a ski home away from home, multi-generational families seeking solace in nature and the laid-back, walk-to-everything lifestyle, retirees escaping the heat of their primary homes, and investors looking to add to their real estate portfolio. Luxe modern homes are being built and renovated to the exacting standards of a demanding market that expects value for its money. With such strong comps to illustrate this pent-up demand, there is no doubt that we will continue to see a rise of modern renovations and historic remodels for years to come.

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accent on the

HEART part of art

by Susan Viebrock of TellurideInside.com

Slate Gray Gallery


A foundational nonprofit and a major gallery have a common goal: share the wealth.

sales of artwork at Slate Gray go out the back door straight into the community to support arts-based non-profits.

Telluride Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1971 as the Telluride Council of the Arts and Humanities, aka, TCAH. The organization was the first non-profit in the region and has since served to incubate a rich culture of the arts that has come to define Telluride as much as its identity as a winter wonderland and ski resort.

In Kerrville, Beth is on the KFOR/Arcadia Live board, bringing life back to the historic downtown Arcadia Theater that had been closed for 31 years. In Telluride, she sits on the board of the Ah Haa School for the Arts and is active on the Development Committee of Telluride Arts District. Beth’s overall support for the artists and creative community of Telluride is amplified by funds from the McLaughlin Doty Foundation.

Since 2012, the road map a Cultural Master Plan, Telluride became one of the first Certified Creative Districts in the state, activated by the Arts District brand. The result has been an increase in programs for artists, including (but not limited to) the restoration of the Telluride Transfer Warehouse that will become a center for the arts in the heart of Town. In addition, there is an Art + Architecture Weekend every summer and a monthly First Thursday Art Walk every winter and summer, and studio space, all in support of Telluride's grassroots arts community. “In addition to managing two non-profit galleries of our own – Telluride Arts HQ and Gallery 81435 – Telluride Arts works closely with over 20 galleries and businesses to produce the monthly First Thursday Art Walk and seasonal Gallery Guides,” explained artist Molly Perrault of Telluride Arts. “We realize not everyone is a collector or has a background in art history, but we feel engaging with art across the various disciplines enriches everyone. Therefore, Telluride Arts strives to provide opportunities for locals and tourists alike to experience and interact with Telluride’s robust cultural economy. And it is exciting to see how each gallery provides something unique that serves to enhance a vibrant local arts scene.” Case in point: Beth McLaughlin’s Slate Gray Gallery, a venue – actually two venues, if you include her gallery in Kerrville, Texas. While the Telluride space tilts towards abstract and contemporary art, Kerrville features both contemporary and traditional realism. What both galleries have in common, however, is an emphasis on engaging and promoting the work of local and regional artists (alongside international names) so all the talent on display can further their careers as fine artists – while being able to continue to live in the places they love. What’s more – and here’s what makes Slate Gray stand out among galleries across the country – profits made from the

To get where she is today, a gallerist on a mission, required a hard left turn from the career plans Beth made as a young woman. Becoming a veterinarian was just not in her cards – though she remains an ardent dog lover. At Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Beth switched her major from pre-med to business and communication, minoring in Spanish. After university, Beth spent a short stint working for the Hyatt chain in a variety of locations, starting out as a manager in housekeeping and winding up at the front desk. Under her watch, murders and suicides occurred with creepy regularity, a scenario straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. Once Beth exited the twilight zone of the Hyatt and entered the family business – protein-based, ready-to-eat foods – however, the sprint to the finish line included opening up international markets and a startup of her own, distributing an array of food products primarily in Mexico. Art and art dealing were clearly not part of the early, ahem, picture. Yes, there were the requisite family trips to museums, but Beth does not have a formal background in art history. “I like what I like and hope you like it too,” is one her mottos. What she liked as a young girl was the print of the famous Renoir painting, “The Boating Party,” that hung above the piano in the living room where she practiced her lessons. Beth was and remains enchanted with Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “The David,” which she first saw on a trip to Florence after college. (She has returned to view the 14-foot Renaissance marble marvel at the Academia Gallery at least ten times since then.)

“Bloom where you are planted,” sums up Beth McLaughlin's philosophy of life.

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Beth likes the work of all the artists in her gallery too, seven of whom are from Texas Hill Country, where it all began with artists Katherine Lott and Deborah Harrington. The two women had been promised exhibition space by Beth’s former husband. When he reneged on the deal, in the same breath he suggested his ex might pick up the ball. And so the first Slate Gray Gallery was born, opening for business in 2015. Out of the gate, as mentioned above, it was part of Beth’s plan to help revitalize Kerrville’s historic downtown.

“Bloom where you are planted,” sums up Beth’s philosophy of life. Today, yes, Beth is a successful gallery owner, but she is an entrepreneur and philanthropist and a daughter of entrepreneurs and philanthropists first. Her family, text book examples of the American Dream, share a common mission: to make a difference where they live.


And Beth McLaughlin is doing just that. This voraciously attentive, nononsense woman possesses an electric energy. Her cultural sensitivity and sense of inclusiveness never fails to carry the day.

TELLURIDE GALLERIES Ah Haa School for the Arts 300 South Townsend

MiXX projects+atelier 307 East Colorado

Exhibits and classes that inspire individuals of all ages.

A contemporary gallery showcasing emerging talent in fine art and design.

Crossbow Leather 217 East Colorado

Rinkevich Gallery 618 Mountain Village

Workshop and retail space offering handcrafted leather products by Macy Pryor.

Contemporary paintings and tribal sculpture. Mountain Village’s premier art gallery.

Elinoff & Co. 204 West Colorado

Slate Gray Gallery 209 East Colorado

Modern and contemporary art. Fine and locally themed jewelry and watches.

Contemporary fine art, distinctive designer jewelry, and lifestyle accessories.

Gallery 81435 230 South Fir

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art 130 East Colorado

Contemporary solo exhibitions by local and visiting artists. A project of Telluride Arts.

Thirty-five years of contemporary fine art and studio jewelry.

Gold Mountain Gallery 135 West Colorado

Telluride Arts HQ Gallery 135 West Pacific

Locally crafted furnishings and lighting, plus artwork, handmade jewelry, and fine rugs.

The headquarters for the local arts council with monthly exhibits and local jewelry.

Kamruz Gallery 100 West Colorado

The Turquoise Door Gallery 226 West Colorado

Whimsical photography by Mary Kenez featuring iconic local scenery and happy dogs.

Featuring paintings and photographs of many of Colorado’s finest acclaimed artists.

Lustre 171 South Pine

Voodoo Studios 233 East Pacific

Art inspired by nature. Fine art, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, and more.

Artists’ studios open during Art Walk or by appointment. A project of Telluride Arts.

The name Slate Gray and its origin? “Well, Gray is my sister’s married name, and Slate relates to mountains, which I love. I simply liked the way these two words came together,” explained Beth in her classically unpretentious manner. Beth’s father, Dave McLaughlin is fond of saying he was first attracted to his wife Jean, his high school sweetheart, because even as a very young woman, “She knew what she wanted to do, and she was going to do it.” The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. slategraygallery.com 209 E. Colorado // ABOUT THE WRITER: Susan Viebrock is the founder and editor-in-chief of Telluride Inside… and Out, an e-zine that focuses on Telluride’s unique lifestyle, people, places and things to do. She has covered Telluride cultural economy for 27 years, starting out at the local daily. Susan is also a classically trained viniyoga instructor. Read more great articles by Susan Viebrock at tellurideinside.com

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MOUNTAINFILM helping to create a better world

by Susan Viebrock of TellurideInside.com

"... Mountainfilm has an exponential effect when we leave Telluride. Our individual efforts move the needle, yes, but it is our collective energy that can change the world.� David Byars - filmmaker and Mountainfilm Board Member


PR E AMBLE , PI CO I Y E R & WADE DAV IS: “(The Earth) sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, nightblooming jasmine and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint. And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done,” Paul Hawken, a former Mountainfilm guest speaker and internationally renowned entrepreneur and philosopher, from a book of essays titled “The Moral Ground.”

is ushered into both a global perspective and a community of conscience. “The first time I attended the Festival, in 2005, I was being taught about the Sudan and Tibet and the work of Sebastiao Salgado; quite apart from all the mountaineering themes on offer, I was being taken right into the heart of the world's problems and the many, many ways in which people, both local and from abroad, are surmounting those problems, giving refugees new lives and turning globalism into something that has to do with responsibility and justice and not just profits and communications.” When he returned in 2009, Iyer found himself in the midst of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, iconic reporters Christiane Amanpour and Roger Cohen and legal scholar Cass Sunstein, among many others: “I really felt I was among people who were working hard, round-the-clock, first to understand the world and then to help it; Mountainfilm became my post-graduate course in international relations as they are understood in the round and in the flesh.” One evening in 2009 Iyer recalls sharing a stage at the Festival with two Tibetan sisters who, having won a Rhodes Scholarship and a new home near D.C., were not just talking about the predicament of their culture, but working constantly to set up schools and clinics and bridges in the land of their parents, so as to make a beautiful difference.

Siddhartha Pico Raghavana Iyer is a world-renowned British-born essayist and novelist, widely known for his travel writing. He is author of numerous books on crossing cultures including “Video Night in Kathmandu,” “The Lady and the Monk” and “The Global Soul.” He also sits on Mountainfilm’s Advisory Board. Lying in bed contemplating the day to come, or late at night, all Iyer can see are obstacles, complications and things to worry about. Sound familiar? “As soon as I'm up and about, however, on the move and actually engaged in real life, I feel a sense of forward movement, of possibility, of optimism. We all know - often everyday - how thought can paralyze and talk can complicate, while action frees us to be our best and deepest, most decisive selves.” Iyer thinks more and more about that in our polarized times, when there is so much chatter and distraction and mediaintensified panic and rage. “… when we see the world second-hand, or through screens, we're often whipped into a state of restlessness and rage; when we're out in the midst of it – and nobody in Telluride needs to be reminded of the truth in this – we're reminded of all the spaciousness and beauty that put our tiny thoughts in place.” He always thinks of that when he comes to Mountainfilm and

And when he came for a third time, in 2018, to speak about the refugee crisis and the Age of Movement, he was shaken to see the many ways the Festival evolved into a celebration of planetary concern and a wake-up call to remind us of all we can do – all we must do – when it comes not just to protecting our natural wonders, but to be looking after one another, in an urgent, immediate, day-to-day way. “Of course the U.S. today is in a more fractious and divided state than many of us have ever seen before; but when I travel, last year from Belfast to Hong Kong and Singapore to Berlin, I’m constantly reminded how many millions are enjoying better living conditions, longer lives, and greater possibilities of communication than ever before (or even than they might have dreamed of a generation ago).” Perhaps, as Iyer believes, the deepest challenge of our global community is what Pope Francis so beautifully described as "the globalization of indifference." “To me Mountainfilm is an engaged, realistic and experienced attempt to address this: by teaching us about the world, through the experiences of those who have tasted it first-hand, through films that bring Rwanda or Bolivia to the Opera House, through the memories of those who have given themselves to social justice. It reminds us that we're not alone and we're not powerless. And that anything that concentrates on just the area around us, and right now, fails to do justice to connections that crisscross continents and decades. It's too easy to be despairing if you follow the news these days; it's hard not to be optimistic, and lit up with new possibilities for action,

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as soon as you attend Mountainfilm.”

concern. Topics include climate change, extinction, food, national parks, wilderness and so much more. But the goal is always the same: to inspire action towards helping to create a better world. For its 40th anniversary in 2018, Mountainfilm’s Moving Mountains Symposium speakers took 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. In 2019 Guest Director Cheryl Strayed, (author of the bestselling memoir “Wild,” New York Times best-seller “Tiny Beautiful Things” and more), saw equity as a deeply important theme, one that is very much in line with Mountainfilm’s history of asking Big Questions about how people can evolve to become better, more compassionate citizens of our diverse planet.

Wade Davis is a Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Davis came to prominence with his 1985 best-selling book “The Serpent and the Rainbow” about the zombies of Haiti. Between 2000 and 2013, he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and was named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium. This year, after a brief hiatus, Wade Davis is returning to Mountainfilm to talk about “El sendero de la anaconda” (“The Path of the Anaconda”). He is the featured character in the documentary. Davis believes modern cultures are famously myopic when it comes to their world view: “That kind of cultural myopia has been the curse of humanity, and today it is evident in the way we think about the natural world. So clearly, if we want to solve these global environmental problems we need to change the way we see the world and the way we interact with nature. And we also need to shift not only our attention, but also our intention. Most traditional cultures and indigenous people have a reciprocal relationship with the world. They don’t see it as just a stage upon which the human drama unfolds. They see it literally as a series of reciprocal exchanges in which the Earth has absolute obligations to humanity, and humanity has obligations to the Earth.”

MOUNTAINFILM, JUMPING INTO THE BLOOD AND GUTS, HEART AND SOUL OF LIFE, CHALLENGING MYOPIA: In his deeply thoughtful book about what it really takes to communicate change, “I’m Right and You Are An Idiot,” author James Hoggan postulates: “The driving mechanism behind significant social change is an urgent sense of the moral challenge combined with a credible path forward.” For the moral challenge, look to the headlines in conventional and social media. For a platform with solutions to burn, turn to Mountainfilm, a confluence of people from around the globe who come to the mountain town of Telluride to share their passions, ideas and stories to highlight issues of global

“Pondering what equity means whether it be in regard to gender, race, class, physical ability, or any other form of difference, strikes me as essential to fulfilling Mountainfilm’s stated mission to create a better world,” Strayed said. "At its essence, honoring equity is about being willing to value the power of every story, without privileging one. I love the idea of using the theme of equity as a focal point to inform some of the films and speakers that will be featured at the festival, but also as a conversation-starter as we reflect as a community on how to create more equality in all the work we do.” In his latest book, "The Decadent Society: How We became the Victims of Our Own Success,” New York Times columnist and best-selling author Ross Douthat noted that, “Western society is leaning back in an easy chair hooked up on a drip of something soothing, playing and replaying an ideological greatest-hits tape from its wild and crazy youth.” Douthat went on to say: “Look to the day when our culture feels more fruitful, our politics less futile, and the frontiers that seem closed today are opened once again.” Those frontiers seem to open at Mountainfilm, where one of the mantras Oprah shared last year with a rapt crowd rings true: “I see you, I hear you, and what you said mattered to me.” “Mountainfilm is a celebration of what the natural world writ large has to offer and a reminder we humans still have a vital role in preserving wild species,” said former Mountainfilm Director Rick Silverman, adding, “The beauty of Mountainfilm is that it gives us such hope. It is by and for the people who want to make the world a better place.” “The communities we choose are more meaningful than the ones we inherit,” observed Iyer. Mountainfilm is that sort of community or, as some say, “tribe.” When it was founded in 1979 by a group of gonzo mountaineers, Mountainfilm was dedicated to mountain adventures and mountain life. While maintaining that ethos, the festival evolved (primarily under Silverman, then further by successors, Elisabeth Gick, Arlene Burns, David Holbrooke and Suzan Beraza) to focus on a mountain of positive ideas too. In


other words, what began as a homespun gathering of outdoor enthusiasts evolved over four decades (and counting) into a colorful tapestry of lively talks, memorable exhibits, engaging performance art and films with bleeding hearts and open minds. “Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, the festival has always been best described by one unchanging word: inspiring. Far more than any other adjective, that’s how festival audiences talk about their experiences,” wrote Mountainfilm on its website. “Mountainfilm is a family reunion time for us. What appeals most about the Festival is that the featured movies and talks tend to focus on the challenges we care most about in the world and actively support as a family, issues of social justice and the environment, regional, national, and global. Experiencing all that in the special place that is Telluride has been magical every year,” explained Mountainfilm Board President Katherine Borsecnik. At her Mountainfilm 2019 talk Oprah interjected: “My religion is gratitude.” Borsecnik, board members, Festival Director Suzan Beraza,

Executive Director Sage Martin, the Mountainfilm team, and attendees all sing in harmony with the world-renowned (parttime) Telluride local, everyone deeply grateful for the unique opportunity Mountainfilm represents to help remake and revitalize the world we live in. The shared goal? Helping to restore grace, justice, and beauty to the planet. Proof Mountainfilm is succeeding can be found in the countless examples offered up by individuals on both sides of the equation: those who run the event and those who attend, everyone acknowledging the angel on their shoulder who whispers, “God helps those who dare,” (Ovid).

CREATING A BETTER WORLD THROUGH FILM: “I come (to Mountainfilm) because this is my tribe. We don’t do films to make films. We do films to change the world,” said award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker (“The Cove,” “Racing Extinction,” “The Game Changers,” etc.), Louie Psihoyos, who also sits on Mountainfilm’s Advisory Board and is Guest Director for the 2020 event. Concentrating on the environment, cultural and social justice, films made by Gage & Gage Productions focus on issues that

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tend to be underrepresented in the current media. Since 1993 Beth and George Gage, (as Gage & Gage Productions), have created award-winning documentaries that educate, entertain, inspire, and motivate viewers. Their films have screened in national and international markets and won dozens of awards. In other words, post Mountainfilm, the Gages have been highly successful in getting important messages out to the world.

guest at Mountainfilm and an environmental activist, now with a very large megaphone. “DeChristopher’s ability to move with intellectual seriousness and a light heart between festivals and courtrooms complicates the popular idea of The Man and what his brand of power can achieve,” wrote The Village Voice. In 2016, in the midst of the world’s largest refugee crisis since WWII, the Gages found out that Nebraska had welcomed more refugees per capita than any other state. This May, 25 years after their first Mountainfilm and paying the theme of the 40th annual Mountainfilm symposium on migration forward, the Gages plan to screen their ninth and latest documentary, “A Home Called Nebraska,” which spotlights refugees who escaped war, torture, and persecution. The success of the refugees in Nebraska should be obvious, given the current administration’s resistance to The Other: they are now productive members of a community, giving back to those who supported them. After attending their first Mountainfilm in 1989, the Gages fell in love with “the tribe,” the culture of Mountainfilm, and the people of Mountainfilm, whom they came to regard as friends and family. After several years, Beth Gage was invited to join Mountainfilm’s Board of Directors and, after some more years, she became Board President.

Messages about the dilemma of dams in their “Troubled Waters,” which brought together voices from literature, history, science, politics and religion to consider the worth of a dam where commerce is served, but nature is destroyed: (“Troubled Waters”) opens up a brand-new chapter on conservation history, eradicating the mistakes that we have made. The film, through poetry, prose and site-specific arguments, awakens people to the possibility of the act of restoration and envisioning something that once was,” said Bruce Babbitt, Former Secretary of the Interior under Bill Clinton. Knowing how the West was really won, on the backs on Native Americans, the Gages made “American Outrage” about two Western Shoshone sisters who fight for their land and human rights.

“Beginning with Rick Silverman, the first Mountainfilm director to take a chance on George’s and my filmmaking, to Arlene Burns, then David Holbrooke and now Suzan Beraza, we’ve seen Mountainfilm expand its reach, its size and its message, but through it all, it has remained enlightening, challenging, inspiring and creative. The motto I remember from Rick’s tenure at Mountainfilm was ‘The power of film to change the world’; Mountainfilm has the power to change your life.” One way to heal the Great Divide between Blue and Red (and help heal our world) is to talk to the “enemy.” Inspired by Mountainfilm, David Byars did just that –– and more.

"A must-see documentary for its message that the United States acquisition of tribal lands under the guise of legality continues today,” Dr. Linda Parker, Professor, Dept. of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University. Their “Bidder 70’” looks at climate change by looking at the bummer facts surrounding the fossil fuel industry. “Bidder 70” premiered at Mountainfilm in 2012. By then, its protagonist was serving a two-year federal prison term. “Bidder 70” was Tim DeChristopher, the student who monkeywrenched the 2008 fraudulent Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Auction, bidding $1.8 million to save 22,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness. In other words, in a real-life game of monopoly (of the fossil fuel variety), DeChristopher played his hand and got sent to jail (without passing “Go”). Out of the hooch, DeChristopher went on to be a frequent

David Byars had a background in finance, but became a filmmaker in 2009 after coming to Telluride and attending Mountainfilm. He first worked for Mountainfilm Director Suzan


Beraza (who had cut her teeth working for the Gages. It’s a circle game). On her “Uranium Drive-in,” Byars worked as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician, an experience he describes as his “film school.” In 2014, Byars went on to make his own movie, co-produced by then Festival Director David Holbrooke, along with the current Festival Producer Stash Wislocki. “No Man’s Land” previewed at Mountainfilm, but had its official world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017: “You literally feel the bullets fly in David Byars’ documentary about the 41-day occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016 by right-wingers opposed to the federal government. The filmmaker embedded with the militants, gained their trust and took full advantage of this access to make ‘No Man’s Land,’ a vivid depiction of events that have become emblematic of the current political divide. The filmmaker’s proximity to the protestors yields some remarkable moments. Byars, who scrupulously avoids editorial commentary and lets the militants speak for themselves, provides a far more intimate account of the events than traditional news media,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter. Just one of among the many raves citing the doc’s profound impact. Byars’ next project for Patagonia Films is titled “Public Trust,” a feature-length documentary about America’s system of public lands and the fight to protect them, screening at Mountainfilm 2020 A synopsis of the doc states: “Today, despite support from voters across the political spectrum, our public lands face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. Part love letter, part political expose, ‘Public Trust’ investigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts, national monument in the Utah desert, a mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and makes a case for their continued protection.”

Former Telluride local, photographer and filmmaker Ben Knight was the photo editor at the Telluride Daily Planet for a long time before, as he explained, “Print media started getting a tad sketchy.” Knight then turned to filmmaking, making documentaries like “Red Gold,” about the conflict between fishing and mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska. His next move was “Damnation,” a film about dam removal across the United States. Today, Knight is still shooting photos, but in different ways. These days, he says, his still camera is gathering dust, but the camera on his phone gets plenty of use. “Sometimes people ask me how I ended up in this position that I'm so grateful for, getting paid to tell stories that I believe in ... well, have you heard of Mountainfilm? For 40 years, photographer and filmmaker James Balog has broken new ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. He attended Mountainfilm for 15 years, showing his spectacular photographs and eco-focused film projects, endeavoring to move the needle on key issues facing our planet.

“In the micro sense, we are all getting our asses kicked on the daily, so it's so nice to be with people who are engaged in the hard work of solutions rather than the easy malaise of despair,” said Byars. “Going to Mountainfilm every year engages and inspires all of us and gives us the energy to keep trying, no matter how long the odds seem to us at the moment. That is the real impact of Mountainfilm – the extrapolation of this inspiration and energy we take home to our work is immeasurable." “Whether it's a dentist from Ohio, an international activist, or a filmmaker from Georgia (me), Mountainfilm has an exponential effect when we leave Telluride. Our individual efforts move the needle, yes, but it is our collective energy that can change the world.” Amen. Years ago, when Ben Knight was 19, there was no way he had a spare $100 for a Mountainfilm pass, but he damn sure knew how to focus a slide projector. That turned out to be his way-in and path to a new career.

In 2005, James Balog, on a tricky assignment for National Geographic, headed to the Arctic to capture images that would help tell the story of the Earth’ s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, – he holds a graduate degree in geology

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and geomorphology – Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to what is arguably the biggest story in human history.

a tremendously inspiring presence in my life for a long, long time. I have always been really pleased for the chance to tell the story of how the world at large is changing and changing radically to my home-away-from-home crowd.”

In 2007, effectively “born again” Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), a long-term, innovative photography project that merges art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems by bearing silent witness to inconvenient truths.

Balog went on to make another major documentary titled “The Human Element,” a riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science. The story tracks the renowned environmental photographer as he explores the impact of wildfires, hurricanes, rising sea levels, a struggling coal mining community and our changing air, while highlighting Americans on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Directed by Jeff Orlowski, who is also a cinematographer for EIS, the documentary “Chasing Ice” tells the story of Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering irrefutable evidence about the catastrophic results of a carbon-powered planet. “Climate change is a universal human issue,” said Balog. “It transcends politics and doesn’t belong to one party or another. The phenomenon has profound implications for the health, security, economics and food and water supply of every person on the planet, now and for generations to come. The San Juan Mountains in general and Mountainfilm in particular have been

Just as Mountainfilm does year after year. Balog’s work has traveled well beyond the borders of Telluride and Mountainfilm. “Chasing Ice,” for example screened six times at the UN, was shown to Congress, and to the House of Commons in London. Not to mention the White House. And this year James Balog was invited to participate in the Bloomberg Energy Summit.

Suzan Beraza Mountainfilm Director An Hispana-Latina-American documentary filmmaker, born and raised in the Caribbean, Suzan Beraza’s work has shown on Independent Lens, PBS, Pivot TV and on the Documentary Channel, at Lincoln Center, and at many festivals. Once a diva in local theatre, she was named Mountainfilm Director in 2017. A longtime cinephile, Beraza first experienced Mountainfilm as an audience member, but it was not long before festival speakers and films about human rights galvanized her — both as an activist and as a storyteller.
 About a decade ago, David de Rothschild, an heir to the family banking fortune, built a 60-foot catamaran almost entirely of used plastic bottles to sail to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. His idea was to draw attention to the perils of ocean pollution, especially from plastic waste.

Mountainfilm Festival Director Suzan Beraza, also an awardwinning filmmaker, shines her light on eco-challenges like plastic pollution, on Us and Them in rural America and discrimination here and abroad. As an award-winning filmmaker, she has an eye for quality content. As a beloved Telluride local, she was – and is – the perfect figurehead for a Festival that encapsulates the inclusiveness and eco-awareness of our mountain town.

Beraza was no Rothschild, so she chose to address this daunting eco-challenge in her own special way – by making “Bag It.” As much call-to-action as documentary, “Bag It” is a penetratingly smart look at our society’s use and abuse of plastic, focusing on the ubiquitous substance as it relates to our throwaway mentality, our culture of convenience, our over-consumption of unnecessary, disposable products and packaging, all the things we use once and toss away without a second thought. But where is AWAY? “Bag It” is funny (though not funny ha-ha) intelligent, grippingly intense – and lifechanging; its barbs hit hard and penetrate.


In 2010, “Bag It” won the Audience Award at Mountainfilm. It went on to win 20 more festival awards and was broadcast in over 50 countries. But perhaps one of the biggest honors was the student action the doc helped to trigger: “Correlation does not imply causation, however, having seen the film, students in Hawaii stormed their legislature, demanding their state become free of plastic bags. California and Seattle followed. I got emails saying ‘Bag It’ changed my life. That my film compelled people to make personal changes at home, in their towns and in their states,” Beraza added. Beraza’s Reel Things Productions also produced “Uranium Drive-In,” a vivid portrait of the people behind the complex issues surrounding a proposed uranium mill in the Paradox Valley. The heart of the documentary is an emotional debate pitting a population desperate for jobs and financial stability against opposition from an environmental group based in Telluride. For the record, that controversy over the uranium mill spilled outside Colorado’s borders. The national media, including the New Yorker Magazine and the New York Times, covered the story because the lives of the community members and the role of industry and “outsiders” parallel resource extraction stories across the globe.

documentary that takes place in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is about two ethnically and culturally distinct countries that have been forced to share an island since colonial times. The doc focuses on the crisis (and its victims) of forced deportation, human rights, sex trafficking and a history of violence on the island of Hispaniola. Headlines spell out in no uncertain terms how centuries of racism and fear have shaped the people of two proximate nations, echoing the current crisis at our own borders. Sadly, the anti-immigrant rhetoric in the media and in the streets, still sounds all too familiar. “Back in the 1990s, Mountainfilm really blew my mind,” Beraza said. “I was hooked. Presenters like Wade Davis taught me it is possible to be an adventurer and do good things. I may not be an ethnobotanist and river guide as he is (and so much more), but I figured I could make films that make a difference in the world.” She has. She still is. Making them and, as Festival Director, sharing other gamechanging docs at Mountainfilm, in the end, helping to create a better world.

Beraza’s latest, “Massacre River,” is a character-driven

MOUNTAINFILM HELPS CREATE A BETTER WORLD BY SUPPORTING DISTINGUISHED HEALERS: Dr. Rick Hodes, a regular guest, has long lived Mountainfilm’s ongoing theme, “Awareness Into Action.”

forming her own band. Thinking of Prudence, Stephen Hawking comes to mind: the extravagant gifts of both trapped inside severely constrained bodies. Though neither complained about the constraints. For Hawking, the diagnosis was a motor neuron disease; for Prudence, arthrogryposis, a rare disorder which causes the contraction of her joints and spine. Left untreated, Prudence would have died an early death. But Dr. Hodes went to work to save the young woman’s life. For the record, Rick Hodes is an American doctor who has lived and worked in Ethiopia for years as the Medical Director of Spine and Heart project for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 100+-year-old NGO, in charge of all the Ethiopians immigrating to Israel since late1990. Hodes has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia and Albania.

In Zimbabwe, being born with a disability is to carry the taint of witchcraft, which meant Prudence Mabena was abandoned by her family, except her maternal grandmother who sang to her while working on her farm. And Prudence sang back from her wheelchair, ultimately

At the 2009 Mountainfilm Festival, Hodes received the Moving Mountains Prize for “Making the Crooked Straight,” a film which tells the story about his work helping children with severe spinal deformities. In 2010, the good doctor returned to the Festival as a judge. There he met Prudence who had performed before a sold-out crowd following a screening of Roger Williams’ Oscar-winning film about her life, “Music By Prudence.” “Telluride helped put my work on the map and introduced me to Prudence, which certainly changed her life. A documentary

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about her beat out a documentary about me at the Oscars,” explained Dr. Hodes. “I met Prudence in Telluride and realized that she'd benefit from spine surgery. I was able to get her a free evaluation by Dr. Boachie in New York, and surgery in Denver. Prudence sang at a benefit for me in the Mile-High City. Not only did this change Prudence's life, it helped show the world what I do, and what I continue to do." Dr. Geoff Tabin divides his time between the Fairweather Endowed Chair, a professorship for global medicine and ophthalmology at Stanford, where he spends about seven months a year and, with his work curing blindness in Nepal and beyond (Asia and Africa), about four months a year.

in the world enjoy a meeting of the minds and exchange ideas,” he explained, adding: “In the past, about 50,000 people were going blind in Nepal from cataracts. Now through cureblindness.org, we are treating over 300,000 cataracts a year and the blindness rate has dropped from 1.2% to .35%, which nets down to a 70% decrease.” “Among my most impactful Mountainfilm presentations was hearing Dr. Geoff Tabin’s talk about his Himalayan Cataract Foundation,” said Susan Dalton. “I was incredibly moved by the idea that for a relatively small amount of money, approximately $15, sight could be restored to people who were blinded by cataracts. In most cases, those were elder family members who could not be helpful to their families without their sight. The gift of sight gave them more than just the ability to see. It restored their pride and place in the family as contributing members. Since that presentation, our family has donated yearly to that foundation.”

STAFF & BOARD, (EMERITUS TOO): NAVEL-GAZING AND LOOKING OUT AT THE BIG PICTURE: Sage Martin first attended Mountainfilm as a guest of her employer at the time, The Trust for Public Land. She is now Mountainfilm’s Executive Director. While in medical school at Harvard, Dr. Geoff Tabin applied for a leave-of-absence because he wanted to join a climbing expedition for a first ascent up the east face of Mount Everest. An ophthalmologist called him “a moron” and steered him, instead, toward a high-altitude ophthalmologist research project in Nepal. Thus, by merging climbing with ophthalmology, Tabin managed to complete medical school and discover his two callings: curing people with preventable blindness and being the fourth person in the world to climb all seven summits.

“I was blown away. I had never felt so inspired or seen a mission delivered so succinctly and knew I wanted to be part of it. I attended for a few more years and volunteered. But when the former Executive Director retired, I made it my mission to take his place.”

In December of 2011, Tabin went to one of the most dangerous countries in the world, South Sudan, to work with a clinic started by John Dau, one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan and a National Geographic Explorer. South Sudan, according to Tabin, “likely has the highest rate of blindness in the world.” Jordan Campbell, another Mountainfilm regular, went along to assist and report about their adventure. During and since their visit, that region has spiraled into nightmarish ethnic violence that has killed many many people, even in the villages where Tabin performed nearly 300 surgeries. The visit also resulted in a documentary titled “Duk County: Peace is in Sight in New South Sudan” a powerful 37-minute look at a humanitarian expedition.

“The film went on to win Best Documentary at Cannes and was nominated for an Academy Award. ‘For Sama’ shares a woman's intimate journey through war with her family. Her firsthand account of the uprising in Aleppo and ensuing Syrian War provided insights I could have never otherwise experienced. Films like this change my understanding of life, expand my worldview and deepen my compassion for others. I’ve watched countless attendees over the years feel inspired to make changes in their lives, support an important issue, and express gratitude for understanding issues at a deeper level.”

Mountainfilm’s role in Tabin’s mix? “Friendships, including climbing buddies, which continue to this day. Funds and visibility for our program. Nat Geo saw ‘Light of the Himalaya’ and ‘Duk County,’ which led to a piece about my work on ’60 Minutes’ and more visibility. (Pun intended.) Mountainfilm is where people doing amazing things

The screening of “For Sama” is just one of the many many presentations underlining Mountainfilm’s goal of awareness into action towards a better world Martin likes to cite:

Susan Dalton discovered Mountainfilm because of an interest in foreign cultures and travel. She is a former Board Member, once President, now Emeritus. Dalton is author of “Mountainfilm: 40 Years,” a beautiful coffee table book published in 2018 and dedicated


to the “singular alchemy” of the festival. (On sale at Mountainfilm.com)

“Our programs focus on consciousness-raising, particularly for older generations who need to wake up, and for young people who may not be able to travel, live in the mountains, or commune with other cultures.” She recalls certain films and speakers who inspired her and the crowds to action, to help build a better world: • 300 African-American students at University Academy in Kansas City watched “Brothers of Climbing” and were empowered: “Not one had even imagined the possibility of climbing. Today five of those students are actively climbing with the Kansas City Climbing Community with the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

One year, the subject of the symposium was the country of Mongolia, a place Susan Dalton had always wanted to visit. Following a meeting with an Iranian filmmaker, Hamid Sadar, who films mostly in Mongolia, she was able to travel to the country, her group staying at yurt camps and riding horses through the Valley of Genghis Khan.

• When inner city students at the Baltimore School of Arts listened to the stories of transgender athletes and watched Michael Barnett’s film about them, "Changing the Game.” “They stood up on their chairs and cheered. I believe any passivity their teachers had on the subject changed for good that day too.”

“We learned that in Mongolia, ‘All roads lead to nowhere.’ A sheep carcass traveled with us, and our cook just hacked off a hunk of meat for each meal. We were graciously invited to sit in the homes of local nomads, and share a ladle of bubbly milk-tea from their cooking pot. We also traveled by way of a rebuilt Soviet helicopter, maintained to Polish standards, down to the Genghis Valley. A propane tank took the trip along with us in the cabin of the helicopter. When it was time to return to Ulaanbaatar, we waited 12 hours for the helicopter to pick us up, a lesson in third-world travel. All in all, it was an incredible experience, all thanks to Mountainfilm.”

• Mountainfilm’s screening of Louie Psihoyos’s ”The Game Changers" made the case for giving up meat: “It seemed every person I ran into on Main Street during the festival was starting a vegetarian or vegan diet. It dawned on them that serving meat may someday be considered beyond the pale. And that eating less meat could help save the planet from global warming.”

Among the many presentations that have impacted her life and philanthropy, Dalton cites a film about the work of the SyrianAmerican Foundation. The documentary told the story of a Turkish truck driver who made trips each day in and out of Syria, carrying mostly children to a medical facility located in Turkey. “I found the talk so inspiring, the Dalton Family now donates annually. The organization uses the monies to support SyrianAmerican doctors traveling to (or close to) Syria to perform emergency medical services. Mountainfilm reminds us of the many people in the world who are not living the life that we enjoy in the U.S. It reminds us to be generous and share with others who need our help.” Kimberly Williams is a business and non-profit manager who believes arts and sciences drive social innovation and economic development. She joined the Mountainfilm Board in 2013 and served as Treasurer, Vicepresident and President. She continues to see Mountainfilm as capable of scaling social change in a way that is authentic, intimate and impactful. For Kimberly Williams, the nature of social change means behaviors common today will be unacceptable in a few decades:

• An Inconvenient Truth in 2006 and “Chasing Ice” in 2012: “Those are two seminal films by Al Gore and Jeff Orlowski/Jim Balog, who used film art, climate change science and data to transform global audiences from indifference to action.” • Dan Nocera’s 2007 Mountainfilm Symposium presentation on his water-splitting catalyst named the ”artificial leaf” and featured in Science magazine in 2011: “That same year, worldrenowned outdoor installation artists Christo and JeanneClaude attended. Talk about famous science and art in one place – our tiny hamlet – over Mountainfilm weekend.” Rebecca Martin resides in Washington, DC, and has attended Mountainfilm every year since 1998. She now sits on the Board of Directors. Rebecca Martin is a consultant and veteran in the field of exploration and talent-coaching. She has long worked to advance the careers of young adventurers and scientists. Martin served on the staff of National Geographic for more than 30 years, playing a pivotal role in programs aimed at fostering young and talented explorers. Her most recent position was Senior Director of Explorer Programs, where she oversaw the Society’s highest-profile explorers and the Fulbright/National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows. Martin also built out National Geographic’s honors and awards program, and, in 2017, launched the Explorer Mentorship Program.

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As founding director of National Geographic’s Expeditions Council in 1998, Martin developed and led the organization’s first storytelling grant program that funded exploration and conservation-based projects. The Council awarded nearly 800 grants over 18 years at more than $20 million. Martin also initiated and oversaw several sponsorships, including many years as the National Media Sponsor of Mountainfilm. “From the moment I arrived in Telluride, I knew I was in the right place to meet the people who would become critical to my grant program and to National Geographic. For example, having heard Wade Davis speak for the first time, I returned to Washington, DC to recommend him as a new member of the growing group of Explorers-in-Residence, a program I was also directing. The array of people, projects and ideas that I gleaned from each and every festival is remarkable, and I considered it a must-attend event for my work every year. Mountainfilm deeply enriched my work, my organization and my life.” Martin cites the incredible partnerships forged at Mountainfilm and projects developed simply by the convening of so much talent, all of whom in ways large and small are helping to create a better world: “For instance, it was after a meeting in Telluride in 2000, that Galen Rowell, Rick Ridgeway, Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin decided to head to the Tibetan Plateau under the direction of renowned wildlife biologist Dr. George Schaller (think ‘The Snow Leopard’). Their expedition one year later into the Chang Tang to locate the birthing grounds of the highly endangered Tibetan antelope (prized for the finest fleece in the world), resulted in Schaller being able to convince the Chinese government to expand the protected area by 35%. It was also the first time that Jimmy Chin, then an adventure photographer, picked up a video camera. Thus, a brilliant film career was launched that 18 years later resulted in an Academy Award for ‘Free Solo.’ It all began on the streets of Telluride. I met James Balog in Telluride and invited him to come back to Nat Geo for a visit, since he hadn’t worked with us for nearly 15 years. We discussed and funded a number of projects, and that is how his Extreme Ice Survey, with time-lapse of the receding glaciers, evolved, initially through grant-funding from Nat Geo. Eventually, Balog, with many other sources of funding, produced the feature doc, ‘Chasing Ice,’ which received an Oscar nomination, and which also was shown to President Obama, and quickly convinced him to address climate change if he was re-elected.” Mike “Shimmy” Shimkonis first got involved with Mountainfilm in the late-‘90s as a volunteer theater usher. He went on to become interim Executive Director for the 25th, putting his career as a real estate broker at Telluride Properties on hold. From 2001-2013, Shimmy held every position on the Mountainfilm Board, including President. He is now Emeritus. Shimmy sees Mountainfilm as analogous to going to college every Memorial Weekend “for a mind-blowing turbo-boost of cutting-edge perspectives, rallying cries for the planet and pitchfork-mad exposure to a variety of societal and

environmental injustices.” Mountainfilm, he contends, causes massive self-reflection about what we can do to become a better person and a better steward of the planet. “Meeting and learning from incredible activists like Julia Butterfly Hill, who lived in a big tree for over a year to stop deforestation; or Earth First co-founder Paul Watson launching his Sea Shepherd Society to battle illegal whaling; or Suzan Beraza and her movie about plastic consumption, ‘Bag It’ and watching George and Beth Gage's film about activist Tim DeChristopher botching a major oil and gas lease auction, have all brought important issues to the forefront of our thinking. The amazing thing is that every single year there is always something eye-opening that spurs us all to further action and commitment. Mountainfilm is what Telluride's reputation should be built upon.” Parenthetically on the subject of Julia Butterfly Hill from one of Shimmy’s examples, another former Mountainfilm Director, Elisabeth Gick, had this to add: “I don't know how many folks heard her and saw the movie, how many young people were inspired to stand up for what they believe in, to defend their values even to the point of endangering their lives. But I do know that nobody who ever connected with her, in real life or through one or another medium, could walk away untouched. Thus her power.” Shimmy goes on to say: “I’ll never forget Mountainfilm pioneer and former Festival Director Rick Silverman corralling me into a special world premiere show at the Sheridan Opera House in 1999 featuring Roko Belic’s ‘Genghis Blues.’ The doc is about Tuvan throatsinger Kondar Al Ongar who teamed up with 1970’s Steve Miller Band lyricist, Paul Pena. At the screening Kondar stepped onto the stage in his Tuvan regalia and belted out remarkable sounds and songs! Talk about the melding of cultures. Then, moments later, we were off to the Nugget to hear ethnobotanist Wade Davis give an absolutely mindblowing encyclopedic presentation of the symphony and clash of people and nature.” Ultimately, Shimmy sees the weekend as helping to move him and others into action around the world. “My family reduces, reuses and recycles as a result of Mountainfilm. No more plastic straws. No more high-energy appliances. No more letting litter flitter away. We pick up trash. We recycle chemicals. We take the gondola. We speak up when we see wrong. We're not perfect: the pursuit Mountainfilm triggers is endless and mindful.” Steve Cieciuch attended his first Mountainfilm in 1990 and it moved him like no other festival ever had. He was brought into the fold six years ago by his Telluride Properties colleague, Mike Shimkonis. Since then, Cieciuch has served on the Executive Committee and has


worked as Treasurer, Vice Board Chair, Board President, and most recently as head of Real Estate Affairs. Mountainfilm became Steve Cieciuch's favorite event of the year and its opening symposiums, deeply personal events for him and his family: “Symposiums have delved into various critical topics such as climate change, extinction, migration, social justice and equity, water and food. The timing for some of the programs was such that these topics were far less understood than they are today, at least by some audiences. It was incredibly prescient for Mountainfilm to be addressing such critical issues decades ago. I would tell my clients ‘come to Mountainfilm, it will change your life,’ as it has certainly changed mine.” Mountainfilm moved Cieciuch to Think Big. One year he was honored to present a concept for a local-level climate solution at a Mountainfilm Symposium. “Fed up by watching water that originated in our upper valley travel to California to grow our food, I came up with an idea to utilize local water to grow food on the edge of Telluride. I held an architects’ competition to create a sustainable, greenhouse concept that featured aquaponics to grow significant amounts of fish and produce that could feed 1,200 residents one meal per day. I was heartbroken when it lost by just 51 votes in a citizens-initiated ordinance, but I believe I planted a proverbial seed for a similar concept in the future.”

was an opportunity to reaffirm the mission of the nonprofit. During the gathering, everyone agreed to maintain the Festival’s cherished intimacy by limiting pass sales and focus future growth on Mountainfilm on Tour instead. The Tour, helmed by Crystal Merrill for eight years (and running), now reaches 200 locations annually. And Mountainfilm’s educational initiative reaches more than 20,000 students worldwide, from Mumbai to Sao Paulo, Baltimore to Durango. Mountainfilm on Tour began in 1999 as a way for Mountainfilm to grow legs and enhance its mission “to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.” “Our goal on tour is to share films that not only inspire audiences, but also shift perspectives. Traveling affords us a unique opportunity to connect with local public schools through our Mountainfilm for Students initiative, which enables us to share inspiring films with K-12 public schools for free. Recently we were able to screen’ R.A.W. Tuba’ for middle and high school students in Baltimore. The film tells the story of Dr. Richard White and his rise from poverty in Baltimore to become one of the most celebrated tuba players in the country. On that tour, Dr. White shared his message of finding success with students that still resonates today: ‘The secret to success is to work hard, then work harder. Continue to work as hard as you can until you get there,’ he said. Our hope is that programs like this continue to open doors for young people.” Among the countless positive responses to the Tour:

One of the most fulfilling aspects of being associated with Mountainfilm has been the people Cieciuch has introduced to the festival or met during his tenure, and their positive effect on society because of their association with the nonprofit. One in particular is the American director, screenwriter, producer, and author Tom Shadyac, a part-time Telluride local, environmental activist and educator, also the youngest jokewriter ever for comedian Bob Hope. Shadyac became widely known for writing and directing comedies like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Liar Liar,” “Patch Adams,” and “Bruce Almighty.” “I have never met anyone in my life who ‘walks the walk’ like Tom after being introduced to Mountainfilm. He has personally brought a plethora of students to the festival, silently backed a significant number of filmmakers, and has championed more positive change through the organization than one could ever imagine. Tom recently developed a state-of-the-art indoor climbing gym in downtown Memphis called Memphis Rox, which has exposed tens of thousands of children, young adults, and adults to the wonders of rock-climbing. The man is one-ofa-kind and embodies everything that is Mountainfilm.”

CREATING A BETTER WORLD BY ENGAGING YOUNG PEOPLE. THE TOUR AND OFFSPRING OF MOUNTAINFILM SUPPORTERS SPEAK OUT: The Tour & Crystal Merrill, Tour Director: Just before Mountainfilm’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2018, Executive Director Sage Martin brought together board members with new and existing staff for an annual retreat. It

“Students travel to new worlds via Mountainfilm, worlds of stunning nature and inspiring human accomplishment. In a world driven by division and negativity, Mountainfilm for Students brings kids into magical natural worlds and moving human stories, exactly what our young people need to imagine their futures! We are so happy we've been able to partner with Mountainfilm and bring their stunning storytelling to many kids in Baltimore,” said Dr. Ford, Director, Baltimore School for the Arts. “I really liked the plastic whale film (‘Every Nine Minutes’) because it really saves all the animals in the ocean and you inspired me not to use so much plastic,” Ridgway, CO, 3rdgrader. “The school program was a tremendous success. Most of the kids have NEVER experienced this kind of thing. On a follow-up to our first show two years ago for which you suggested we add the film about skating on the Pine Ridge reservation, Orofino received a grant to build our skatepark. I have to believe the inclusion of that film was some part of what made that a reality. Thank you for that thought. It made an impact for our youth which was the main intent in my heart when we started with Mountainfilm on Tour,” Dr. Kelly McGrath, Tour Host in Orofino, ID. “We have an incredibly collaborative staff which works tirelessly to create a Festival unlike any other in the world. I tell everyone I know to come to Mountainfilm because it will change their life, and after they attend, they all agree,” added Merrill.

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Kim Stone, daughter of longtime Mountainfilm supporters Tom and Donna Stone, holds a Master’s Degree in public policy and population planning. She has worked for the Union of Concerned Scientist and other non-profit environmental groups over the years. But Stone upped her advocacy game after attending her first Mountainfilm in 2010.

of perceiving and participating in the world was an expedition worth joining.

“At my first Mountainfilm, the theme of the Symposium was extinction. I thought the topic would be too depressing for my 12-year-old son, but he did not leave the room for a minute and then attended films all day, every day, for the duration of the Festival. Mountainfilm really showed me the depth and breadth of the environmental crisis and helped me consolidate my thoughts about the urgent need for action. I didn’t see the kind of change happening that I anticipated as an idealistic young person when I first entered the field. So, I decided that I could make more of a difference working locally as a member of the Highland Park, Illinois City Council.”

Today, we find ourselves in the deeply precarious terrain of human-induced climate change.

One of the biggest changes that resulted from Stone’s presence on the Council is the inclusion of environmental impacts and benefits in decision-making. But wait, there’s much more: “Today, staff considers not only the upfront costs when making purchases, but also looks at the full lifecycle costs (including energy consumption). That has resulted in the purchase of hybrid and electric vehicles for our fleet and more efficient HVAC equipment for our buildings. We now buy some renewable energy for the City’s electricity and are looking at installing a solar electric system on a City facility. I was also moved to facilitate a collaboration with engineering students at Northwestern University who helped City staff by doing research and providing information on the benefits of green infrastructure for stormwater detention. In addition, I participate in the Metropolitan Mayors’ Caucus Environment Committee through which I can share some of the sustainability successes we have had so that other municipalities can incorporate these ideas into their operations.” Lucy Price is a humanitarian, mountain-and film-lover. She grew up in Telluride, but currently lives in Berlin, where she works for the German Red Cross, training National Societies and government authorities in high-risk countries to anticipate disasters, prevent their impact and mitigate human suffering.

“For me, the films of Mountainfilm serve as love letters to discovery, celebrating an individual’s ability to dig deep into the crevasses of the earth, as well as human nature, utilizing the cross-cultural footholds of connection on the way to the summit of social justice and dignity. A playbook in perseverance, resilience and courageous commitment with the reward being both the journey and the view when reaching our wildest goals.”

“If we take a backseat, Mountainfilm films will serve as nothing more than time capsules of a bygone biosphere. However, Mountainfilm has continued to double down on its call to arms: to never underestimate the power and potential of the human spirit, respect the glory of nature, and the people and creatures with whom we share our planet. It is now our individual and collective duty to act as guardians. On the field supporting Mountainfilm causes and partners, but also off, with the ‘indomitable spirit’ of action."

MOUNTAINFILM, A BRIEF HISTORY: On the one hand, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and a kind of sclerosis in response to the circus around us, affecting public institutions and private lives alike. On the other, a groundswell of opposition, individuals and organizations fighting to protect and preserve endangered species, cultures, and ideas, people like the ones who faithfully, happily have gathered for over four decades in a tiny box canyon hamlet in the San Juan Mountains over Memorial Weekend for Mountainfilm. End of May in Telluride everyone in the know shows up to celebrate indomitable spirit, gazes set on that light at the end of the tunnel. How did it all begin? It was the mid-70s and Telluride was a far cry from the bustling international tourist destination it is today: Streets were unpaved; the population only numbered in the hundreds; and the town was in transition as the economy shifted from hardrock mining to a service-based industry centered around its new ski resort. A couple named Bill and Susan Kees had moved to town as part of an emerging population of free-spirited young people putting down roots in the community. Both embraced their new outdoor playground: Bill was an avid rock climber; Susan went on to write a definitive trail guidebook, “The Telluride Hiking Guide.”

"In exchange for making popcorn as a 12-year-old Kidz Kino volunteer, Mountainfilm gave me a passport to the world. As a fairly risk-averse, (read wimpy) kid, I relished summiting Himalayan peaks from the confines of my back-row seat.”

One day, Bill came across an article in a climbing magazine about Lito Tejada-Flores, who had forged a new ascent on Patagonia’s Fitz Roy with a team of climbers and made a documentary about the feat. The film had played at a mountain film festival in Trento, Italy.

Although Price knew early on she would never be one to summit Everest, she became convinced the Mountainfilm lens

The story planted a seed in Bill’s mind: Telluride, he thought,


would be an ideal location for a mountain film festival too. He sent a letter to Tejada-Flores, but nothing came of it at first. It was not until 1976, when Tejada-Flores and his wife, Linde, moved to Telluride to work at the ski area, that the men connected and the idea of a festival began to gain real traction. They hatched a plan, enlisting local climbers, churches and the town to help, and somehow made it happen. The first Mountainfilm took place over Memorial Day Weekend in 1979. By day, participants scattered to the mountains to go climbing or spring ski touring. By night, they gathered in the Sheridan Opera House to watch mountain-related films. Tejada-Flores “Fitz Roy” was the marquee film. Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm was Guest of Honor. The whole scrappy effort was pulled off with little money, admittedly loose planning and a lot of help from a group of climbers nicknamed “The Ophir Wall Bums.” But it stuck. Enter Jim Bedford who helmed Mountainfilm for 10 memorable years and later, Rick Silverman, the latter challenged to reimagine and remix the Festival: “My interests in life were broader than climbing and skiing. I saw the mountains as metaphors for wild places and Telluride as not just another ski town. I am a long-time believer in the power of film and when I taught at the University of Washington, I tended to use film instead of books. The board was supportive of my thinking and also allowed me to bring in as presenters some of the world’s best minds to enhance the list of some of the world’s best mountaineers (and minds). What happened was that Mountainfilm became the college class we all looked forward to. People got it. And today Mountainfilm is realizing a goal I set years ago: to use the contents of the weekend for serious scholarship and the gathering of a diverse tribe willing to get their feet muddy ’to help build a better world.’ And I love the idea that includes an instructional aspect for young people through the Tour and educational initiatives domestic and international,” said Silverman, adding:

and guests. Lucky me. Lucky us.” Now, 42 years later, Mountainfilm has established itself as one of Telluride’s best-loved, most respected festivals and a force for capital letter issues. From three days, 27 films and one theater, it has grown into a four-day international gathering featuring more than 150 films in eight theaters and hundreds of special guests. And while it still celebrates mountain art and outdoor adventure with adventure films and climbing pioneers, Mountainfilm’s programming now also encompasses documentaries about social justice, disappearing cultures, environmental battles, and political game-changers. Festival Director Suzan Beraza says, “It is the intimacy of the Festival combined with this substantive programming that has made Mountainfilm such an enduring event.” Today Mountainfilm continues to attract filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists and explorers from all over the world: “Telluride draws people who are like-minded as far as caring about doing what we can to leave a better world, and I feel like the programming really resonates with that,” Beraza added. Along with being electrified by their stories, Beraza maintains that Mountainfilm audiences have incredible access to people who are heroes in the worlds of environmental justice, political activism and indomitable spirit. And the Festival’s usual setting, a beautiful box canyon during a magical time of year, that doesn’t hurt either. Paraphrasing Mountainfilm regular Wade Davis paraphrasing Ernest Hemingway, Mountainfilm has “something to say the world needs to hear.” Like kids and dogs, Mountainfilm is one tough act to follow. mountainfilm.org //

“I had a high degree of confidence that we could punch above our weight because we had fabulously smart and kind people around us. Cameron Brooks, Lance Waring, Daiva Chesonis, Rick Ridgeway, Arlene Burns, etc., were (and are) really gifted. They along with many advisors believed something special should and could be done...and Telluride was the place to do it. And, it seems that each guest through the door grabbed the bit, proposed and then often hosted various wonderful films

COVID-19 forced the 2020 Mountainfilm festival to dig deep within its "indomitable spirit" and transform into an entirely virtual experience. For a mere $75, anyone with an internet connection could experience inspiring films and stories from anywhere on the planet.

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mountain village Only a 15-minute scenic gondola ride from the Town of Telluride, Mountain Village is perched at 9,500ft on the south side of the Telluride Ski Resort. Enchanting everyone with its modern alpine elegance, Mountain Village charms the most discriminating guests with its luxury hotels and condos, grand mountain residences, stylish boutiques, innovative dining, world-class Spa at the Peaks Hotel and championship golf course.

Core The heart of Mountain Village, the Core represents the ultimate in convenience with proximity to gourmet restaurants, shopping, the gondola, skiing and other year-round recreational pursuits. Here you will find a mingling of luxury hotel residences offering 24/7 services plus condominiums in every shape, size, and function. Golf Course Avid golfers will experience the comforting privacy surrounding the golf community in Mountain Village. Telluride’s breathtaking par 70, 6,574 yard, 18 hole, resort golf course is nestled among the 14,000ft peaks of the San Juan Mountains. A private club for members as well as a public course for locals and guests, the Telluride Golf Course runs along some of the finest homes and condominiums in Telluride. Slopeside Unlike many resort communities, Telluride and Mountain Village both offer true ski-in/out condos, townhomes, luxury homes and hotels bordering the worldclass Telluride Ski Resort. These sought after properties ensure you spend your time on the slopes, not getting there. Whether you’re in the market for a grand slopeside residence or a luxurious condominium with ski valet and posh amenities – Telluride has ski-in/out properties to fit every lifestyle and budget.

market snapshot HOMES CONDOS LAND

Sold Price Range $985K - $16.25M / Median Sold Price $3.84M / Median Sold Price Per S.F. $656 Sold Price Range $130K - $3.9M / Median Sold Price $1.2M / Median Sold Price Per S.F. $660 Sold Price Range $225K - $4M / Median Sold Price $485K

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elegance & privacy 133 VICTORIA DRIVE Mountain Village

$6,995,000 furnished Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) Elegance and privacy in an unparalleled setting define this impressive home. Capturing dramatic views of the Sneffels Range and overlooking the pond on the 16th green with ski-out access, this elegant 7 bedroom, 10 bath residence leaves no stone unturned. Ceiling-to-floor windows in the great room bring the stunning outdoors in. Uniquely styled bedrooms, each with a bath, warmly accommodate family & guests. The recently remodeled kitchen, Sherle Wagner bathroom fixtures plus walnut floors and trim add an element of sophistication unmatched in today's marketplace. Recent upgrades include new chandeliers and light fixtures, outdoor furniture, new flat screen TVs in guest bedrooms plus recent rental history.

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idyllic ski residence 120 SNOWFIELD DRIVE Mountain Village

$6,600,000 furnished Brian O'Neill & Marty Stetina

Finally a log home re-imagined to modern day standards! Beautifully appointed in a way that one feels like they are in a modern day ski home, this 5-bedroom home with sleeping loft will delight those who are looking for a slopeside residence. The ski access is perfect, yet very private with stunning mountain views and adjacent expansive open space. There is a large unfinished lower-level with potential for a significant additional living area.


slopeside retreat 141 SUNDANCE LANE Mountain Village

$6,750,000 furnished Brian O'Neill & Marty Stetina

Rare offering in a prestigious neighborhood where estate sized lots and homes, slopeside ski access, tremendous views and sunshine reign! This home has all the characteristics the discerning buyer is looking for in a mountain retreat. Designed by Jodie Wright, there are cozy gathering places where family and guests can convene for intimate experiences. Each of the four bedrooms has its own bath and a fifth bedroom with bath can easily be created for even greater accommodations. Home systems have all been update with state-of-the-art equipment.

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choice amenities 184 COUNTRY CLUB Mountain Village

$5,950,000 furnished Denise Scanlon & Brian O'Neill

A timeless design and prime location define this quintessential mountain home. Enjoy ski and golf access right out your front door, an easy walk to restaurants, shopping and the gondola. Generous living spaces feature 6 stone fireplaces and capture perfectly framed Mt. Wilson views and dramatic sunsets. There is room for all your family and friends amongst 2 luxurious master suites and 5 additional guest bedrooms. Keep everyone entertained in the game room with wet bar or pamper yourself in the luxurious sauna or steam shower. The outdoor patio is perfectly curated to enjoy year-round with a custom fireplace, hot tub, and numerous gathering areas.


inviting architecture 139 ADAMS RANCH Mountain Village

$4,875,000 furnished Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

This timeless, custom-built luxury home has long been admired as one of the finest homes in Mountain Village. Arrive at a serene setting with refined architecture that captures your spirit in every season. Perfectly nestled along the 8th Fairway of Telluride's Signature Golf Course, 7 bedrooms with 7.5 bathrooms afford sweeping views from iconic Wilson Peak to the Saint Sophia Ridgeline. Drenched in all day sun, the floor plan is efficient and bright. Recent owner improvements include a revamped kitchen, steel handrails on exterior decks plus an inviting decor that is sophisticated and warm. Within minutes of skiing, the gondola and the Mountain Village Core, this idyllic home will provide you a quality of life that is hard to beat.

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remarkable setting 99 PENNINGTON PLACE Mountain Village $4,600,000 Damon Demas

An extraordinary 1.34 acre parcel with end-of-road privacy. The 7,723 s.f. home, overlooking and adjacent to both fairway #6 and #12, enjoys massive views to the San Sophia Ridgeline, the Wilsons and acres of open space. Outstanding decks and enormous stone patios create an enjoyable outdoor living area, complete with built in bbq and hot tub. Interior spaces include a lovely main level with formal living and dining area,separate large office area, master bedroom & bath. The lower level family room is top notch with separate media room, wet bar, beautiful floor to ceiling fireplaces and guest master. Upper level consists of 4 bedrooms and baths.


exquisite design & views 131 AJ DRIVE Mountain Village

$4,795,000 furnished Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

Exquisitely designed and sited, this magnificent 7 bed, 6.5 bath home maximizes extraordinary views of the Sneffels Range and Wilson Peak while overlooking the 14th hole of the golf course. Beautiful furnishings and finishes accentuate the grand living experience, emphasized by the flowing open floor plan. The master bedroom captures stunning views with an inviting mountain modern decor. Amenities include an entertainment and fitness area with 10' ceilings equipped with a state-of-the-art golf and multi-sport simulator. Enjoy lower elevation and abundant sunshine, only minutes from the gondola and Mountain Village Core.

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slopeside views & convenience 403 LARKSPUR LANE Mountain Village

$4,200,000 furnished Ellen Williamson & Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

Seamlessly ski up a gentle ridge directly from the Galloping Goose ski run onto your private terrace. Gather with friends and family in the great room, where the warmth of the setting sun glows on this western-facing home and delivers year-round views of Telluride’s treasured alpenglow. A Chef’s kitchen, generous dining room and cozy breakfast nook invite you to entertain with ease. Under alpine twilight, sleep comfortably in the Master Suite featuring a cozy fireplace and multiple private outdoor porches. Five spacious bedrooms, media room, custom wine cellar and sauna room invite family and guests to revel in this idyllic mountain retreat.


sweeping views 128 ADAMS RANCH Mountain Village

$4,095,000 Marty Stetina & Brian O'Neill

This custom built 5,700+ s.f. home sits atop a 1+ acre grassy knoll with the highly esteemed Telluride Golf Course in the foreground and the 14,000ft amphitheater of the rugged San Juan Mountains providing the background. The home includes 4 bedrooms with 4 full & 2 half baths, multiple flex spaces and creates the perfect ease of convenience for family living. Spacious gathering spaces are punctuated by “mountain-elegant� design features. 128 Adams Ranch Road is the quintessential Mountain Village home and epitomizes the lifestyle value that savvy buyers are looking for, conveniently located 10 minutes to Town.

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103 DOUBLE EAGLE WAY Mountain Village

$2,749,000 furnished Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder


Mountain Village $2,195,000 Adam Black

A perfectly-sized, hand crafted log home with dovetail construction is ready for a family looking to live in a friendly mountain neighborhood! This 3 bedroom home features excellent mountain views, expanded yard, and adjoins open space. The downstairs bedroom is part of a separate living space and second kitchen with the option of separate access if desired. Just one minute to the ski lifts and steps to Nordic skiing, the golf course, open space and a variety of hiking and biking trails. 103DoubleEagleWay.com

Enjoy huge unobstructed and protected views from this luxury 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom condo with over 2,900 sq ft. Extremely easy ski access and very close proximity to the newly remodeled grocery store and gondola, which are only steps away. Once you pull your car in the garage you can park it and leave it! The complex has virtually every amenity, including pool, hot tub, ski storage locker, large exercise room, and HOA party room with kitchen, pool table and other games. A fully furnished and well priced turn-key mountain property.


123 SAN JOAQUIN ROAD Mountain Village

$3,999,000 furnished Eric Saunders

PINE MEADOWS 127 Mountain Village

$2,149,000 furnished Polly Leach-Lychee

Designed with an open floor plan, this 5-bedroom ski home includes a towering great room and multiple spaces in which to gather & entertain. Enjoy an easy walk to the gondola and grocery store, great ski access, fantastic views and privacy that adjacent open space provides. This property has it all: 2 master suites, 5 fireplaces, 3 steam showers, temperature controlled wine room, hot tub, 3-car garage, air conditioning, humidification, smart home system as well as multiple outdoor spaces. Huge rental potential.

Soaring windows, with sweeping views separate this classic Pine Meadows townhome from the rest. Fine finishes are found throughout and are highlighted by a stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and luxurious bathrooms, all with in-floor heat. Private amenities include a deck and patio area, a 1 car heated garage and storage space. This 5-bedroom sits trailside to the Meadows Ski Run and Telluride Golf Course, and is within a short walk to the Mountain Village Core, and The Gondola to the Town of Telluride.

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Incredible value for this 2-acre ski lot in the highly desirable Hood Park neighborhood. A knoll top building site offers huge views & privacy.

Live large in this spacious 1-bed/1-bath residence. Enjoy incredible amenities: fitness room, spa, concierge, ski valet, hot tubs, heated outdoor pool, & more.

A larger, 1.5 acre estate lot that affords end-of-the-road privacy and views with close proximity to skiing, Mountain Village Market and the gondola.

$999,000 Patrick Pelisson

$849,000 furnished Allison Templin

$895,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)




A premier golf course lot with expansive 180ยบ views. This gently sloping lot offers close proximity to winter recreation as well.

Commercial space in the core. Two office/treatment rooms, large open area, kitchenette, half bath and deeded parking space. 622MVB.com

A nearly one acre parcel bordering the 15th fairway with end-of-cul-de-sac privacy, panoramic views and approved building plans! Lot659AJDrive.com

$495,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

$597,000 Asa Van Gelder

$699,000 Mike Shimkonis & Damon Demas

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CASSIDY RIDGE D301 Mountain Village

$1,595,000 furnished Eric Saunders This exquisite 3 bed/2 bath features unobstructed views of the Sneffels Range, the Telluride Ski Area, and dramatic sunsets. Fully furnished and offering a strong rental program, this condo enjoys a mountain modern feel with great ski access, workout facility and ski room. Close enough to walk to the Gondola and grocery store, yet a quiet and peaceful mountain setting.

LOT 21, CORTINA DRIVE Mountain Village $1,295,000 Eric Saunders Lot 21 Cortina sits on a knoll top with protected panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, ski area and enjoys all day sun. As close to living in a postcard as you'll find in the region. Steps to skiing and has the ability to opt into the Villas at Cortina's amenity package which includes an outdoor pool, ski lockers, spa, owners lounge, game room, fitness room, steam rooms and shuttle service.

CASSIDY RIDGE B201 Mountain Village

$1,223,000 Polly Leach-Lychee This generous single-level, corner 2-bedroom provides views rivaling anything in Mountain Village. Expensive finishes, gracious high ceilings, plaster walls, a steam shower, jetted tub, and sophisticated sound prevail - along with new included designer furnishings. Telluride's outdoors is at your toes tips, from skiing to hiking.

MADELINE RESIDENCE 617 Mountain Village $895,000 Aric Maloy One of the best residences in the highly coveted Auberge Hotel Madeline. Furnished like a rarified ski home: granite countertops, White Pine & travertine floors, Wolf and SubZero appliances, and rare air conditioning. Enjoy slopeside ski access with world-class amenities at your fingertips. The massive exterior patio/deck takes in epic mountain views.

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LOT 5, SAN JOAQUIN Mountain Village

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This well-priced ski lot borders open space with sweeping views and an easy/flat building site for a home up to 5,000 s.f.

Enjoy direct ski access from the Sundance ski trail and spectacular views from this .28-acre lot with sloping topography.

This well-priced ski lot borders open space with sweeping views and an easy/flat building site for a home up to 3,000 s.f.

$335,000 Eric Saunders

$275,000 Anna Wilson

$310,000 Eric Saunders

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Picturesque and convenient with a warm east exposure, this lot is just minutes from Chair 10 and a short stroll from the golf course.

4-Week Fractional Ownership. Impeccably maintained 3-bed/3-bath home with big views, oversized deck and easy ski access.

This stunning 3 bed, 3.5 bath condo is located on one of the best slope-side lots in all of Mountain Village, and is perfectly situated for all.

$235,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

$215,000 Adam Black & Aric Maloy

$55,000 Asa Van Gelder & Mike Shimkonis

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LOT AR 613 C-1



One of the finest view lots in the Village. Excellent, small scale, contemporary design plans by Narcis Tudor included.

A unique Mountain Village Core studio with San Sophia views and direct ski access. Walk to restaurants, shops, the gondola, and more.

Enjoy direct ski access from the Sundance trail and spectacular views from this .2-acre lot with sloping topography and southern exposure.

$399,000 Damon Demas

$510,000 Polly Leach-Lychee

$525,000 Anna Wilson




Enjoy direct ski access from the Sundance ski trail and spectacular views from this .2-acre lot with sloping topography and southern exposure.

Top-floor 2 bed/2 bath condo with vaulted ceilings. Enjoy a high-level of finishes and amenities in a ski-in/out location. Solid rental revenue.

A 1+ acre golf side parcel with 360° views on a cul-de-sac. Less than 5 minutes to the gondola, skiing, hiking & biking. LotAR24.com

$525,000 Anna Wilson

$399,000 Adam Black

$525,000 Mike Shimkonis

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town of telluride Surrounded by the majestic, 13,000+ft peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the over a century-old Town of Telluride is just six blocks wide and twelve blocks long. The National Historic District is a window into the town’s illustrious past with its colorful Victorian homes and clapboard storefronts. A free gondola provides transportation between Telluride, Mountain Village, and the worldclass ski resort for skiers & pedestrians alike.

Gondola Corridor The gondola corridor is located in the heart of Telluride’s historic district and offers a nice mix of Victorian-style homes, modern condos, and a few select hotel properties. This neighborhood affords easy ski access and proximity to downtown restaurants, shopping and nightlife, as well as the complimentary Telluride gondola. West End - Lift 7 Area The greatest concentration of Telluride condos are located next to Lift 7 and along the San Miguel River; they offer lower price points coupled with convenient ski access. Zoned for short term rentals, this area allows owners to recoup some investment costs when they aren't using their property. East End This sunny side neighborhood is close to Town Park, where all Telluride's signature music festivals are held. Many of the residences enjoy iconic views of the Box Canyon in a refined residential setting. Idarado Legacy is an exclusive community just a few minutes east of downtown and offers some of the most dramatic views in the area. Just Outside of Town Heading west out of Telluride; Eider Creek, Hillside, & Lawson Hill offer more affordable real estate opportunities, including deed-restricted options.

market snapshot HOMES

Sold Price Range $1.24M - $8.4M / Median Sold Price $2.3M / Median Sold Price Per S.F. $988


Sold Price Range $160K - $7.73M / Median Sold Price $908K / Median Sold Price Per S.F. $837


Sold Price Range $280K - $12.75M / Median Sold Price $1.15M

*This information was compiled from the Telluride MLS & represents 2019 sales. It includes the Idarado Subdivision and excludes deed restricted and fractional sales.




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luxury living AUBERGE RESORTS AT ELEMENT 52 E7 Telluride

$6,000,000 furnished Marty Stetina & Brian O'Neill Located on a ski-in/ ski-out site at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort, within the newly completed/ Auberge Resorts-managed property, this dramatic three-story penthouse-styled residence offers exceptional details throughout. Towering ceilings framed by encased wooden beams, complimented by stone & plaster walls. Walnut & stained concrete floors, punctuated by the finest fixtures & appliances. Panoramic views of historic Telluride & 13,000 ft peaks. Expansive decks, gourmet kitchen, formal dining and multiple Guest Suites will satisfy the most discriminating buyer. The property's amenities include a private ski lift, ski lounge, heated pools, owners spa, Guest Reception, lobby and bar area. Mountain Modern sophistication at its best!

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luxury amenities AUBERGE RESORTS AT ELEMENT 52 E5 Telluride

$5,200,000 Marty Stetina & Brian O'Neill

Unrivaled in-town location at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort, this dramatic three-story penthouse-styled residence offers towering ceilings framed by encased wooden beams, complimented by stone and plaster walls. Walnut and polished concrete floors, punctuated by the finest fixtures and appliances. Panoramic views of historic Telluride and 13,000 ft peaks. Expansive decks, gourmet kitchen, formal dining and multiple guest suites will satisfy the most discriminating buyer. The property's amenities include a private ski lift, ski lounge, heated soaking pools, owners spa, guest reception area, owner/guest lounge and bar area.


cozy family home 522 WEST COLUMBIA Telluride

$5,675,000 furnished Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder

Close to everything in Telluride, this roomy, air conditioned, neo Victorian home offers the best in convenience & livability. Featuring a super comfortable, spacious design including a guest house, 1+ car garage/carport, a yard & front porch for pets to sprawl. A stunning and cozy blend of historic timber beams and siding are mixed with a combination of rustic red bricks, antique chestnut floors, custom French country cabinetry, rich marbles, onyx, hand crafted tiles and eye catching bead board. Property maintenance is a snap with heated walkways, patio and a roof snowmelt system. 522WColumbia.com

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in the heart of downtown 403 WEST COLORADO Telluride

$4,995,000 Brian O'Neill & Marty Stetina

Built in 1893, this former inn is the rarest of opportunities to own a substantial asset in the heart of Telluride’s historic district. Set on an over-sized lot of 5,875 square feet, the large Main House & separate Guest House are perfectly suited as a primary residence or second home which generations of friends of family will enjoy. Located within 2 blocks of restaurants, shops, skiing & the Gondola. With multiple parking spaces, elevated tub deck, covered porch, south facing decks and a combined 8 bedrooms, this assemblage presents a remarkable opportunity to further expand, upgrade or redevelop.


ultimate location to gondola 233 SOUTH OAK STREET Telluride

Price Upon Request Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

Newly remodeled, 233 S. Oak St. has undergone a stunning transformation to match its unbeatable location. Zinque Design of Telluride has used their creative talents to implement the perfect blend of modern, yet warm interiors that will engage you the minute you walk in the front door. Glass enclosed stairwells add a new interior design element seldom seen in Telluride. Only two doors from the Gondola and Chair 8, within two blocks of 6 restaurants, this uniquely located 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath historic remodel is a rare offering in today's market.

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sought-after location TRANSFER TELLURIDE LOFTHOUSE 2 Telluride

$4,450,000 Brian O'Neill & Marty Stetina

Transfer Telluride is located in the heart of Town on one of the most historically significant parcels in the region that has become the hub of Telluride's Cultural Master Plan. One block from both the Gondola and Main Street, positions these refined mountain modern residences as the most sought after address. The forward looking design maintains Telluride's authentic feel with warm, natural tones and materials to compliment the stunning local environment. This 4-bedroom/5-bathroom luxury home captures the tremendous views and light of the Box Canyon with a thoughtful floor plan and outdoor living spaces.


walk to everything 121 NORTH SPRUCE Telluride

$4,195,000 furnished Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

Inspiring architecture combined with an incredibly convenient location, creating the perfect Telluride lifestyle. Few historic remodels afford the dynamic juxtaposition of historic and contemporary elements like this residence. Polycast acrylic stairs allow natural light to permeate through three thoughtful levels during the day and creative lighting provides an ethereal glow in the evening. Oversized south facing glass provides outstanding views of Ballard Peak and the ski area while warming the home in winter. Four bedrooms, five baths with media room, office and library provide an ideal floor plan.

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ICE HOUSE 402 Telluride

$3,050,000 furnished Allison Templin

970 PRIMROSE LANE Telluride

$2,500,000 Damon Demas

Located steps to skiing, the Gondola, grocery store and two blocks to Main Street. Available for the first time, the developer’s personal residence offers unspoiled views from East to West from the wrap around deck. Amenities include a heated garage, private ski lockers, a steam sauna, hot tub and a heated indoor/outdoor pool. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit enjoys ample natural light and unobstructed Box Canyon and views to the north.

Sitting high on a south facing hillside allowing for excellent sun throughout the year and beautiful evening sunsets. The home features a wonderful sunlit living area that transitions nicely into a dining room and well appointed kitchen. A large family room provides abundant space for a second living area. The home's 3,079 sq. ft. of livable space consists of 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.


317 NORTH SPRUCE Telluride

$3,278,000 Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder

832 BUTCHER CREEK Telluride

$2,950,000 Allison Templin

For over 40 years a local family has called this place home - raising kids, cooking feasts in the remodeled kitchen, celebrating holidays in the cozy living spaces, playing with friends in the spacious backyard, building a separate guest home to lodge locals & sledding down ''Catholic Hill'' with neighbors. There's minimal foot/car traffic, easy access to hiking, is e-bike friendly yet two blocks from main street and the ski bus. The property is move-in ready while you ponder an addition with the space this rare 6,400+ square foot lot affords. 317NorthSpruce.com

Live across from the 570-acre forever-wild protected gateway to Telluride and the closest private neighborhood to the award winning Telluride schools. This bright and spacious 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom custom home evokes timeless interior design. The thoughtful floorplan has excellent private spaces and flow which include a great media/game room with custom built-ins, a second deck with private hot tub as well as a detached caretaker/nanny/ mother-in-law suite. Enjoy sunsets and expansive views from Ballard Peak to the Valley Floor.

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LOT P3 Idarado

$1,695,000 Eric Saunders This rare vacant river front parcel consists of 1.22 acres and an easy building site which would accommodate a home up to 7,000 s.f. with commanding views in all directions. Minutes from downtown Telluride this lot has a wonderful mix of Aspen and Spruce trees, allowing for maximum privacy and enjoyment of the sounds of moving water year round.

147 HILLSIDE LANE Hillside

$1,150,000 Allison Templin Located a short drive, ride, run, walk, to the bustling historic hamlet of Telluride, this almost 3,400 s.f. home is a spacious opportunity for a local family, someone relocating to Telluride, or an investment minded buyer. This light, bright 4-bedroom, 4-bath residence includes a lock-off 1-bedroom apartment/office. Backed by open space and USFS, trails are right out your front door.

TELLURIDE LODGE 529/530 Telluride

$895,000 Allison Templin Units 529 & 530 are currently configured as one large 3 bedroom, 3 bath condominium but has the possibility of being separated and split off. Huge expansion potential exists into the upper attic and lower basement areas. Great natural light and views of the ski area from the private deck. Conveniently located across the street from Lift 7 for easy ski access and next to grocery store.

LULU CITY 4E Telluride

$875,000 Adam Black & Aric Maloy Amazing, true 3-bedroom opportunity in the Town of Telluride. Fully remodeled unit all on one level (no stairs whatsoever!) Located steps to skiing, river trail and the Valley Floor. Excellent short term and long term rental potential. The complex has a pool and a hot tub for owners and guests, very unique for Telluride. Assigned covered parking as well.


LOT P15 Idarado

$3,300,000 Brian O'Neill & Marty Stetina This lot in Telluride's most coveted neighborhood enjoys some of the most spectacular views in the entire region. Picturesque vistas of the cascading Ingram and Bridal Veil falls, rocky crags and towering peaks provide a dramatic amphitheater for an ideal building site in a national park setting.

LIVERY 1A Telluride

$2,050,000 Aric Maloy Set in the heart of historic Telluride, this 4 bedroom condo enjoys easy walking distance to dining, shopping, Town Park, and the gondola, as well as breathtaking views from each of its three spacious balconies. This residence enjoys wonderful light with abundant windows and skylights as a true penthouse in a small condo association with a covered parking garage.

LOTS 11A & 7, EAST GREGORY Telluride

$1,395,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) One of the most unique combination of lots in the Town of Telluride today. Enjoy commanding views of Bear Creek, Wasatch, Ballard, Town and the Ski Area from this exceptional vantage point. Located at the end of East Gregory, these special parcels beckon creativity to maximize their true potential.


$3,150,000 Kiki Froberg Watch the sun rise over the box canyon and enjoy breathtaking views as you start your day. L5 boasts nearly 360ยบ views and abundant sunshine. Close enough to Telluride to ''live'' like you're in Town, but without the hustle and bustle, and, importantly, with fewer design restrictions than neighboring Telluride.

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Oversized Town of Telluride lot with jaw dropping, 360ยบ views. Private location, easy access, utilities to the lot line. Soak up the sun, take in the view!

Remodeled 1-bed located in the heart of Telluride, 1 block to the gondola, skiing, & Main Street restaurants/shopping.

Freshly remodeled corner unit. Ski down one of 3 trails leading directly to the base of this generously sized one bedroom. EttaPlace109.com

$699,999 Aric Maloy

$599,999 Aric Maloy

$547,000 Asa Van Gelder & Mike Shimkonis




This remodeled, deed restricted 3-bed/2-bath townhome is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Unwind on the private patio.

This upgraded 1 bedroom with sleeping for 4+ is located right on the river trail with easy access to lift 7, or the Gondola. Common pool & hot tub.

This deed restricted opportunity is ripe for a buyer who wants a shovel ready project with county approved building plans. 606SocietyDrive316-3.com

$495,000 Allison Templin

$495,000 Adam Black & Aric Maloy

$130,000 Asa Van Gelder


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$799,999 Aric Maloy Nicely remodeled 1-bed/1-bath with some of the best views in Telluride. You can see the Town Park Stage from this deck! Located on the River Trail within steps to the shops and restaurants. Common hot tub and one highly coveted assigned parking space. On the Bus Route as well.

602 SOCIETY DRIVE Lawson Hill

$785,000 Asa Van Gelder This primo 3 bedroom + flex room, 3 bath residence is located on a sun drenched point at the end of Society Drive. The open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, attached and heated one car garage, fine finishes, excellent views, storage and end of the road privacy will bring joy and comfort to the new owner. Bordered on two sides by open space and steps from the Galloping Goose trail. 602SocietyDriveTelluride.com

MUSCATEL 24 Telluride

$715,000 Aric Maloy Nicely remodeled 1-bed/1-bath with some of the best views in Telluride. You can see the Town Park Stage from this deck! Located on the River Trail within steps to the shops and restaurants. Common hot tub and one highly coveted assigned parking space. On the Bus Route as well.

LOTS 4 & 5, TOMBOY ROAD Telluride

$599,000 each Will Downing Two offerings with the most commanding views of the town of Telluride have just come to the market singularly for the first time ever. If year round access and unmatched views, within a 5 minute walk to the heart of Colorado Ave are what you seek, look no further.

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neighboring mesas Home to some of the most exclusive addresses in Telluride, the neighboring mesas offer a well-balanced blend of convenience, privacy, and awe-inspiring views. With such close proximity to the Town of Telluride and the Telluride Ski Resort, there is no need to forgo convenience for privacy. Deep Creek Mesa Deep Creek Mesa lies north of the Telluride Valley Floor, bathed in sunshine and reveling in a panorama of views from the Town of Telluride to the Wilson Range and everything in between. The Telluride Regional Airport resides here at 9,070ft and is North America's highest commercial airport. Turkey Creek Mesa South of Telluride, just beyond the ski resort, Turkey Creek Mesa unfolds through stands of old growth aspen and wildflower meadows. Majestic views of iconic Wilson Peak and Sunshine Mountain are the focal point of this stunning area.

DISTANCE TO TELLURIDE Deep Creek Mesa - 5+ miles to Telluride Aldasoro Ranch, Deep Creek Ranches, Diamond Ranch, Falls at Telluride, Golden Ledge, Gray Head, Last Dollar, Meadows at Deep Creek, Redtail Estates, and Sunnyside Ranch Turkey Creek Mesa - 5+ miles to Telluride Alta Lakes, Elk Run, Preserve, Raspberry Patch, Ski Ranches, Skyfield, and West Meadows Ophir Area - 12+ miles to Telluride

market snapshot HOMES LAND

Sold Price Range $764K - $5.75M / Median Sold Price $1.5M / Median Sold Price Per S.F. $453 Sold Price Range: $260K - $6.68M / Median Sold Price: $489.5K

*This information was compiled from the Telluride MLS & represents 2019 sales. It excludes deed restricted and fractional sales.

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other worldly sanctuary GOLD CREEK RANCH Alta Lakes

$14,900,000 Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder A rare offering never available before. An intersection of civilization & the wild life with a civilized homestead drawing you to amazing countryside near historic Alta Lakes. Gold Creek is a cluster of perfectly scaled artisan structures sitting amid towering aspen, tapering landscapes, soaring granite walls, sparkling creeks, spring fed fishing pond & sublime nature. 5 structures are discreetly tucked into the 115-acre parcel next to USFS: a Cottage, Writer's Cabin, Horse Barn, Carriage House & Power Shed. Add a measure of crisp mountain air, a dash of pine freshness, a sprinkle of morning dew & a huge dose of purest Mother Earth. Make plans, join hands, come on up & be inspired. GoldCreekTelluride.com

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exclusive neighborhood 175 RASPBERRY PATCH Raspberry Patch

$6,995,000 Brian O'Neill & Marty Stetina

At the top of one of the region's most esteemed neighborhoods stands 175 Raspberry Patch Rd. This stately retreat of a Hollywood family has been meticulously kept and exudes a comfortable sophistication throughout its 10,000+ s.f. In addition to 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms this property boasts the best views in Raspberry Patch thanks to its position atop a lush uplift on the southern edge of Turkey Creek Mesa. Exceptional mountain views from 25.61 idyllic acres deliver serenity within 15 minutes of downtown Telluride and 10 from the ski lifts.


top-of-the-world living 250 RASPBERRY PATCH Raspberry Patch $13,250,000 Patrick Pelisson

At the pinnacle of one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the region sits 250 Raspberry Patch. 360ยบ top-of-the-world views are garnered from this knoll top location. You'll feel like you are far away from it all in this ranch like setting on 62.5 acres. In fact you're just minutes from Telluride and the slopes of Mountain Village. This warm home with its stone and beam design is comprised of 7 bedrooms and 8 1/2 baths over nearly 11,000 square feet. A two bedroom caretakers home with a two car garage, a private luge course, green house and other out buildings make up the compound.

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1018 SOUTH TROUT LAKE Trout Lake

$1,749,000 Lauren Woodward & Allison Templin

5683 LAST DOLLAR ROAD Deep Creek Mesa

$1,100,000 Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder

858 WAPITI ROAD Ski Ranches

$1,375,000 Adam Black & Aric Maloy

A rare opportunity to live just steps from the iconic Trout Lake. Just twenty minutes from the Town of Telluride, this move-in-ready home offers modern day luxuries in a rustic setting. A beautiful, and spacious 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom home with incredible outdoor living spaces and views. Enjoy fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and more right our your front door.

Absolutely American West. Enormous views? Check. Within 20 minutes to town? Check. Horse friendly? Check. Create a home to match the panoramic scenery. Surrounded on two sides by National Forest and BLM land but with no HOA rules, you will have your money's worth because this 36+ acre parcel hits the mark and is fairly priced. The ranch is in the heart of a quintessential Telluride landscape. 5683LastDollar.com

Set on 1.5 acres and tucked in the aspen and spruce forest this home enjoys privacy and exceptional sunsets. A very open floor plan on the upper level, which includes the spacious master and large loft area. There are 4 well proportioned bedrooms on the main level for a total of 5 bedrooms in the 3,686 s.f. home. Excellent family vacation compound, or rental property that checks all of the boxes.


307 BASQUE BOULEVARD Aldasoro Ranch

$2,995,000 furnished Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

92 PARK LANE Ski Ranches

$1,895,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

Nestled in a grove of aspen on a perched homesite, this handsome home constructed of substantial logs, elegant stone and copper roof, provides a signature view of Wilson Peak and Sunshine Mountain. Four generous en suite bedrooms, gourmet kitchen and open floor plan, ideal for entertaining family and friends plus lower-level media room are comfortably designed among 5,025 s.f. Complete with 3-car garage, workshop and exercise room plus expansive decks.

Fantastic opportunity to own two improvements on one of the most coveted lots in the Ski Ranches. The primary residence includes recently installed new roof, refinished floors, new carpet and new interior paint throughout. With close proximity to the Vance Creek entrance, southern exposure and unobstructed views of Wilson and Sunshine, this is a rare offering in the Ski Ranches subdivision.

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Aldasoro Ranch



A rare corner building site, this gem offers 360ยบ views of a breathtaking alpine paradise. A short drive to the town and ski area of Telluride.

A gentle building site on 4.29 acres, takes advantage of some of the region's most impressive views with close proximity to Telluride.

Compelling views of the surrounding mountains. A private location at the top of Aldasoro Ranch, adjacent to privately held large acreage parcels.

$178,500 Asa Van Gelder & Mike Shimkonis

$675,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

$469,000 Damon Demas




At nearly 3 acres, this deed restricted lot offers an amazing alpine setting, gentle topography, big aspen and a friendly street. Lot149Aldasoro.com

Beautiful deed restricted lot of 1.34 acres with southern exposure, great views, and mature aspens. This lot has a great building site.

This peaceful & sunny alpine setting features big views and southern exposure at a price point rarely found with the appeal of this gem.

$155,000 Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder

$165,000 Allison Templin

$155,000 Asa Van Gelder

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LOT 16 Elk Run

$850,000 Patrick Pelisson Perched high on a knoll top and encompassing 6.7 acres, this lot offers unmatched views and privacy in a gated community. The property directly boarders thousands of acres of national forest.

LOT 83, MIGUEL ROAD Aldasoro Ranch $650,000 Will Downing Listed below what it sold for in 2001 with views that encompass what is often referred to as the most dramatic mountain scene in the United States. 3.31+/- acres with uncommon, flat yard space and homesite.

33 BEESLACK LANE San Bernardo

$695,000 Allison Templin Ski, hike, bike from your front door! The South Fork of the San Miguel runs behind the stone and re-claimed barn wood home set at the end of a cul-de-sac. Enjoy views of Sheep Mountain from the reversed living floor plan with vaulted ceiling, big picture windows and a well-appointed gourmet kitchen. Complete with 4 bedrooms plus an extra living area.

LOT 18, ELK RUN Elk Run

$675,000 Adam Black & Aric Maloy With over 5 acres of space you will have privacy and views of the surrounding mountains from your homesite. Only 15 minutes to downtown Telluride and 5 minutes to Mountain Village and skiing.

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outlying mesas Other opportunities for a gentler, more relaxed pace of life can be found on Telluride's outlying mesas. Historic cattle ranches and century old homesteads coexist graciously with newer estates in the fertile valleys and mesas. Nowhere else in the west will one find 50 to 2,000 acre parcels with more profound views, abundance of wildlife, all with proximity to culture and recreation.

DISTANCE TO TELLURIDE Wilson Mesa - 12+ miles Elk Creek Reserve, Muddy Creek Meadows, Ptarmigan Ranch, and Wilson Mesa Ranches Hastings Mesa - 14+ miles Alder Canyon Ranches, Beaver Pond, Cradle Park Ranches, Finnegan Ranch, Hastings Mesa Estates, Last Dollar Tracts, Little Lake Ranches, Old Elam Ranch, Pleasant View, San Juan Vista, Telluride Pines, and Willmeng Springs Specie Mesa - 20+ miles Estate Ranches, Great American, Little Cone Ranch, Peninsula Park, Peninsula Pines, Peninsula Point, Specie Mesa Ranch, Specie Wilderness, The Peninsula, and Top of the World Iron Springs/Horsefly Mesa - 25+ miles Anderson Ranch, Big Valley Ranch, The Bluffs, Brown Ranch, Canyon Creek Ranch, Colt Meadows Ranch, Cornerstone, Dancing Bear Ranch, Eagle Ridge Ranch, Elks Summit, Frontier, Golden Bear Ranch, Gracie Sky Mountain Ranch, Lakes at Carstens Ranch, McKenzie Spring Ranch, Panorama Acres, Rosorado, and San Juan Ranch

market snapshot HOMES LAND

Sold Price Range $163K - $2.1M / Median Sold Price $550K / Median Sold Price Per S.F. $274 Sold Price Range $70K - $700K / Median Sold Price $225K

*This information was compiled from the Telluride MLS & represents 2019 sales. It excludes deed restricted and fractional sales.

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luxury hideaway EAGLE RIDGE RANCH Iron Springs/Horsefly Mesa $5,295,000 Adam Black & Aric Maloy Eagle Ridge Ranch is a premier ranch property near Telluride boasting amazing panoramic Mountain Views of the Sneffels mountain range. With over 9000 s.f. of luxury living and 5 + bedrooms, between the main home and caretaker apartment, there is plenty of room for family and friends. Only the finest materials were chosen for this beautiful custom mountain home. Floor to ceiling glass brings the outside in and floods the home with abundant natural light. The extensive outside landscaping is the perfect setting to entertain and enjoy the spectacular natural surroundings. Set on just over 70 beautiful rolling acres with close proximity to trails and national Forest. The oversized attached 3 car garage plus the 1,100+ square-foot detached toy garage for vehicles, motorcycles, ATV’s and gear.

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contemporary retreat 25 WEST ANDERSON Wilson Mesa

$1,850,000 furnished Polly Leach-Lychee

This contemporary 3-bedroom home sits on a knoll-top 20 minutes from Telluride. Built with an eye for detail, Italian travertine and walnut floors with in-floor radiant heat, honed granite counters and 2 gas/wood fireplaces are among the impeccable finishes. An outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with national forest access, and 400 acres of open space, hikers, skiers, horse riders, and naturists will be quick to call this extraordinary turn-key residence their own.


private compound 105 HIDDEN BEAR Hastings Mesa

$2,690,000 Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder

Camp Hidden Bear offers a galaxy of improvements including the primary ranch quarters, a classic bunkhouse, Little Bear cabin, High Camp Hideout & a newly built timber frame horse barn. Unplugged places are getting harder to find, but here, close to nature's heart is a special place in sync with the environment. This contemporary compound belongs to the 21st century but pays homage to the past. Displaying an honesty of materials & expressing a pride of place, Hidden Bear doles out a big dose of Colorado authenticity. HiddenBearRanch.com

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1151 PENINSULA DRIVE Specie Mesa

$880,000 Polly Leach-Lychee A lovely and well maintained Dean Anderson Log Home, with clean-lined interior Timber-frame accents. "Three Peaks" has striking views of Lone Cone, Little Cone and Dolores Peaks. Two massive stone fireplaces stand for cozy mesa nights. A strong well exists on these 35 acres, with a sweeping escarpment to the west. Peace and quiet prevail.


$680,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) Immerse yourself in the tranquil setting that features a private homesite with exquisite Wilson Range and Down Valley views. This haven for wildlife includes a flat meadow, beautiful stands of aspen and dark timber. This parcel represents superb quality and value for 35 acres on Wilson Mesa.


$740,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) & Ellen Williamson A cozy 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with separate garage is perched on the west rim of Specie Mesa overlooking vast expanses of rolling land with spectacular views of Lone Cone and the Dolores Peaks through expansive glass. Enjoy 35 acres of varied terrain and high quality horse amenities that include a three stall loafing shed, round pen and obstacle course with custom footing.

TRACT 13-5 Specie Mesa

$825,000 Hunter Anderson Bordered by hundreds of acres of BLM land and a densely wooded, free flowing creek, elk, dear, turkey, bear, and other wildlife thrive in the area. Located approximately 1.4 miles from the San Miguel River over a scenic hike. Multiple homesites are easily accessible via freshly laid gravel roads throughout the property.


876 HIGH BLUFF DRIVE Iron Springs/Horsefly Mesa $1,250,000 Polly Leach-Lychee


$1,380,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

680 ELAM RIDGE DRIVE Hastings Mesa

$995,000 Damon Demas

This unique design was crafted by premiere architect Patrick Davis and features sweeping curvatures throughout, significant views, extravagant finishes, a gourmet kitchen, custom milled clear oak cabinetry and trim, quartzite stone floors with in-floor radiant heat, and two master suites. Being an exceptionally comfortable Iron Springs Mesa home, it sits on 36 acres of meadow and Ponderosa Pines, that provide tremendous privacy.

With frontage on Goat Creek and Beaver Creek, this 320 acre ranch invites vast amounts of wildlife between Specie and Wright's Mesa. An improved road provides access to higher elevations on the ranch that afford magnificent views of the Sneffels and Dolores Ranges plus Little Cone and Lone Cone. Adjacency to BLM which then adjoins USFS land provides access to a vast expanse of undeveloped land that will take a lifetime to discover.

The Ponderosa, Aspens and Gambel Oaks surrounding the home are extraordinary and the views are unsurpassed. The home’s support structure is built of large logs, exposed in both the home’s interior and exterior, yet balanced by the earthen plaster walls throughout the home. Great living areas are enhanced by a wood burning fireplace and the kitchen is wonderfully equipped with Italian cooking stove and top notch appliances.

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Over 35 private acres, bordering BLM with a lovely building site, 180º panoramic views of the Telluride Ski Area, Wilsons and Saint Sophias.

Live amid rolling green hills as far as the eye can see in an intimate setting filled with big mountain views. WilsonMesaLot25.com

Below current market with a stunning end-of-the-road and ‘’top-of-the-hill’’ location. Big views also to the north and south as you drive in.

$339,000 Albert Roer

$395,000 Mike Shimkonis & Asa Van Gelder

$349,000 Polly Leach-Lychee




A phenomenal value for 69 beautiful acres featuring incredible views. A small pond, year round access, in a private, gated ranch community.

Private 7-acre lot close to national forest. A gentle knoll of flat grassland is surrounded by stately aspen, featuring an up-close view of Little Cone.

End-of-road privacy, year round access and gently sloping topography to build your home. Approximately 35 minutes from Telluride.

$225,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

$225,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

$197,500 Eric Saunders

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$699,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) Outstanding knoll homesite on this 49.35 creek front acre parcel with huge views of the Wilson Range, Dolores Range, Little Cone and Down Valley. A seasonal creek with 4 shares of Elk Creek Ditch Company, healthy stands of Aspen and Fir with fields of lupin in the spring time plus frontage on Elk Creek round out this well priced parcel.

LOT 1A, SAN JUAN RANCH Horsefly Mesa

$395,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) Enjoy unbeatable views of the Sneffels Range, Cimarrons and Wilsons from this knoll homesite. Comprised of 133.5 acres in gated San Juan Ranch. Year-round access, only 35 minutes from Telluride.


$595,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) A glass pavilion provides the ultimate glamping experience with an indoor/outdoor fireplace that can be used for cooking and a separate stylish bath house with full shower. A pond and rolling terrain add to the ambiance of this special 35 acre parcel that affords beautiful views. Plans for an expansion are available.

LOTS 2R, 7R & 9R, 56V ROAD Hastings Mesa

$590,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) Rare combination of 3 adjacent 35 acres tracts only 20 minutes from Telluride. Enjoy superb Hayden and Wilson views with open meadows and beautiful aspen. Go solar or access grid power nearby.

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down valley & outside areas Aptly nicknamed the "Banana Belt", the Down Valley area follows the river canyon west down Highway 145. Sited amongst magnificent red rock cliff bands and along the winding banks of the San Miguel River, the Down Valley areas of Sawpit, Placerville, & Fall Creek enjoy fairer weather from an almost 1,200ft drop in elevation. Resplendent with unique charm and character, the outlying communities that make up the Telluride region have a personality all their own. These amiable towns offer an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Telluride. While these communities present more budget friendly properties – they still feature beautiful mountain views, convenient river access, newly constructed homes and sprawling ranches.

DISTANCE TO TELLURIDE Sawpit - 12+ miles I Placerville/Fall Creek - 15+ miles I Rico - 30+ miles Norwood - 35+ miles I Ridgway - 40+ miles I Ouray - 50+ miles Dolores - 65+ miles I Montrose - 65+ miles

market snapshot HOMES LAND

Sold Price Range $460K - $892K / Median Sold Price $665K / Median Sold Price Per S.F. $267 Sold Price Range $447.3K / Median Sold Price $447.3K

*This information was compiled from the Telluride MLS & represents 2019 sales. It includes the Down Valley areas of Sawpit, Placerville, & Fall Creek. It excludes Outside Areas, as well as deed restricted and fractional sales.

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landmark river ranch RED ROCK RIVER RANCH Stoner

$9,500,000 Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu) An unrivaled 318 acre landmark ranch along the Dolores River, located on the famous San Juan Skyway, 60 minutes from Telluride. The property embraces over a mile of the upper Dolores River and adjoins the San Juan National Forest, including private access to the former Stoner ski area. The iconic ski lodge has recently been remodeled into a charming 11 bedroom home, ideal for extended family or corporate entertaining. The property includes a historic ranch manager's home, large, well-kept barn, an outdoor riding/events arena, trout pond, several historic sheds, significant senior water rights and mineral rights. The desirable river frontage provides some of the region's most productive fly fishing, in addition to superb alpine skiing, nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking, wildlife viewing and hunting.

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perched setting 2901 COUNTY ROAD 17 Ouray

$1,887,000 furnished Polly Leach-Lychee

One of Ouray County's icons, The Gilbert Mountain Hideaway of 117 acres sits above it all, overlooking the Ouray Box Canyon with several meadowed benches and old growth aspen. The property joins up to BLM lands, adjoining national forest. These historic ranch lands have abundant decreed water rights and springs. An access drive off of County Road 17 at the big ponderosa tree brings you through the dark timber forest past a picturesque pond, to this amazing homesite. Currently a substantial log lodge stands on the bluff. A visit to this home will bring you back in time to the old time ranching of The West.


private river retreat A pristine river retreat beyond comparison. Over 393 acres of private undeveloped meadows


$7,750,000 Marty Stetina & Brian O'Neill

are accentuated by narrowleaf cottonwood, pine, aspen, and willow along over 1.6 miles of the wild and free-flowing Upper Dolores River. Over 5 CFS of water rights irrigate 4 fenced and gated lush pastures. A historic and hand hewn 3 bedroom home provides ample accommodations as well as a place to wait out an afternoon drizzle between dry fly sessions or lounge in a hammock on a sunny September afternoon. All of this less than one hour's drive from Telluride, and within a 20 mile radius of both Dolores and Rico.

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201 STELLA DRIVE Placerville

$985,000 Adam Black Set on 13.59 acres this home is perched up above the town of Placerville overlooking everything. The property borders BLM and has the San Miguel River flowing through a portion or it. The 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home is completely off grid, with a high-tech solar setup and battery backup. The oversized garage has plenty of room for workshop, gear, toys and storage.

21475 HIGHWAY 145 Fall Creek

$880,000 Will Downing On the banks of the San Miguel river, sits this warm and efficient 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with garage and fenced yard. The serene sounds of the river and the proximity to Telluride offer both privacy and convenience. This desirable location and the organized space of the two level home provides value and comfort. A heated garage will add to your appreciation of this tranquil property.

110 45Y ROAD, LOTS 1 - 3 Norwood

$800,000 Polly Leach-Lychee The 3 lots are separately platted with underground utilities, but may be combined, or developed individually. There are 20 shares of Farmer Water, and a large pond. No Restrictions, No Covenants, No HOA. Purchase just Lot 1 (36 acres) for $271,700.

21938 HIGHWAY 145 Fall Creek

$875,000 Marty Stetina & Brian O'Neill This spacious, custom built, 3,655 sf log home is turn-key and located on 3.46 private acres. The property boasts abundant sunshine, multiple outdoor living spaces, a 50 amp RV hookup, and a 3+ car garage. The home includes many custom kitchen and bath features, including steam shower, granite countertops, and jacuzzi tub.


110 45Y ROAD Norwood

$1,375,000 furnished Polly Leach-Lychee

616, 618, & 620 Clinton Ridgway

$1,495,000 Aric Maloy & Adam Black

Lush 37 acres with an energy efficient home ringed by mountain views. Farmers Ditch runs through the property (great water rights), in addition to 3 ponds. The main house is a visual delight, with intricate detail at each turn, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large entertainment areas. No restrictions, no covenants, no homeowner's association. Lots 1-3, 45Y Road - Norwood (106 acres) offered at $800,000 or Lot 1 (36 acres) for $271,700

Completely renovated in 2018, this opportunity consists of 3 amazing commercial spaces, housing two of Ridgway’s most respected restaurants and a very talented chiropractor. There is an opportunity for significant redevelopment by adding another unit with a residential component. In the heart of the highly coveted commercial district of downtown Ridgway.

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Located in the center of town with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a comfortable living area. There is a highly coveted detached garage for all of your gear!

A new project overlooking the Dolores River Valley. Offering 2 bed/2 bath homes with quality finishes and single car garages.

Set high on a hillside with sweeping views of Wrights Mesa and comprised of an updated 3-bed/2-bath home on 5 acres.

$189,900 Aric Maloy & Adam Black

$365,000 - $375,000 Eric Saunders

$249,000 Eric Saunders









Private location on a dead-end road with minimal traffic and outstanding views of the mountains. Hiking, biking, backcountry skiing, and hot springs will be right outside your door.

Prime commercial lot located in the heart of Dolores' Central Business District. Situated on .10 acres, there is ample space for multiple commercial usages.

This lot faces south overlooking the Cimarron Mountains and The Ouray Box Canyon. Cottonwood Creek borders the back of the lot and it's an easy walk to ''downtown'' Ridgway.

$99,000 Rob Petrie & Adam Black

$115,000 Ellen Williamson & Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

$98,000 Polly Leach-Lychee



191 TRUNK ROAD Shadohoochi Hill

$737,500 Polly Leach-Lychee A wonderful family home with quick access to Telluride. This private and quiet location, directly adjacent to BLM lands, invites you to enjoy the balmy climate of Telluride's ''Banana Belt''. Nicely Landscaped and fenced on 1. 64 acres, the quaint barn serves as a tidy garage and workshop. The finished and plumbed basement can be used for guests or extra rental income.

101 SOUTH 5TH STREET Dolores

$650,000 Rob Petrie & Aric Maloy This is an amazing opportunity to own this historic 16 room hotel. The hotel also includes a charming little diner that is equipped with a full commercial kitchen and an outside bar. With all the outdoor activities and attractions within a half hour drive of Dolores this hotel can and will be a major hub for people recreating and visiting the four corners region.


$399,999 Aric Maloy Classic Victorian within walking distance to everything. Excellent location for a home or business. This 3-bed, 1-bath has been fully remodeled. A detached structure would make an incredible shop.

230 FRONT STREET Placerville

$385,000 Denise Scanlon Highly visible commercial real estate on Front Street in Placerville. Amazing opportunity to own commercial property within 20 minutes of Telluride. This property has great exposure as it fronts a heavily trafficked road. Real estate only.

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our team ALBERT ROER Managing Partner Albert graduated from Skidmore College in 1985 with a bachelors degree in Business/ Accounting, and promptly moved to New York City to work for The Synchron Corporation, a real estate development firm. He became a licensed Real Estate Agent in 1987 and was hired by the Canyon Ranch Organization, as a financial analyst. Albert moved to Telluride in 1991 where he headed up the accounting department for the Peaks Resort & Spa until 1999. In October 1999 he became one of the founding Partners of FlightOne, a Telluride based air charter and fractional aircraft ownership program. Albert was hired by Telluride Properties in September 2002, and named President to over see day-to-day business operations, he became a managing Partner in 2004. Albert also served as Director and Treasurer of the Telluride Hospital District Board from 2006 - 2014 and is the past President of the Telluride Ski Ranches and Granita Building HOA boards. 970.708.5527 I albert@tellurideproperties.com

POLLY LEACH-LYCHEE Owner/Broker Hailing from Nantucket whaling stock, raised on Cape Cod and educated in Aspen and Lahaina, the resort lifestyle and real estate investment business are obviously Polly's niche. Her sales and executive skills were honed in San Francisco while building "Sunventure of Sausalito" into the largest travel agency in Marin County -- with an exclusive executive and celebrity clientele. Polly spent the next twenty two years selling real estate in Telluride, believing that an educated and satisfied customer is always a top priority. Polly also competes in "3-Day Eventing" -- the Olympic sport of English riding -- which requires concentration, persistence, boldness and mutual trust ... the very same traits that foster a positive and successful real estate experience. Polly heartily welcomes those who are drawn to the pioneer spirit of Telluride. 970.369.5333 I plychee@tellurideproperties.com

STEPHEN CIECIUCH (Chet-chu) Director Steve has honed his skills for over 3 decades in all facets of real estate including historic renovation, land planning and development, plus significant residential, commercial, land and condominium sales. His real estate career began in Aspen in 1987 and transitioned to Telluride when he became the managing broker for Telluride Properties in 1990. Steve is consistently recognized as a leading performer within the brokerage community and has several successful ranch subdivisions which he helped land plan, list and sell in their entirety, including: Ptarmigan Ranch, San Juan Ranch and Elk Creek Ranch. He has served on several non-profit community boards, recently as Chairman of the Board of Mountainfilm. An accomplished skier, fly fisherman and pastel artist, Steve has 2 US National Powder 8 Championships to his credit. A devoted family man, Steve and his wife Kendall are raising two daughters, Jula and Ruby, in the Town of Telluride. 970.708.2338 I stevec@tellurideproperties.com


DAMON DEMAS Seasoned Broker Damon feels fortunate to have lived and worked in Telluride for the last 30 years. His tenure at Telluride Properties approaches 25 years. Damon began his career a ​ s a Certified Residential Appraiser for the County Assessors office in 1992. This experience provided him with a unique perspective on all property types and their underlying values. This insight, coupled with h ​ is 2 ​ 5 years a ​ t Telluride Properties ​as a real estate Broker, has proved invaluable in establishing an unsurpassed knowledge of Telluride regional real estate. Damon​and his wife E ​ laine, have raised two treasures in Telluride's happy valley Chrysanthe, a Bowdoin College graduate now living & working in Aspen and Sam, a recent graduate of University of Colorado. Elaine is the Vice President of special initiatives for the Telluride Foundation. 970.708.2148 I ddemas@tellurideproperties.com

BRIAN O'NEILL Director Upon graduating from Brown University, Brian started out as a project planner for a commercial real estate development firm in Boston. He moved to Telluride in 1989 for a winter of skiing and stayed "because of the community." Since joining Telluride Properties in 1998, Brian has been a top producer with a focus on high-end properties and development projects. His mission is to provide the most thorough, professional and insightful service possible. The Telluride community has greatly supported Brian personally and professionally, he feels honored to return the favor by volunteering his time for community causes. Brian is an avid outdoor enthusiast who started in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Cape Cod, with a brief respite while playing football at Brown, he has gone global with his adventures. Today his greatest adventure is chasing his two boys, Quinn and Grayden. 970.708.5367 I brian@oneillstetina.com

MIKE SHIMKONIS Director After being employed at the Walt Disney Company in Orlando for several years, I continued my career in the entertainment and outdoor industries by settling in Vail in 1987 and moving to Telluride in 1993. Considered a top pick for understanding the subtleties of sales, marketing, positioning, and guest services in the ski industry I branched into real estate in 1999. I have a strong understanding of our communities, home values, and market trends. My robust performance has earned me a position as one of three directors at Telluride Properties. In 2016 I formed Shimkonis Partners, a real estate team offering an expertly crafted personal touch. 970.708.2157 I shimmytelluride@gmail.com

ALLISON TEMPLIN Broker Associate Allison Templin hails from North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Although she’s a Tar Heel at heart, it was her love of the San Juan Mountains that inspired her to make Telluride her home twenty three years ago. Allison is known amongst her clients and peers as someone who takes the time to listen and provide the best quality service with the utmost professionalism. Her southern upbringing taught her what she lends to her real estate career today, she’s hospitable, patient and conscientious in her work. Allison married Telluride native Matt Templin and together they are raising children, Cate Grace and Walker, surrounded by family and the mountains they love. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Telluride’s premiere outdoor enrichment summer camp, Telluride Academy. 970.708.0996 I allison@tellurideproperties.com

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PATRICK PELISSON Broker Associate Pat is a 20 year local who loves to share is passion for Telluride. Originally from Huntington, NY Pat joined Telluride Properties in 2001 assisting high net worth clients with expert brokerage services. Pat advises both domestic and International travelers to Telluride. His clients include entertainers, hedge fund managers, business owners, commercial and residential developers and entrepreneurs. His commitment to hard work, confidentiality and integrity has earned him the trust and friendship of his clients. Pat advises clients with finding and valuating property, listing and marketing, negotiating purchase prices and terms, and working through the detailed due diligence process. He is a Past President and Realtor of the Year of the Telluride Association of Realtors and volunteers extensively in the community. He and his wife Maureen have been married for 25 years. 970.708.1384 I pat@tellurideproperties.com

ERIC SAUNDERS Broker Associate Eric discovered the incredible lifestyle of Colorado while living in Aspen in 1989, upon graduating from N.C. State University, he quickly moved back. He brings a high level of professionalism and integrity to each transaction; allowing you to relax and enjoy the buying/selling process. He has been involved in over $100M in real estate transactions and has guided clients through large scale and single-family developments, condo, commercial and land purchases. Eric volunteers his time as a big brother in the One to One program; The Just for Kids Foundation; and a former 4 year member of San Miguel Search and Rescue. He has also served as the President of the Telluride Association of Realtors and was voted Realtor of the Year in 2009 by his peers. His hobbies include skiing, mountain/road biking, scuba diving, sailing, travelling and reading. He is married to Alyssa (the best yoga teacher in town) and they have 2 spirited boys, Dylan & Cash. 970.708.2447 I saunders@tellurideproperties.com

JESSE DIFIORE Broker Associate Jesse has a long record of successfully guiding local, national and multi-national clients with their real estate acquisitions. His specific areas of expertise include luxury resort sales, transaction management, cutting edge marketing strategies, skilled negotiations, and knowledgeable analysis of property values and market trends. Jesse has spent the last 11 years living in the Town of Telluride, along with other resort communities during his adult life. He specializes in applying his expertise and market knowledge to broker a wide array of real estate properties that consistently exceed the investment goals of his clients. His experience and foresight to proactively address details before they become a problem has been an asset to the company. 970.708.9672 I jesse@tellurideproperties.com

KIKI FROBERG Broker Associate Kiki is a native of western Michigan and Chicago suburbs. Her family bought a vacation home in Telluride in the late 70's and she has been a part time (and then full time) resident ever since. After college and graduate school, Kiki pursued a career in Corporate Finance, but real estate has always been a passion for her. Her passion is evident in her work as a Realtor in Telluride. For the past 16 years, she has earned a reputation of proficiency, dedication, and authenticity among her clients and the Telluride real estate community. She is thrilled to have the opportunity work in a field she enjoys and live in this incredibly beautiful place. She currently lives in the Town of Telluride with her 16 year-old daughter. Kiki enjoys skiing, hiking, hanging out by the San Miguel, and just enjoying the magic of Telluride. 970.708.0575 I kiki@tellurideproperties.com


ARIC MALOY Broker Associate Aric grew up skiing the icy slopes of Buffalo, NY. Following years of skiing the Rockies on vacation, he finally realized his dream of living in a ski town when he moved to Telluride in 1999. Since joining Telluride Properties, Aric has been a consistent producer and a knowledgeable real estate asset to his clients and fellow brokers. "I specialize in finding my clients the best value in the region that fits their budget, lifestyle and desires." Aric volunteers his time to a cause very close to his heart, the Telluride Adaptive Ski Program. Aric loves to take advantage of the region's ample recreation opportunities. You can catch him ripping down the mountain on any given powder day with a huge grin plastered across his face, or exploring one of Telluride's many trails with his mountain bike. The remote and rugged settings of southwest Colorado and southern Utah are also home to one of Aric's favorite pastimes, canyoneering. 970.729.3400 I aricmaloy@gmail.com

ADAM BLACK Broker Associate For over 17 years Adam has provided his clients with the highest level of service and attention to detail. His extensive local market knowledge, expert negotiation skills and comprehensive marketing plan with emphasis on digital media are keys to his success. Adam strives to earn loyalty from his clients one transaction at a time and is one of the most active agents in the region. Adam is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder. He is involved in the community, including being a current board member for the San Miguel Bicycle Alliance and past President. Adam and his wife Nicky feel truly blessed to be raising son Porter and daughter Vivian in this incredible mountain town. "I truly enjoy my job and showing property and the Telluride lifestyle to others, is always a pleasure." 970.729.0568 I abtelluride@gmail.com

WILL DOWNING Broker Associate I'm passionate about real estate. I have lived and worked in Telluride for the majority of my real estate career and consider myself fortunate that many of my clients have become close friends. I am a proud husband and father that has called Telluride home for over 11 years after receiving a degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Alabama. I credit my long-term success to my local expertise and strong community connections. I introduce my clients to both a home that fits their needs, and a neighborhood and community lifestyle that matches their interests. I live here with Lacey, my wife of 6 years and we are enormously proud of our daughter, Willa Catherine, and son, Woods. I enjoy skiing, fly fishing, climbing, travel, and live music. I am an active supporter of numerous charitable organizations including, Young Life and Compassion. 970.708.1244 I telluridewill@gmail.com

MARTY STETINA Broker Associate Marty is a partner in the O’Neill Stetina Group and is the Past President of the Telluride Association of Realtors. Marty has been involved in over $450,000,000 of real estate sales since his move here in 2011. His particular focus is on high-end residential, commercial and ranch properties as well as development projects where he can utilize his years of prior experience as a real estate attorney on Nantucket Island. He has extensive experience in land use, zoning, planning, environmental, construction and contract law. Marty is a native of Philadelphia, PA, a graduate of The Hill School, and earned an athletic scholarship to play Division I baseball at Villanova University. He married his college sweetheart and together they have 3 beautiful children and feels very blessed to be raising his family in Telluride. Marty is also an avid skier, fly fisherman and hunter. 970.708.4504 I marty@oneillstetina.com

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HUNTER ANDERSON Broker Associate Hunter comes from a strong family real estate background in Arizona. He holds a major in Information Technology from the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Management and a minor in Sports Marketing and Management. After college Hunter worked for a sports marketing company where he established relationships with leading companies throughout the sports industry. Hunter shares a youthful eye on marketing and the application of technology in real estate pursuits. He has built and developed websites and is proficient with online marketing and social media. Hunter has a Colorado Brokers Associate license and an Arizona Real Estate Salesperson license. 970.708.4660 I hunter@oneillstetina.com

DENISE SCANLON Broker Associate Denise Scanlon moved to Telluride in 1995 from Weston, Massachusetts. She grew up skiing and spending her summers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the Lake Winnipesaukee region. Denise is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she earned a degree in Resource Economics. She and her husband own Telluride Landscape Company and have two boys. They spend their free time enjoying the outdoors skiing, playing hockey and traveling. Denise worked as a banker at Alpine Bank and then was a closing agent and Assistant Vice President of Telluride Mountain Title for 7 years. She brings with her extensive title and closing knowledge and has facilitated many 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges. 970.708.2220 I denise@oneillstetina.com

ASA VAN GELDER Broker Associate & Certified Residential Appraiser From a young age I developed determination and toughness competing at the difficult youth sport of wrestling. Student government and captain of multiple sports teams further developed leadership, problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Years of working as an outdoor guide entrenched my ability to not only lead people through challenging situations, but to do it in a manner that creates trust, is enjoyable and fulfilling. Earning a BA in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara without any family financial support instilled the values of sustained dedication and financial stewardship. After moving to Telluride in the early 90’s, I met my wife and that 22+ year relationship has enhanced my skills at negotiation and patience! My real estate journey began as a licensed residential appraiser in 2003, which seamless led into real estate brokering in 2006. Over 30 years of cumulative Telluride real estate experience combined with an in-depth community knowledge creates a level of professionalism that my clients find invaluable. 970.708.1220 I asavangelder@gmail.com

MIKE WEIST Broker Associate I was born and raised in Colorado and my passion for the outdoors led me to Telluride in 1997. My earlier years in Telluride were spent as the Chef at Allred’s Restaurant and Alpino Vino (ever had the Grilled Cheese?) I graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado in water policy and I am involved in local and statewide water policy organizations. As a member of Shimkonis Partners, I specialize in buyer relations and I would love to share my passion for the Telluride lifestyle with you. 970.708.0011 I mweist@tellurideproperties.com


ANNA WILSON Broker Associate I'm like a Swiss Army Knife; I'm ready for anything! With a deep understanding of marketing and online resources in an ever-changing digital world, I think outside of the box and find ways to make things happen. I am a Georgia native, born and raised in the Atlanta area. Immediately upon graduating from Georgia Southern University, I moved across the country to Telluride, where I began my career in advertising sales for the local newspaper. In 2015, I made the inevitable leap to real estate and joined Shimkonis Partners as a Buyer Specialist in 2020. My technological savvy, attentiveness to client needs, extensive market knowledge, and overall real estate experience gives me an edge. Outside of the office, you can find me paddling nearby rivers and lakes on my SUP board and exploring the surrounding high country. I am married to my best friend, Ted, and am incredibly fortunate to be the stepmother of his 10-year-old son, Gage. 970.708.7159 I annatelluride@gmail.com

ROB PETRIE Broker Associate Rob has been living in Telluride area since 2001. He has a bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education and Management from Prescott College. Rob has a passion for real estate and is intimately familiar with and part of the Telluride community. Rob is always excited to help visitors and locals alike find their dream home or properties in the immediate and surrounding areas as well as sharing his passion and love for life here in Telluride. 970.708.3778 I rcpetrie@gmail.com

ELLEN WILLIAMSON Broker Associate Since 2014, Ellen Williamson has taken part in over $165M in real estate sales transactions. Relationships are at the core of Ellen's success. Prioritizing sincerity with open and honest communication complemented with being an attentive listener, Ellen has emerged among the top in the Telluride market. She works alongside Telluride's highly-regarded and top-producing agent, Steve Cieciuch. Bringing her Midwest work ethic to Telluride, Ellen excels in seeing her efforts through to completion, with a focus and dedication to exceed clients' expectations, each and every time. With over 25 years experience working with some of the most elite and high-profile individuals and corporate clients across the country, Ellen is highly-skilled in delivering exceptional service and results. She has played an integral role in bringing the Telluride pet store to fruition, and more notably, co-founding the Telluride Humane Society. 312.218.7138 I ellen@tellurideproperties.com

LAUREN WOODWARD Broker Associate Lauren Woodward was born and raised in Telluride. After College, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she moved onto New York and was an active member of the New York City Real Estate community for 10 years. Now she is excited to be turning her focus toward her hometown real estate market as an agent at Telluride Properties. With a passion for service Lauren is ready to help with your home buying and selling needs. When Lauren isn’t making home ownership dreams come true for her clients, she enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband Mountain Biking and Skiing. 917.378.2220 I lauren@tellurideproperties.com

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behind the scenes




Marketing Director Telluride Properties

Office Manager Telluride Properties

Manager O'Neill Stetina Group




Listing Manager Shimkonis Partners

Marketing Director A - Team

Executive Assistant Eric Saunders


luxury networks

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global connections

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Award-Winning Websites

125,000+ Agents

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significant sales

300 WEST COLORADO AVENUE #3 - Telluride $14,750,000 Sold by Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

235 EAST COLUMBIA AVENUE - Telluride $8,000,000 Listed by O'Neill Stetina Group

166 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE - Mountain Village $7,595,000 Listed by O'Neill Stetina Group


TRANSFER TELLURIDE - Telluride $9,000,000 - $3,200,000 Listed & Sold by O'Neill Stetina Group

789 EAST COLUMBIA AVENUE - Telluride $5,525,000 Listed & Sold by O'Neill Stetina Group

114 SOUTH TOWNSEND - Telluride $5,300,000 Listed & Sold by O'Neill Stetina Group

116 ROCKY ROAD - Mountain Village $6,595,000 Listed by Stephen Cieciuch (Chet-chu)

210 WILSON PEAK DRIVE - Mountain Village $6,595,000 Sold by Eric Saunders

*Prices stated above are "asking prices", not sold prices.

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