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WINTER 2016-2017

BEYOND COMPARE Experience a spectacle of true natural beauty, grounded in the magnetism of small-town, mountain charm. Where unforgettable moments arise from a landscape unmatched anywhere on earth.



DISCOVER TELLURIDE Telluride has a world-class ski resort and absolutely magnificent scenery, and visitors can be forgiven for focusing solely on these two attractions. Both are special in their own right and sure to make anyone’s time here unforgettable. But, there is so much more to discover: incredible and increasingly notable dining options; a vibrant and varied arts scene; a winter wonderland offering adventures of a lifetime; a fascinating and colorful history; and the friendliness and warm welcomes that abound in our small, laidback community here in the mountains. It’s with discoveries in mind that I welcome you to the winter 2016-2017 issue of The Official Guide to Telluride and Mountain Village. This is an issue devoted to discovering all that we have to offer in and around the box canyon, from exploring ghost towns and old mining roads on snowmobiles to learning about locally made beers and spirits; from expanding horizons through the extraordinary documentaries produced by local filmmakers to uncovering art in unexpected places around town. Last winter was epic, with historic early season amounts of snowfall. Now as Telluride’s fab summer of 2016 gives way to the golden days and crisp nights of autumn, we await winter, ready to discover all that this magical season has to offer here, high in the San Juans. There is so much to experience. We can’t wait. With so much to do and see, we at the Telluride Tourism Board are especially proud of our new Visitors Center. The staff and resources at the center’s main street location opposite the historic New Sheridan Hotel stand ready to help you make the most of your time in this exceptional place, or assist with planning your next trip. Even the space occupied by the Visitors Center is a testament to Telluride’s eclectic and often surprising past with nods to the area’s role, not just as a tourism destination, but also in mining and the generation of electrical power. We encourage visitors as well as part- and full-time residents to stop by the Visitors Center and find their own unique Telluride. It’s here, just waiting to be discovered.




A Visitors Center Ahead of Its Time TELLURIDE’S STRIKING PEAKS, delightful shops, vibrant restaurants and bars and its undeniable historic charm lead visitors straight to main street after arriving in town. With this in mind, the Telluride Tourism Board has moved the location of the Visitors Center directly across the street from the historic New Sheridan Hotel, just two blocks from the Gondola and right in the heart of Telluride. Tom Watkinson, the director of communications for the Telluride Tourism Board, says the move from the west end of town “was for a better location and presence in an effort to be more of a resource to all of our visitors.” The location, however, is not the Visitors Center’s only 236 WEST COLORADO upgrade. The knowledgeable front-desk staff are still there, but On Elks Park opposite the New Sheridan now there are four interactive touch screens that can help visitors plan their stay. Want to go for a hike or do some mountain biking, but not sure where to start? The touch screens harness the Visit Telluride web site using Adventure Project – software that maps out routes including data on altitude gain, topography and time. Looking for a place to dine, catch some live music or enjoy a cocktail? A complete restaurant and bar guide is at your fingertips. There are recommendations for accommodations from the luxurious to the economical, places to camp and links to all the activities too. Stylistically, the design of the new center gives a nod to both Telluride’s natural beauty and its fascinating history – paying homage to the community’s three modern legacies: mining, electricity and tourism. Natural light streams in through windows that look out onto Colorado Avenue and Elks Park, framing the surrounding peaks. A front desk fashioned after an ore cart from the Smuggler-Union Mine greets you along with tables and light fixtures inspired by elements of the nearby Ames Hydroelectric Plant, the first in the world to produce and use alternating current electricity. A playful signpost points out essentials in town – Bridal Veil Falls, Telluride Town Park and the Wilkinson Public Library – and there are understandably a few more whimsical facts that are essential to the Telluride mindset, like that the nearest fast food is 71 miles away. The next time you’re in town, stop by. a — Emily Shoff | 855.421.4360




Allred’s offers Contemporary American Cuisine and features one of the best wine selections in the country. Take it all in while admiring the breathtaking view of the town of Telluride from the main dining room.

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The Unique Connection Between Mountain Village & Telluride TWO HEARTS beat as one, they say. Well, here, our two hearts are the two towns of Telluride and Mountain Village. Very different in many ways, but both share a love of community, of the stunning beauty that surrounds us, of the people, the culture and the activities that make this place so special. First, there’s Telluride. A National Historic Landmark District that gourmet restaurants, chic boutiques and fine-art galleries call home, Telluride proudly displays its mining-town heritage with a wealth of colorful Victorian houses and a charming, carefully preserved main street lined with clapboard and brick storefronts. Don’t let the town’s charms fool you, however. Telluride’s heritage is equal parts refinement and Wild West, complete with tales of bank robbers – Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank here – and hardscrabble miners.

Perched above Telluride, at 9,545 feet, Mountain Village offers visitors and residents alike a more modern, lux feel in a European-style alpine setting. Incorporated in 1995, Mountain Village boasts luxury hotels, inns and condos, state-of-the-art spas, stylish shops and sophisticated dining options. Guests can dine or shop, all the while surrounded by the towering peaks and stunning vistas of the San Juan Mountains. Linking these two communities is the Gondola, which in 2016 marks 20 years in operation (see page 35). The only transportation system of its kind in North America, the “G” is free, pet friendly and handicap accessible, connecting Telluride and Mountain Village via a 13-minute ride. With breathtaking views and the uniqueness of the experience, we can promise the Gondola is one “commute” you will never forget. a | 855.421.4360








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IN THE EARLY 2000s, I worked at the Telluride Daily Planet alongside a 19-year-old photographer named Ben Knight. Even though his work mostly involved capturing the minutiae of daily life in Telluride – school dances, new store openings, local government meetings and the like – his abundant talent was evident. He was a modest young guy though, and other than reminding him to eat his greens and put on a clean T-shirt now and then, we in the newsroom didn’t fuss over him much. >>

<< Fast forward to 2014. After a few years overseas, I returned to find that Knight had become an important filmmaker – his documentaries Red Gold and DamNation had nabbed numerous festival prizes and the National Geographic Society was about to place him on their list of Adventurers of 2015. Another project, short film Denali, would go on to win its own share of awards, as well as landing on the prestigious list of Vimeo Staff Picks. Knight wasn’t alone, either. He was part of a larger community of Telluride filmmakers who were gaining critical and commercial success for their work. And this community is still at it – making thoughtful, beautiful documentaries that inspire, entertain, provoke and inform, and have been recognized nationally and internationally. Besides Knight, it’s a group that includes Suzan Beraza, David Byars, David Holbrooke and Stash Wislocki, among others. Telluride is hardly Manhattan or Hollywood, so what was it about this tiny, remote town that was allowing these filmmakers to succeed like this? THE MOUNTAINFILM EFFECT

Ask any local filmmaker this question and one word comes up again and again: Mountainfilm. The festival is Telluride’s beloved – and mindblowing – Memorial Day weekend gathering devoted to environmental, socially aware and adventure filmmaking. Knight says that when he first began volunteering for Mountainfilm in the late 1990s, he was blown away. “It was where you saw films that you’d never seen anywhere else and met photographers that only existed as faceless names that I worshipped. I wanted that, bad. I wanted to make people feel things with moving pictures and sound.” >>



Telluride’s Young Guns What about the future of movie making in the box canyon? In safe hands, say Telluride’s filmmakers, thanks to young homegrown talents like George Knowles and Keith Hill. Only 28, Knowles, whose production company is Goodie Pocket Films, has already made waves with the award-winning short film 14.c and through his work with the likes of Ben Sturgulewski, as well as Renan Ozturk, Anson Fogel and Tim Kemple of Camp 4 Collective. “George is working with some of the biggest names in the adventure film world,” Ben Knight says. “I guarantee I’ll be begging him for work when I’m considered too old to hire. I get all giddy with pride when I see his name in credits.” The admiration goes both ways with Knowles citing the support he got when he was a teen in Telluride filming his friends on the ski mountain. “Suzan [Beraza], David [Byars], and Travis [Rummel] and Ben of Felt Soul Media really went out of their way, they kind of paved the way for us. They got me to realize that there was this whole community here making beautiful movies, that filmmaking doesn’t have to be a big Hollywood production.” Knowles adds, “The Telluride community as a whole is so supportive.” This sentiment is echoed by Hill. “People brought me along to work with them. They were willing to include me once they could see how into it I was and what I’d done. To be involved and to be included in a world that you idolized, I was just sort of amazed. It fast forwarded [my career] and gave me confidence.” Hill, who is studying filmmaking in California and has a production company, Pheasant Plucker Productions, says that he sees Telluride’s filmmakers as mentors. They, in turn, describe the 21-year-old – whose Mountainfilm intro at the 2016 festival brought audiences to their feet – as “truly a natural … [with] a great instinct” (Wislocki) and “off the charts creative and a bundle of fun” (Beraza).

<< Beraza was also inspired by Mountainfilm, where she had been a volunteer for many years. “Watching these films, I kept thinking ‘wow, they are really making a difference in the world. Maybe I could do this.’ So I did.” Beraza’s first feature-length film was about the devastating ubiquity of single-use plastic bags. Bag It was released in 2006 and garnered awards at a range of festivals before it caught the attention of PBS, which subsequently aired it nationally. More recently, in 2013, she released Uranium Drive-In, which again grabbed acclaim from festivals. “If it hadn’t been for Mountainfilm, I don’t know if I would have had that first impulse,” she says. Byars, too, credits Mountainfilm. Byars is currently making the documentary Malheur, which examines a right-wing militia’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and which has Holbrooke, Wislocki and Morgan Spurlock on board as producers. Byars worked as a financial analyst after college but quit to travel, eventually landing in Telluride to ski. “I’m the classic guy who came for one winter. I had a million jobs here, then I started working for Mountainfilm and that was when I thought ‘this is awesome. This is the world I want to be in.’” FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

If Knight, Beraza and Byars found inspiration at Mountainfilm, Wislocki, the festival’s producer whose most recent film was 2014’s Dear Governor Hickenlooper, says that the event has given him, as a filmmaker and producer, something more tangible: industry contacts. “With Mountainfilm, we have these incredible talents coming in and we get on a personal basis with them and they actually end up helping us on projects. Dave [Byars] and I were just at a Tribeca Film Institute retreat … it was really cool to sit in this room with incredibly talented filmmakers. The one thing I found amazing, though, was that a lot of the people they were talking about were people I had already had personal interactions with [through Mountainfilm]. Not a lot of the other filmmakers there had that.” Mountainfilm’s festival director is Holbrooke whose most recent film, 2015’s The Diplomat, examined the life and work of his father, Richard Holbrooke. The documentary gained mainstream attention nationally and internationally after HBO aired it last year. It was the second Holbrooke movie broadcast by the premium cable and satellite broadcaster after Hard as Nails in 2007. Holbrooke echoes Wislocki. “People don’t understand how important Mountainfilm is to [local filmmakers] … People find collaborators here. They realize they don’t need Tribeca, they don’t need Sundance. They need to be here.” Aside from Mountainfilm, some of the industry connections that Telluride provides to local filmmakers are with other talented locals. Beraza and Wislocki, for instance, cite Jim Hurst, an Emmy-award winning cinematographer, cameraman and sound guy extraordinaire. “You honestly get one of the best when he goes with you,” Wislocki says. “And he always goes with you. He always makes it happen. He is so generous with his time and equipment and anything else he can do.”

Knight says, “I’ve honestly never seen a kid his age boiling over with so much creativity that he could barely sit still. I’ve heard he’s so far ahead of the kids in the film program at college that he should probably be teaching the class.”

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Yep, the future looks bright.


>> Beraza also praises George and Beth Gage, award-winning filmmakers who relocated from Los Angeles to Telluride in the 1990s and made such acclaimed documentaries as Fire on the Mountain, American Outrage and 2016’s Kickass Katie Lee. “They were the earliest filmmakers here and they were my mentors.”



Knight credits Tellurider Dean Rolley, a videographer, tech guru, sound master and photographer, with giving him his start. “He was the bearded wizard gatekeeper at [local public access television station] TCTV. He knew how to make films and was more than willing to share that secret information, thank God.”


In Telluride, we help each other out on whatever we’re working on at any time. The credits shake out later.




Basically, I was given the quiet to think – and I believe that’s what Telluride really does for us.

With Mountainfilm, we have these incredible talents coming in and we get on a personal basis with them and they actually end up helping us on projects.

Sometimes you just want to be a lazy sack of marmot turds and half-ass your next project, but you can’t. Telluride is watching.



Beraza agrees. “It’s super collaborative here. We don’t look at each other as competition; it’s more ‘what can we do to help each other?’ I think documentary [filmmaking] tends to be that way, but Telluride takes it to a whole other level. ‘You need my camera? OK, take my camera. Oh, you need my microphone? Here it is.’” >>



Byars adds that the assistance is informal and seemingly devoid of ego. “It’s a bit fuzzy how it works ... We help each other out on whatever we’re working on at any time. The credits shake out later.”


And then there is the support this group gives to each other that has moved projects from conceptual to completion. “We all just help each other,” Wislocki explains. “Telluride is so remarkable in that way.”


Byars mentions Casey Nay as one of the town’s “outsized talents … He’s an insanely artistic editor who has worked on a ton of projects coming out of Telluride.”

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When the whole family wants to go for a walk in the woods, don’t let the snow stop you. Snowshoes offer the freedom to explore many snow-covered places. Easy to learn and fun to master, snowshoeing is an activity for all ages. Choose between a leisurely sightseeing outing or an uphill trek for the perfect cardio workout. Eco Adventures offers naturalist-guided snowshoe tours on the Telluride Ski Resort. Guided snowshoe adventures are also available with a number of local outfitters.


In Telluride, you can enjoy the quintessential winter activity of ice skating at any of the three rinks available in the area. In Telluride Town Park, you’ll find a professional-grade indoor hockey rink as well as an outdoor rink, and in Mountain Village you can skate at the Madeline Hotel and Residence’s delightful outdoor rink. Ice skate rentals are available at both locations.





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Visiting Telluride in winter doesn’t mean you have to leave your rod and reel behind. Many streams and rivers in the region are prime for fishing year-round. Late February to April, the San Miguel River provides excellent fishing opportunities, while farther afield the Uncompahgre River fishes well all winter. Or try ice fishing on the area’s lakes and reservoirs. Local outfitters can guide you.

Ski and snowboard enthusiasts seeking powder turns outside the ski area boundaries – as well as an unforgettable experience – need to look no further than Helitrax, the premiere helicopter ski company in the state of Colorado. In operation since 1982, Helitrax flies in the San Juan Mountains at some of the highest elevations of any helicopter skiing operation in North America. Skiers and boarders using Helitrax will enjoy panoramic scenery and untouched powder. The business offers a variety of heli-ski options: day trips, multi-day outings and custom tours.


Try this fun alternative for discovering the ski resort. A knowledgeable snow bike instructor will teach all aspects of riding a snow bike, which has sleds instead of wheels. Rentals and classes are available through Eco Adventures. The class includes your lesson, rental and a snow bike certification card upon completion of the course.






Slip on your cowboy boots and Stetson and take in a sleigh or horseback ride in the winter wonderland of the San Juans. Enjoy a ride under a cobalt blue sky or bundle up and star gaze during a dinner sleigh ride, all while embracing the spirit of the Wild West.

Need a break from downhill skiing and boarding? Nordic terrain in the area offers a change of scenery and a great workout. Groomed tracks can be found in Telluride Town Park, on the Valley Floor, on the Mountain Village golf course, at Trout and Priest Lakes and at the top of Lift 10 (TopATen) on the ski resort. Each area offers various lengths of groomed trail, different terrain and excellent scenery. The Telluride Nordic Center in Telluride Town Park is a great resource for trail conditions, lessons and gear rentals.



Skiing in the San Juan backcountry is a true outdoor adventure. Explore and marvel at some of the country’s most spectacular mountain surroundings while skiing to a hut or lodge, stocked with all the amenities necessary for a comfortable winter’s night stay. Travel to a single hut or tour hut to hut in the European tradition. Add hike-to alpine skiing or snowboarding to your hut trip. Local outfitters can help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.


Snow sport enthusiasts wanting an extra challenge can soar across the snow and up or down slopes with the pull of a kite. Known to its practitioners as “snow-kiting,” the sport is done with downhill ski or snowboard equipment and a colorful kite. Kite skiers fly through the meadows at Lizard Head Pass, full of wide-open spaces and gorgeous views. Lessons are available locally. | 855.421.4360





Winter recreation stretches beyond alpine skiing and snowboarding in Telluride. You’ve probably noticed the Nordic skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, but it just might be the hottest, newest winter toy – the fat bike – that will tempt you most. These bikes, mountain bikes with chubby snow tires, aren’t just for cruising main street on a snowy morning, but are your ticket to a memorable winter adventure. Rent a bike and go for a ride on at one of these spots: >> The 3-mile stretch of open space welcoming visitors to town contains the only trails with a groomed track set just for fat bikers. The social rider can exit the trails at the far west end for a tasty microbrew at Telluride Brewing Company (156 Society Drive, Lawson Hill) before the mellow pedal back to town.

BEAR CREEK >> Located at the end of South Pine Street, this easy summer hiking trail turns into an advanced/intermediate fat bike ride in the winter. Riders are rewarded with the same beautiful waterfall at the top, only this time of year it’s frozen. Although the trail is not groomed, backcountry skiers pack down a nice path.

>> The undulating groomed trails that ribbon over the golf course in Mountain Village are multi-use trails open to dogs, bikes, hikers, snowshoes and Nordic skiers. Enjoy the views of the San Sophia ridge to the north and Wilson range to the south as you catch your breath between the dips and climbs.


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Strap on your crampons and grab your ice axe, the alpine setting of the San Juan Mountains offers world-renowned ice climbing. Regional waterfalls turn to cathedrals of ice once the temperatures hold below freezing. Hiring a local guide is recommended to fully explore winter climbing routes. Lessons are available through regional outfitters.




A Mind-Blowing Way to See Telluride’s Backcountry WANT A WAY to get outside and rediscover the kid in you while exploring Telluride’s extraordinary winter wonderland? Sure, skiing and snowboarding are Telluride’s primary winter activities, but more and more visitors, second homeowners and locals are hopping on a snowmobile and discovering a new way to enjoy their time here. John Duncan, co-owner of Telluride Outside, says he isn’t surprised at snowmobiling’s growing popularity. “I think it makes people feel like a kid again – that’s how it makes me feel. It’s a kind of freedom.” A day off from the slopes for a mind-blowingly beautiful, adrenaline-pumping guided snowmobile tour into Telluride’s backcountry? Sign us up. Michael Doherty, owner of Telluride Outfitters, explains that snowmobiling is about bringing families together “It’s a lot of fun for everyone. It’s a time when you see teenagers show up with a typical teenager’s attitude but, by the end, they are high fiving their parents and saying that they had the best day.” Telluride Outfitters in Mountain Village and Telluride Outside, on main street in Telluride, both

offer half-day or full-day guided tours for snowmobilers ranging from first-timers and families to experts and have minimum age requirements for drivers and passengers. And, both Telluride Outside and Telluride Outfitters will provide everything you’ll need for a successful snowmobile adventure, including snow suits, boots and helmets. Doherty and Duncan also emphasize the importance of the guides themselves. In Duncan’s words, “In terms of safety, comfort and leadership on the trail, the guide makes the dream trip.” The riding terrain that the companies use is considered among the best in Colorado. Telluride Outfitters starts from a snow base on Alta Lakes Road, less than 10 miles south of Mountain Village, and extends for about 20 miles into the backcountry around Alta Lakes to take in the Alta ghost town, the Gold King Mine and other relics from Telluride’s mining era. “The highlight of the tour is the ghost town and telling people about the prospectors and the mining up here,” Doherty says. “Our guides paint a picture of what life was like then. Gold King Basin was the first place in the world to

have alternating current so it’s a historically significant place.” Duncan describes Telluride Outside’s riding terrain, which is on the west flank of the Wilson Peak area beginning with their snow base about 13 miles west of Telluride near the top of Fall Creek Road and stretching west. “One of the great things about the terrain is that it is very natural riding terrain. We use old logging roads, Forest Service roads and wide-open meadowlands. This is legitimate Telluride backcountry. As we come up out of the trees, all of these mountain ranges start popping up and we get these incredible views.” Duncan adds that a favorite annual event for him and his team is a snowmobile tour with clients of the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program. “It’s our most important trip of the year.” Both outfitters emphasize the fun of snowmobiling, which, they say, never fails to leave a huge smile on clients’ faces. So stop in and say “hey” to Duncan at Telluride Outside or Doherty at Telluride Outfitters and you too could have that same grin. a — Rosston ‘Buster’ Ritter | 855.421.4360


WIDE OPEN SPACES Prospect Bowl Turns 15 Years Old By Stephen Elliott

Some of Telluride’s most iconic views and terrain — the panorama from the top of the Prospect Lift, the winding, gladed runs through Prospect Bowl — were once a little harder to get to. There was no hot chocolate for sale in the shadow of Palmyra Peak and if you wanted to ski Telluride’s gnarliest chutes, you had to hike even further than you do now. Those days may seem prehistoric to Telluride’s newer residents and visitors, and hazy still in the minds of long-timers, but it was just 15 years ago this season when the Telluride Ski Resort opened the Prospect Bowl expansion, a $14 million investment that added 733 acres of skiing terrain, nearly doubling the size of the mountain. One writer for the Telluride Weekly Planet witnessed Prospect Bowl’s opening day. “There was a sense of urgency in the lift lines as skiers and boarders jockeyed for position to get onto the first chair and claim fresh tracks on mostly virgin territory,” he wrote in the December 21, 2001 issue, on stands one day after some of the new terrain opened for the first time. “Skis and snowboards swished anxiously back and forth in place and everyone kept a close eye on the clock in anticipation of 8:45 a.m.” But the skiers winding their way through Prospect Bowl that day were not the first to explore the basin — far from it, in fact. Old mining claims are scattered across the area like “pick-up sticks,” according to former resort owner Ron Allred. He knows because he and his partners had to buy them, some 150 claims, one by one from their owners in order to build the ski resort we know today. “You couldn’t find a ski route that didn’t cross someone’s mining claim,” Allred says. “I have a hunch they called it Prospect Basin because there were so many prospectors up there.” 36 | 855.421.4360





WHAT FUELS YOU? By Jesse James McTigue

WHEN I CALLED Becca Tudor, owner of FUEL – a personal training, Pilates and group fitness studio and gym – to talk about her new main street location, she texted back, “Great. Wanna ride to Dtown on Wednesday?” I knew by “ride” she meant pedal on our road bikes and I knew by “Dtown” she meant Durango. I understood this because I have ridden to Dtown with her before. There are two ways to get there from Telluride on a road bike. The first is 111 miles via Lizard Head Pass (summit 10,222 feet) and the second is 120 miles through Ouray over Red Mountain Pass to Silverton and then over Molas Pass and Coal Bank Pass (summits of 11,018, 10,910 and 10,640 feet respectively) into Durango. 38 | 855.421.4360

I also knew she wasn’t joking. This is Becca Tudor. Over the last two years she has participated or competed in the Paris Marathon, the Snowmass Ragnar, Moab’s Grand Fondo and the Power of Four in Aspen, along with local events like the Telluride Roubaix, Mountains to Desert Bike Ride, the Deep Creek Half Marathon, the Imogene Pass Run and the Telluride Mountain Run. And this was just what she could remember off the top of her head. The powerful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed mass of muscle isn’t that comfortable speaking about herself or her accomplishments. She’d rather be “doing” her job, than “talking” about it. For Tudor, providing a living example of wellness to inspire others is as significant to her as the physical space of the gym.

“This isn’t work; this is life,” she says about her role as a trainer, gym owner and founder of the Telluride WOW Festival, the summer Weekend of Wellness event. “The one thing I desire most is to be a role model, to be motivating and an inspiration. When I’m off my game, I can’t help anyone else.” Tudor began FUEL as a private Pilates, gyrotonic and personal training studio in a small space in the Nugget Building and then started renting space at the base of Lift 7 for group fitness classes, before finally expanding that space and creating a full-blown gym with a Pilates studio, weight and cardio area and group fitness space. Now, eight years on from that first small studio, she has grown and moved again, this time to 205 East Colorado Avenue.



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FUEL’s success is worth investigating. Indoor gyms can be a tricky business in a place like Telluride – after all, they are competing against a free, spectacular outdoor playground. Put simply, most people see the mountains, the trails and the rivers as their gym. Interestingly, that is how Tudor sees it too. “I refer to FUEL as a fitness arena, a wellness arena. We’re not a city; we live in a beautiful outdoor

place. We’re not just gym rats. FUEL’s model is that we train here in a controlled environment so we can go outside and be strong.” Tudor and her husband and biggest fan, Narcis Tudor, as well as the trainers who work with her, exemplify the philosophy that health is essential to one’s well being and each person needs to find what works best for them. As Tudor likes to ask, “What fuels you?” a

In addition to FUEL, there are a number of local spaces devoted to being strong and feeling good. In Telluride, check out Pilates Balance at the base of Lift 7, Sequence Pilates and Core Align on West Colorado Avenue or Studio Telluride on Spruce Street. There’s also 8750ALT The Telluride Gym, a 24-hour gym and fitness facility on East Colorado. Box Canyon Booties can be found most mornings at the Hanley Ice Rink in Town Park and in the afternoon in the Telluride Elementary School cafeteria or the Telluride Middle/High School cafeteria. In Mountain Village, try Madeline Studio at the Madeline Hotel and Residences or the fitness center and pool at the Peaks Resort and Spa. CrossFitters should head to Lawson Hill, home of Telluride CrossFit, which is also a gymnastics studio and ninja zone. Devotees of yoga have a number of options including Madeline Studio and the Peaks in Mountain Village, as well as the Telluride Yoga Center and Mangala Yoga, both on main street in Telluride.

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A Pharmacy, and Then Some Thought your neighborhood drug store was only for Epsom salts and prescription refills? Think again. Apotheca Integrated Pharmacy, located in the historic Mahr building at 129 W. Colorado Ave., has reserved a back section of its store for small-batch, local, organic and handcrafted spirits. These include Mezcal Vago, Telluride Distilling vodka and, new last summer, a cooler of Telluride Brewing Company beer. Along with these Telluride staples, you can find regional tipples like Woody Creek Distillers gin from Basalt, peach brandy from Peach Street Distillery in Palisade and bottles of wine from Sutcliffe and Guy Drew wineries near Cortez. And it’s not all hard stuff. Apotheca also stocks Source ginger beer and soda, an array of drinking vinegars – or shrubs – from Denver company Strongwater, plus herbal cocktail bitters from Dram, another Colorado enterprise. Apotheca, which opened in 2010, began selling spirits in November of 2015 with a tiny selection that has grown slowly. “We really try to target high-quality spirits from Colorado,” Apotheca manager and buyer Meagan Ketterlin says. “We keep things as local as possible.” – Katie Klingsporn HOLIDAY PRELUDE / DECEMBER 7-18

Celebrate the Festive Season Telluride and Mountain Village joyfully usher in the holiday season with a number of fun, family-friendly events during Holiday Prelude, December 7-18. The celebrations begin on December 7 with Telluride’s Noel Night, as locals and visitors scour downtown shops looking for those perfect holiday gifts. Telluride retailers add to the merriment by offering prizes and discounts, and there are appearances by Santa and carollers courtesy of the Telluride Chorale Society. The festivities continue with the lighting of Telluride’s unique Christmas tree made of recycled skis and a ceremonial ski burn to ensure that lots of the white stuff falls this winter season. In Mountain Village, the Holiday Prelude fun takes place on December 17 and 18 with a North Pole Express train ride through the Village’s exquisite holiday decorations and lights, Santa at the Telluride Conference Center, a night of shopping fun, live music, skaters at the Mountain Village Ice Rink and more. It all coincides with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Gondola.


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The seed for Mezcal Vago was planted years ago when Telluride ski bums Judah Kuper and Dylan Sloan (pictured above) had their first taste of smoky mezcal in Oaxaca. It sprouted when Kuper settled in the southern Mexican state, married a Mexican woman and discovered a world of artisanal mezcaleros inhabited by small-batch producers like his new father-in-law. Today, Mezcal Vago has bloomed into a bustling import/export business that brings fine, hand-crafted mezcals from the arid countryside of Oaxaca to the tables of American restaurants, bars and kitchens. While Vago launched in 2013 in Telluride and found its base supporters here, it has taken flight, with purveyors in 25 states and across the world. Vago is currently served in places like the mezcal bar Calavera in Oakland and Le Barnardin, a three-star Michelin restaurant in New York City. “It’s gotten a lot bigger than being a Telluride brand,” Sloan says. Driving the growth is a new thirst for artisanal mezcal and a burgeoning interest in factors like terroir, ingredients and land. Each bottle of Vago is labeled with the type of agave, name of the mezcalero, method of production, size and date of the batch. Vago currently works with three mezcaleros and typically sells six to seven varietals of nuanced, smooth mezcal. With that model, the mezcaleros have a stake in each batch, and consumers have a story in each bottle. Sloan says, “People want stuff that’s real. Our whole thing is we’re giving you an authentic experience.”



Ski lifts, live music, robust recreation; Telluride has a lot going for it. But about five years ago, Abbott Smith and a couple close friends realized something was missing: a distillery. Smith, an engineer by trade and tinkerer by nature who had experimented with spirits at home, gathered his wife Joanna, a chemist, along with childhood friends James and Pete Jaeschke, to have a go. The distillery, located in Lawson Hill, features a complicated and immaculately shiny contraption in a side room. This is the still, designed and hand-built by the Telluride team, who leaned on expertise in engineering and resourcefulness to create it, and who cleverly included a remote function so that the still can be controlled off-site, like from the slopes. With it, Telluride Distilling produces a velvety vodka, caramel-and-smoke-imbued whisky and, Smith’s favorite, a peppermint schnapps. (A far cry from the saccharine stuff of the past, this schnapps – called the Chairlift Warmer – is crisp and clean.) Telluride Distilling puts the same kind of meticulous care into their product that is required to run and maintain the still. They use all-natural ingredients, carefully measured recipes and even make their own ginger beer for their signature drink, the Telluride Mule. Along with selling bottles in town and across the state, Telluride Distilling opened a tasting room this summer. The aim, Smith says, is to provide a top-shelf bottle of booze that is modestly priced. “It’s been going really well.” >> | 855.421.4360






When Telluride Brewing Company opened the doors of its Lawson Hill facility in October of 2011, it was an instant hit. And why not? Run by three locals who had been in the service industry for years, pouring delicious brews named after local landmarks and installing a “Steal Your Face”-inspired mural above their bar, TBC was an ideal match for Telluride’s thirsty, music-loving crowd.

from two to 17 employees, from one to six leased locations and from 1,500 to more than 7,000 barrels of beer a year. Its beer is now sold in liquor stores and bars across Colorado, and people are clamoring for it to cross state lines. “It’s unbelievable,” says Chris Fish, who runs the company with Tommy Thacher and Brian Gavin. “I can’t believe we’re able to squeeze that much beer out of this little space.”

Five years later, business is booming for the maker of brews like the World Beer Cup gold-medalist Face Down Brown. TBC has gone

Thirsty yet? Local favorites Tempter IPA and Face Down Brown can be found anywhere in town that pours beer on tap. | 855.421.4360


WINTER WARMERS A long day on the slopes calls for something to heat up your belly: a mug of dark stout beer, a cocktail with a punch or a spiked cup of cocoa. We’ve compiled a list of winter warmers to thaw out on those cold days, each with a distinctive Telluride kick.

MEZCAL BASIL LIMEADE CHAIRLIFT WARMER Telluride Distilling Peppermint Schnapps & Hot Chocolate What it tastes like Sugared and Spiked Where to find it Buy it at Telluride Distilling, make a thermos at home to keep you warm on the lift

Mezcal Vago, Basil, Lime and Soda Water What it tastes like Sunny and Sparkling

ALMA ROSA Mezcal Vago, House-made Hibiscus Tea, Lime Juice and Sal de Gusano

Where to find it The Butcher & The Baker

What it tastes like Smoky and Seductive Where to find it Smugglers Brew Pub

SKI-IN/SKI-STOUT What it tastes like Smooth and Substantial Where to find it Brown Dog Pizza, High Pie Pizzeria, Telluride Brewing Co, Tomboy Tavern

FLATLINER Telluride Distilling Vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa and Espresso What it tastes like Sweet and Sophisticated Where to find it New Sheridan Chop House

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Classic and Contemporary on the Menu this Season By Martinique Davis

TELLURIDE’S CULINARY LANDSCAPE encompasses a rich amalgam of cuisine, with the local restaurant map strewn with landmark establishments as well as new points of interest that ensure dining in Telluride is never dull. La Marmotte, 221 South Oak, New Sheridan Chop House and Rustico Ristorante are just a few of the local mainstays that have long held venerable positions on Telluride’s culinary stage, while newer names such as the Alpinist and the Goat and the Butcher and the Baker represent a more contemporary era of upbeat food style that keeps the Telluride dining scene current. Indeed, the blend of the old and the new creates a colorful culinary milieu, and this winter Telluride’s restaurant community welcomes a new rising star while celebrating a major milestone of a longstanding local luminary. Taco del Gnar, a hipster taco shop, opened its doors for the first time in Telluride this fall, while the 2016-17 winter season marks the 20th anniversary for the Cosmopolitan. At the outset, there may be few comparisons to draw between the Cosmo’s contemporary fine dining character and Taco del Gnar’s free-form style; yet a shared passion for creating inspired dishes defines these two otherwise unlikely cohorts as bastions of the local epicurean culture, now and into the future.

Taco del Gnar’s one-of-a-kind brand may be new to Telluride, but co-creators Curtis Blanton and Joe Ouellette certainly aren’t: Ouellette grew up in Telluride and Blanton has worked in kitchens in the region for years. Along with Blanton’s wife and front-of-house manager Chas, the trio have created a cult-like following at their home-spun restaurant in Ridgway (which opened in 2013) and are poised to do the same in Telluride at their new digs on South Oak Street. With their multi-ethnic culinary backgrounds, Blanton and Ouellette use the blank slate of a tortilla as the backdrop for fusing flavor profiles found at fine dining establishments. The result, Blanton says, is creative combinations that shed new light on familiar fare (and at an affordable price point). “Our creative process involves taking any dish, from any region on the map, and figuring out how to deconstruct it and make it work on a tortilla,” Blanton explains. Nearby, at the Cosmopolitan on West San Juan Avenue, head chef and owner Chad Scothorn is usually found in the kitchen; he bakes the restaurant’s bread, makes its chicken stock and crafts kimchi from scratch. Since the Cosmo’s opening in 1996, the restaurant has received accolades from near and far, thanks to Scothorn’s everchanging menus that merge a foundation of tested culinary techniques with contemporary flavors and trends. Decades into his career as a chef, Scothorn’s philosophy is that cooking is more a craft than an art. As he explains, “You should be able to take something that has been done over the last 200 years and do it a little better.” And the key, he says, to running a successful restaurant in the challenging seasonal climate of a mountain resort hinges upon one thing: Maintaining an owner-operator presence and, even decades later, still feeling passionate about what you create. “It’s the challenge that keeps me here,” he muses, adding that at 57, “I may be getting old, but my food isn’t.” At 36 and 30, respectively, Blanton and Ouellette have already taken a cue from local restaurant stalwarts such as Scothorn. Their business philosophy is based on rolling up their sleeves and working hard to build, in their words, Telluride’s next “progressive, cutting-edge” dining landmark. a | 855.421.4360






ALPINO VINO / Traditional Northern Italian fare

TELLURIDE DOGG HOUSE >> Perhaps you’re from Chicago and miss home. Or perhaps you’re not from Chicago, but know that Chicago is known for a cursed baseball team and really good hot dogs. Well, everyone can be happy when they go to the Dogg House. The toppings are endless and so, too, are your thoughts when you try to settle on an order. But stop thinking and start eating. Bottom of Lift 4 and the Gondola, Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village BIJOU >> Small and cozy, fireside or poolside. Bijou at lumière feels like a

place where you have to know someone who knows someone who knows where the secret door is. And once in that door you’ll want to stay. And they might let you (it’s a hotel too). Don’t go back out on the slopes, or to your room, without ordering the sashimi or the burger or — order anything and you’ll be comfortably satiated. Between Lost Creek Lane and Lower Boomerang ski run (Lift 4), Mountain Village LA PIZZERIA, LASAGNERIA & GELATERIA >> Think Goodfellas but with a different sort of family – your own. Joe Pesci might show up for a festival but instead of throwing the family in the oven, he’s more likely to serve your family a pizza from the oven. And don’t forget to order a gelato. That’s Italian for “have yourself some ice cream”. Top of Lift 1, Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village THE VIEW AT MOUNTAIN LODGE >> If you’re wondering why it's called

The View you might want to look up from the hamburger you are devouring. Why don’t they just call it Awesome Burger? Because that’s not a good name for a restaurant. Sit on a sofa, a chair or outside, just as long as you sit down. Relax and take in the view with a Bloody Mary. Just not too fast. Remember, you’re at altitude. Adjacent to Double Cabins ski run (Lift 10), Mountain Village GRAB ‘N GO >> Or just grab a bench and have a quick bite at a food cart.

Treats like fried egg sandwiches, crepes and grilled cheese make for the perfect fuel to get you back on the mountain in no time. Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village or Oak Street Gondola Plaza, Telluride

At 12,000 feet, the highest restaurant in North America lives up to this uniqueness by plating elegant food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Evenings, diners are whisked to the restaurant in a luxurious snow coach. Upper See Forever / Below Lift 14

ALTEZZA AT THE PEAKS / Italian-inspired fine dining From a sunny spot beside The Meadows, this restaurant serves up astonishing 180-degree views as well as exquisite dishes from a menu that takes inspiration from the cuisine of Italy. The Meadows ski run BIG BILLIE’S / Family-friendly favorites This kid-centric restaurant is a magnet for families looking for a menu that will please hungry youngsters and their grown-ups before the slopes beckon again. Base of Lifts 1 & 10 BON VIVANT / Classic country French cuisine In a setting like nowhere else, diners enjoy a deck party every day with sunshine, views and good music, together with sumptuous fine dining and carefully chosen wines. Top of Lift 5 CRAZY ELK / Pizza, salads, subs The fresh handmade pizzas, inventive salads and sub sandwiches combined with quick and friendly service make this a favorite lunch stop. Foosball, darts and video games add to the fun. Base of Lift 4 and the Gondola GORRONO RANCH / Casual American, smokehouse Sample classic ski-lodge favorites or mouth-watering offerings from the smokehouse amid the laidback atmosphere in the saloon, outdoors on the deck or on the famous Gorrono beach, where live music keeps the party going. Mid mountain, Lift 4 GIUSEPPE’S / New Orleans-themed fare, kids’ menu A locals’ favorite whose potato and black bean sauté has been drawing famished skiers and boarders to the spot for years. The tiny kitchen serves up delicious fare best savored while gazing at the jaw-dropping views. Top of Lift 9 TOMBOY TAVERN / Creative American dining In comfortable surroundings that pay homage to Telluride’s mining days, order up a craft beer or cocktail, and Tomboy faves like the signature burgers or chili. On a bluebird day, head to the patio. Base of Lift 4 and the Gondola


Oscars + Telluride


Love great films? Love Telluride? If the answer is yes and yes, book a seat on your sofa for the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony. For six years in a row, the film that went on to win the best picture Oscar had its global or North American premiere at Telluride Film Festival, held each year on Labor Day weekend. The list is impressive: The King’s Speech (2010), The Artist (2011), Argo (2012), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Birdman (2014) and Spotlight (2015) all debuted here. The buzz that came out of this year’s event, the 43rd annual film fest, centered on Sully and La La Land. Will one of them extend TFF’s streak? Tune in to find out.


Art and Conservation in the Village BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS


Holiday Cheer There is plenty to celebrate this holiday season at the Sheridan Opera House. First, on December 16, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes take to the stage as their indiefilm personas Jay and Silent Bob to live record their comedy podcast, Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents this iconic duo, whose characters made us laugh in slacker films like Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Smith and Mewes are at it again with musings on life and everything, and lucky Telluride gets to listen in. Then, from December 17-24, the SAF and Telluride Theatre bring a production of Peter and the Starcatcher to the opera house. A family-friendly prequel to the story of Peter Pan, this is a wildly theatrical adaptation of the best-selling novel. The opera house then welcomes 2017 with its Holiday Concert Series culminating in the New Year’s Gala on December 31 when Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears raise the roof with some funky soul music.

A new gallery is bringing the art and craftwork of South African artists to Mountain Village. Babies of the Bush, an African wildlife gallery in the Centrum Building, near the Wells Fargo Bank, features oil pastels, beadwork, carving and weaving. There are small baskets made of grass woven by the Tembe people and carvings of African wild animals by the Ndebele tribe. Yvonne Reed, a representative of the artists who works in the gallery, explains that proceeds from the shop support the Peace Parks Foundation, a South African organization that creates conservation areas that transcend international borders and instead accommodate things like wildlife movement and water flow. The peace parks also work with local indigenous people and it is their art and craftwork on display at Babies of the Bush. FIRE FESTIVAL / JANUARY 20-22



Spectacular Displays Now in its third year, Telluride Fire Festival promises astonishing fire displays, fire performances, a solar-powered enhanced fire art car, workshops and more. Each evening from 5-8 p.m., both Heritage and Sunset Plazas in Mountain Village, and Telluride’s Oak Street Gondola Plaza are alight, literally, with jaw-dropping, often interactive, displays of fire art. A highlight of the festival is Saturday night’s Fire Ball, which begins at 9 p.m. and is held in the Great Room adjacent to Station St. Sophia, the Gondola mid-station. This year’s party will feature an outdoor sculpture garden including an installation by renowned fire artist, and Telluride local, Anton Viditz-Ward. Erin Ries, who co-founded and co-produces the event with Chris Myers, describes this year’s festival as “truly spectacular”, remarking that it is a free, family-friendly event that is one-of-a-kind. “It’s really an interactive event … and no other ski area does anything like this fire sculpture garden. We are truly unique.”

On the first Thursday of the month from January to April, the Telluride Art Walk celebrates art in Telluride as more than 20 venues throw open their doors from 5-8 p.m. and host receptions to introduce new exhibitions, artists and art in a casual and social setting. Grab a free Art Walk map and check out works that range from sculpture to plein air paintings to landscape photography to jewelry. Maps are available at any of the participating venues. | 855.421.4360



In Telluride, Art Is Everywhere By Elizabeth Guest

In this day and age when an iPhone can find every cup of coffee within a 100-mile radius, spontaneously stumbling on art is an unexpected delight. In Telluride and Mountain Village, a variety of paintings, sculptures and installations exists both outdoors and indoors, up high and down low, or right beside you while you wait for a bus. These pieces are pleasing for aesthetic reasons, and also for the sense of wonder they can evoke in their out-of-context locations.







The Telluride Ski Resort is an unlikely site for art, but skiers and boarders entering Hoot Brown Terrain Park will spot the impressive Hoot Brown statue of the park’s namesake. Commissioned in honor of a young freestyle skier who died in 2006, the life-sized bronze statue sits on a 15-foot pole that can be spun by turning a handle at the base. The Ridgway artist Michael McCullough created the statue and also crafted bronzes of a skier, a miner and a snowboarder in Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village.

Sofia is a life-sized statue of a schoolgirl cast in bronze beside the bus stop in front of the Telluride Middle/High School and Intermediate School campus. The sculptor, Richard Arnold, moved to Telluride in 1973. Unveiled in 2005, Sofia sports a hooded sweatshirt, a bag slung over her shoulder and books in her arms. On wintry days, she often gets supplemented with extra layers – a pink scarf from the Free Box, a blue hat from the school’s lost and found.

LOCATION STUDIO G ARTIST MARGARET RINKEVICH MEDIUM PAINTINGS Studio G Total Skin Wellness is a go-to spot for all things aesthetic, and complementing the beauty and wellness treatments at this popular salon on Pacific Avenue is the beauty of artist and art historian Margaret Rinkevich’s work, which adorns the walls. Composed of a confluence of multiple sensations drawn from the artist’s experiential landscape, the paintings make the apparently simple relationships of form and color charged with as much force, feeling and meaning as possible.


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In 2016, Telluride Mountainfilm commissioned the dramatic, thought-provoking art of Chip Thomas on the west-facing wall in the courtyard of Ghost Town Grocer. The large-scale mural reads “What we do to the mountain we do to ourselves” across the close-pressed heads of two native women wearing bandanas over their mouths. The paint and photo panel piece is black and white with a powerful rich red background.



The New Sheridan Hotel is a popular spot to eat, drink and stay, but it also acts as the exclusive gallery for the vibrant oil paintings of Roger Mason. The Sheridan’s collection of Mason’s work concentrates mostly on scenes of main street. Mason’s paintings rely on a bold, southwest-inspired palette that captures the colorful character of town. He balances light and shadow with the intersecting lines of building facades, streets and mountains. The artist himself can often be seen out front with his easel and paint-splattered clothes.







Mountain Village’s Madeline Hotel and Residences lures patrons with lux rooms, a hip outdoor pool and a delicious dining scene, but the hotel also boasts a curated collection of art. Sara Eyestone oversees the collection of work by distinguished artists. Kim Barrick’s snowy scenes flaunt her fluid, soft style while Kathleen Frank’s opposing bright colors and busy brushwork light up her oil landscapes. The paintings are exhibited in public spaces throughout the hotel.


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a bride’s story



IF SHOES COMPLETE AN OUTFIT, then the snow boots Nicole Jarman wore on her wedding day say a lot about her comfortable, yet individual, style – and about her wedding celebration, which took place on a crisp evening in February 2014 when she and Casey Grosscope exchanged vows on the outdoor patio of the Ah Haa School’s Depot building. It was a winter wonderland wedding. Guests arrived at the historic building, checked their party shoes at the door — shoe bags were a wedding favor — and pulled on their winter boots for the ceremony. Nicole and Casey are well-versed in romantic outdoor rendezvous. They met in 2006 on a camping trip and got engaged in 2012 snowshoeing on Berthoud Pass. For their wedding, the Denver-based couple knew that Telluride was the perfect fit. “Telluride’s always been a special place for me — it’s magical,” says Nicole, who was raised in Arizona and frequently visited to ski. In 2010, she stayed an entire season.

The day before the wedding, the couple crushed it on the slopes with a full day of skiing powder. Then, on the big day, Nicole started with a relaxing morning yoga session, followed by breakfast at the Butcher and the Baker. The key for Nicole was making her wedding as intimate as possible, she says. Casey’s father was the officiant and led the ceremony, which included Casey singing to his bride. The couple’s dog, Pazzo (pronounced pot-so, Italian for crazy), was also part of the ceremony. In fact, the pup stole center stage on her trip down the aisle. Instead of going alongside the groom, she got cold feet and Casey had to carry his small, but still good-sized, bull mastiff. Nicole wore a custom-made dress for the ceremony that consisted of a long-sleeved gold bead-and-lace overlay worn over a white slip dress. She then pared down to just the slip dress for the reception. Casey wore a black velvet Ralph Lauren sport coat with an orange and blue pocket square in honor of his beloved Broncos — despite their miserable Super Bowl loss the weekend before, a game he had attended. Following the ceremony, Casey and Nicole, accompanied by a jazz band and 80 guests, led a procession to the New Sheridan Chop House for the reception. There were toasts on main street, followed by a delicious dinner. “It was all about inclusion — lots of food, lots of drinks and people connecting,” Nicole says. “We had a family-style dinner, the setting was small and close, and there was nothing traditional.” Instead of wedding cake, the couple had sophisticated cocktail-paired sweets like “cookies and milk” – the milk was in the form of White Russians. Dessert and dancing took place at the Sheridan Opera House. High time for dancing shoes, the party continued into the night. It concluded with late-night jazz, pizza and a painfully funny sing-along at the comfy upstairs bar. Looking back, Nicole, an event planner, and Casey got exactly what they wanted from their Telluride wedding. “I was thrilled with all of my choices,” she says. “It was such a good experience.” One of many for the couple, who welcomed their first child, Henry Lee Grosscope, in May 2016. a | 855.421.4360




Fun is All in the Family For families, the Telluride Ski Resort undoubtedly offers a world-class mountain experience for skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. But, away from the mountain, magical experiences await. Be sure to save a little time away from the terrain parks, groomers and mogul runs for these off-mountain memory makers.






Budding Wayne Gretzkys or Michelle Kwans can make their way to ice rinks in Telluride Town Park, which has an NHL-sized indoor rink and an outdoor rink, or at the Madeline Hotel and Residences in the Mountain Village Core.

Nordic skiing opens up new terrain for the whole family with trails at Town Park, the Valley Floor, Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort or Priest Lake. Guided tours and lessons are available through the Nordic Center in Town Park.

Interactive exhibits and exciting programming make the past come alive at the Telluride Historical Museum. Wintertime hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays.

Even in winter, skateboarders can ride the Gridline-designed skate park located on the west side of Town Park. The skate park is free and timer-lit at night. There is also a mini-skate park off East Pacific Street perfect for beginners. | 855.421.4360




Hop aboard the free Gondola that connects Telluride and Mountain Village for breathtaking views and the coolest journey ever. This very unique, 13-minute-long trip is one that you and the kiddos won’t soon forget. SLED TIME

Firecracker Hill, at the southern edge of Telluride Town Park offers sledding to suit any adrenaline level. Sleds are available for rent at the nearby Nordic center, or to purchase from Timberline Ace Hardware on main street. WE LOVE OUR LIBRARY

The award-winning Wilkinson Public Library, located at 100 W. Pacific Avenue, not only houses an impressive collection of books, DVDs, music and magazines, but has a lot of cool non-traditional items like snowshoes, a karaoke machine, iPads, e-readers, bikes, GoPros, costume play bags and more. There’s an indoor tree house and tables where you can enjoy a snack, in addition to the books and developmental play toys. Weekly programs for kids range from cooking to art to story time.




An engaging alternative to a day of ski school, EcoXploration with Eco Adventures connects kids ages 5-12 to the environment around them through various activities including snowshoeing, animal tracking and – our favorite – snow cave building. Full and half day programs are available.

Need more excitement? Try the giant trampolines in the Mountain Village Core or go for a family tour by snowmobile or sleigh. And, of course, sometimes the best activity is none at all. Telluride’s winter wonderland is the perfect place to snuggle up and watch the snow fall. | 855.421.4360








KATRINE & BILL FORMBY TEDxTellurideLive Producers Hot Shot Photo Contest Creators Owners/Restorers of the Nugget Building, Heart of Telluride, Bell Building First Visit to Telluride June 1988 Katrine’s Favorite Hike Jud Wiebe Bill’s Favorite Hike Hope Lake Katrine’s Favorite Ski Run See Forever Bill’s Favorite Ski Run Lookout, Bushwacker Favorite Restaurants Chop House, Rustico


A BEAUTIFUL LOVE for telluride By Kingston Cole

I HUNG UP the phone with Katrine Formby and wondered if it would just be better for all of us if Bill and Katrine moved to Telluride permanently. We could hang out in their penthouse atop main street’s Paragon Sports before meandering downstairs to catch a movie next door at the Nugget Theatre. Afterwards, we could sit around and chat about various TEDx Talks or even the subject of photography. Heck, given enough time we might even be able to settle the pronunciation of the word “balustrade” – something about which we could not agree. Alas, that is but a dream, for we all have to make a living and it so happens that the Formbys make theirs in Austin, Texas. There they co-own a development on Lake Austin which includes a boating facility, rental properties, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters and the Hula Hut restaurant. So if they make a living in Austin, then surely they just vacation here in Telluride? Not so fast. They do a lot more than simply vacation in Telluride. Bill and Katrine Formby have been an integral and much loved part of the community since 1999 when they purchased the Nugget Building. These days it houses not just the movie theater but also Sunglass HQ, Telluride Truffle, the Telluride Yoga Center and other businesses. When they bought the landmark building, it wasn’t in good shape. But thanks to the couple’s painstaking, lengthy and continuing restoration work, the structure, originally built in 1892, is once more sound, as well as beautiful. “I do personally have a passion to make things beautiful,” Katrine says. “It’s been a dream to work on a project that has such beautiful bones.” 64 | 855.421.4360

It was inside the Nugget Theatre itself that Bill and Katrine were going to hold their first simulcast of the TEDx Talks, the TED program that screens TED Talks videos in towns and cities around the world. But there was so much enthusiasm, so many willing Telluride viewers, that they had to move it to the Michael D. Palm Theatre that very first year. That was 2010. Bill and Katrine have been putting it on, along with refreshments, at the Palm ever since. The pair have made Telluride’s main street prettier, saved the Nugget Building and helped sharpen minds and promote debate through TEDx. Anything else? In fact, yes. Every year, the Formbys sponsor the Hot Shot July 4th Photo Contest, with organizational support from the Ah Haa School for the Arts. The contest receives over a hundred submissions each year before a panel of judges selects winners who receive cash prizes. The motivation for the contest came from a photography class that Katrine participated in. The class finished with a contest, she recalls. “I remember getting so excited. There was no money, just lots of joy. The photos were beautiful [and] I like looking at beautiful things. I thought, ‘I could do a contest [in Telluride]’ … It ended up just being a lot of fun. I love it.” The Formbys may not be here full time, but it is clear that for them Telluride is very much where their hearts are – and Telluride is all the better for it. a

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By Erin Spillane

Summer in Telluride means different things to different people. The Official Guide to Telluride and Mountain Village turned to the folks who are featured in this issue to ask them one question: What makes summer in Telluride special for you? KATHLEEN MORGAN Program Manager, One to One Mentoring

JOHN DUNCAN Co-Owner, Telluride Outside

STANYA GORRAIZ Owner, Steamies Burger Bar

BILL FORMBY Second Homeowner

Winter here is amazing, but so is summer. Summers in Telluride feed my soul. Long, flower-filled hikes with friends and family on any number of favorite trails, down in the valley or up in the high country. Shade tenting at Bluegrass. Luscious local produce from Western Slope growers, especially pickling cukes and Italian plums. Baseball and softball in Town Park. Sunset walks on the Valley Floor with the coyotes lurking in the shadows. Late evening potlucks with beloved Lawson Hill neighbors. Sandals every day. See “More Than Just a Race”, page 63

I love the months here when the deck becomes the most important room in the house. We ate dinner every night this summer on our front porch and that is a treasure of summertime. I also think that Telluride in summer must be the best place ever for kids to take their parents on a spontaneous adventure. It’s a paradise of summer activities and it’s all so close, it’s all so easy. My favorite? Fishing with my daughters on the San Miguel River. See “Snowmobiling”, page 33

One word: magical. Not just the foliage comes to life – the entire town bursts with an excitement that is palpable. Summer means our four kiddos are out of school and we can enjoy long days together filled with all this area has to offer. Our favorite adventures include fishing, camping and hiking. We literally step out our front door to enjoy it all. My heart smiles. My soul is replenished with family time and fun. I feel so lucky to live here. See “Steamies’ Yeti Wins”, page 47

When Katrine and I come to Telluride in the summer, she likes to have a contest that she calls “Who can be laziest?” We’ve found that slowing down is super easy in Telluride. One of the reasons it’s an ideal place to relax is because you can stroll everywhere. Looking for gorgeous views? Stroll to the gondola. Looking for unique shops? Stroll down main street. Looking for five-star meals? Stroll into any local restaurant. They all have one thing in common: authenticity. See “A Beautiful Love for Telluride”, page 64 | 855.421.4360


Historic Walking Tour The Telluride area boasts a rich history and one of the West’s most iconic Victorian area mining towns. In the 1700s, the Ute Indians used the San Juan Mountains and the San Miguel River banks as summer camps. Explorers passed through the area in the 1700s and 1800s, but it was the mining industry that brought the first European settlers in 1876 when the Sheridan Mine registered its operation in the Marshall Basin above Telluride. The mountains turned out to be loaded with zinc, lead, copper, iron and silver, but once gold was discovered, the boom was on. In a short, 20-year span, the town grew from a hodgepodge of cabins and shacks to rows of elegant Victorians and stately brick buildings. Today, many of the structures still exist, illustrating the rich history of the town while housing modern boutiques and restaurants. Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964, the highest level of historic status given by the US Secretary of the Interior. In an effort to protect the character and authenticity of the area, Telluride established the Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC), which reviews new building or remodeling plans before construction begins. The Historic Walking Tour is a selfguided walk through the area’s storied past. 1. SAN MIGUEL COUNTY COURTHOUSE The courthouse was originally built on the south side of West Colorado Avenue in 1886 but burned shortly after construction. The bricks were saved to build the present courthouse less than a year later on the opposite corner (Colorado Ave. and Oak St.). Recently renovated, it is still in use today. 2. NEW SHERIDAN HOTEL & OPERA HOUSE Built in 1891, Telluride’s first hotel was destroyed by fire in 1894 and rebuilt in brick in 1895. At the same time, the Sheridan Bar was built, and it is now one of the oldest bars in the West. The bar has remained unchanged since 1895, boasting its original lead glass divider panels, mahogany wood paneling and filigree light fixtures. Patrons are served beverages on the original hand-carved cherry wood bar that was imported from Austria. The New Sheridan was recently accepted as a member of the National Trust for Historic Hotels of America. In 1913, the opera house was added and named the Segerberg Opera House, after builders J.A. and Arvid Segerberg. The building was eventually named the Sheridan Opera House after its neighboring bar and hotel. 3. THE PEKKARINE BUILDING One of the oldest structures on Colorado Avenue, this building was home to the Pekkarine family. Mr. Pekkarine emigrated to the US from Finland in the late 1800s and opened a boot shop in the basement. On the second floor, he later operated a mercantile store. The Pekkarines lived on the third floor. At the settling of the Pekkarine estate in 1974, valuable turn-of-the-century artifacts were donated to the Telluride Historical Museum. 4. ROMA BAR BUILDING The Roma Building was home to one of the town’s oldest and most raucous bars. Now the Roma Bar & Grill, the downstairs still contains the original 1860 Brunswich-Balke-Collender Company bar, which is carved from walnut with 12-foot French mirrors. The building was renovated in 1983 and again in 2006.

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5. ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Reverend J.J. Gibbons, pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church-made his first trip to Telluride from Ouray for a baptism, traveling by horseback over the slippery mountain passes. In 1896, he helped build St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Telluride on Catholic Hill for $4,800. By 1899, the church had 200 parishoners. The wooden figures of the Stations of the Cross were carved in the Tyrol area of Austria. In 2005, the interior of St. Patrick’s was remodeled. 6. OLD WAGGONER HOUSE Charles Delos Waggoner, president of the Bank of Telluride (yellow brick building with pillars on main street), contrived a scheme purportedly to save his bank in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Waggoner, aka “Buck,” siphoned money from New York banks to keep his clients from losing their life savings once the Bank of Telluride could no longer pay its creditors. Waggoner testified in court, “I would rather see the New York banks lose money than the people of Telluride, most of whom have worked all their lives for the savings that were deposited in my bank.” Although rumored to be in Mexico or Canada, he was found in New Castle, Wyoming and had only $400 when he was arrested. Waggoner was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was paroled after six years. 7. TOWN HALL The building was constructed on Fir Street and Columbia Avenue in 1883 as Telluride’s first schoolhouse. The one-room structure held one teacher and 53 students and was built for $3,000. After a new school was built, the town offices occupied the building. 8. TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM Built in 1896 and named Hall’s Hospital after its first doctor – the building served as the community hospital treating miners and townspeople until it closed in 1964 due to the diminishing population. It reopened in 1966 as the Telluride Historical Museum and was renovated in 2002. Ten rooms, each with their own theme, showcase different aspects of Telluride’s mining era and early days of skiing with a vast collection of photographs and artifacts. 9. NORTH OAK HOUSE Built in 1900, this house was a survivor of the 1914 flood that careened down Cornet Creek, sweeping through town and depositing mud and debris from the Liberty Bell Mine down to Colorado Avenue. One woman was killed and the Sheridan Bar was filled with mud halfway to the ceiling. This house has been completely restored to its original condition and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. 10. DAVIS HOUSE E.L. Davis who built this stately brick house in 1894, was a mining and real estate entrepreneur. He held numerous mining claims in the Ingram-Bridal Veil Basin and Bear Creek area. He owned all the land where the former Rio Grande Southern Train Depot now stands, as well as one-third interest in West Telluride. Davis sought to bring business to the town as vice-president of the Telluride Board of Trade. After Davis’s death, the house was sold to Dr. Oshner, who used it as a hospital, particularly during the 1918 flu epidemic. The house was renovated in 1983.

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N AIRPORT SHUTTLES & TAXIS Custom trips and private transfers are available; advance reservations are recommended. Free public transportation options in Telluride and Mountain Village are described on page 76.

Alpine Luxury Limo 970.728.8750

Blue Taxi


Mountain Limo 888.546.6894 or 970.728.9606

Telluride Express


RENTAL CARS Telluride and Mountain Village Hertz 970.369.4995 COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS With 15 non-stop flights from 10 major hubs, Telluride offers some of the most direct access in ski country. The Telluride/Montrose Airport (MTJ), a scenic 65 miles away, is Tellurideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary airport offering a variety of direct flights from 10 major U.S. cities during ski season. Guests can also fly into the Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), 6 miles from town, by connecting through Denver on Great Lakes (a United partner). For a complete schedule of winter air service, go to LOCAL AIRPORTS Telluride Airport: 970.728.8600 Winter Air Carriers in Telluride Airport (TEX) Great Lakes/United 800.554.5111/800.864.8331 Telluride/Montrose Regional Airport: 970.249.3203 Winter Air Carriers in Telluride/Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)

Alamo/National 800.227.7368 or 970.728.9380 Montrose Regional Airport Avis 800.331.1212 or 970.240.4802

Budget-Montrose 800.527.0700 or 970.249.6083

Hertz 800.654.3131 or 970.240.8464

National 800.227.7368 or 970.252.8898

Allegiant 702.505.8888

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REGIONAL AIRPORTS Cortez Municipal Airport 970.565.7458 Durango/La Plata County Airport 970.382.6050 Grand Junction/Walker Field Airport 970.244.9100 PRIVATE FLIGHTS Private flights can be arranged through many national charter companies, including Net Jets and Flex Jet. Schedule locally through Tellurideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional charter services: Mountain Aviation / Telluride Air Club 970.728.4700 Maya Air/Peak Aero Group 855.359.6292 Telluride Flights 970.728.1011

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Hotel & Condominiums 250 West San Juan Avenue, on Telluride’s Gondola Plaza 888.772.2635 or 970.728.9300 “Few places compare to Telluride. And nothing in Telluride compares to the Camel’s Garden.” Camel’s Garden is Telluride’s finest full-service resort property. Located along the river just 15 feet from the Gondola and two blocks from Main Street, Camel’s Garden is in an ideal ski-in/ski-out location. The luxurious rooms, suites and condominiums with balconies, fireplaces, customcrafted furniture, Italian marble bathrooms and oversized tubs give a feeling of ultimate indulgence and well-being. An extraordinary 25-foot hot tub offers spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains. The Camel’s Garden is also home to Atmosphere Day Spa, Oak restaurant, Telluride Sports, and a Telluride Ski Resort ticket office. “One of the world’s most romantic ski hotels.” — London Sunday Times

Telluride’s Boutique Hotel 21 beautifully furnished guest rooms & suites Personalized service from a stellar team Complimentary breakfast COSMOpolitan restaurant on site A snowball’s throw from the Gondola

888.340.8660 – 301 West San Juan Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435



Perched at 9,500 feet, the resort offers luxury cabins, deluxe condominiums and suites that provide a comfortable retreat from the ordinary while offering all the services and amenities of a full service hotel.


The View Bar & Grill features traditional tavern cuisine with an upscale flare. Renown among locals for its amazing burgers and giant breakfast burritos, The View has quickly become one of Tellurideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier hangouts.


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THE NEW SHERIDAN HOTEL has shared in the rich history of Telluride, Colorado since 1895. Offering modern amenities paired with historic ambiance, the New Sheridan invites you to experience a new level of old world service. The New Sheridan Hotel has served as Telluride’s social center since 1895. Located just two blocks from the gondola, the hotel’s location in the heart of downtown Telluride provides an ideal base for visitors. During an expansive renovation completed in late 2008, the hotel’s 26 guest rooms received a luxurious transformation under the guidance of internationally renowned designer Nina Campbell. Each individually designed room captures the historic charm of Telluride in an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. On-site dining options include the renowned Chop House Restaurant & Wine Bar, Rooftop Bar, The Parlor and the historic New Sheridan Bar, which was ranked among the world’s top 10 après ski bars by Forbes Traveler. The New Sheridan Hotel was also recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler as one of the Top 5 “Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America” and was awarded the “2016 AAA Four Diamond Hotel” rating. The New Sheridan is proud to be on the Register of National Historic Places.



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he Victorian Inn has been serving our guests for almost 40 years and has earned a strong reputation for clean, comfortable, affordable accommodations in one of the best locations in town. Located just 200 steps from Main Street and the Gondola, you’ll be on the slopes in no time at all. Experience the service, amenities and value you deserve. Experience the Victorian Inn! Call or visit us online to reserve today! Be sure to ask about our ski packages & discounted ski rentals.

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DINING & SPIRITS Steamies Burger Bar A Modern Burger Joint 300 West Colorado, Telluride 844.the.buns

Telluride Distilling Company Locally Brewed Spirits Society Drive, Lawson Hill 970.239.6052

The Market at Mountain Village Made to Order Food, Full Deli 455 Mtn. Village Blvd, Mountain Village 970.728.6500

Tomboy Tavern Colorado Comfort Food Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7467

Steaming Bean at the Peaks Coffee, Smoothies, Pastries, Sandwiches Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Village 970.728.6800

Telluride Truffle Artisan Chocolate Chocolate, Ice Cream, Pastries 110 North Fir, Telluride 970.728.9565

The Phoenix Bean Espresso, Sandwiches, Small Plates, Wine 221 West Colorado, Telluride

Tracks Café & Bar Casual American, Cocktails Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.0677

Taco del Gnar Creative Taco Shop 123 South Oak, Telluride 970.626.9715

The Alpinist & the Goat Fondue, Dessert, Cocktails 204 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5028

Telluride Bistro Mediterranean, Italian Bistro 138 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5239

The Butcher & The Baker Café Fresh Gourmet Deli, Bakery, Take-Out 201 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.2899

Telluride Brewing Company Locally Brewed Beer 156 Society Drive, Lawson Hill 970.728.5094

The Great Room American Bistro, Cocktails Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Village 970.728.6800

Telluride Coffee Company Coffee, Breakfast, Lunch, Pastries, Snacks Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.369.4400

The Lobby at Hotel Telluride Casual American, Cocktails 199 Cornet Street, Telluride 970.369.1188

THE VIEW Bar & Grill Locally Sourced Comfort Food 457 Mountain Village Blvd Mountain Lodge, Mountain Village 970. 369. 5000 BREAKFAST OLD SCHOOL BREAKFAST - two City Farm eggs, hash browns, toast BLT BENNY - fried green tomato, bacon, arugula, hollandaise, balsamic drizzle LOADED POTATO SKINS - scrambled eggs, jack cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, green onions, bacon or sausage BREAKFAST BURRITO - two eggs, hash browns, hatch valley chilies, black beans, pork green chili, cheddar cheese LODGE HASH BROWNS - crispy hash browns, bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, two eggs HIPPIE HASH BROWNS - crispy hash browns, cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, pesto THE HANGOVER - our signature burger, fried egg, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion on a toasted english muffin with hash browns MOUNTAIN FUEL - greek yogurt, vanilla-almond granola, berries STEEL CUT OATMEAL BRÛLÉE

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The View Bar & Grill Locally Sourced Comfort Food 457 Mtn. Village Blvd., Mountain Village 970.369.5000

Wolf Pig Mobile Bar for Hire 970.596.3364

The Village Table Global Soul Food, Tapas, Catering Centrum Building, Mountain Village 970.728.1117

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE FOOD CARTS: Crepe Cart, Heritage Plaza Grilled Cheese Cart, Heritage Plaza TELLURIDE FOOD CARTS: Churros & Fries, Elks Park Diggity Doggs, Elks Park Friends with Bennys, Oak Street Plaza Telluride Twisted Treats, Elks Park

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CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE CRISPY CAULIFLOWER TREE HUGGER - garlic-hummus, roasted tomatoes, seasonal veggies and grilled naan bread CHIPS & QUESO TRUFFLE FRIES DIRTY FRIES- cheddar sauce, bacon, sour cream and green onion or pork green chile and Monterey jack cheese or lump crab aioli, parmesan cheese and truffle oil GRILLED FLATBREAD - honey-hickory smoked salmon, herb goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, onion, capers, lemon and, arugula KOREAN BBQ RIBS


BORING GREEN SALAD - fresh mixed greens, strawberries, candied pecans and house vinaigrette CAESAR SALAD - butter croutons and shaved parmigiano-reggiano cheese BLT SALAD - crispy chicken, applewood smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, roasted tomatoes, avocado, blue cheese and ranch dressing


LODGE BURGER - potato bun, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and lodge sauce DOUBLE DECKER BURGER - bacon, grilled onions, cheddar cheese and sweet-spicy pickles JT BURGER - roasted tomatoes, pine nut pesto, brie cheese, lettuce and tomato SURF ‘N TURF BURGER - lump crab aioli, lettuce and tomato SALMON BLT - grilled salmon, applewood smoked bacon, cholula mayo, lettuce and tomato GRILLED CHICKEN CLUB - grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, swiss cheese, creamy artichokes, lettuce and tomato GRILLED HAM AND CHEESE - shaved “Cure 81” ham & swiss cheese on buttered sourdough



ARIZONA CHOPPED - honey-hickory smoked salmon, arugula, quinoa, pepitas, dried sweet corn, dried currants, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, pesto dressing


ROASTED BEETS - sun flower sprouts, candied walnuts and blue cheese vinaigrette

DECADENT CHOCOLATE PUDDING - chantilly cream and black pepper candied pistachios

WARM TOFFEE CARROT CAKE - mascarpone ice cream, candied pecans & Caramel Sauce

Our menu evolves seasonally and reflects the simple and straightforward preparation of comfortable classics.




WHATEVER YOUR PALATE MAY BE, our tailored menus will serve you. Select from one of our fine establishments and delight in some of the best cuisine in the West. Dine in style at our signature restaurant, the Chop House – world renowned for its dry aged USDA Black Angus. We create our delicious fare using only organic free range fowl, non-threatened fish species and local ingredients. Pair a red or white from Telluride’s only nitrogen wine bar with a scrumptious meal for an unforgettable experience.

FAVORITES FROM BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER CLASSIC EGGS BENEDICT / 15 English Muffin, Canadian Bacon, Poached Eggs & Hollandaise Sauce. Served with Roasted New Potatoes FRENCH TOAST / 12 Fresh Berries, Maple Syrup FRENCH ONION SOUP / 11 Carmelized Onion, Gruyére Cheese PAN SEARED PISTACHIO ENCRUSTED TROUT SALAD / 16 Warm Bacon, Sherry & Mustard Vinaigrette, Grilled Bread & Poached Egg CAESAR SALAD / 9 Parmigiano Reggiano, White Anchovy, Orange Zest & Crostini

CHEESE CHARCUTERIE PLATE / 36 Combination of Cured Meats & Artisanal Cheeses MAC & CHEESE / 11 Three Cheeses, Bacon Lardons NEW YORK STYLE DELI REUBEN / 14 Corned Beef, Housemade Coleslaw, Russian Dressing, Marble Rye CHOP HOUSE BURGER / 22 Toasted Fresh Baked Bun, Quick Pickles, Ancho Chili Ketchup, French Mustard & Cheese (Blue, Aged White Cheddar, Gruyère) VEGETABLE LASAGNA / 24 Spinach, Mushrooms, Eggplant, Arrabiata

STEAMED PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND MUSSELS / 16 Grilled Baguette, Coconut Milk, Lemon Grass, Ginger & Thai Chili ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK SHORTLOIN / 39 Duck Confit, Sweet Potato Hash, Quince, Wild Mushrooms, Red Wine Reduction ALASKAN KING CRAB / 24 per half pound Brussels Sprouts, Späetzle, Buerre Blanc DRY AGED BISON RIBEYE / 56 14oz Bone-In PRIME NEW YORK STRIP / 49 14oz Bone-In

THE NEW SHERIDAN HOTEL has shared in the rich history of Telluride, Colorado since 1891. Offering modern amenities paired with historic ambiance, the New Sheridan invites you to experience a new level of old world service. ADDRESS: 231 West Colorado Ave., Telluride, Colorado 81435 TELEPHONE 1.800.200.1891 or 970.728.4351 • NEW SHERIDAN.COM | 855.421.4360


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Cheese Fondue

Served with salad, seasoned bread and apples. Fondue is meant to be shared. Traditional Imported European cheeses melted with white wine, garlic and a dash of nutmeg Mont Blanc Imported European Cheeses and French Brie make a silky finish to the traditional fondue. Finished with Herbs de Provence Cortina d’Ampezzo European cheeses with Gorgonzola (Creamy, imported blue cheese from Italy) and garlic. Delicious by itself or try it with our Filet Mignon

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Grilled seasonal vegetables Filet Mignon, 6 oz. seared organic, grass fed beef Kirschwasser – Traditional, distilled cherry brandy Gluten-Free Ciabatta


Telluride Scrapple Deliciously aged Irish Cheddar and Swiss Gruyere, crisp bacon and chives makes this a Telluride tradition French Truffle Imported Gruyere, chardonnay, sauteed forest mushrooms, minced black truffles and white truffle cream House Special — Raclette for 2 Imported Gruyere Cheese, melted onto a hot stone, with seasoned bread, potato panoply and grilled vegetables

Boards Filet Board 6 oz filet mignon,skewered and grilled with our famous mashed potato panoply, grilled vegetables and seasoned bread

Chocolate & Carmel Fondue All-you-can-eat warm pure Belgian chocolate & goat’s milk carmel ladled onto house made ice cream and a variety of 12 all-you-can-eat dippers

Cheese Board 2 oz. each of Spanish Manchego, Italian Gorgonzola, Irish Cheddar, a delicious fig spread, Mediterranean olives and seasoned bread

Dessert Crepes Including crepes suzette, apples & cinnamon, banana & nutella, and lemon; all served with chantilly cream


Beverages Cocktails, Extensive Wine List, Espresso, House Made Hot Chocolate


Basque Imported Emmenthal & Manchego (Sheep’s milk cheese) with authentic, chorizo sausage, garlic and spices | 855.421.4360

Blintz Ricotta, creme fraiche and apple sauce side Imported Ham & Gruyere with roasted tomatoes Confit of Duck with fig and orange spread Duck Pate with French brie, candied walnuts and marmalade Fois gras with forest Mushrooms and black truffles

ACTIVITIES ADVENTURE GUIDES Adventure Tour Productions Tandem paragliding, photo/video tours 970.729.0078 Bootdoctors/Paragon Nordic clinics, fat tire biking, fly fishing 800.592.6883 Dave’s Mountain Tours (summer only) Historic off-road 4x4 adventures 970.728.9749 Eco Adventures Kid’s adventure camps & activities 970.728.7300 Four Corners Whitewater (summer only) Kayaking, river rafting, paddleboarding 223 East Colorado, Telluride 888.723.8925 High Camp Hut Hiking (summer); snowshoeing, Nordic skiing (winter); overnight adventures 970.728.8050 Mountain Trip Backcountry skiing, ice climbing 970.369.1153 Opus Hut Backcountry hut 970.708.0092 RIGS, Adventure Co. (summer only) Flyfishing, water sports 970.708.0092 Roudy’s Horseback Adventures Horseback riding, winter sleigh rides 970.728.9611 San Juan Balloon Advent. (summer only) Ultralight flights/paragliding 970.626.5495 San Juan Huts Backcountry hut system 970.626.3033 San Juan Outdoor Adventures/ Telluride Adventures Guided winter and summer activities 866.FUN.TRIDE or 970.728.4101 Telluride Academy (summer only) Summer camps for youth ages 5-18 970.728.5311 Telluride Adaptive Sports Program Winter and summer activities for all ages and disabilities 970.728.5010

ADVENTURE GUIDES Telluride Adventure Center Winter and summer activities 970.728.7433 Telluride Avalanche School Avalanche education 866.FUN.TRIDE or 970.728.4101 Telluride Helitrax Helicopter skiing 877.500.8377 or 970.728.8377 Telluride Mountain Guides Guided winter and summer activities 888.586.8365 or 970.728.6481 Telluride Nordic Center Nordic skiing - classic and skate 970-728-1144 Telluride Offroad Advent. (summer only) Off-road/4x4 adventures 970.708.5190 Telluride Outfitters Snowmobiling, fly fishing, photo tours Town Hall Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.4475 Telluride Outside/Telluride Angler Fly fishing, snowmobile tours 800.831.6230 Telluride Snowkite Snowkite instruction 541.490.4401 Telluride Soaring Ultralights flights/paragliding 970.708.0862 Telluride Sports Guided winter and summer activities 150 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4477 ext 211 Wild Hare Snowshoe Tours 970.728.5465 Telluriders Guided Mountain Biking 970.708.7848 CHILD CARE Annie’s Nannies of Telluride 970.728.2991 Telluride Sitters, LLC   PO Box 2647, Telluride 970.708.0170 Traveling Lite, LLC   970.318.6543

CLASSSES & WORKSHOPS Ah Haa School for the Arts Creative classes, camps and workshops 300 South Townsend, Telluride 970.728.3886 Pinhead Institute Science-based educational experiences 300 South Mahoney, Telluride 970.708.7441 Telluride Rock and Roll Academy Lawson Hill, Telluride 970.728.1186

COMMUNITY Telluride Historical Museum 201 West Gregory, Telluride 970.728.3344 Telluride Town Park & Recreation 970.728.2173 Wilkinson Public Library 100 West Pacific, Telluride 970.728.4519

ENTERTAINMENT Club Red / Conference Center 580 Mtn Village Blvd, Mountain Village 970.369.5120 O’Bannon’s Irish Pub at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon 136 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.6139 Michael D. Palm Theatre 721 West Colorado, Telluride 970.369.5669 Nugget Theatre 207 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3030 Sheridan Opera House 110 North Oak, Telluride 970.728.6363

FITNESS 8750ALT 317 East Colorado, Telluride 970.387.8750 Fuel Station 205 East Colorado, Telluride 970.708.1590 Madeline Studio Madeline Hotel & Residences Mountain Village 855.266.9408 Mangala Yoga 333 West Colorado, Telluride 970.239.6200 Pilates Balance      300 South Mahoney, Telluride 970.729.0678 Sequence Pilates and Core Align      226 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5003 Studio Telluride Authentic Pilates 135 South Spruce, Telluride 970.728.1747 Telluride Crossfit 137 Society Drive, Lawson Hill 970.728.4622 Telluride Yoga Center      207 West Colorado, Telluride 970.729.1673 The Peaks Resort & Spa    136 Country Club Drive, Mountain Village 970.728.6800

TOURS Historical Tours of Telluride Historical tours 970.728.6639 John Sir Jesse Herb Walks (summer only) Nature walks 970.728.0639 Tasting Telluride Food Tour (summer only) 970.729.8118 Telluride Green Tours Cannabis dispensary tours 970.708.3739 Telluride Sleighs and Wagons Wagon rides, stories and dinner 970.260.2524 | 855.421.4360



GIFTS Shirtworks of Telluride   126 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.6242 Telluride Naturals Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7357 Telluride Resort Store Gondola Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7358 Zia Sun     214 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4031 GROCERY & MARKETS Clark’s Market 700 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3124 Ghost Town Coffee, Tea, Smoothies 210 West Colorado, Telluride 970.300.4334 Over the Moon 200 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.2079 The Market at Mountain Village 455 Mtn. Village Blvd, Mountain Village 970.728.6500 The Market at Telluride 157 South Fir, Telluride 970.728.4566 HARDWARE & BUILDING SUPPLIES Alpine Lumber  140 Society Dr., Lawson Hill 970.728.4388 Kitchen & Bath Designs    398 West Colorado, Telluride 970.249.7200 Telluride Window Coverings 219 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.0022 Timberline Ace Hardware   200 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.364

Mixx 307 East Colorado, Telluride 970.797.4040 Picaya   101 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.0954 Slate Gray Gallery 209A East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3777 Swanky Buckle Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7511 Telluride Gallery of Fine Art           130 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3300 Telluride Naturals Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7357 Wizard Entertainment   126 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4924 Zia Sun     214 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4031 LIQUOR STORES Spirits at Mountain Village    455 Mtn. Village Blvd., Mountain Village 970.728.6500 Telluride Bottleworks   129 West San Juan, Telluride 970.728.5553 Telluride Liquors    123 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3380 Wine Mine at Pacific Street Liquors 220 South Davis, Telluride 970-728-WINE MUSIC Telluride Music Co. 333 West Colorado #2, Telluride 970.728.9592 Wizard Entertainment   126 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4924

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Dolce Designs   224 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.6866 Elinoff & Co.     204 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5566 Hell Bent Leather & Silver   215 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.6246 Lustre, an Artisan Gallery  171 South Pine, Telluride 970.728.3355

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OFFICE SUPPLIES High Country Shipping   456 Mtn. Village Blvd., Mountain Village 970.728.1976 Paper Chase 206 Society Drive, Lawson Hill 970.728.0235   Ship It/Copy It   700 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.8111  

PET SUPPLIES & SERVICES Alpen Schatz Boutique 100 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4433 Animal Hospital of Telluride 700 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.1082 / 970.708.4359 (after hours) Mountain Tails 307 East Colorado, Telluride 970.369.4240 Soggy Dog Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.708.4270 Telluride Veterinary Clinic   547 1/2 West Pacific, Telluride 970.728.4461 Thrive Pet Health Granita Building, Mountain Village 970.708.7218 Tricks & Treats Pet Sitting Service 970.708.5205 PHARMACY Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy 129 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.0488 Sunshine Pharmacy   333 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3601 SPORTING GOODS Bootdoctors Le Chamonix Bldg., Mountain Village 888.592.8954 236 South Oak, Telluride 970.369.4240 Box Canyon Bicycles 300 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.2946 Burton Telluride   Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.6138 Christy Sports  Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.1334 Mountain Lodge, Mountain Village 970.369.5267 Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village 970.369.4727 Eco Adventures Fairmont Franz Klammer, Mountain Village 970.728.7300 Jagged Edge/Journey Outdoors  223 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.9307 Neve Sports/Telluride Sports Madeline Hotel, Mountain Village 970.728.5722 Paragon Bootdoctors 215 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4525

SPORTING GOODS Patagonia 200 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4303 Telluride Angler/Telluride Outside 121 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3895 Telluride Golf Pro Shop (summer only) The Peaks, Mountain Village 970.728.2606 Telluride Sports 150 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4477 Camels Garden, Telluride 970.728.3134 Fairmont Franz Klammer, Mountain Village 970.728.0364 Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.8944 The Peaks, Mountain Village 970.728.2606 The North Face Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.369.0332 SWEETS Dylan’s Candy Bar Madeline Hotel , Mountain Village 970.369.0880 Telluride Truffle Artisan Chocolate 110 North Fir, Telluride 970.728.9565 THRIFT SHOPS Second Chance Humane Society 335 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.1100 TOYS Scarpe      250 East Pacific, Telluride 970.728.1513 Zia Sun     214 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4031

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Winter 2016/17 Telluride Guide  

The Official Guide for Telluride and Mountain Village, CO including information about dining, lodging, activities, festivals and events and...

Winter 2016/17 Telluride Guide  

The Official Guide for Telluride and Mountain Village, CO including information about dining, lodging, activities, festivals and events and...