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A True Community In the nearly five years since arriving in Telluride, The Guide has evolved in its design and reporting, with more in-depth cover stories and profiles, tales of the town’s colorful history, enhanced coverage of the arts, dining and retail scenes and much, much more. I particularly love this issue – Winter 2015/16 – because it begins and ends with stories about the people whose contributions to various causes make Telluride not just a great place to visit, but a true community, beloved by so many. First, our cover story, Tiny Town, Big Hearts, profiles givers whose commitment of time, energy, resources and expertise make Telluride an even better, more loving, more inclusive place to be. The issue winds down with a profile of second-home owner Steven Gluckstern whose contributions to our town are numerous and long-lasting. Really though, the theme of community runs thick throughout the entire issue with stories of a local business success, the camaraderie of Women’s Week as it turns 35, locally made and locally designed products and a new business incubated in Telluride. The staff who make The Guide take enormous pride in our town, and I think it shows on every page of this issue. In an age when we are constantly basking in the glow of screens, habitually checking in with various social media and peering at e-readers, we sincerely hope that on a chilly winter’s night – when the snow is falling – you pick up our magazine and on these pages get to know the people, places and enterprises that make Telluride, Telluride. Let it snow!

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Ice Climbing 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.

FlyFishing Coming to 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. Flowing through the towns of Ouray and Ridgway, the Uncompahgre River fishes well all winter and offers private water for multi-day experiences. If you are really feeling hardy, you can try your hand at fishing the area’s lakes and reservoirs, where ice fishing can be enjoyed. Local outfitters can guide you on the perfect winter fly-fishing adventure. 16 | winter 2015-2016

Nordic Skiing Need a break from the ski resort but still want to get out? 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 area. 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.

Snowbiking Try this fun alternative way to speed down the hills, or access the mountain if you are a non-skier. A knowledgeable snowbike instructor will teach all aspects of riding a bike, with sleds instead of wheels. Rentals and classes are available through EcoAdventures. The class includes your lesson, rental, and a snowbike certification card upon completion of the course.

Snowmobiling The motor-head in the family doesn’t need to duck a Telluride winter vacation. An extensive network of groomed trails just outside Telluride and Mountain Village create a snowmobiler’s paradise. Or venture out further into the backcountry with local outfitters, who offer half-day and full-day snowmobile tours for all ages and experience levels. For a complete list of Adventure Guides, see page 89

Kite Skiing Snowsport 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.

fat tire Biking Fat tire bikes enable cycling enthusiasts to pursue their passion year round — even in snow. Guests can take a tour on the Valley Floor or the uber-fit can explore the Alta Lakes Road. Half-day or fullday rentals and tours are available.

Horseback & sleigh Rides Slip on your cowboy boots and Stetson and enjoy 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. Backcountry Huts 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.

Helicopter Skiing Ski and snowboard enthusiasts seeking powder turns outside the ski area boundaries — as well as the experience of a lifetime — 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.

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Ice Skating 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 Center you can skate at the Madeline’s delightful outdoor rink. Ice skate rentals are available at both locations.

Snowshoeing 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. EcoAdventures offers naturalist-guided snowshoe tours on the Telluride Ski Area. Guided snowshoe adventures are also available with a number of local outfitters.

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Destination Telluride New direct flights give Telluride best ski country access After a record 2014-15 winter season, Telluride is set to increase air service again for winter 2015-16. New flights to the Telluride/ Montrose (MTJ) airport include New York-La Guardia on United, Los Angeles and Chicago on American, and Las Vegas with Allegiant. DallasFt. Worth and Phoenix will also see major jumps in service to the area. Now with 14 direct flights from 11 major hubs, Telluride offers some of the best, most direct access in ski country. Winter 2015-16 will see a full-scale increase in Telluride’s American network, including another 50 percent addition from Dallas-Ft. Worth, more than doubling the service over the past two seasons. American will now offer a daily 128-seat mainline jet – with two on Saturdays – through the winter season. Flights from Phoenix will more than double this winter, and American is also adding new routes from Chicago and Los Angeles. The increases in seats and flights will create an expansive American network for Telluride/Montrose, offering access from across the country on the newly merged airline. “The creation of a national American network is a critical and significant addition to air service for Colorado’s Western Slope and the Telluride/Montrose region, making getting to Telluride easier than ever,” said Matt Skinner, chief operating officer of Colorado Flights. United, Colorado’s primary carrier, will continue to expand on its already-existing network to Telluride/Montrose with the addition of highly sought-after flights from New York-La Guardia. MTJ’s core hub

service will continue with multiple daily, year-round flights from Denver and daily service from Houston and Chicago, along with weekend flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. “New York has long been Telluride’s number one air market, and the addition of the highly coveted LaGuardia route will be a fantastic addition for our existing guests and all skiers in the greater New York metro area and beyond,” said Skinner. Key low-cost partner Allegiant will offer service through Las Vegas this winter, along with continued flights from Los Angeles. Flights will now run on Fridays and Mondays the first half of the season, and Thursdays and Sundays the second half. “With a growing young, active/outdoors demographic in Las Vegas, plus demand from Colorado to get to Las Vegas, the flight will be a great addition for the Telluride/Montrose region,” added Skinner. Delta will add Wednesdays to the existing Saturday/Sunday flights from Atlanta in the second half of the season. “Guests and residents alike now have multiple, varied options to travel non-stop to and from major hubs across the country, easily connecting the whole of North America and the world,” said Skinner. Added Telluride Tourism Board CEO Michael Martelon, “The direct economic impact of added flights is invaluable to the region. We look forward to continued growth along with the major increases in air service.” a

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Big Hearts Telluriders wear their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to lending a helping hand

Telluride has a world-class ski area, stunning natural beauty, award-winning dining and a renowned arts and festival scene. Beneath the beauty and charm of this small mountain town, however, beats a heart as big as the Colorado sky, thanks to a host of people of all ages and backgrounds, some locals and others who hang their hat here part-time. These generous folks work to support a range of worthy causes in our little box canyon and beyond. On these pages, we profile some of those people. Their big hearts keep Telluride’s community strong – and set this tiny town apart. >>

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Wagner Custom Skis doesn’t fit the traditional mold for a ski company. In fact, the locally owned and operated ski manufacturer literally doesn’t use molds to craft its hand-finished, small-batch skis, allowing the Telluride-born business to forge its own path within the ski industry. In its ninth year of operation out of its funky, solar-powered factory in downtown Placerville (just a dozen miles down valley from Telluride), Wagner Custom Skis has established itself as the most senior member of the rapidly growing club that is custom ski manufacturing. It’s a club that Wagner Custom Skis founder Pete Wagner essentially brought into being, as his was the first company to use computergenerated design algorithms to build fully customizable skis based on a person’s unique “skier DNA”.

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“We’ve seen literally hundreds of companies come into this space when we were the first one, and overall that has been good for us because it has created awareness that you don’t have to buy a ski from one of the big ski companies,” Wagner says of the independent ski industry’s explosive growth in recent years. Wagner Custom has maintained the enviable position of staying ahead of the ski manufacturing curve thanks in great part, Wagner says, to some of the very elements that early naysayers suggested would hinder the company’s growth; specifically, that San Miguel County was no place to grow a successful manufacturing business. >>

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Wagner Custom Skis puts skill and love in every pair they make

“We’re essentially harnessing the ski bum energy and exporting that,” Wagner says, noting that the company has been recognized as an independent ski leader thanks mostly to the folks in the shop, who put their skilled and loving touch on every pair of skis they make. Whether they’re skiing to work every day from their yurt in Ophir, or taking advantage of the company’s “Powder Day Clause” (if the ski area reports more than 4 inches overnight, work doesn’t start until 1 p.m.), Wagner Custom employees are passionate about skiing, and it shows in their handiwork.

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<< Wagner recalls the litany of imagined challenges he was warned about – it’s too expensive to do business in Telluride, he wouldn’t be able to find reliable help – yet the company has used its non-traditional home as a springboard to elevate its reputation as a true skier’s ski company.

“That’s our competitive advantage – that people can feel a difference in our skis based on the attention to detail that goes into building them,” Wagner says. “Everybody who touches a ski in here lives by the philosophy that we build skis for our customers the way we would want them to be built for us.”

While Wagner sees numerous growth opportunities for his locally bred company, he has also committed to staying true to his company’s roots. Wagner Custom collaborates with the locally owned Bootdoctors/ Paragon ski shop every year to create a custom fleet of skis designed specifically for Telluride skiers, with top sheet graphics made by local artists. This year’s Bootdoctors/Wagner ski graphic design contest winner was local high school student and Wagner Custom Skis intern Jack Plantz (bottom right photo), whose years growing up and skiing in Telluride served as inspiration for his winning design.

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Wagner Custom Skis have been recognized by the big boys (and girls) in the ski world, winning multiple medals in Skiing Magazine’s independent ski tests, and growing an around-the-world clientele.

Plantz was awarded his very own pair of Wagner Custom Skis for winning the contest. The best part? “It’s really cool to know the people who made your skis,” Plantz says. It is that connectedness – from craftsman to client – that has helped Wagner Custom Skis maintain its position at the front of the independent ski pack, Wagner acknowledges.

“It’s a very different model from the big ski companies,” he admits, “but it’s what is contributing to our success. People are just more interested in having a connection with who’s making the brands they’re supporting.” a

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Like buying tomatoes from a local at the farmer’s market, or choosing craft beer over a national brand, Wagner Custom’s clientele is making the conscious choice to buy skis from people who are passionate about what they do.

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Telluride’s Women’s Week Celebrates 35 Years of Skiing, Friendship and Fun

By Jesse James McTigue

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Roosevelt may not have been referring to the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School’s Women’s Week program, but change tea bag to skier and hot water to Women’s Week and you get the idea. Telluride Ski and Snowboard School instructor and Women’s Week director Fawnda Rogers says on the surface the program is about bringing women together in Telluride to become better skiers. And there is no doubt that participants leave with stronger legs and better turns. But, Rogers maintains, there is a whole other level to the experience that only a mountain like Telluride and instructors like the women of the ski school here can offer. “We are blessed because we have such a wide range of terrain,” Rogers says. “We can take women to open runs, tree runs and chutes that support who these strong women are. These women, who are already empowered, start skiing with our instructors and it’s cool to watch how they start letting things go and learning. It becomes a different type of story.” Currently in its 35th year, Women’s Week – which also includes après ski parties, private boot fittings, equipment consults and skiwear fashion shows – continues to be created specifically for women and led exclusively by women. Thirty-five years ago, Telluride was in a unique position to pioneer such a program because it was one of the only ski schools in the nation directed by a female. This female was Annie Savath, a petite French lady with an eye for skiing and flawless technique. Savath came to Telluride in 1972, the same year the Telluride Ski Resort opened. She started a French restaurant and taught in the ski school; by 1979 she was its director. That winter, Savath recalls initiating a series of local lessons and to her surprise most of the people who signed up were women. “A few of the sessions were just women,” she says in her French-accented English, “and we had so much fun, it was so silly.” photos by ryan bonneau

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Women’s programs were gaining momentum around the country at this time, so the next winter Savath started one in Telluride. That first year only one person signed up. “The idea was to meet other people, so this didn’t work very well,” she says. She refunded the person her money, but skied with her anyway. “We got stuck on a chair and had to get evacuated,” Savath recalls, laughing. Savath honed her marketing and the program grew and evolved, becoming a five-day ski experience. “It’s like a camp. You have the same students for several days so you can help them on a deeper level discover things they can’t in a one-day lesson.” Today, Savath remains a key instructor during Women’s Week. Rogers has been directing the program for the past seven years, but her connection goes all the way ‘women start back to 2000 when she signed up as a parskiing with our ticipant. “My instructor was Annie,” Rogers instructors and says. “I took lessons with her and loved it’s cool to watch it. She is hard, but soft at the same time ... how they start She knows what she is doing and can get people to do what she wants.” letting things go Rogers says that what makes Telluand learning.’ ride’s program different are the instructors. — fawnda rogers “Every instructor saw something in me that made me better,” she says. Both Rogers and Savath say they love skiing with the guys, but confirm that an all-women ski experience fosters support, camaraderie and an environment safe to take risks. “Women are supportive of each other, but when it comes to themselves, they can be hard,” Savath says. Telluride Ski and Snowboard School Director Noah Sheedy says that Savath and Rogers are just two of a host of instructors that make Women’s Weeks special. And, after admitting that he doesn’t like to encroach too much on the ladies during the event (“They’re not here to see or hear me,” Sheedy says, “they’d much rather hear from the great women we have on staff.”), he too identified the role the women ski instructors play in creating an environment that sets Telluride’s program apart. “So much of the experience is about the culture of Telluride, the ski school and women’s skiing.” a

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Camaraderie, Coaching for Over 50s

Moguls are our friends. So says the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School which, this winter, is offering a two-day camp, Making Friends with Moguls. The camp promises to help skiers make friends with moguls and develop confidence in intermediate mogul fields. In small groups, skiers will start out slowly with proven exercises and progress to set goals. The first camp is January 20-21 and the second is February 29-March 1.

The ski and snowboard school will run a program for skiers “50 years young and up” this winter. Two sessions consisting of four Thursdays each will match coaches from the senior ski school staff with small groups of over 50s. The aim is to make skiing fun, relaxed and enjoyable for all levels from novice/cruisers through advanced/hard core. There will be a special focus on developing camaraderie through skiing with people of a similar skill level. The first session is January 7-28 and the second session runs from February 4-March 3 with a break for President’s Week.

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telluride history



skiing at sunny side Mine circa 1910 Below: bruce palmer circa 1930 By eliz abeth guest

They Skied It

Before there was a Telluride Ski Resort, there were Telluride skiers The Telluride Ski Resort draws celebr-ities and ski bums, thrill seekers and families to Telluride each winter, but long before the establishment of the ski area in 1972, a homegrown ski scene thrived within the Telluride community. At the turn of the century, miners depended on skis and snowshoes out of necessity rather than recreation in order to navigate the terrain around the mines. Skis also served as transportation to and from the Pennsylvania Tram at the mine to the east of Telluride. In the 1920s, locals started to ski for fun and created recreational ski clubs like the Telluride Ski Club. With the Galloping Goose Railway running cars to Lizard Head Pass and Dallas Divide, suddenly there was access to prime ski spots throughout the region. In these early days, rope tows were the closest things to ski lifts. A teacher named Bruce Palmer moved to town in 1937 and brought

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with him enthusiasm for the sport of skiing. He encouraged local kids to ski and also put forth one of the earliest visions of a ski resort. The plan was to expand the already-established rope tow and ski pitch called Grizzly Gulch – on what is now the ski area and known locally as “Kids’ Hill” – into a bigger ski resort. While these early plans for a ski area were abandoned, skiing continued on various rope tows around town, behind the backs of cars, down Oak Street’s descending pitch and, still even then, as a way for miners to commute to and from work. In 1941, Telluride hosted its first ski race on Grizzly Gulch. Though well-attended, the event didn’t last, thanks to the onset of World War II. Following the war, however, the ski movement resurfaced and clubs flourished, hosting outings at various rope tows around Telluride. One of those clubs, the Ski High Ski Club, was particularly active in the 1950s with regular trips to Dallas Divide.

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Savory Sojourns Finding culinary inspiration around the world By Erin Spillane

as Telluride’s spectacular aspens turned from green to gold and the first snows dusted the San Juans this fall, Cosmopolitan owner and chef Chad Scothorn traveled with friends to California’s Napa Valley. The reason? A culinary road tour that, Scothorn says, is a necessity. “You’ve got to do it. I think we are fortunate to have the calibre of restaurants that we have in this town, and our visitors are people who have traveled the world for the best food. If you as a chef really want to inspire them, you need to get out and see what other people are doing.” Scothorn isn’t alone in his desire to expand his knowledge base, hone techniques and gain inspiration. Each off-season, Telluride’s chefs take to the roads or the skies to eat at other restaurants, do a culinary stage or observe their big-city colleagues before these culinary artists come home and plate up their newfound nous for a

dining scene that is award winning, highly touted and much loved by everyone from foodies to families to famished skiers. For Scothorn, the trip to Napa is a chance to visit, among other places, the famed French Laundry restaurant – “the best restaurant in the country and probably the world” – and another top Napa eatery, Flour and Water. It’s not the first time he has left Telluride to experience other cuisines – Scothorn has visited places as diverse as New York, Paris and Sicily. In May 2014, he journeyed to Catalunya in Spain, a region with a vibrant and progressive food scene, where Scothorn visited a handful of kitchens. The trip inspired some Cosmo menu items like baby-back ribs, octopus and the sashimi that Scothorn serves under a glass dome filled with smoke. “When I get back from Napa, I’ll have new menu items inspired by my trip.” >>

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“It’s a chance to get into another kitchen and see other techniques, other combinations and get ideas.”

everything is in tubs. It overwhelms the senses and you can see something used differently from how we use it.” One idea that Pitt has brought back from his trips is confirmation that sourcing and using the freshest ingredients possible is key. “I can definitely see the difference between a farm-to-table restaurant and a big restaurant that uses a purveyor.” And like Scothorn, Pitt also says that leaving town is a necessity. “Everything is changing so rapidly, so much is happening. It’s important to see what is out there.” A Telluride chef who has done several culinary stages in off-season is Eliza Gavin from 221 South Oak. Some of her high-profile stages – when a chef works for free in another chef ’s kitchen – include with Arzak, a restaurant in San Sebastian, in the Basque Country of Spain, considered the sixth best restaurant in the world; with Michael Voltaggio’s Los Angeles eatery, Ink; and in the kitchens of Girasol, the L.A. restaurant of chef C.J. Jacobsen. Last spring, Gavin traveled to France to observe the work of Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. These impressive stints, Gavin says, are largely possible because of her appearance on the television program Top Chef. “It was a great chance to network ... I can say, ‘I was on Season 10’ and I find many of them welcome me into their kitchens.” The seasonal nature of the Telluride economy lends itself to getting out of the box canyon to do a culinary stage, Gavin says. “It’s easy just to let your brain and body stop moving in off-season. During the season, you have no chance to rest, but in offseason, you need to keep moving too.” She adds, “It’s a chance to get into another kitchen and see other techniques, other combinations and get ideas. I definitely bring back what I learn.” a

“Everything is changing so rapidly, so much is happening. It’s important to see what is out there.” brady pitt, pescado

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<< He adds, “As a chef, you just want to be inspired. When you own your restaurant, you get so caught up in the minutiae … that the culinary inspiration can get squashed. Once I leave the building on this trip, I leave that behind.” Pescado’s Brady Pitt takes to the road, typically twice a year, seeking the same inspiration that prompts Scothorn’s trips. He says, “I’m focusing on good food in general. If it strikes me that I can incorporate it into my cuisine, then I am interested.” Pitt adds that while his trips are often to New York and San Francisco, he also visits small towns too. “It’s not just particular to urban areas; I’m focusing on anywhere that is serving good food.” Occasional trips to Johannesburg in South Africa “broaden my horizons too, in terms of using different herbs and spices. Nothing is sold in a jar,

“As a chef, you just want to be inspired. When you own your restaurant, you get so caught up in the minutiae ... Once I leave on this trip, I leave that behind.” chad scothorn, cosmopolitan

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Much like its terrain and scenery, the Telluride Ski Resort’s on-mountain dining options are varied, exquisite and sure to please a range of tastes. From classic country French to family favorites to traditional Alpine Italian, hungry skiers and boarders can refuel deliciously at high quality slopeside eateries committed to exceptional food in stunning locales.



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bon vivant In a setting like nowhere else, Bon Vivant throws a deck party every day. Think sunshine, expansive views and good music together with sumptuous cuisine and carefully chosen French wines. A signature dish is the Alpine Wild Mushroom soup – an alpine mushroom soup with a brie base infused with Courvoisier and served under a puff pastry. Another fave is the cassoulet of French white beans cooked in duck stock and finished with wild boar sausage and a duck leg. It’s fine dining that satisfies. ryan bonneau

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alpino vino At 12,000 feet, Alpino Vino is the highest restaurant in North America and lives up to this uniqueness by offering elegant food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Skiers’ favorites include the antipasto plate and an organic tomato and gorgonzola bisque served with a very special grilled cheese sandwich: locally baked parmesan bread, a Colorado camembert cheese, homemade pesto and arugula leaves. In the evening, diners are whisked to the restaurant in a luxurious snow coach to enjoy a five-course, Italian-themed meal paired with exceptional wines.

gorrono ranch At Gorrono enjoy classic ski-lodge favorites like burgers and fries, Chuck’s famous chili and the best salad bar on the mountain. And then there’s the smokehouse with mouth-watering spit-roasted rotisserie chicken and a pulled pork sandwich that has made this eatery a favorite for foodies and ski bums alike. The casual menu is matched by the laidback atmosphere enjoyed on the big deck, the saloon or the legendary beach, where live music, a fire pit and cocktails keep the party going.

> mid mountain, lift 4 > casual american, smokehouse, cocktails

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>> upper see forever / below lift 14 >> traditional northern italian fare

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Giuseppe’s has long been a locals’ favorite whose much-loved potato and black bean sauté has been drawing famished skiers and boarders to the spot for years. Nowadays, the tiny mountain-top kitchen also serves up delicious fare like po’ boys, muffalettas and gumbo. It’s best enjoyed lounging at the sunny picnic area where the jaw-dropping views extend into neighboring Utah and compete with the food to make for a memorable lunchtime experience.

This kid-centric restaurant is a magnet for families looking for a menu – think chicken fingers, burgers and tots – that will please hungry youngsters and their grown-ups before the slopes beckon again. An added bonus: non-skiers can take the chondola down from Mountain Village to join in on the lunchtime fun.

> top of lift 9 > new orleans-themed fare, kids’ menu

>> base of lifts 1 (chondola) & 10 >> family-friendly favorites winter 2015-2016 |


the scene | dining & Spirits


Sushi, Steaks, Après Heading into his first winter season in charge at Hongas, chef Erich Owen says he is looking forward to keeping some of the restaurant’s favorite menu items, while also expanding in new directions. “The menu will be sushi, Asian and Japanese-American contemporary,” Owen says. “We’re not limiting ourselves in terms of a specific genre.” Part of the restaurant’s plans for the winter season include a steak menu with a Japanese twist – steaks served ishiyaki style, with thin slices of meat cooked on a hot stone, and served with sauces like tosazu, sriracha chili butter, a miso-lemon-mustard-truffle sauce, a lemongrass-bacon crème or amazu ponzu. Owen says one thing that will not change is the commitment of Hongas to sustainable, fresh produce and ingredients with a special focus on fresh, high-quality fish. “That’s a big thing for me in terms of how things should be done,” he says, “and I think Telluride is on the same page.” Owen, who bought the restaurant with investment partners in June, has a resume that includes six years at the helm of the New Sheridan Chop House and stints as an award-winning chef with the Koi Restaurant Group and as executive chef and general manager at Allred’s. The restaurant was renovated during offseason with new décor. The downstairs bar has been renamed the Lounge at Hongas and will have the same menu as the street-level dining room. “We’re making the lounge less formal and more comfortable for après ski,” Owen says. “We’re spreading our wings,” he adds, “but we’re staying true to Honga’s and continuing to emphasize great service, great food and reasonable pricing.”

telluride ski resort / randy barnes ©

alpino vino

Incredible Journey to Incredible Dining When it comes to Telluride’s dining scene, it isn’t just about the destination. It’s about the journey too. On the Telluride Ski Resort, a luxury snow coach will meet hungry gourmands during the evening at the Gondola’s mid-station, Station San Sophia, for a unique journey to Alpino Vino. Once a private retreat built on a historic mining claim, this fine dining restaurant sits near the top of Gold Hill and serves up the cuisine of the Dolomites of northern Italy. Inside, the snug wood and stone cabin is replete with exposed beams, stone floors, a cozy fire and furniture crafted from reclaimed wine barrels. Diners get to enjoy gorgeous views of the Wilson Range and a five-course Italian-themed dinner menu with an optional wine pairing. The snow coach ride and Alpino Vino’s incredible food, wine and ambience all combine to provide diners with a remarkable experience that shouldn’t be missed. Alpino Vino dinners require reservations in advance and is for guests ages 21 and over only.

telluride sleighs & wagons

Sumptuous Fare, Local History Telluride Sleighs and Wagons takes diners on a snowy sleigh ride before a gourmet dinner served in a heated tent and using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The ranch, which has belonged to the Aldasoro family for four generations, enjoys spectacular views of the San Sophias, the Wilsons, the Telluride Ski Resort and Telluride town. Telluride Sleighs and Wagons’ Luke and Ashley Story, who figure among the youngest members of the clan, will regale you with tales of sheep ranching and mountain life long ago during what promises to be an unforgettable evening. Advance reservations are necessary.

anytime, anyplace

wolfpig mobile bar

For your next gathering, consider Wolf Pig, a ’57 Ford that has been magically transformed into a mobile bar complete with taps, wine cooler, espresso machine and – of course – a shot ski. Owners Kyle and Hilary Swenson say that Wolf Pig is “fitted with everything needed to roll up, set up and serve any number of guests” at get-togethers ranging from backyard parties to wedding receptions and everything in between. The company’s professional staff attends to all the details of your soiree “from the first toast to the last lemon twist”. Wolf Pig offers drink lists, or will work with clients to create that perfect custom drink menu – all in keeping with its motto: “as you wish”. winter 2015-2016 |


colorado retail

Made in These Mountains By Elizabeth Guest

Puffy jackets, ski goggles and snow boots go a long way in Telluride’s fashion scene, but a variety of locally made or designed products available at the town’s retail stores may be the perfect addition to any wardrobe, or a fun, unique gift to bring home. Whether shopping for yourself or someone else, there’s a wide range of retail options in Telluride and Mountain Village, from ski shops to high fashion. Among the mix of outdoor sports clothes, Western-inspired wearables and big-name designer brands are several local products and designs from Telluride and the region. If made-in-Colorado matters most in your shopping pursuits, here are some items to check out. Big Colorado Love is a local brand designed by Beth and John Kelly. A rendition of the colorful Colorado flag with a distinctive heart incorporated into the design appears on stickers, T-shirts and hats. Since the brand began in 2011, Big Colorado Love has only gotten bigger, but still sticks with its original values of contributing to local charities and non-profits. Big Colorado Love products are available at Sunshine Pharmacy, Bootdoctors, Telluride Sports, and Telluride Outside, and make a great memento for yourself or a loved one. If you’re looking for something cozy, CashmereRED owner Caci Grinspan designs sweaters and knitwear. Her designs are then manufactured at a Scottish mill that she works closely with to create clothing geared toward travel and resort towns like Telluride. One of Grinspan’s popular designs is the Passport, a single garment that can be worn 10 different ways from evening dress to shawl and everything between. Another stop on your shopping spree should be Two Skirts, a boutique boasting the most up-to-date trends in style as well as several Colorado brands. One of those brands is Lauren Wood. The Telluride native designs and makes hand knits using Alpaca and other fine woolen materials. Her super soft hats are fun with extra-large pompoms in an assortment of alluring colors. She also make scarves and tops that are comfortable, finely-crafted and stylish. Two Skirts also features regional designers like Susan Carrolan, who makes straw and felt hats in Aspen, CoFi Leathers, which creates leather accessories, bags, belts and more in Denver, Allison Scotty Jewelry out of Ridgway and Bloom Jewelry from Denver. At Sublime, a boutique with edgy, fun apparel and accessories for fashionistas of all ages, the nature-inspired jewelry of Taylor & Tessier from Aspen is both rustic and chic. The necklaces and bracelets are modern in look, but organic in material, featuring a combination of gemstones, crystals, wire, leathers and hides. >>

[ the passport at cashmere red ] winter 2015-2016 |


the scene | visual & performing arts

photography // merrick chase - telluride photography

Man of

Steel & Fire An ton Vid i t z -Wa r d By Geoff Hanson

Anton Viditz-Ward is a modern-day miner. He does his work in a mineshaft on Deep Creek Road. But it is not precious metals that Viditz-Ward seeks to extract from the 100,000-square-foot space dug into the side of the mountain -- it is art. And just as the products of the mines of yore were some of the finest in the world, Viditz-Ward’s work, art that combines the elements of metal and fire and captured here by Telluride photographer Merrick Chase, is internationally renowned, and just as fine. A native of Cincinnati, Viditz-Ward came to Telluride in 1992 to snowboard for a year before pursing a career in architecture. Viditz-Ward had always wanted to learn how to weld so he knocked on the door of Bone Construction, one of Telluride’s best known building companies, and asked to be trained as a welder. Owners Kathy Green and Chuck Kroger complied and he was soon doing construction welding. When work was over and the crew went home, ViditzWard went back to Bone’s warehouse and created art. He built chairs, tables and small sculptures out of scrap metal, wood and other recycled materials, but his favorite things to make were candleholders, the first work of his to combine the elements of steel and fire. “I started with candleholders where fire is like 10 percent of the art piece,” Viditz-Ward says. “Then I did a piece where I took spark plugs from a car that had propane spraying from it and lit them on fire. Fire had more of a component to the work.” >>

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the scene | visual & performing arts

Man of

Steel & Fire Anto n Vi di tz-Ward

“ Work was no longer the priority, art was the focus. So I had to figure out how to live on less and create more free time to work on my art.”

In 1999, Viditz-Ward went to Burning Man, the annual gathering in the Nevada Desert that showcases the work of the greatest fire artists in the world. “At Burning Man I realized I could make fire a bigger element of my art and that it didn’t need to be so practical,” Viditz-Ward says. “It could be completely about aesthetics. And it could be very large.” His Burning Man experience marked a shift in Viditz-Ward’s life philosophy. “Work was no longer the priority, art was the focus. So I had to figure out how to live on less and create more free time to work on my art.” As the scope of his projects

grew, Viditz-Ward needed more space. In 2007, a friend introduced Viditz-Ward to the Gardner family, on whose property the Deep Creek Mine is located. The Gardners invited ViditzWard to care-take the mine and use it as a studio for his art. The mine allowed ViditzWard to create larger pieces for Burning Man that have included the Wheel of Thwarted Ambition, Palindrome, Yoga Robot and the Wheels of Zoroaster to name a few. With close to 70,000 people attending Burning Man every year, Viditz-Ward is one of fewer than 20 artists who have space reserved for them to display their work.

In order to help defray some of the expenses of his evergrowing sculptures, Viditz-Ward started Deep Creek Experimental, a non-profit organization to help support his work and that of eight other artists who have set up studios in the Deep Creek Mine. Twice a year, community gatherings are held at the Deep Creek Mine to showcase the work and benefit the artists at Deep Creek Experimental. The first party is held on the winter solstice in December and the second event is part of Mountainfilm in May. Viditz-Ward acknowledges he could be making significantly

more money working as an architect, but says he prefers welding steel in the grungy environs of the Deep Creek Mine to working on a computer in an office. “I get excited about art. It’s like meditation when I’m working on my pieces. My focus is there in the present moment. This just seems like what I should be doing. I’m way more broke, but I’m happier.” a Anton Viditz-Ward is a presenting artist at the second annual Fire Festival which will set the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village alight from January 14-17.

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the scene | visual & performing arts

slate gray gallery

first thursday

ryan bonneau

art walk

New Gallery Pairs Art and Home Décor New to the Telluride art scene is Slate Gray Gallery, a new gallery featuring a mix of abstract and contemporary art with an ever-changing collection of new artists. Gallery manager Denee Nelson is quick to point out the bright space at 209 East Colorado Avenue also offers artisan jewelry, home furnishings and women’s accessories. “Our space is warm and inviting – it’s a lot more than a gallery. We like to pair our art with our furnishings and home décor in vignettes so that you can see how the art might fit in your home.” The gallery is owned by Beth McLaughlin who also owns a sister gallery in Kerrville, Texas, that sprang up after McLaughlin donated retail space to two local artists, Deborah Harrington and Katherine Lott. Both artists’ works graced Slate Gray’s walls after it opened in July. Wintertime, Nelson says, will bring new artists, including Peggy Weiss, Todd Alexander and Joan Fullerton. To find Slate Gray Gallery, just look for the large sculpture of a Great Dane that adorns the sidewalk outside the space. “He’s our mascot,” Nelson says with a smile. “He gets a lot of attention.”

On the first Thursday of every month, the arts come alive in Telluride as part of the Telluride Art Walk. Twentytwo venues in town host receptions from 5-8 p.m. to highlight their new exhibitions and artists. “Art Walk is an engaging and well-attended evening showcasing our growing visual arts culture in Telluride,” says Kate Jones, executive director of Telluride Arts, the organization that oversees the Art Walk. “It’s a great opportunity to socialize, meet the artists and gallery owners, and find that special new piece for your collection.” A free map can be found at all the participating galleries and venues around town, and at the Telluride Arts’ Stronghouse Studios on South Fir Street. And the map isn’t just handy on first Thursdays because every day is a good day to explore the arts in Telluride.

The Beauty of Commuting in the Mountains When you live in these mountains it’s easy to take the incredible beauty for granted. And when you’re driving, just staying in the proper lane can often erase the landscape completely from your consciousness. Norwood painter Michael Wyszynski knows this phenomenon all too well, having spent 15 years commuting to Telluride. In a project titled “Commuting”, he set out to paint the beauty of exhibit the terrain that lay between Norwood and Telluride. “Every day on the way to and from Telluride, I’m slapped in the face by this amazing beauty all around me,” Wyszynski says. “What I realized was that I never stop. I never take a moment to absorb my surroundings. I see these incredible things and in a moment they’re gone. My hope with this project is to capture some of those moments.” Wyszynski received a Small Arts Grant from the Telluride Arts District for the project which will be exhibited at the Stronghouse Gallery at 283 South Fir Street from October 1-December 1. winter 2015-2016 |


From ‘Ouch’ to ‘Ahhh’ By Martinique Davis

many skiers and snowboarders will one day experience it: The injury or tweak that will slow you down. For me, it was the nagging lower back pain that I, like many, chose to ignore until I was nearly incapacitated. When I couldn’t get my ski boots on one morning, I finally acknowledged I had a problem that needed fixing. Enter the Alison Palmer Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. Boasting a large common area as well as private treatment rooms for different practitioners, the sizeable space is a nucleus of health and wellness, providing one-stop shopping for people in search of a holistic approach to their health. Established by long-time Telluride physical therapist Alison Palmer in 2014 at the base of the Coonskin chairlift (Lift 7), the center offers a wide range of harmonizing services ranging from integrative medicine and acupuncture, to massage, pilates and clinical psychology, in addition to Palmer’s popular Functional Manual Therapy practice. As Palmer explains, a more integrated approach to health – one that takes into account all the different yet connected systems within the body – leads to more effective and longer-term results. “It’s not just about treating pain, but looking at why it’s happening in the first place,” Palmer explains of her work, both as a Functional Manual Therapist (itself a more integrated and holistic approach to physical therapy), as well as her role as one of the providers within the wellness center. “As a group we’re much more powerful because together we can look at the real ground-root causes” of health challenges and treat them accordingly. What we eat, how well we sleep, how we exercise and how we deal with stress all feed into how we feel; a simple concept often overlooked by conventional medical practice. Acupuncturist Raimi Holmquist works in concert with Palmer and the other providers at the center. As Holmquist explains it, the eastern influences of her practice fit perfectly into the center’s holistic approach to wellness. “You may be coming in because of back pain, but I’m also always going to treat you at the constitutional level as well, which has a cool ripple effect.”


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Ski Patroller Marti Davis treated her back injury with an integrated approach that included massage, acupuncture and physical therapy.

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kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities Save time for magical off-mountain memory makers Tour through Time

Ice, Ice, Baby

nordic adventures

Interactive exhibits and exciting programming make the past come alive at the Telluride Historical Museum. From its time as a revered summer hunting ground for the Ute Indians to the boom and bustle of its mining heyday, Telluride has a colorful and surprising history. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free for children 5 and under. Wintertime hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays (Free for Locals Day) until 7 p.m. Museum members and Smithsonian Affiliates are always admitted free.

Budding Wayne Gretzkys or Michelle Kwans can make their way to ice rinks in Telluride Town Park or at the Madeline Hotel and Residences in the Mountain Village Core. In Town Park, there is a natural, non-refrigerated outdoor rink that opens typically from midDecember to mid-February, depending on weather. A fully enclosed, refrigerated NHLsized indoor rink, the Hanley Pavilion, is open November to March with drop-in hockey scrimmages and free public skating daily. To polish your triple axles and spirals in Mountain Village, the Madeline is the place to go for passes, rentals and lessons.

A perfect activity to share across generations, Nordic skiing opens up new terrain for the whole family. Start with the 3 kilometers of immaculately groomed trails that wind through Town Park, then set off for the wide-open spaces of the Valley Floor, Mountain Village or Priest Lake. For $25, you can ride Lift 10 to access 10 kilometers of rolling trails on the Ski Resort. Guided tours and lessons are available through the Nordic Center in Town Park.

sled time

Firecracker Hill, at the southern edge of Telluride Town Park, has kept kids giggling and shouting for joy for decades. There are sled paths to suit any adrenaline level, and sleds are available for rent at the nearby Nordic center. 56 | winter 2015-2016

snow season skateboarding

Even in the heart of winter, skateboarding is possible in Telluride. Skateboarders can ride the Gridlinedesigned skate park located on the west side of Town Park. A half-pipe-style vertical ramp and a double mini-ramp with roller transition and vert wall will keep riders focused, despite the distracting views all around. The skate park is free and timer-lit at night. There is also a mini-skate park off East Pacific Street that is great for beginners.

climb high

EcoXploration = Excitement

Instead of a blustery day out on the hill, children and adults may appreciate a little climate control. Children ages 5 and up – 7 and up in harness – can safely enjoy over 90 linear feet of climbing above a thickly padded floor at Telluride Gravity Works. Stay warm and dry as little ones learn to scamper up the easy routes or your experienced climbers challenge themselves on bouldering problems, tricky traverses, six top ropes and two auto belays with routes rated up to 5.11. Day passes cost $15 with your own gear, or $20 including gym rentals.

An engaging alternative to a day of ski school, EcoXploration with EcoAdventures is designed to connect kids to the environment around them. Children ages 5-12 will discover the outdoors through various activities including snowshoeing, animal tracking and – our favorite – snow cave building. Full day programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include lunch, lift ticket and all equipment for $120. Half days are also available. In addition, EcoAdventures opens its doors for Kids’ Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. with fun indoor crafts and games for $35 (or $25 for kids who’ve spent the day in the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School or in EcoXploration).

take the scenic route

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.

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.


and more

Need more excitement? Take a leap onto the giant trampolines in the Mountain Village Core or go for a family tour by snowmobile or sleigh. The possibilities are endless in Telluride. 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.

Snowbike Lessons & Rentals Fun & Exciting Kids Programs



Forever & Always TELLURIDE

W hether you are planning an intimate gathering or grand affair, we have breathtaking

mountain vistas and extraordinary service to exceed your expectations. The Telluride Ski & Golf Resort boasts spectacular views and venues in the most beautiful place you’ll ever say “I do.”


Chris and Amelia’s first turns as husband and wife take them from San Sophia ceremony to Gorrono reception

Telluride Weddings

in extraordinary places

‘I Do’ with a View By Cara Pallone

Christopher and Amelia Burger first connected through their love of snowboarding. After spending just a few hours in each other’s company, they discovered their mutual affinity for the mountains. Chris had lived in Vail for many years and Amelia grew up in Alaska. Their first week together, the Seattle couple traveled to watch the Supercross season opener. As they were getting ready to leave the hotel, they noticed they were both wearing the same T-shirt with a silhouette of a snowboarder on a chairlift. Photo Courtesy of Merrick Chase / Telluride Photography ©

Every March since then, they have gone on a snowboarding trip together. During their second trip to Telluride, a bright sunny day in March 2014, Chris knelt on the Telluride Ski Resort’s Revelation Bowl deck and asked Amelia to marry him. “It was fitting given our love of the mountains,” Amelia says. Following the romantic moment, the couple snowboarded to Gorrono Ranch to meet friends and pop a bottle of champagne. They had been dating a little over two years at that time. As they planned their wedding, Telluride was the only place they could imagine tying the knot. On March 21, 2015 – a bluebird day much like the one when Chris proposed – the two exchanged vows at the San Sophia overlook at the top of Lift 7 on the ski area. Family and close friends gathered outside. After the ceremony, the newlyweds snowboarded down to Gorrono to celebrate. This time, however, the experience was a bit different. They first had to remove their dress shoes before lacing up snowboard boots. And instead of sports gear, Amelia wore a beautiful, billowing wedding dress, Chris a suit and tie. They strapped into their snowboards and clasped hands. “I bought my dress knowing that I would snowboard down in it,” Amelia says. “The women at the bridal boutique thought I was insane.” Carving in synchronicity, the couple sailed down the mountain with photographer Merrick Chase of Telluride Photography capturing their first turns as husband and wife. “Amelia’s dress literally covered her entire snowboard, so while she was riding, it looked like she was just gliding over the snow; almost gliding on air,” Chris remembers. He couldn’t help but attempt a couple of tricks. Meanwhile, his bride focused on making it to the bottom, bouquet in hand. “I just prayed the whole time to not fall on my face with my huge dress,” Amelia recalls. The couple say they wouldn’t change a single detail about their wedding. They wanted their guests to understand their love for the mountains that connected them. And to this day, those who were in attendance still talk about the Burger wedding. “Telluride is very close to our hearts,” Amelia says. “We both wanted a small wedding and the destination was perfect.” a winter 2015-2016 |


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Tellurideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private rental options range from the simple to the sublime with everything from in-home movie theaters to games rooms to see-it-to-believe-it hot tubs and saunas. Here are a few of the cool things we found on a recent tour of some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vacation rentals.

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lodging | fun & funky

Hood Park Manor, Mountain Village

Slopeside Fun The basics >> Hood Park Manor is a nine-bedroom, ten-and-a-half-bath home adjoining the ski resort. Why we like it >> On the surface, this property is pure sophistication and

style. Really, though, this house is about leisure time, with a lower floor that includes a TV and games room with pool table, an exercise room and a media room complete with large movie screen and high-def projector. The fun extends outside as well with a south-facing deck that offers an outdoor kitchen, flatscreen TV and a large custom hot tub, where you can soak while watching skiers and boarders whizz by. Find out more >> Telluride Rentals

castlewood, Mountain Village

Hippest Hot Tub The basics >> If over-the-top is your guiding aesthetic, then Castlewood might be for you. A 17,000-square-foot log and stone property with three separate living areas, ski-in/ski-out and an elevator, the décor is decidedly western – think lots of antlers and cowboy memorabilia. Why we like it >> First, there is the Hobbit-esque sauna. Made to look like it was built under a tree, the sauna room has tree roots dangling from the ceiling. Next door are two hot tubs in a room decorated as a mine shaft with rock-hewn walls and aged beams. To access the hot tubs, guests use a small footbridge over a stream that feeds the tubs. Mood-lighting and a fogger round out the experience. Find out more >> Accommodations in Telluride

meri b el penthouse, tel luride

Downtown Luxury le praz, courcheval, Mountain Village

The basics >> A three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath penthouse

Lights, Camera, Popcorn

apartment with private elevator, swanky media room and built-in sound and climate-control systems

The basics >> A five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath property with views, direct access to the ski resort, built-in technology to control temperature and lights, and an elevator.

Why we like it >> Enjoy the bells and whistles in this property and

Why we like it >> Le Praz has an in-home movie theater with a library of over 100 movies, a state-of-the-art, high-definition projector, a 12-foot-wide screen, surround sound and acoustic panels. And then there is the lux stadium-style seating: built-in leather recliners complete with cup holders and – this part is so fun – sensors that cause the chairs to vibrate according to the action on the screen.

then walk out your front door to the shops and restaurants of downtown Telluride. The property also has full-length bi-fold doors on both the north and south sides of the living area. The south-side doors open onto a deck with views of the ski area and west. The north-side doors reveal an outdoor entertaining space with views up and down Colorado Avenue, including Ajax and Telluride’s iconic courthouse and New Sheridan Hotel building.

Find out more >> Telluride Rentals

Find out more >> Sea to Ski

For more options, turn to the accommodations section on pages 77-83.

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steven gluckstern

Home Is Where the Heart Is By Cara Pallone

The pattern of Steven Gluckstern’s life is one of serendipity. He doesn’t like to plan. Life, he says, happens to him. But if there’s been a constant the past several decades (aside from his beloved wife, Judy) it has been Telluride. A part-time resident, his path always leads him back to the box canyon. On a summer morning, Gluckstern tells his story at a local coffee shop. Lines appear around his eyes when he laughs, revealing he’s done quite a bit of it in his lifetime. He pulls out his phone and scrolls to a photo of him and his wife riding on a bike across the desert during the annual Burning Man celebration. She’s holding a parasol. He’s wearing a top hat. They are smiling, on their way to renew their vows after 40 years of marriage. As Gluckstern talks, it’s difficult to imagine him as a CEO of multiple successful start-ups and large enterprises. We’ll get to that. But first, the Telluride connection. In February 1976, Gluckstern responded to an ad in the New York Times that said, “Colorado ski area seeks school superintendent. Apply Box G, Placerville, Colorado.” At the time, Gluckstern was running an experimental junior high school in Scarsdale, New York. He and Judy, however, wanted adventure. The young couple arrived in Telluride during a blizzard. The next morning, they looked out the window at Ajax, snow-covered and sparkling beneath Colorado’s signature bluebird sky. “We said, ‘We’re moving here,’ ” Gluckstern remembers. “ ‘There’s magic here.’ ” Alas, Gluckstern did not get the job and the couple moved to Iran, where he was hired as the principal of an English language school. He met a man whose name most Telluridians will recognize: Michael D. Palm, the head of the English department at the same school. They became fast friends and business partners. On top of their regular jobs, Gluckstern and Palm started an educational consulting firm.




“We realized pretty quickly that while we were educators at heart, we were also entrepreneurs at heart,” Gluckstern says. They stayed in Iran for a year and lived in Athens, Greece, for another year before returning to the United States. Gluckstern went to business school at Stanford University. Palm took a job with the Bank of Boston. Then, Gluckstern received an unexpected call. The Telluride school board wanted him to take the helm as superintendent. Hesitantly, he agreed to the job for one year to help iron out the district’s issues. During this time, he started the Telluride Academy with longtime local Wendy Brooks. His daughter, Sarah, was born. Telluride had become a central feature of the Glucksterns’ lives. They bought their first home in the early 80s. After finishing his MBA, Gluckstern headed to Wall Street. In the fall of 1985, the same year his son, J.D., was born, he was recruited by Warren Buffet to run Berkshire Hathaway’s reinsurance business. Gluckstern asked Palm to join him. The two friends hatched an idea for the reinsurance industry, but it was rejected. They quit their jobs and spent the next year begging for money to start their own company. “We knocked on a lot of doors,” Gluckstern says with a chuckle. “People would say, ‘Let’s get this straight, you and Michael have spent less than a year in the industry. Warren Buffet has already rejected this idea. And you want to raise $250 million dollars?’” In January 1988, he and Palm started Centre Reinsurance. Five years later, they sold the company and collected pretty large checks for two men their age who had been teachers. Palm retired and devoted himself entirely to philanthropy and LGBT advocacy. He died of AIDS-related complications at his home in Telluride at age 47. For Gluckstern, it was the single-most powerful event of his life. Following 9/11, Gluckstern switched gears yet again and bought a medical device company that he still runs today called Rio Grande Neurosciences. It’s based out of Santa Fe and focuses on non-invasive treatments for the brain. At age 64, Gluckstern says it’s the final act of his play. “I’ve had an incredibly rich life,” he says. “And I feel strongly about wanting to leave the world a better place than I found it.” a winter 2015-2016 |


Escape the ordinary

and meet in the

extraordinary The Telluride Conference Center has all the things you would expect—oodles of meeting space, boutique hotels and restaurants of every variety. But meetings in Telluride are about challenging the status quo. Go ahead, loosen your tie, remove your high heels and mix-up your typical meeting.


"Science is the great adventure of our time." DEEPAK CHOPRA

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JawDropper is Improbable, and a Success By Emily Shoff

Telluride is known for many things. Spectacular scenery. Close-knit He had heard of the Telluride Venture Accelerator, a new business incubator community. Amazing snow. One thing, however, Telluride wasn’t known for that advises and funds new businesses in the region, but was intimidated. After was dental inventions. all, he was close to 70. A retired doctor. Who was he to be reinventing himself as Until now. Thanks to a new start-up in Mountain Village called Awestruck a businessman? He went to the initial meeting. Everyone in the room was barely Dental – which has brought to market a nifty device called the JawDropper – touching 30. They seemed smarter, more business-minded. Still, he decided to dental prowess can now be added to our go for it. And surprise, surprise, he won. community’s list of accomplishments. ConAfter that initial round of help from the Telluride has scenery, sider it another gold star for Telluride. TVA, Fulton teamed with Eric Wells, an angel Like many things here, the creation investor whom Fulton had met at an earlier community, snow … and production of the JawDropper (which TVA meeting. Wells had recently moved to and now a dental device. sounds like some sick ski run but is actually a Telluride with his family and was looking for patient-controlled implement that helps keep a new project to sink his teeth into. He was the jaw open during extended dental proceimpressed by Fulton’s innovative and indomidures) had a fortuitous start. table spirit. And beyond that, Wells says, he Trout Lake resident Dr. Richard Fulton just liked the guy. hated going to the dentist. The retired inLast fall, Wells became the CEO of Aweterventional radiologist had undiagnosed struck Dental and is now selling Fulton’s JawTMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorders, Dropper in dental offices across the country. which made holding his jaw open painful. To top it off, he had bad teeth. Not a Telluride’s own Gus Kenworthy is a spokesperson for the blossoming business. good combination. Says Wells of the company’s success, “Since our sales launch in April this One day, after a particularly grueling episode at the dentist, where for the year, we’ve sold over 40,000 devices. We hope to see a JawDropper at every denlast 10 minutes of the procedure he held his jaw down with his index finger, he tal station over the next few years, making a difference for the dentist, the clinidecided things had to change. Fulton – an inventor with over 60 inventions to cian and the patient.” his name, including a life-saving cardiac device – went home to his garage and Wells, who also runs Telluride Investments, thinks that Awestruck Dental started tinkering. will only continue to grow since its graduation from the Telluride Venture AccelAfter many iterations and test runs in dentists’ office in and around Grand erator in 2014. After all, Wells says, there are 155 million people who suffer from Junction, where he also has a home, Fulton honed in on the JawDropper in its dental fear and anxiety because of the kind of pain and discomfort that promptcurrent form. It was great, many dentists told him, exactly what they’d been ed Fulton to invent his device in the first place. That’s a whole lot of people who wanting for years. It all sounded good, except that Fulton had no way to sell his could be helped by the JawDropper. new invention. And one more reason for Telluride to get a gold star. a

ProEditors: from footage to fantastic With the slogan “You film. We edit”, ProEditors, a new Telluride Venture Accelerator start-up, uses four simple words to represent a cool idea: ProEditors takes the video you have stored up on your camera, laptop or phone and professionally edits the raw footage, returning it to you as a slick short film. There are different levels of editing with pricing that matches the complexity of the project. For example, send 30 minutes of footage and ProEditors will whittle it down to a mini-movie of 1-2 minutes. Or send up to four hours that will be distilled into anywhere from 2-8 minutes of short film. Good idea, right? The TVA, Telluride’s business incubator, thinks so, lending its support to the new company. Time to take that GoPro footage of those turns you’ve been carving on the hill and let ProEditors turn it into a fantastic epic that you can watch again and again. winter 2015-2016 |


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 Honga’s Lotus Petal, 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.

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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 located at the base of the Gondola Situated in the most desirable location in town, Hotel Columbia could rest on its laurels. Instead, the staff takes pride in making sure your stay is both relaxing and memorable. 21 beautifully furnished guest rooms & suites Dine at our in-house award winning restaurant COSMOpolitan

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

199 North Cornet Street, Telluride 866.468.3501 or 970.369.1188 • Awarded “Top 50 Hotels” by Condé Nast • Awarded “World’s Best 500” by Travel & Leisure • “Top 100 Hotels in North America” in Travel & Leisure • Awarded #44 in “Top 50 Ski Hotels” by Condé Nast The Hotel Telluride is the premier full-service boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown. Guests receive the highest level of personal attention while relaxing in comfortable accommodations. A private balcony to enjoy the spectacular Telluride views, Aveda products, large bathrooms, a 'pillow menu' to customized your pillow choice, featherbed mattress, complimentary wireless internet and complimentary 24-hour coffee service are just a few of the things that make The Hotel Telluride the perfect choice for your mountain vacation. Start your day out in The Nook with a delicious hot full breakfast. The Nook transforms in the evening into a casual dining experience with fresh daily drink and entrée specials, along with good company. Other amenities include: full-service spa treatments, steam shower, work-out facility, and two outdoor hot tubs. The true essence of Telluride is found at The Hotel Telluride. We hope to see you soon.

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A blend of rustic elegance and Western charm, Mountain Lodge Telluride is your window to the splendor of the San Juan Mountains. Perched at 9,500 feet, this ski-in/ski-out resort offers private luxury cabins, deluxe condominiums and lodge rooms that provide a comfortable retreat from the ordinary. Room amenities include gourmet kitchens, jetted tubs, fireplaces, and private balconies. Our outdoor heated pool and hot tubs offer spectacular views while relaxing after an invigorating day of alpine adventure. The View Restaurant and Bar features a vaulted lobby with a 50-foot high timbered ceiling and massive stone fireplace. Food service features traditional tavern cuisine with an upscale flare. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees, The View affords an intimate atmosphere for private parties, large catered affairs, family dinners or romantic evenings in a spectacular setting. Complete catering services are provided for large and small groups.

MOUNTAIN LODGE TELLURIDE 457 Mountain Village Boulevard, Mountain Village Please call our Reservations department at 866-368-6867 to inquire about our current specials or go to our website: and click on SPECIAL OFFERS.



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, The Parlor, Rooftop Bar and the historic New Sheridan Bar, which was ranked among the world’s top 10 après ski bars by Forbes Traveler.


he Victorian Inn has been serving guests for over 38 years and has earned a reputation for clean, comfortable, affordable accommodations in one of the best locations in town. Located just steps from main street shops, restaurants and the gondola, you’ll experience the service, amenities and value you deserve. • FREE high-speed Internet • Cable TV with HBO

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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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dining & spirits 221 South Oak Modern Bistro 221 South Oak, Telluride 970.728.9507

Arroyo Coffee & Wine Bar Wine Bar, Coffee, Gallery 220 East Colorado, Telluride 970.239.2006

Brown Dog Pizza Pizza, Pasta, Subs, Sports Bar 110 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.8046

Aemono Fine Foods Deli, Burgers, Pizza, Take-Out, Catering 156 Society Drive, Unit A, Lawson Hill 970.728.2085

Baked in Telluride Pizza, Pasta, Bakery 127 South Fir, Telluride 970.728.4775

Caravan Middle Eastern Fare, Smoothies 123 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5611

Allred’s Contemporary American Cuisine Gondola Station St. Sophia 970.728.7474

Big Billie’s Family Dining, Ice Cream Bar Base of Lifts 1 & 10, Telluride Ski Resort 970.728.7557 BLACK IRON kitchen & Bar Modern Mountain Cuisine Madeline, Mountain Village 855.389.2929

Telluride’s award-winning restaurant, located at the top of the Gondola, offers an incredibly unique mountaintop experience. Enjoy an innovative dinner menu featuring delectable elk, lamb, steak, seafood and vegan entrees; signature cocktails; breathtaking views; and one of the best wine selections in the country. Après ski 3 pm daily; Dinner 5 to 9 pm. Alpino Vino Fine Wines, Italian Delicacies Upper See Forever, Telluride Ski Resort 970.728.7560

Telluride’s best après ski lounge and modern mountain cuisine experience. Comfortable for the entire family, Black Iron offers a modern yet casual dining environment with signature “fire-tables” on the outdoor plaza. Local entertainment and flat screen TV’s showcasing the big games. Open daily 11:30 am - 10:00 pm Bon Vivant Classic Country French Cuisine Top of Lift 5, Telluride Ski Resort

Crazy Elk Pizza Handmade Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7499

From a blend of cultures comes an enduring cuisine that is healthy, fresh and flavorful. Our meats are raised sustainably and many of our ingredients are either certified organic or sourced locally. We work to follow traditional recipes and deliver a product that is as authentic as possible.

Angler Inn New America-Style 22332 Highway 145, Placerville 970.728.5580

Diggity Dogg house Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Breakfast Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.708.2066

Cindybread Artisan Bakery Bakery, Deli 168 Society Drive, Lawson Hill 970.369.1116 Coffee Cowboy Coffee, Baked Goods, Smoothies 123 East Colorado, Telluride Diggity Doggs, a Telluride tradition since 1997. Authentic Chicago dogs, bratwurst, Polish, turkey and tofu dogs, burgers, frito pies, made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, biscuits & gravy and more.

Cornerhouse Grille American Grill, Sports Bar 131 North Fir, Telluride 970.728.6207

Esperanza’s Casual Mexican 226 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.8399

Cosmopolitan Contemporary Seasonal Cuisine 300 West San Juan, Telluride 970.728.1292 Perched atop See Forever Run just under 12,000 feet, ski or ride into North America’s highest-elevation restaurant for delicious soups, sandwiches and antipasti plates plus a world-class list of exquisite wines. In the evening, take a heated snow coach for a private, specially prepared five-course dining experience.

Experience good old-fashioned family fun, from the “crazy” interior to the unique varieties of hand-made pizzas, salads and hero sandwiches. The perfect place for a bite to eat, draft beer or glass of wine on the patio. Play a game of darts or let the kids test their arcade game skills. Open daily 11 am to 9 pm; Happy Hour 3-6 pm.

Floradora Saloon Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches, Steaks 103 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.8884 Located at the top of Polar Queen Express (Lift 5), in a perfect setting to take in 360 degree mountain views while enjoying French cuisine and libations under a 40 foot umbrella. Decadent selections like specialty crepes, French onion soup, wild boar sausage cassoulet, specialty desserts, fine French wines, Trappist beers and hand crafted cocktails. Brown Bag Deli, Take-Out 126 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5556

Fly Me to the Moon Saloon Live Music, Cocktails 136 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4100 To find one of the best meals in Colorado, you’ll need to drive to Telluride—and it’s totally worth it. Just across the street from the Gondola sits Cosmopolitan Telluride, chef-owner Chad Scothorn’s homage to worldly cuisine and (whenever possible) locally sourced ingredients.

Ghost Town Coffee, Tea, Juice Bar, Smoothies 210 West Colorado, Telluride Gorrono Ranch Burgers, Sandwiches, Soups, BBQ Mid-Mountain Lift 4, Telluride Ski Resort 970.728.7567

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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.

located at the top of the gondola A T T H E B E A U T I F U L S T. S O P H I A S T A T I O N • 970.728.7474

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. Pair a red or white from Telluride’s only nitrogen wine bar with a scrumptious meal for an unforgettable experience.

dining & spirits Guiseppe’s New-Orleans-Inspired Fare Top of Lift 12, Telluride Ski Resort High Alpine Coffee Bar Coffee, Baked Goods 224 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4504 High Camp Warming Hut Sandwiches, Soups, Snacks Top of Lift 9, Telluride Ski Resort High Pie Pizzeria & Tap Room Pizza, Salads, Calzones, Ice Cream 100 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.2978 Hongas Japanese American Contemporary 135 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5134

Last Dollar Saloon Cocktails 100 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4800

O’Bannon’s Irish Pub Cocktails 121 South Fir, Telluride 970.728.6139

Legends Breakfast Buffet Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Village 970.728.6800

Over the Moon Gourmet Cheese & Wine 200 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.2079

little bar at lumière Sushi, Tapas, Signature Cocktails 118 Lost Creek Lane, Mountain Village 970.369.0400

Palmyra Locally Sourced Colorado Cuisine Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Village 970.728.2525

Siam’s Talay Grille Contemporary Asian Tapas and Seafood Sunset Plaza, Inn at Lost Creek 970.728.6293

New Sheridan Chop House & Wine Bar Upscale American, Steaks, Seafood 231 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.9100

Featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients and unmatched views of the surrounding San Juan Peaks. Drink specials, sunsets and sumptuous cuisine for every palate await at this longtime local favorite. Our menu offers an array of dishes based on new American cuisine with international flavors. Tailored wine list, from delicate whites to robust reds.

Under new ownership, enjoy fresh, sustainable fish and locally sourced cuts of steak while dining in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Extensive selection of sake and wine. Perfect venue for private events.

New Sheridan Bar Cocktails, Pool Hall 231 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4351

La Cocina de Luz Fresh Mexican 123 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.9355

New Sheridan Parlor Café, Wine Bar 231 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.9100

La Marmotte Contemporary French 150 West San Juan, Telluride 970.728.6232

Oak, The New Fat Alley BBQ, Casual American Oak Street, Gondola Plaza, Telluride 970.728.3985

La Piazza del Villaggio Authentic Italian Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.8283 La Pizzeria Casual Italian, Wood-Fired Pizza Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.0737 La Tortilla Ria Tortillas 300 South Mahoney, Telluride 970.728.8678

Pescado Sushi, Japanese, Latin-Infused Dishes 115 West Colorado, Telluride 970.239.6025

Smugglers Casual American, Brewpub 225 South Pine, Telluride 970.728.5620 Starbucks Coffee, Tea, Pastries, Paninis Madeline, Mountain Village 970.369.8993

Poachers Pub American Pub Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.9647 Rustico Ristorante Traditional Italian 114 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4046 Shanghai Palace Chinese 126 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.0882 Siam Thai, Thai Fusion 200 South Davis, Telluride 970.728.6886

Home-cooked food, BBQ, bourbon and beer. Ribs, pulled pork, po’ boy, gumbo, chicken, veggie dishes and much more. Take-out, catering, kids’ menu, outdoor patio, bar and dining room seating.

High-end Thai seafood & tapas similar to Talay’s popular sister restaurant in Telluride, Siam. The extensive menu features a rotating selection of fresh flown-in seafood complimented by unique house-made sauces along with traditional favorite dishes. Located slopeside on Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village.

Genuine service, an inviting atmosphere and a superb cup of expertly roasted and richly brewed coffee every time. Premium Teavana teas, fine pastries, breakfast and lunch paninis, and other delectable treats. Open daily 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Steamies Burger Bar Burgers, Dogs, Fries, Salads, Shakes 300 West Colorado, Telluride 844.the.buns Steaming Bean Coffee, Espresso, Smoothies Town Hall Plaza, Mountain Village 970.708.4557 Steaming Bean at the Peaks Coffee, Smoothies, Pastries, Sandwiches Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Village 970.728.6800


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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 Glide Telluride Glider airplane rides 970.708.0862 Gravity Works Indoor climbing wall; guided activities 205 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4143 High Camp Hut Hiking (summer); snowshoeing, Nordic skiing (winter); overnight adventures 970.728.8050 Many Ponies Outfit Horseback riding 970.728.6278 or 970.327.0300 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 Telluride Adventure Center Winter and summer activities 970.728.7433

adventure guides 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 Outside/Telluride Angler Fly fishing, snowmobile tours 800.831.6230 Telluride Outfitters Snowmobiling, fly fishing, photo tours Town Hall Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.4475 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 Backcountry snowshoe tours 970.728.5465 child care Annie’s Nannies of Telluride 970.728.2991 Telluride Sitters, LLC   PO Box 2647, Telluride 970.708.0170

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Specializing in children’s equipment rentals in Telluride since 1996. Providing full size cribs, highchairs, toys, strollers, and more. Coordinating with you or property management to deliver, setup & pick up. 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

Gravity Works Indoor Climbing Wall 205 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4143 Madeline Studio  Madeline Hotel & Residences, Mtn. Village 855.266.9408 Pilates Balance      300 S. Mahoney Drive, Telluride 970.729.0678 Telluride Crossfit 137 Society Drive, Lawson Hill 970.728.4622 Telluride Pilates Center      226 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5003 Telluride Yoga Center      207 West Colorado, Telluride 970.729.1673 The Fuel Station 300 South Mahoney, Telluride 970.708.1590 The Peaks Reosrt & Spa    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 970.729.8118 Telluride Green Tours Cannabis dispensary tours 970.708.3739 Telluride Sleighs and Wagons Sleigh & wagon rides, stories and dinner 970.260.2524

ENTERTAINMENT Club Red / Conference Center 580 Mtn Village Blvd, Mountain Village 970.369.5120 Fly Me to the Moon Downtown Telluride 970.728.MOON 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

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shopping clothing Shirtworks of Telluride   126 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.6242 Sublime      126 West Colorado #102A, Telluride 970.728.7974

dispensaries Telluride Green Room    250 South Fir, Telluride 970.728.7999 ELECTRONICS, Cameras & PHOTO

Alpine Eyecare & Eyewear   398 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4140 Sunglass HQ     201 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.9199  

Swanky Buckle Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7511 Telluride Trappings & Toggery    109 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3338

China Rose Florists & Greenhouse 158 Society Drive, Lawson Hill 970.728.4169

Two Skirts     127 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.6828

Gardenstore 236 West Colorado #1, Telluride 970.728.1818

A women’s specialty store in downtown Telluride featuring apparel, accessories, jewelry, make-up & footwear. Designers include: M Missoni, IRO, Joie, Elizabeth and James, Alice + Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Paige and Current/Elliot.

dispensaries Alpine Wellness Center   300 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.1834 Delilah, LLC   115 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.5880 Telluride Bud Company 135 South Spruce, Telluride 970.239.6039


Customs House 135 West Pacific, Telluride 970.369.5003

Elevation Imaging The Beach, Mountain Village 970.728.8058 The Hub 220 West Colorado, Telluride 970.239.4142 Eyewear

NEW, fun edgy fashion boutique carrying an inspired mix of jewelry, shoes, accessories and clothing for girls and women. We provide a fresh twist for those wanting to stay on trend!

Furnishings & Home Decor

Furnishings & Home Decor Azadi Rugs 217 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4620 Dakota Home Furnishings & Dakota Panhandler 220 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4204 | winter 2015-2016

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

Telluride’s furniture store. Fine selection of furnishings, lighting, rugs, bath & body, accessories and gifts. Home of ‘Hook On A Wall,’ a store for unique wall hooks. Located across from the library. Gardenstore 236 West Colorado #1, Telluride 970.728.1818


Floral boutique. Trend-setting Mountain Botanical style. Everyday and special event design & rental. We even rent our gorgeous store for events and parties. Bringing flowers & beautiful things to the good people of Telluride since 2006.


Clark’s Market 700 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.3124 Ghost Town Coffee, Tea, Juice Bar, Smoothies 210 West Colorado, Telluride 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

Fresh cut flowers meet Mountain Contemporary home decor. Furniture, accessories, not to mention the perfect gift. Beautifully fresh and fragrant, the Gardenstore is an uplifting, stylish boutique that refreshes at any season. On Elks Park. Worth the trip! Lustre, an Artisan Gallery 171 South Pine, Telluride 970.728.3355 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 Telluride Window Coverings 219 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.0022 Tweed Interiors 151 South Pine, Telluride 970.728.8186 T.Karn Imports 394 West Colorado, Telluride 918.384.2159

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 970.728.3640 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 Heritage Apparel Heritage Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.7340 Lustre, an Artisan Gallery  171 South Pine, Telluride 970.728.3355


a feminine twist on the latest in fashion A store for dogs, cats and their people!

Tellurideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only pet boutique, featuring unique gifts, dog & cat necessities and premium food. Mountain Tails has everything for the discriminating dog and cat: designer collars & accessories, plush beds, fun toys, premium food & treats, unique gifts, and more!

Also offering Custom Dog Photography Stop by the store to see canvases and prints of our previous clients, and check out our website for detailed information. 307 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride At the east end of town near Town Park 970.369.4240

970.728.7511 Located in the Mountain Village Core Open Daily

A FEW OF OUR LINES... Equipment, Hudson, Line, Autumn Cashmere, Beck Sonder Gaard, Rovimoss, Bailey 44, Miel Sisters, Henry & Belle, Stella McCartney, Peace Love World, Merritt Charles

OPEN 6:30AM-8:30PM


Immerse yourself in tranquility, well-being and exceptional service. THEPEAKSRESORT.COM 136 COUNTRY CLUB DR , TELLURIDE, CO

shopping Jewelry & Accessories 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

Music Wizard Entertainment   126 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4924 Office Supplies

Wine Mine at Pacific Street Liquors 220 South Davis, Telluride 970-728-WINE

Come see us, we’re more than a store, we’re an experience. Sommellier, wine, spirits, beer, mixers, cigars, gifts, delivery, special event supplies/planning—we make it happen! Happy, knowledgeable and experienced staff. Music Telluride Music Co. 333 West Colorado #2, Telluride 970.728.9592


bootdoctors Le Chamonix Bldg., Mountain Village 888.592.8954 236 South Oak, Telluride 970.369.4240

High Country Shipping   456 Mtn. Village Blvd., Mountain Village 970.728.1976 Ship It/Copy It   700 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.8111   Pet Supplies & services Alpen Schatz Boutique 100 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4433 Mountain Tails 307 East Colorado, Telluride 970.369.4240

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

Sporting Goods

Telluride’s only pet boutique, featuring everything for the discriminating dog and cat owner: designer collars & accessories, plush beds, fun toys, premium food & treats, unique gifts and even custom dog photography! Soggy Dog 567 Mtn. Village Blvd., Mountain Village 970.708.4270 Telluride Veterinary Clinic   547 1/2 West Pacific, Telluride 970.728.4461 Thrive Pet Health 560 Mtn. Village Blvd., 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 | winter 2015-2016

Nothing beats local knowledge. BootDoctors and Paragon stores are the local’s choice for the highest value in outdoor goods and services, featuring the best skis, bootfitting, outdoorwear, quality tunes and more. Friendly, knowledgeable staff are ready to make your adventure the very best. Box Canyon Bicycles 398 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 FKL Breezeway, Mountain Village 970.728.7300 Gravity Works  205 East Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4143 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 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

Sporting Goods Telluride Sports 150 West Colorado, Telluride 970.728.4477 Camels Garden, Telluride 970.728.3134 Franz Klammer, Mountain Village 970.728.0364 Gondola Plaza, Mountain Village 970.728.8944 The Peaks, Mountain Village 970.728.2606 The North Face Gondola Plaza, Mountain Village 970.369.0332 sweets dylan’s candy bar 568 Mtn Village Blvd, Mountain Village 970.369.0880

By merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, Dylan’s Candy Bar transports its guests to a modern day version of Willy Wonka’s factory. Dylan’s Candy Bar features a specially curated assortment of candy, chocolate and gifts. Located on Madeline Reflection Plaza in Mountain Village. 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 2015/2016 Telluride Guide  

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

Winter 2015/2016 Telluride Guide  

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