SkiNet Names Telluride as one of Best Ski Resorts in West!

2014 Best Ski Resorts in the West - Telluride Affiliates recently released 2014’s Best Ski Resorts in the West and Tellurid made the list!

Those surveyed had this to say about Telluride:

“So uncrowded you can still be hitting untracked powder at the end of the day after a storm.”

“I love Telluride because of the town and the beauty of the place. You feel you’re somewhere very special when you’re there, almost a fairytale storybook kind of place. To be able to ski there too is icing on the cake!”

Find out the other cities that made the list.


Our city has received another distictive recognition: One of four Great North American Heli-Skiing Trips


Our city has received another distictive recognition: One of four Great North American Heli-Skiing Trips

Here’s what they had to say about our great city!

With access to the San Juan Mountains—one of the few places to heli-ski in Colorado—Telluride Helitrax takes skiing to new heights, about 13,500 feet up in the air. You’ll have access to more than 200 square miles of some of the best skiable terrain in the country with vertical drops as high as 3,000 feet. If your plans take you to the slopes in Aspen, Vail or Beaver Creek, Helitrax offers chartered flights to Telluride that will have you back before happy hour so you can experience the après ski scene, too.

Check in here: Take a load off at the ski-in/ski-out Hotel Madeline Telluride in Mountain Village with its luxe rooms, relaxing spa and gourmet restaurant. If you’re looking to curl up by the fire, book one of the 11 suites or 12 condos for a real Rocky Mountain stay.

Look at the three other locations named.

Telluride Named #1 Ski Area in the US & Canada


Condé Nast Traveler has named Telluride the #1 Ski area in all of US and Canada. 

In their annual Readers’ Choice Survey, they asked 20,000 Condé Nast Traveler skiiers to vote on the best ski areas in North America—and they came up with an impressive list of must-visit mountain towns. Telluride received a Readers’ Choice Rating  of 94.1%.

Here’s what they had to say:

Our readers consider Telluride “the most beautiful mountain town in Colorado with views reminiscent of the Alps,” rocketing it to the number one spot in our poll. Readers love the no-line lifts, the steep terrain, and the overall laid-back vibe, adding it’s “absolutely the world’s greatest ski area when it comes to variety of difficulty.” What’s more, Telluride is a “fun town to explore,” “a little slice of heaven in a gorgeous box canyon.”

Find out what other towns were named on this list!

A Revelation: New Lift Will Open New Terrain!

 Revelation Bowl - Revelation BowlSkiers in Telluride will have a new place to play next winter. Telluride Ski Resort CEO Dave Riley announced this week that a new lift will be constructed this summer, opening the Revelation Bowl on the northeastern side of Gold Hill.

The new lift comes on the heels of a season during which the ski company opened up large swaths of new hike-to terrain on Gold Hill and Palmyra Peak. As if that weren’t enough, the new Revelation Bowl Lift will not only open still more terrain, but will make portions of the new hike-to terrain on Gold Hill far more accessible.

By delivering skiers some 400 feet higher on the Gold Hill ridge than the existing Gold Hill lift does, the Revelation Bowl Lift will also drop skiers at the threshold of the existing back country gate, accessing the vast out-of-bounds terrain of Bear Creek.

The new $2.2 million fixed-grip quad “is a small lift that does a lot,” Riley said this week.

Skiing in Revelation Bowl itself promises to be epic. The bowl, formerly called the San Joaquin Bowl, offers 800 vertical feet of terrain. Advanced intermediate skiers will be able to descend a groomed pitch down the middle of the bowl, while shots off the bowl’s sides are steeper. The bowl receives deposits of snow blown by the westerly winds over the Gold Hill ridge, and should offer the best lift-accessible powder skiing on the mountain.

From the top of the new lift, at 12,570 feet, the formerly long hike to Gold Hill Chutes 6-10 and the expansive Palmyra Basin will require only 160 vertical feet of climbing. The Telluride Ski Area’s total vertical drop will now be 4,425 feet from close to the summit of the hike-to Palmyra Peak, which opened this past season, with 3,845 vertical feet lift-served.

The ski company underwent a lengthy in-house discussion about whether to build the new lift, Riley explained, given the fact that the ski area as it is rarely experiences lift lines and that the existing terrain is rarely crowded. Moreover, he said, the company remains concerned that the region’s limited bedbase makes investments in the ski area risky.

His discussions with the ski area’s principal owner Chuck Horning revolved around the question of whether “it is timely for the ski company to show a good faith effort to the community that we want to play our part in helping Telluride become the greatest resort in North America,” Riley said. Riley said that he discerns a “positive trend line in the community’s awareness and willingness to act on behalf of Telluride’s future.”

Riley was explicit in expressing the hope that the gesture of building the new lift will help him forge the kind of relationship that will be necessary for him to work with the community to generate more bedbase. He has been especially encouraged, he said, by a proposal now in the Mountain Village approvals process for a new 189-room hotel. The so-called Mountain Village Hotel would be built in what is now a parking lot behind the Westermere Building, and would be “moderately priced.”

“Our purpose in building this lift, quite frankly, is to signal our commitment to the community to the long-term success of this region,” Riley said. “We wanted to act in-kind, to demonstrate that we are willing to play.

“I believe there are a lot of other great things that can happen to the ski area,” Riley continued. “I hope the community will focus in on a long-term plan for Telluride. To the degree that we see progress in correcting our bedbase problems, it will make it far simpler for us to move forward.”

The Market at Mountain Village Opens Its Doors to Shoppers

A Commitment to Competitive Pricing

Gazing out across aisles of perfectly aligned products gleaming against the squeaky clean interior of the just-opened Market at Mountain Village, shoppers by and large appeared impressed with the town’s newest community perk.

“I’ve been waiting twenty years for this,” Mountain Village resident Carlotta Horn said, as she and her two high school-aged daughters loaded their cart full of provisions for their upcoming Lake Powell trip.

Fellow Mountain Village homeowner Allison O’Dell, while pushing wide-eyed, 3-year-old Sean past the meat counter stocked with such delicacies as wild caught crab legs, fresh lobster tails and rows of thick New York strip steaks, said the new grocery store reminded her of a small-scale Whole Foods or other gourmet organic market one typically found in a much bigger city.

The store’s airy and open aisles, wide enough to push two carts comfortably past each other, struck San Bernardo’s Amanda Carlson as she shuffled by other eager shoppers streaming into the new market on its opening day on Wednesday.

“It’s really nice that it has so much more room,” she said of the 14,000-square-foot space, now the largest grocery store in the region. She added that with the opening of the new store in Mountain Village, her grocery store commute just got five miles shorter. “I’m much more likely to come here rather than drive into town.”

Since The Market’s opening last week, the new store (located in Town Hall Plaza next to the free gondola parking lot) has been inundated with a near-constant flood of Telluride and Mountain Village-area shoppers eager to check out the region’s newest grocery shopping venue. Boasting the area’s largest selection of organic and gourmet specialty items, an expansive frozen foods department, a prepared foods deli manned by Telluride’s Aemono Catering, a fresh meat counter, a large international foods section, and more, most shoppers who visited The Market last week wore an awe-struck look as they slowly explored the aisles of their new shopping digs.

Amid the bustle, owner/manager Darin Hall had a happily satisfied outlook on his and business partner Mike Lawler’s new venture. “Feedback has been great we’ve been pleasantly surprised at the number of people who have come here to shop this week,” Hall said while taking a short break from manning the barrage of new store challenges, like searching for prices on unmarked items, working through glitches in the phone system and helping busy checkers re-stock their plastic bag supply.

Hall and Lawler operated the Mountain Village Market, located in the Palmyra building in the Mountain Village core, for nearly two years prior to opening the new market at Town Hall Plaza. They have also operated Ridgway’s only grocery store, the Ridgway Mountain Market, for six years.

Hall explained that when they were looking to expand their grocery business, they originally explored opening a store in other small Colorado communities. But they soon realized that an unexplored grocery goldmine sat right in their own backyard. With a year-round population of 1,200, there was a need for a substantial market within Mountain Village town limits.

“Our overall goal is to stop leakage to Montrose, and keep grocery business in the Telluride area,” Hall said. “Time will tell, but so far we’ve gotten really positive feedback from our shoppers.”

To assist with their goal of reducing Telluride area residents’ need to drive to Montrose for moderately priced groceries, Hall and Lawler have committed to competitive pricing of certain items at their store. Hall says that all of The Market’s meat, dairy and produce selections have been priced the same as what shoppers would find at City Market South in Montrose.

The store has also opened the regional market to more gourmet and organic selections than can be found at some of the larger grocery retailers. “Thirty to forty percent of the items we carry here you simply couldn’t get at a commercial type store like Wal-Mart or City Market,” Hall said, explaining that those stores go for volume in sales rather than niche-type products. “We’re going for a “˜treasure hunt’ type of experience, so when people come here to shop, they find something they’ve never seen before. We’ve tried to combine a lot of fun, unique products with the standard grocery basics.”

Items like Glogg Drink Mix, cannoli dessert shells, Polish pickles, and Kagome vegetable and fruit juice are just a few of the hundreds of unique products shoppers will find at the store, along with a vast assortment of different sauces, salad dressings and condiments.

Junior Fruen, part of the Rose’s Market Telluride grocery family from years ago, has come on board as an assistant manager of The Market. “We’re working with a lot more suppliers so that we can bring in all the products people want,” he said. “It’s a work-in-progress, but our goal is to get those things that everyone wants at their grocery store.”

The Market at Mountain Village also boasts a wide selection of natural, non-toxic cleaning and laundry supplies, as well as recycled toilet and bathroom tissue and biodegradable paper cups and plates.

Of The Market’s commitment to offering more natural, organic and “clean” products, Hall said: “I think that people look at food and shopping differently than they did even a few years ago. There are better-educated shoppers out there that are wiser about what they consume. To respond to that, we have tried to offer a lot of different options for people, from totally clean products to the more conventional ones. A lot of time and effort has been put into each department and what can be found there.”

The market’s adjoining liquor store is slated to open in the next four to six weeks, Hall estimated. Looking beyond the liquor store opening, Hall and Lawler see little more for the future of The Market other than continuing to supply Mountain Village and Telluride residents with the products they want and need.

“We thank the community for their support so far, and hope that people will continue to come to us with their thoughts and suggestions,” said Hall. “If someone wants something, we’ll do everything we can to get it for them. We want to establish a long-term relationship with the community and its food needs.”

The Market at Mountain Village is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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