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

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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.

Most Scenic Resorts of 2013

 

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SkiNet Magazine has named Telluride Ski Resort as one of the most scenic resorts of 2013! Find out who else made the list.

 

 

Telluride Named The Best Ski Resort and Hotels in North America 2012

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Conde Nast Traveler ranked Telluride as the #1 ski resort in North America! 9 Telluride hotels were also ranked in the top 50 Ski Hotels in North America.

Find out who else made the list!

National Geographic Features Telluride in Top 25 Ski Towns in the World

National Geographic Article - Telluride Affiliates BlogBest For: Big-lunged skiers and boarders with a taste for fine wine and the mountain high life

Remote and unrelentingly beautiful, Telluride may be the most picturesque ski town in North America, a Victorian-era silver-mining hamlet set deep in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. The steep runs of Telluride Ski Resort spill right into the edge of the town’s National Historic District, where a gondola whisks skiers back up into the area’s almost 4,000 vertical feet of absurdly scenic skiing. Only 12 blocks long and with no stoplights, neon signs, or billboards, this charming town of 2,325 people combines fine wine lists and funky bars with a spirited culture of diehard mountain lovers. The town sits at a gasping 8,793 feet above sea level, and lifts reach to over 12,500 feet, so come prepared to acclimatize.

To read the full Article from National Geographic click here

Fox News: Top 5 Things To Do In Telluride

Want to know what to do while in Telluride? Check out the video below from Fox News.

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.”

Clark’s Expansion Approved by HARC, After Several Months

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The Telluride Historic Architectural Review Commission only had a little ammunition left to resist the Clark’s Market Expansion project, which has endured numerous challenges over the past several months.

And Wednesday, March 21, HARC approved the Clark’s project by a 4-1 vote.

The plan is for a three-story building, with an expanded grocery store that will include 20,000 square feet, four units of employee housing and six new free-market condominiums at the current Clark’s Market property and parking lot at 666 W. Colorado Avenue. The project would add 13,000 square feet to the grocery store, and the building total will be 58,000 square feet.

HARC Boardmember Sonchia Jilek, standing in as chairman over the Clark’s proposal with the regular chairman, Chance Leoff, recusing himself due to his home’s proximity to the project, registered the dissenting vote.

“Every time I look at this project, I still have issues which I certainly feel like we are disregarding,” she said. “I think there have been a lot of improvements, but I still think we are disregarding certain guidelines.”

The project’s parking plan, she said, was “first and foremost on my mind.” The expansion will include 88 parking spaces, most of them in front of the building, but also including 24 spaces beneath the building.

Yet, with the exception of a new requirement for exterior lighting to minimize upward luminescence tacked onto the approval by HARC Boardmember Brian Werner, the rest of the board gave its approval with relatively little criticism.

The project, once it had reached HARC, had endured just about everything, including a denial by the board, mostly concerning the issue of “mass and scale.” Then, two Telluride Town Councilmembers, Stu Fraser and Andrea Benda, called the matter back up to the council, which sent it back to HARC for another try.

After one previous HARC work session last month, the “mass and scale” issues were resolved, as well as other items that had been required, according to Mike Davenport, the town’s historical planner.

“It appears to be in compliance with various matters with the Land Use Code,” he told the board. “It appears the project does comply “¦”

Only one member of the community appeared before the panel to comment on the project Wednesday night, and that comment was a rave review of the changes that had been made since Clark’s had originally submitted the proposal three years ago.

“It’s come a long way,” said Matthew Hintermeister. “At first I was really concerned, but I’m really happy with where it is now. I think we have gotten to the mass and such that’s certainly acceptable.

“Considering the other benefits to the town, I think it’s a great project.”

Clark’s project architect Dan Hunter successfully negotiated a gauntlet of requests for changes from HARC. For example, he was finally able to reduce the “mass and scale” quandary by creating a step-back design on the west side of the building, and by reducing the size of the windows on the upper two floors.

Davenport said with the minor refinements, the building is actually 900 square feet smaller than it was before the project was originally denied. Nevertheless, the revised plan “still complies with the minimum requirements for (affordable) housing,” he said.

Boardmember Harley Brooke-Hitchings before making the motion to approve the project said, “I’m so glad to see the old Clark’s tower going away.”

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