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Telluride Ski Resort Announces Plans for Winter 2020/2021

September 2 , 2020 Press Contact: Nancy Clark
For Immediate Release nclark@tellurideskiresort.com
603-986-5221

Telluride Ski & Golf prepares for the 20/21 ski season
Winter to look a little different than normal
Telluride, CO -- With the 20/21 ski season only 13 weeks away, Telluride Ski & Golf resort is
busy planning for winter operations.

“We plan to open on Thanksgiving Day (November 26),weather and COVID restrictions
permitting and close on April 4, 2021(Easter Sunday),” said Chuck Horning, majority owner in
the ski resort. “Our teams here have been working tirelessly to make this happen, and we all
appreciate their efforts.” The resort will have its annual Donation Day on Wednesday, November
25 with proceeds from the day’s $25 lift tickets going to the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club.

The ski resort is facing a challenging ski season due to reduction in visitors, decreased flights
and lodging/restaurant occupancy restrictions. While the resort is preparing for a significant drop
in revenue, the expenses required to run the mountain will remain constant in many areas, but
in general, it’s more costly to operate in the COVID environment. This season, there will be
additional expenses in crowd management, food service, sanitation and other COVID related
issues. The community should expect increases in prices to help offset some of these costs as
well as new lower price pass options with date restrictions during our busiest times to
accommodate capacity constraints brought on by COVID.

“The safety of our employees and guests are paramount to us,” added Horning, “This is a
significant part of our planning process right now.”

The ski resort is currently working on the purchase of temporary outdoor structures for socially
distanced food service operations, and investing in communication and ecommerce software to
offer “contactless” sales operations. Additionally, the mountain operations team is developing a
snowmaking and lift plan to safely spread skiers out around the mountain.
Horning went on to add, “we've had tough times before, and we remain committed to deliver a
quality experience this winter, facing many unknowns and constraints. What doesn't kill us
makes us stronger. We will work with this community to continue improving our mountain and
this year is no exception.”

This region’s economic sustainability, in spite of the years of economic growth, remains
marginal for many businesses, and for people who grow up here or relocate here for work. Over
the next few years, the ski resort plans to participate with the community to understand a path to
economic sustainability. They will work with merchants to strengthen the core economy,
something that is challenging for a remote “no-growth” community.

There are few successful models in Europe of resorts who are remote, intentionally limit growth
and are good places to raise a family. The ski area plans to continue to learn from them.
“We are in this for the long term. Folks here care about Telluride, and while there is a history of
fighting over the progress or lack thereof, today we enjoy amazing success from the creation of
communities, while preserving the quality of life, environmentally and culturally,” said Horning.
The long-standing issue that the community has struggled with is the lack of affordable
adequate housing.

To make progress with this issue, Horning commented “we will be moving forward with the
projects for which we have approval or are in progress, but that is only (27) units. We probably
need several hundred units, and this is doable. We need another Lawson Hill, which will require
zoning changes. Lawson Hill required a zoning change and it was controversial but, today, it
reflects what can be done. Opening up some land for employee housing is the only responsible
thing to do. With the growth limitations our communities have, we can carefully but safely and
without creating growth issues, solve our employee housing needs”

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Telluride Is Open for Business And Real Estate Transactions

The last two months of COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being phased out and Telluride is ready for an amazing, albeit very different, summer. If you choose to visit Telluride this summer you will be welcomed, find sanctuary, and have comfort in our natural surroundings, people and wide open spaces. Please contact me directly for any information on Telluride and our real estate market. 

Here is my summary of current information and a link to San Miguel County's public health orders as of June 1, 2020:

  • The 14-Quarantine for all visitors and second homeowners is no longer in effect.
  • The Gondola will begin to run between Telluride and Mountain Village with COVID protocols June 15. 
  • Hotels and professionally managed short-term rentals are open with 25% max occupancy with hopes to go to 50%  max occupancy by the end of June. 
  • Virtual and in-person real estate showings and transactions are allowed with COVID protocols. 
  • Restaurants are open with carry-out food and alcoholic drinks. Dine-In service is limited to 50% capacity. 
  • Both Telluride and Mountain Village will have additional outdoor distance seating tables and chairs. 
  • Off premise alcohol consumption when purchased in restaurant is allowed in Mountain Village and will soon be allowed in Telluride. 
  • The Telluride Golf Club opens for Member only play on June 12. 
  • The Telluride Mountain Bike Park will open June 26. 
  • Retail stores are opening.
  • Direct flights are available to Montrose (MTJ) from Denver, Dallas, Houston and Chicago.
  • Direct flights are available to Telluride (TEX) from Denver 3 times per week. 
  • Masks are required for all indoor public spaces in Telluride. 
  • Hiking trails are open. 4x4 mountain passes will open slowly in conjunction with neighboring Counties.
  • All regular Festivals and Events are cancelled through August. 
  • Childcare and Day Camps may open with restrictions.
  • Outfitters are open with COVID protocols. 

Here is Link to the June 1, 2020 San Miguel County Public Health Orders: CLICK HERE

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Telluride Top Picks Winter 2020

Telluride Top Picks is me - Robert Stenhammer; 7-year Telluride local, part-time Resort Executive, full-time Real Estate Broker and mountain lifestyle expert in Telluride, Colorado USA. I have a MBA in Hospitality and Tourism and an over 25 year career in resort management and operations. I like to think I know my stuff and my recommendations represent the best experience, service and value Telluride has to offer in food & beverage, activities, events and of course skiing! All of the following recommendations are easily found on-line for more information, pricing and reservations.

Here are my Top Picks for Winter 2020

Dinner Dining:

  1. Alpino Vino
  2. Allred’s
  3. Sheridan Chop House
  4. 221 South Oak
  5. The Cosmopolitan
  6. The National
  7. Siam in Telluride and Siam’s Talay in Mountain Village
  8. Rustico
  9. Altezza at the Peaks Resort & Spa

On-Mountain Restaurants:

  1. Bon Vivant
  2. Gorrono Ranch
  3. Alpino Vino
  4. Giuseppie's

Mountain Village Lunch:

  1. Tomboy Tavern
  2. Wok of Joy Food Cart
  3. Poachers Pub
  4. Altezza at the Peaks Resort & Spa

Telluride Lunch:

  1. Brown Dog Pizza
  2. Taco Del Gnar
  3. The Butcher & Baker
  4. La Cocina De Luz

Telluride Bars:

  1. Sheridan Bar
  2. The Last Dollar “the Buck” Saloon
  3. The Liberty
  4. Fly Me to the Moon Saloon

Destination Lodging Hotels:

  1. The Inn at Lost Creek
  2. New Sheridan Hotel
  3. The Peaks Resort & Spa
  4. The Hotel Madeline Hotel and Residences
  5. Lumiere

Destination Lodging Vacation Rentals:

  1. Exceptional Stays
  2. Invited Home
  3. Telluride Resort Lodging
  4. Alpine Lodging

Favorite Cruiser Ski Runs:

  1. Milk Run
  2. Bushwacker
  3. Plunge
  4. Lookout
  5. Sundance
  6. Marmot

Best Off-Resort Mountain Activities:

  1. Heli-Skiing with Helitrax
  2. Snowmobiling with Telluride Outfitters
  3. The Telluride Historical Museum 
  4. Nordic Skiing on the Valley Floor and Mountain Village
  5. Ice Skating at Telluride Town Park or Mountain Village
  6. Movies at the Nugget Theater

Best Music Venues:

  1. ClubRed
  2. Sheridan Opera House
  3. Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
  4. The Liberty

Telluride Real Estate Spotlight - Aldasoro Ranch

Aldasoro Ranch is a 1550-acre parcel developed in the late 1980’s, carved from a beautiful area of the extensive sheep ranch and farm owned by Joaquin and Serapio Aldasoro, industrious brothers who came from the Basque Pyrenees of Spain in 1926.

The development is linked to the Telluride spur from the same county road that accesses the Telluride Airport. A drive from any home in Aldasoro is less than 15 minutes to Downtown Telluride, Ski Resort or Golf Course.

For owners and their guests, catch and release fishing in the pond is allowed and Mountain Biking or Hiking on a well developed trail system links to the greater area town and wilderness trail systems.

In 2008 The Ranch changed hands from the Aldasoro family’s development company to the Aldasoro Ranch Homeowners Company, which now provides water, oversees building projects and maintains the roads.

Today Aldasoro has 166 single-family lots, a mixture of high-end custom homes and a few deed-restricted properties, as well as 620 acres of open space, covered in aspen, scrub oak, prairie grass and flowers. Every lot has magnificent views of the San Juan Mountains and the surrounding area. Click Here for Properties for sale in Aldasoro Ranch! 

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