September 2 , 2020 Press Contact: Nancy Clark
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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
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”
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:
Here is Link to the June 1, 2020 San Miguel County Public Health Orders: CLICK HERE
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.
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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.
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The Telluride Reserve Mountain Village Food & Wine Celebration takes place August 15-18, 2019 in beautiful Mountain Village, Colorado. In this inaugural year, Telluride Reserve will offer guests interactive wine tasting sessions led by Master Sommeliers and wine professionals.
For one price, guests select eight sessions over four days,including two Taste & Terroir four-course lunches featuring sought-after wines paired with the innovative cuisine of celebrated chefs. This event will leave you speechless as you sample world-class vintages and tasty delights set in extraordinary venues - private homes in Mountain Village. Get your tickets now while they last at: http://www.telluridereserve.com/
Sunset Concerts in the Telluride Mountain Village are one my favorite summertime events. Located in the Sunset Plaza, just a short Gondola ride from Telluride, there is free live music every Wednesday evening starting at 6pm. Enjoy great music, socialize with friends and enjoy your beverages in the newly formed Mountain Village Common Consumption Area. See you for the shows!
Love homegrown farm to table food and homemade, local artisan products? So do I...Be sure to check out the Market on the Plaza in Telluride Mountain Village. The Market occurs every Wednesday from 11am to 4pm, just prior to the free Wednesday night Sunset Concert Series through the Summer. While you are at it, why not stop in the Christie's real estate office in the Mountain Village core to say "hi" to your favorite real estate broker - Me! We look forward to seeing you this summer...
This is one very cool idea and a big differentiator for the Mountain Village in Telluride. The new Common Consumption Area (CCA) encompasses the Village Core. It allows for you to buy a beer, wine or cocktail in a participating establishment and leave the premises; allowing you to sip and grin by the fire pit or shop with your beverage. The CCA is in effect this summer from noon to 9pm through the close of the Gondola for the summer season on October 20th - no personal or outside alcohol is allowed. Cheers!
It marks the official kick-off of summer in Telluride! Mountainfilm takes place every Memorial Day Weekend and coincides with the opening of the Gondola, re-opening of businesses and the Telluride Golf Club for the season. Because of this and the amazing alpine programming of environmental and action adventure films; it's one of my favorite festivals of the year.
Today, the annual Mountainfilm festival occupies dozens of venues in Telluride and Mountain Village and fills the two towns with inspiring thinkers and doers. In addition to showcasing leading independent films and filmmakers, the weekend now includes symposia and panels, gallery exhibits of art and photography, book signings, coffee talks, student programs, music, outdoor programs and street parties. The essential combination that first set the festival apart, though — friends, adventure, passion and powerful ideas — remains firmly intact.
The Mountainfilm festival began in 1979, a time when Telluride was completing its transition from a hard-rock gold and silver mining community to a destination resort and ski town. The new era ushered a vital fresh energy and economic life into Telluride’s beautiful box canyon, and the area's rugged mountains remained the leading attraction.
It was Lito Tejada-Flores, fresh from screening his now-classic adventure and mountaineering film Fitzroyat the Trento festival in Italy, and Bill Kees, a local climber and avid outdoorsman, who inaugurated Mountainfilm. Over three nights at the historic Sheridan Opera House, they screened a dozen films, all about mountains: mountain sports, mountain cultures, mountain issues. During the days, the audiences took to the mountains themselves, climbing the thirteen- and fourteen-thousand-foot peaks with skis; kayaking the San Miguel River; and engaging in spirited conversations about the importance of wild places, adventure, art and action.
The first festivals attracted leading names in mountaineering and exploration: Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, David Breashears and others. With their help, the Memorial Day weekend event quickly became a not-to-be-missed tradition for an ever-expanding circle of pioneers in diverse fields — from athletes to environmentalists and scientists to poets. Mountains soon became as much a metaphorical theme as a literal one and, as the festival expanded in size and recognition, its programming readily stretched to the leading edges of contemporary issues.
In 1999, Mountainfilm grew the scope of its operation significantly with the introduction of Mountainfilm on Tour. By taking festival films to theaters across the country and internationally, Mountainfilm accessed large and diverse new audiences that would otherwise have no window into the filmmakers’ unique and important work.