Things To Do

The Telluride Reserve Mountain Village Food & Wine Celebration

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/

Telluride Mountain Village Free Sunset Concert Series

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! 

Click Here for More Information on the Sunset Concert Series

Telluride Mountain Village Market on the Plaza

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...

Commonly Consuming in Telluride Mountain Village

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! 

Click Here to Link to the CCA map and participants.  

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

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.

 

Click Here for everything you need to know about Telluride Mountainfilm 

 

Telluride Holiday Prelude

Mountain Village is being transformed once again into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration. This year promises a whole day of holiday movies, train rides, Santa and his workshop, live reindeer, ice skating and children’s holiday surprises around every corner.

Throughout the weekend, children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as Santa’s elves send them up the Gondola to visit Santa’s Workshop at the Telluride Conference Center. Children can share their Christmas List with Santa, make holiday crafts with the elves, and enjoy Holiday Movies with free hot chocolate and popcorn. This year’s holiday films include “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Polar Express” and “Elf.” The parents’ lounge and cash bar will be available for parents who want to put their feet up. In addition, a curling demo will be held to demonstrate how the sport is played and help folks learn to curl.

Children and adults can expect many surprises on the Train Ride throughout the twinkling Mountain Village. This year the train will be making some very special stops through town to visit the live reindeer petting area and participating shops will be giving gifts and treats to all children.

On Saturday, the culmination of this year’s event will be a tree lighting ceremony with Santa and carolers in Heritage Plaza at 6 p.m. Following the lighting, head back to the ice skating rink because the Telluride Figure Skating Club will be presenting North Pole on Ice. After our local pros leave the ice, stick around for the “coolest” ice skating party ever — all set to your favorite tunes.

For those who need to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done, Mountain Village merchants are extending discounts and specials to customers. Shoppers will receive some of the best discounts of the year, along with raffles, giveaways, food and drink specials and more. And, in the true spirit of giving, Franz Klammer Lodge will host an Angel Baskets Charity Drive for donations and will be offering complimentary treats and beverages in their lodge.

2018/2019 Telluride Ski Resort & Epic Season Passes Now Sale! Here's an Epic Cheat Sheet

  • Only Vail Resorts’ customers with the premium Epic PassEpic 4-Day and Epic 7-Day receive the Telluride benefit: up to 7 days of complimentary access in Telluride.
  • All discount or value Epic products exclude the access benefit in Telluride, including but not limited to the Epic Local Pass, Epic Australia Pass, Summit Value Pass, Tahoe Value Pass.
  • Full Epic Pass holders receive (7) days of ski access in Telluride. Days do not need to be used consecutively. No blackouts or restrictions.
  • Epic 7-Day Pass holders receive a total of (7) days of mountain access of which up to (7) days can be used in Telluride. Days do not need to be used consecutively. No blackouts. i.e. if the Pass holder uses 3 days in Vail, they have up to the remaining 4 days to use in Telluride
  • Epic 4-Day Pass holders receive a total of (4) days of mountain access of which up to (4) days can be used in Telluride. Days do not need to be used consecutively. No blackouts. i.e. if the Pass holder uses 3 days in Vail, they have the remaining 1 day to use in Telluride.
  • All Epic Pass holders with questions about the benefit in Telluride should be referred to Vail Resorts: (970) 754-0005. Hours of operation are 8 am - 6 pm MST daily.


For guests who are trying to do the math to find the most cost-effective options, here are links for Epic Pass, Telluride Season Pass and Lift Ticket Pricing:

New Telluride Mountain Bike Park Coming June 2019

Telluride Ski Resort has started construction of the new Telluride Bike Park with an anticipated opening in June 2019. The park has been designed by, and is being constructed in partnership with Gravity Logic, the Whistler, British Columbia-based industry leader in the design, development and construction of bike parks in North America.

Mountain biking has become a booming global trend. Not only will this park attract more visitors and provide more opportunities and activities for them, it will help stimulate the local economy. Upon its opening in June 2019, the Telluride Bike Park will encompass approximately 15 trails and 17 miles of terrain, designed to appeal to riders and resort guests of a wide variety of ages, skill and interests. The park will also provide lift- serviced access from Mountain Village on the Village Express chairlift (Lift 4).

The terrain will include new Freestyle trails (commonly known as “flow” trails), enhancements to the existing Technical trails (currently managed as the Mountain Village Bike Park), and existing Cross-Country trails within Telluride Ski Resort’s permit boundary (e.g. Prospect Trail, Prospect Loop, Village Trail, Basin Trail, etc.).

In addition, the park will offer lift service, pass sales, guides, clinics and camps from the Telluride Adventure Center in Mountain Village and pass sales location at Oak Street in Telluride.

Additional Facts & Information:

1) Anticipated opening on the 3rd Saturday in June with daily operation through Monday Labor Day.

Saturday, Sunday operations through the 2nd Sunday in October. Weather Permitting.

2) The XC trails will open at 6:30am daily, and all access will close 30 minutes before sunset. Before

10am and after 6pm, XC trails will be accessible via the Gondola at San Sophia Station and will not require an access pass.

The FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails in the Bike Park (including lift access via Village Express – Lift 4) will be open from 10am to 6pm, daily.

3) From 10am – 6pm Telluride Ski Resort will provide the following services across the trail network:

Bike Patrol & Emergency Response Services

Pass sales in Mountain Village and at Oak Street

Pass scanning at Village Express and gondola mid-station

Lessons, instructions, and guides

4) During operating hours from 10am to 6pm, lift access to the Mountain Bike Trail Network will require

an access pass.

Before 10am and after 6pm the FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails in the Bike Park are closed, but riders can access the XC trails for free.

TSG Employee Access:

Do TSG employees receive any new benefits to the Bike Park? Yes. During the Bike Park operating season active TSG employees will receive a complimentary Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC, FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4).

Do TSG employee dependents receive any new benefits to the Bike Park? Yes. As Winter Season Pass-holders dependents of active TSG employees can receive an Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC, FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4) by making a $25 NFF Donation. (* See the available “Season Pass Access Products” below.)

Do winter seasonal employees receive any new benefits to the Bike Park? Yes. As Winter Season Pass-holders winter seasonal employees and their dependents can receive an Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC, FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4) by making a $25 NFF Donation. (* See the available “Season Pass Access Products” below.)

Single-Day Trail Access Pass:

1. Single-Day Mountain Bike Pass: single-day access to all XC, FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and

Village Express (Lift 4). $36/day, which includes a $1 donation to NFF.

Season Pass Access Products: *

1) TSG Winter Season Pass-holders: Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC,

FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $25 NFF Donation.

2) Non-Winter Season Pass-holders: Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC,

FREESTYLE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $199, which includes a $25 donation to the NFF.

3) XC Trail Season Pass: unlimited access to XC trails, NO Bike Park, FREESTYLE or TECHNICAL trail, or

Village Express (Lift 4) access. $25 NFF Donation.

About the National Forest Foundation:

As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) works with the agency and thousands of Americans each year to promote the health and public enjoyment of our 193-million-acre National Forest System. The NFF believes that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands. Consequently, they focus their efforts on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding necessary to becoming active and devoted stewards of this incredible public estate.

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on- the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands.

 

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

The Telluride Mountainfilm festival is back for it's 40th year. Hosted every Memorial Day weekend the festival represents the kick-off to the summer season for both locals and visitors alike. Mountainfilm's mission is to use the power of film documentaries and art to inspire people to create a better world. 

This sold-out festival features extreme athletes and environmental activists as they climb, ski, trek and pursue amazing causes in the name of mountain culture. Mountainfilm features a large footprint of theaters and attractions in both Telluride and Mountain Village. 

My favorite way to Mountainfilm are the free outdoor movies in Town Park after dark under the stars surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks and majestic waterfalls. Telluride Mountainfilm is truly unique among the festivals in Telluride and often times is the locals' favorite. 

Please contact me for inside festival information. For more information Click Here

Photo Credit: Melissa Plantz