Gondola hours extended for winter weekends

Gondola at sunset

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Transportation

To support local businesses and promote safe late-night transportation, this winter the gondola will once again run on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. The new weekend hours will run beginning on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 through April 7, 2019.

The extended hours were made possible through a collaborative and cost-sharing effort by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Town of Mountain Village and Town of Telluride. The gondola will continue regular operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Accordingly, TMVOA has extended Dial-A-Ride in Mountain Village from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to ensure Town of Mountain Village residents and their guests have safe ground transportation to their homes. Dial-A-Ride will operate until 12:30 a.m. the remaining nights of the week. 

Photo credit: Ryan Bonneau.

Toys for Tickets

Toys for Tickets

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Parking

This holiday season, the Mountain Village Municipal Court wants you to erase your parking ticket debt for a good cause. Purchase a new, unwrapped child’s toy in exchange for your current or past due parking ticket(s).

The deadline to drop off a new toy is Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. You can drop off tickets at the Mountain Village Municipal Court Clerk at 411 Mountain Village Boulevard.

You must show proof of purchase – a receipt – for the toy that is equal to or greater than the amount owed on the ticket(s). They toys will be distributed to children over the holiday season by Angel Baskets.

For more details please call (970) 728-9381 or (970) 728-4287.

Mountain Village welcomes fourth annual Telluride Fire Festival

fire-fest-blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The fourth annual Telluride Fire Festival returns to Mountain Village on a new weekend this ski season! The three-day fire art event takes place December 7-9, 2018.

Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for one week. During that time, enormous fire art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground — never to be seen again. This temporary city is known as Burning Man. The Telluride Fire Festival honors this influential phenomenon in contemporary American art and the many artists whose works of fire art can often only be witnessed at Burning Man. The Fire Festival showcases stunning works of art unique to this desert happening.

The Telluride Fire Festival ignites this December 6 during Telluride’s Artwalk with an exhibit and reception at Slate Gray Gallery, in downtown Telluride. Fire performances and fire art installations are slated in both Mountain Village and Telluride Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and during the day, free flow arts workshops will be available for people of all ages at the Wilkinson Public Library.

Festival Hospitality will be at the base of Lift 4 in the Mountain Village Center each day of the festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The signature events of this year’s festival are as follows:

  • Hot Time in the Old Town, Friday Dec. 7 & Sunday, Dec. 9, 5-8 p.m., Transfer Warehouse.  Be amazed. Experience, interact, and even operate fire sculptures and be entranced by fire dancers at the roofless historic Transfer Warehouse. Enjoy music by Beatrixx Kiddo & DJ Kentendo with MC by Telluride Theatre’s Colin Sullivan. Hot drinks at the cash bar at this one-of-a-kind event. Food and snacks for sale as well.
  • Fireside Soiree, Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), The Bob Theater (in the Palm Arts Complex.  an up-close and personal cabaret style performance of mind-bending stunts and comedy produced by Homestead Circus Productions…sans fire.
  • Fire Ball, Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 p.m., Great Room at San Sophia Gondola Station. This wildly outrageous event will feature music, fire performers, aerial silk spinners, jugglers, open bar and more. Plus, Fire Ball attendees will have access to the Fire Sculpture Garden atop the ski area.
  • Free Fire Dancing Performances in Reflection Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.

New This Year:

Arizona fire artists Chris Turner and Michael “Oaks” Wright are creating a unique piece entitled “Pinwheel Snowflake”, which will be lit from within. Skiers will marvel at its complexity of design during the day and then — in true Burning Man form — it will burn to the ground Saturday night during the Fire Ball.

Country and Chaos Collaborations, also out of Arizona, will be showcasing their beautiful Fire Flowers and the interactive Easty Beasty, which shoots flames high into the air. Country and Chaos Collaborations is the joint effort of Arizona Burners Nick Rice, Kristin Wesley, and Lance Greathouse.

Denver artists Mark Switzer, Craig Sanchez and Jed Winters are contributing their Camp Wardrobe MalFUNKtion fiery arch. Built as a sign for Camp Wardrobe MalFUNKtion at Colorado’s regional Burning Man event, Apogaea in 2016, the arch incorporates Apogaea’s logo, a simplified image of the sun crested on the horizon of the earth, illuminating an arch of the planet. Guests at the Transfer Warehouse will walk under the arch while flames shoot into the air above them on arrival.

Returning artists:

Returning artist Keith D’Angelo will have a new fire sculpture at the Fire Sculpture Garden along with an exhibit at Slate Gray Gallery: Out of Focus – A Visual Commentary On Gun Violence. Keith’s LOVE is set to burn along with three other wood sculptures at 9:30 p.m. December 8. Each letter is eight feet tall and five feet wide.

 

The Telluride Fire Festival, a 501(c)3 organization, is an interactive fire art experience offering fire related workshops and outdoor displays of fire artistry to support artists and enable all to immerse themselves in the many forms of fire art.

For more about the Festival or to volunteer for the festival, visit telluridefirefestival.org.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Mountain Village

Thanksgiving blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community

There is a lot to be thankful for this holiday season!

For starters, Telluride Ski Resort is opening on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 2015! There’s snow in the forecast for this week and forecasters are slating this winter to be an El Nino year which always bodes well for Southwest Colorado!

Lift 4 and the Chondola (Lift 1) will open for the season on Thurs. Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. and the following trails will be open:

  • Village Bypass (from top of Lift 4 to Lower Boomerang)
  • Lower Boomerang (from Village Bypass to the base of Lift 4)
  • Upper & Lower Misty Maiden
  • South Meadows
  • The Meadows Learning Center
  • Peaks Trail

Be sure to download the ski area’s new app to stay up-to-date on conditions, terrain and more!

If you don’t make it on the mountain, you can still work up an appetite with San Miguel County’s annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk in Illium Valley. The race starts at the intersection of Sunshine Road and CR 63L (Illium Road). Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and dogs on a leash are welcome.

After a long day of skiing, have Thanksgiving dinner at one of Mountain Village’s fabulous restaurants.

Altezza at the Peaks Resort will have a Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 1-9 p.m. Dinner is $60 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Call (970) 728-2525 for reservations.

The Madeline Hotel will be offering a Thanksgiving Menu from 4:30-10 p.m. Dinner is $75 for adults and $35 for children. This year residents can also take advantage of Chef Will’s Thanksgiving to Go Option including a full dinner for 6-16 people. Please call (970) 369-8949 for for information and reservations.

For a full list of Mountain Village restaurants, please check out our Dining & Nightlife Directory.

Please visit the Town of Mountain Village’s event page for a full schedule of events this weekend and beyond.

 

 

Mountain Munchkins hosts third annual Family Date Night

Munchkins Family Date Night

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Mountain Munchkins

On Friday, Nov. 30, take the family out to the Telluride Conference Center for Mountain Munchkin’s third annual Family Date Night.

All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund at Mountain Munchkins, Mountain Village’s child care center located at Village Court Apartments.

The fun evening will feature a bouncy castle, craft table, pictures with Santa, a ski pass raffle, silent auction and a screening of the film “Happy Feet.”

Admission is $10 (and $5 for kids 12 and under), and there will also be a raffle to win a season’s Telluride Ski Resort pass with raffle tickets available for $10. There will be a cash bar available for adults as well.

The fun will take place 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday. Nov. 30 and the movie will begin at 6 p.m.

Established in 1996, Mountain Munchkins is a licensed infant, toddler and preschool center located at Village Court Apartments in Mountain Village. As a year-round program, it primarily provides childcare service to families who work in the Mountain Village and Telluride region.

Mountain Munchkins is owned, operated and subsidized by the Town of Mountain Village, and supported by grant-funding organizations like the Telluride Foundation, Just For Kids Foundation, CCAASE, Bright Futures and Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.

Public Notice about Mountain Village Drinking Water

Water Quality Mountain Village

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Public Works

The Town of Mountain Village Public Works Water Department was alerted to higher levels (but not dangerous) of chlorine in the Town’s water supply. Due to a glitch in our water system, there was a slightly larger than normal discharge of chlorine into the Town’s water system.

Although, this was not an emergency, as our residents, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did to correct the situation.

The Town’s drinking water is treated with a small amount of chlorine per state law, and the Mountain Village’s water supply is typically ranging from .5-1 parts per million.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires treated tap water to have a detectable level of chlorine to help prevent contamination. The allowable chlorine levels in drinking water (up to 4 parts per million) post “no known or expected health risks (including) an adequate margin of safety. Only chlorine-based disinfectants can provide lasting protection from waterborne diseases throughout the distribution system from treatment plant to the consumer’s tap.

The water was recorded at Village Court Apartments (VCA) on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1.3 parts per million and the town is continuing to flush the system to return to normal levels within the next 24 hours.

The Town of Mountain Village Public Works Department is committed to producing the highest quality drinking water and are making operational improvements in response to the situation through environmental testing and reporting.

For questions regarding the Town of Mountain Village Water, please contact Public Works Director, Finn Kjome at (970) 369-8206 and by email.

Mountain Village Farm to Community Program Delivers 4,500 Pounds of Locally Grown Food to Community Members

Farm to Community Program

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Environment

The Town of Mountain Village’s Farm to Community Incentive Program surpassed expectations in its inaugural year by delivering over 4,500 pounds of locally grown food and produce to community participants. Developed by Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director as a “climate action plan implementation measure,” the Mountain Village Green Team Committee unanimously supported the program along with the Town Council.

38 income qualified Mountain Village residents took part in a 14-week local farm share food program with an outcome exceeding the program’s goal of providing nine weeks of low-cost, high nutrient foods all while lowering carbon emissions by delivering a regionally grown food. Furthermore, the program gave a unique opportunity for Mountain Village residents to interact with local farmers, encouraging the use of new foods and recipes, and minimizing the time and distance for food shopping.

“I am so grateful for this program,” said one program participant, Melissa Touhly. “I’m a single mom with two daughters, and they started taking fresh salads to school because they loved the produce and the story of where the food sourced.”

Heather Knox shared similar sentiments by adding, “my two girls, ages 12 & 14, and I ate many more vegetables and fruits than I would normally purchase. It was fun introducing new vegetables that I had not ever seen, and figuring out how to cook them, or following the recipes included with the weekly bounty. I also really enjoyed getting to know ‘Farmer Sam’, with the Fresh Food Hub.”

The Town has approved an expanded program for 2019 with participating farms Mountain Roots Produce based in Mancos, Colorado and the F.R.E.S.H Food Hub, a community-run food co-op based in Norwood, Colorado. F.R.E.S.H Food Hub purchases food from local farms and producers such as Indian Ridge Farm and Bakery, Buckhorn Gardens, Birdhouse Farm, Laid Back Ranch, South River Aquaponics, and many more small-scale producers on the western slope.

2019 program applications are available February 1 for Mountain Village residents living in deed-restricted housing or meet the annual household income qualifications.

Furthermore, the town hopes to reduce their carbon footprint further and support the regional economy by developing a residential Community-supported agriculture (CSA) pick-up and a Town-led employee CSA wellness program.

Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes explains, “The Town of Mountain Village offers a wellness program benefit to employees that can be used in place of the purchase of a ski pass. The town agreed that participation in a CSA meets the wellness criteria. We hope to place a request for proposal this winter to work with a local farm in exchange for providing CSA shares to employees through the town’s wellness program this next summer.”

Haynes goes on to say, “with the success of the Farm to community program and positive farm presence at the Market on the Plaza this past summer, we hope that we can reach a critical mass of CSA share participation so that shares can also be delivered to the Mountain Village for residents and take advantage of the delivery route for wholesale distribution to local restaurants.”  “Supporting the local economy and taking advantage of our local food sources is important to a resilient and healthy community.”

For program information, please contact Zoe Dohnal by email by phone (970) 728-8236 or by visiting townofmountainvillage.com/farm-to-community.

Thanks to our Partners and Participants for the Inaugural Mountain Village Community Clean-Up Day

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Environment, Event

The Mountain Village Community Cleanup Day and Celebration was a great success!! 

We had 100 participants and four truckloads of trash!

Thank you for all who came out to celebrate the beauty of where we live and taking steps to keep it that way.

The Mountain Village Green Team would like to thank our Partners:

Telluride Trappings & Toggery
Telluride Sports

The Market at Mountain Village

Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors

Babies of the Bush African Wildlife Arts & Gifts

Telluride Brewing Company

Poachers Pub

Tracks Cafe & Bar

Town of Mountain Village Owners Association

Telluride Ski & Golf

Mountain Village Boosts Internet Speeds for Broadband Customers

Broadband Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Utilities

Mountain Village Broadband customers will be able to take advantage of new speed increases in their internet service packages, at no extra cost. Broadband Services Director, Steve LeHane said that it would be increasing the speeds of its Internet service packages for customers in Mountain Village with download speeds increasing up to 65 percent for some customers.

Eligible customers will see significant changes in their service depending on their package. Choice Customers with 12Mbps Internet download speeds are being upped to 20Mbps; Entertainment Internet subscribers who currently have 20Mbps are going to 30Mbps, and Ultimate subscribers are being upgraded to 50Mbps.

New service changes are now in effect. If you continue to experience previous speeds at this point, please contact us for help at (970) 369-0555 or by email.

For questions on your service or to order new or upgraded service, please contact the Mountain Village Broadband Department at (970) 369-0555 and email or by visiting townofmountainvillage.com/internet.

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