The 23rd Annual TAB Gala Fashion Show airs live February 27

Watch TAB Gala Fashion Show

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

It all boils down to cause and effect. The cause: a persistent virus that morphed into a pandemic after being announced worldwide in 1983. The effect: the Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB), a full frontal assault aimed at helping those living with HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of the disease through outreach and education.

The high point of TAB’s 10 days of activities this year – it all starts with the Student Fashion Show Friday, February 19 and ends with a sample sale of designer threads Monday, February 29 – is the fanTABulous fashion show. The event takes place Saturday, February 27 8 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village: it’s catwalk meets musical theatre (complete with music and dance), all in support of TAB’s seven beneficiaries.

The Gala Fashion Show is an evening when the Telluride Region pulls out all the stops. It is not to be missed. So for those unable to score a ticket, the Town of Mountain Village will air the Gala live – on Mountain Village Cable Channel 15 and online at – Saturday, February 27 at 8 p.m.

“With the Telluride TV production team in place, I am pleased Mountain Village can offer this to the community – and the online world,” said Marketing and Business Development Director Nichole Zangara Riley. “Year after year and from coast-to-coast, TAB fans host viewing parties in their living rooms: the models, who volunteer hundreds of hours of their time to the show, have friends and family members watching; past and present TAB supporters and beneficiaries are online; full and part-time community members who aren’t in town or missed out on tickets have a front-row seat nonetheless; and the fashion designers who donated clothing for this special event are able to see their designs on the runway. To extend this special event beyond the walls of the Conference Center is our pleasure.”

The mission of the Telluride AIDS Benefit is to fight HIV/AIDS by heightening awareness and generating financial support for its beneficiaries, other nonprofits that work on the Front Range, the Western Slope and in Africa, who use TAB funds to enhance client care for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

Mountain Village Community Set to Brighten Holiday Season with Second Annual #HolidayMagic Light Show

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

The Partners of Mountain Village, Colorado, are gearing up to host the second annual holiday light show-a festive spectacle that will delight guests and locals alike.

Madeline Hotel and Residences is partnering with the  Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and the Town of Mountain Village to produce a light show with, the Los Angeles-based world leader in 3-D projection mapping who has produced a variety of light shows all over the world. The production titled #HolidayMagic will be showcased at Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village with four shows nightly at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from December 24 to December 31, snow or shine. This year’s dazzling event is brought forth by the Mountain Village Community.

Each # #HolidayMagic show will last five minutes and will include musical accompaniment and a veritable rainbow of 3-D holiday imagery flashing on buildings throughout Heritage Plaza.

Breaks between shows will be offer participants access to great local shopping and dining available from show sponsors, retailers and restaurants in and around Mountain Village. Madeline Hotel and Residences will lead the action, offering live entertainment and dinner specials at the hotel’s new M Club and Black Iron Kitchen and Bar, recently upgraded to include outdoor “fire tables,” deep woods, dark steel as well as a revamped menu featuring “modern mountain cuisine” cultivated by fresh mountain produce and proteins. Additional sponsors include the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Fairmont Heritage Place – Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty, Telluride Ski and Golf Company and Telluride Real Estate Corporation, Christie’s International.

“We’re thrilled to sponsor the light show again this year and welcome guests to the newly renovated Madeline Hotel and Residences,” said Todd Gehrke, director of sales and marketing at the property. “It’s been an exciting year for us and we look forward to celebrating this festive occasion with Telluride visitors and residents.”

Don’t miss out on a holiday light show you’ve got to see to believe – and that you won’t soon forget!

Holiday Prelude Returns to Mountain Village

Holiday Prelude

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Mountain Village is being transformed into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration the weekend of December 11-13, 2015.  Holiday Prelude is a collaborative effort between Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Town of Mountain Village, Town of Telluride and local merchants to transform Mountain Village and Telluride into the regional destination for holiday cheer with a full two weeks of holiday activities commencing on December 2, 2015.

The Mountain Village Holiday Prelude magic starts at the Oak Street gondola station where the free gondola is transformed into a Trip to the North Pole on Friday, 12/11 and Saturday, 12/12 from 3-6 pm. Children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as our elves send you on your way to visit Santa in his workshop in Heritage Plaza.  Children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas, make an ornament with one of his elves, and enjoy free hot chocolate.

While at the North Pole, catch a ride on the North Pole Express!  Children and adults will be dazzled on the free train ride throughout Mountain Village’s festival of lights, with more decorations throughout the village than ever before.

The culmination of this year’s event will happen on the Mountain Village Ice Rink outside of the Madeline Hotel and Residences.  The North Pole on Ice professional skating performance will feature International and National ice skating medalists.  You don’t want to miss this show filled with triple jumps, dizzying spins, creative pair lifts, death spirals, and more.  The shows are scheduled on both Friday, 12/11 and Saturday, 12/12 at 6:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee show on Saturday.

For those who need to get some last minute Christmas shopping done, Mountain Village merchants are bringing back Jingle Jam.  Similar to Telluride’s Noel Night held the week prior, Jingle Jam is when Mountain Village Center businesses extend discounts and specials to customers. This year’s Jingle Jam is scheduled for Friday, 12/11, with stores staying open until 9pm.  Shoppers will receive some of the best discounts of the year, along with raffles, give aways, food and drink specials, and more.  And, in the true spirit of giving, Franz Klammer Lodge will provide an Angel baskets charity drive for donations and will offer free drinks in their warm and inviting lodge both Friday and Saturday from 4-7pm.

The fun continues on Saturday with free skating, or say hello to Frosty or the Grinch from 3-5pm at the Madeline Hotel and Residences.  It’s a roller rink flashback on the Mountain Village Ice Rink on Saturday night from 7-9pm where families can get their holiday groove on at the Madeline Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party.  Enjoy a free Skate with DJ Soul Atomic, and flaunt your stuff on the ice while enjoying drink specials throughout the evening from Madeline’s M Club outdoor bar and fire tables.  Parents can take advantage of the free Kid’s Night Out drop off from 7-9:30 pm at the Telluride Conference Center with holiday movie classics, games and snacks for ages 5 and up.

There is no better way to end your weekend of holiday fun than a pajama breakfast with Santa.  The Palmyra Restaurant at the Peaks is creating a special holiday breakfast menu on Sunday from 9-11am giving children one last opportunity to get a picture with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas!

The Town of Mountain Village will be providing free day parking in the Gondola Parking Garage all weekend, and lodging and ski packages are available for those who want to extend the holiday fun.  For more information, visit Events and times subject to change so please check back often!

Mountain Village celebrates safe communities August 4

Public Safety

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Bringing together community members and emergency responders, the Mountain Village Police Department is hosting the fourth annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 4. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the community is invited to join their neighbors, police and fire department teams at the Meadows Parking Lot (Adams Ranch Road) for a free ice cream social and tours of police cars, fire trucks and ambulance. Free gun safety locks will be available and the Telluride Fire District will offer free blood pressure readings. In addition to this year’s festivities, all children 17 and under may enter a drawing to win great prizes.

National Night Out, a part of the National Association of Town Watch, involves over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This well-known and celebrated annual event was designed to heighten community awareness of safety and fire prevention issues, as well as to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership.

“This is National Night Out’s 32 year, and we look forward to promoting future generations of police-community partnership through an evening of fun,” said Lieutenant Rachelle Redmond.

For more event information, contact the Mountain Village Police Department at (970) 728-9281.

The Ride Festival kicks off with a free concert in Mountain Village; gondola hours extended

The Ride Festival An Evening of Rock and Roll

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Two bands, Ayron Jones and The Way and The Temperance Movement, will take center stage for an evening of rock and roll in Mountain Village July 10. As part of The Ride Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and The Ride Festival.

About the Artists (Excerpts provided by The Ride Festival)

Ever since Jimi Hendrix gatecrashed London and Led Zeppelin were “Going To California” there’s been a trans-Atlantic crosstalk that informs great rock ‘n’ roll. The newest addition to this fine tradition is blues-drenched, soul-dripping UK five-piece The Temperance Movement. Live on arrival, their 12-song self-titled debut album was released in the United States on February 3, 2015 via Fantasy/Concord. “We’re just a bunch of mates wanting to make music together,” is guitarist Paul Sayer’s simple thesis. The results suggest something more.

In 2010 guitarist Ayron Jones started Ayron Jones and The Way, a three-piece blues rock band. By the summer of 2012, the young band had been making appearances on local Seattle radio shows, and had opened for the legendary Robert Cray. The band soon grabbed the attention of the local media and more importantly, Seattle Hip-Hop icon and Grammy award-winning rapper, Sir Mix A-Lot. After seeing the band perform live, Mix A-Lot approached the band and offered to produce their album. The group accepted the offer and they immediately began recording.

Transportation & Common Consumption Area

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During The Ride Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. Dial-A-Ride and the Meadows bus will operate until 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday, too, and the Common Consumption Area will be in effect for the Friday concert.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in Mountain Village with a free concert; gondola hours extended

FirstGrass Concert

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Grammy-winner Rhiannon Giddens along with her bandmates and the string-infused quintet Fruition will join forces on the concert stage in Mountain Village for the Seventh Annual FirstGrass Concert June 17. As part of the 42st Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

“Rhiannon is going to be one of the biggest takeaway buzzes of the festival, so it’s a thrill to have her on this FirstGrass lineup,” said Brian Eyster, vice-president of communications for Planet Bluegrass. “She won a Grammy with Carolina Chocolate Drops, her solo record is one of the hottest things of the year in roots music, and just last month she was nominated by the Americana Music Awards for ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’.”

After the show, stick around for the 14th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party as Yonder Mountain String Band plays to a sold-out crowd at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.; all ages welcomed. For those without a ticket, take advantage of the culinary options in Mountain Village.

Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. For those needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass Bus will pick up festivarians at Town Hall Plaza and drop off passengers near their vehicle. The bus will run Thursday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. To assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 22 will be towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its residents and businesses from Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot. Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Additionally, six resident-only parking spaces are located on the top level of the Gondola Parking Garage though residents may park anywhere in the garage. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full. The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. The first hour is free and then $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.
Common Consumption Area

For the FirstGrass Concert, the Common Consumption Area is in effect. According to state law, consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas, including Sunset Plaza, is not permitted. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased from licensed establishments and must be consumed on the premises. Please do not bring alcohol into the concert area.

Market on the Plaza is a summer mainstay in Mountain Village

Market On The Plaza

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Nothing says summertime in Colorado like an open air market, especially amid the sun-soaked scenery of Mountain Village Center. So beginning June 17, the paver-laden Heritage Plaza will once again be teeming with white tents and Colorado-proud vendors as the Market on the Plaza returns to Mountain Village.

“We are happy to announce that not only are last year’s vendors returning but also a number of new vendors who are certainly helping to create an open air market that offers a wide variety of products,” said Nichole Zangara Riley, director of marketing and business development for Mountain Village.

In its fifth year, the Market runs every Wednesday through August 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offers patrons some unconventional variety. Of course the usual, and much desired, products will be available: produce, dairy, herbs and seasonings, and prepared foods. But Heritage Plaza also will be dotted with less traditional vendors selling greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, tinctures, and hair pieces, among other items. In addition, the town is partnering with Wilkinson Public Library to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center.

“The library’s programming helps round out the market and gives patrons a fun dose of the unconventional,” explained Zangara Riley. “The market’s day-time entertainment will begin July 1 and include youth activities like face painting and summer games. In addition to the entertainment, the library will have a booth setup where they will sell used books.”

To become a Market vendor, contact Market Coordinator Deanna Drew at [email protected]. For Market highlights, visit Market patrons can also share their #marketfavorites with Mountain Village.

Mountain Village celebrates 20 years

Mountain Village Turns 20

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Mountain Village has a reason to celebrate: the town turns 20 March 10. Incorporated on this date in 1995, Mountain Village became a home rule municipality, hired staff, and held its first Town Council meeting 19 days later. To commemorate this special day, past and present town officials, staff and community members will gather and share memories of the last 20 years.

“Mountain Village is truly a unique place to live, whether it is our open and spacious setting, one-of-a-kind gondola transit system, unmatched recreational amenities, or even the rare ability for our second homeowners to fully engage in the community by voting in local matters, there truly is no other place quite like our community, and the future looks even brighter,” said Mayor Dan Jansen.

Twenty Years of Mountain Village

March 10, 1995
Incorporated on this date 20 years ago, Mountain Village formally becomes a home rule municipality.

March 1995
Mountain Village hires 10 very special employees; 20 years later they continue to work for the town.

March 29, 1995
Town Council calls its first meeting to order. On the agenda: appointment of offices and departments.

June 25, 1996
The Town of Mountain Village holds its first election with 43 residents and 92 non-residents casting their vote. Since its incorporation, seven mayors have served the electorate.

Mountain Munchkins is a welcomed addition to Mountain Village, and currently offers childcare to 51 families in the region.

December 20, 1996
The gondola opens on this date, becoming the first and only free transportation of its kind in the United States. Almost 20 years later, it is the top rated tourist attraction

July 1999
The town officially opens the doors to the 31,000-square-foot Telluride Conference Center. Today it is still owned by the town, though operated by Telluride Ski & Golf Company.

December 1, 2001
The town accepts deposits for Village Court Apartments Phase II rental units, which includes 90 additional apartments. In all, there are 222 units at VCA, and more affordable housing is envisioned in the Comprehensive Plan.

December 2001
The ski area expands to include an additional 733 acres of skiable terrain accessible by way of ski lift.

Mountain Village joins the World Wide Web at In 2015 Mountain Village will launch a new responsive website so it can be easily viewed on any device.

July 2006
Busting at the office space seams, employees move into Mountain Village Town Hall with The Market at Mountain Village as its neighbor. It took just over a year to build Town Hall.

January 1, 2007
From 1995 to 2007, the Mountain Village Metropolitan District provided municipal services like transportation and water. Since this is a typical function of local government, the town gradually took over these services and Metro District formally dissolved. During this same year the town separates from the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association.

July 22, 2008
Mountain Village kicks off its comprehensive planning process.

September 14, 2009
The Mountain Village Bike Park opens with over 1,000 feet of vertical drop, about 30 berms, and multiple jumps. Today the town continues to make improvements to the park and its entire summer trail system.

October 12, 2009
With demand growing, Mountain Munchkins expands its operations to include 14 preschool-aged children.

June 16, 2011
After a three-year process and 51 public meetings, the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan is adopted unanimously by Town Council. This guiding document embodies the community’s short and long-term visions for Mountain Village.

January 1, 2012
Mountain Village creates its first department focused on the environment. To date, the town has placed 41 wetlands – or 55 acres – in conservation easements. Also, 375 native mountain bluebirds fledge in nest boxes on the golf course, calling Mountain Village home.

Fall 2012
A critical step in developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Telluride Venture Accelerator opens for business in Mountain Village, attracting over 15 companies and 80 mentors who work on a broad array of cool new products and services.

August 2013
Mountain Village offers its customers 33 percent faster Internet speeds – from 6 MBPS for an individual customer to 20 MBPS – making Mountain Village the best option for Internet service. In 2015 the town will acquire 10 times more capacity, allowing the municipality to offer faster and more reliable service.

March 10, 2015
Mountain Village turns 20!

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