Snow Daze Travel + Leisure

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Recreation

Thank you Travel + Leisure and writer, David Amsden!  Make sure to read this amazing article about Telluride and the community that inspires…

” And then there were the locals, an implausibly fit array of characters who seemed drawn from different chapters in Telluride’s history, all of whom emitted the distinct glow of people in their prime.” – David Amsden, for Travel + Leisure. Read the full article here.


Photo credit: David Amsden

Opening Day Announcement & Thanksgiving Activities

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Event, Recreation, Transportation

Telluride Ski Resort has delayed its opening day to Friday, December 1 and is targeting the following dates and activities:

The snowmaking team has worked for weeks to make snow, primarily above 11,000 feet, as temperatures have permitted. The resort’s increased snowmaking capability will allow the system to produce more snow as temperatures continue to drop.

For up-to-date information on snow conditions and Opening Day please visit, Telluride Ski Resort’s Snow Report, their Twitter page or by calling (970) 728-6900.

Thanksgiving Snow Jam

During Thanksgiving holiday weekend, guests can find a variety of activities available in Mountain Village including sledding and a rail park at the base of Chair 4 (Village Express). Activities are free to the public beginning Thursday, November 23 through Sunday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants are required to have a “free activity ticket” and a signed waiver from the Mountain Village Ticket Office, below gondola plaza. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent present to participate. Sleds will be provided.

Thanksgiving Dinner & Restaurant Operations

In addition to on-snow activities, Allred’s and Altezza at the Peaks Resort will open Wednesday, November 22 for the season with special Thanksgiving menus. Reservations are encouraged. For more information call Allred’s, (970) 728-7474 or Altezza, (970) 728-2525.

Tomboy Tavern (Lunch, Apres & Dinner starting Tuesday, November 21), Crazy Elk Pizza (Lunch, Apres & Dinner starting Monday, November 20), and Siam’s Talay (Breakfast & Dinner starting Friday, November 24) will also open for the winter season.


The Inn at Lost Creek and Telluride Resort Lodging re-open for guest stays. The Peaks Resort & Spa re-opens for guests arriving on or after Wednesday, November 22

Ski School, Eco Adventures & Child Care

Services are not available during the Thanksgiving holiday and will begin Saturday, December 2 for Opening Day.

Gondola Operations

The gondola will open as scheduled Friday, November 17 between Telluride, Mountain Village and the Gondola Parking Garage. Hours of operation are 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.

The Chondola (Chair 1) will begin operations when the ski resort opens for the season. The Town of Mountain Village will run shuttles between The Meadows / Big Billies, Town Hall / Gondola Parking Garage, Blue Mesa and Village Center. Visit Bus and Dial-A-Ride for schedules.






Telluride Ski & Golf Infrastructure Improvement Project Implements Temporary Telluride Trail Detour

Telluride Trail

Words by Bill Kight / Recreation

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (TSG) continues to invest in its infrastructure by enhancing winter snowmaking capabilities. TSG has begun their third phase of work on the Oak Street pump house project located at the Oak Street Plaza in Telluride along the Telluride Trail. This pump house station is where TSG draws the water to push up to its distribution system for winter snowmaking.

Due to the proximity of the construction project, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort will implement a hiking trail closure and detour for the Telluride Trail effective immediately. The Oak Street Plaza access to the Telluride Trail is now closed to all recreational traffic until further notice. Public ingress and egress of the trail can be accessed from Telluride at the base of Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) or from the Camel’s Garden Trail beginning at the Bear Creek Preserve Trailhead at the end of Pine Street and from the egress of the Telluride Trail from Mountain Village.

“The trail detour is necessary to provide safe access around the project, and the town asks to please follow the designated closure and detour signs posted by the ski area while the detour is in place,” explained Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight.

For questions regarding this temporary closure please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress by (970) 728-7522 or email. To learn more about Mountain Village’s trails, visit

Mountain Village Waterline Improvement Project; Village Trail and Prospect Trail Detour


Words by Bill Kight / Recreation, Utilities

To maintain a protected and accessible waterline for the Town of Mountain Village, construction on the town’s main waterline will be conducted beginning July 10. Construction for the 12-inch waterline improvement project will take place at the top of Telluride Ski Resort’s (Lift 7) and will run approximately1000 feet in length. The town anticipates construction will last appropriately 60 days through the end of August.

Due to the construction, the Town of Mountain Village in partnership with Telluride Ski & Golf and the US Forest Service will implement trail detours for the popular hiking and biking Village Trail and Prospect Trail starting July 10. The trail detour will provide safe access around the project, and the town asks to please follow signage and use caution while the detour is in place.

“No residents or businesses will experience a disruption in water service or reduced water pressure,” explained Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight. “This construction is solely preventive maintenance for the longevity of the town’s main waterline.”

The waterline project will be conducted and managed by the Town of Mountain Village and Williams Construction. To learn more about our construction projects and for trail updates, visit

Something for everyone in Mountain Village this winter

Words by Nichole Zangara / Recreation

In winter, Mountain Village is all about soft white powder and endless runs with only heart-stopping views to keep you company. But should you need a break from on-mountain adventures, here are some alternatives with equally impressive backdrops.

Mountain Village boasts about its Winter Trail System for good reason: using a Piston Bully 100 Snowcat, the town grooms almost eight miles of Nordic and snowshoe trails to create a quality surface for as many users as possible: cross-country skiers, hikers, snowshoers and bikers as well as dogs (who are accompanied by a responsible dog owner). Each trail is interconnected, starting at the Telluride Valley Floor via the Boomerang Trail and continuing up to Mountain Village’s winter trails, which are located on the Telluride Ski & Golf Company’s golf course. These trails reach into Mountain Village Center and extend out to the Mountain Village entrance.

Another option that may be new to many is platform tennis. A slight variation on the traditional game of tennis, the platform version covers less of the court and is played with a paddle instead of a racquet. Mountain Village offers two heated, well-lighted courts open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are located 100 yards south of the Telluride Ski & Golf Club House at The Peaks Resort & Spa. A small clubhouse with equipment, lockers and restrooms is available for your convenience on site. In the winter, guests access the platform tennis court from The Peaks ski trail, 200 yards from the top of Lift 1. Reservations are not required, but a code is necessary for access so call first. For additional platform tennis rules, visit the official American Platform Tennis Association website.

And then there is ice skating.

After a day on the slopes, reconnect with family and friends at the full-service Mountain Village Ice Rink, now operated by Madeline Hotel and Residences. Located in Reflection Plaza, the rink offers daily open skating, special events, team-building, and skate instruction on the European-style plaza from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with a free skate hour between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. In addition, Madeline Hotel rents hockey and figure skates of all sizes and offers punch cards and season passes. For information about daily rates or to book a special event, contact Madeline Hotel and Residences at (970) 369-0880.

And finally – drumroll please – Mountain Village features Frozen Fun.

A recent addition to Mountain Village, Frozen Fun on Village Pond is the pet name of yet another winter venue. True, Frozen Fun is smaller than the Mountain Village Ice Rink, but you can play just about anything you can imagine for free – with or without skates – on this well-maintained frozen pond of fun. The site, which is unsupervised, is open to the public during daylight hours seven days a week. To find this hidden gem, follow the plazas until you reach Conference Center Plaza and Village Park Plaza.

And when you are literally frozen from too much outdoor fun and games and needing to refuel, Mountain Village is home to a wide variety of watering holes, from white-table-cloth to casual dining. Free parking is available near or adjacent to winter activities and dining options.