Holiday Prelude

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Event

Mountain Village is being transformed once again into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17. 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. Holiday Prelude is a collaborative effort between Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, and local merchants to transform Mountain Village into the regional destination for holiday fun and activities.

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 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 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 Mickey’s Magical Christmas, Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 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 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ice Skating will be available from noon to 4 p.m.,and Sledding (Saturday only) will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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. Mountain Village is proud to feature local ice skaters who are excited to show off their skills on the ice. The show is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. 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 until 9 p.m. Shoppers will receive some of the best discounts of the year, along with raffles, giveaways, food and drink specials, and more. 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 on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lodging and ski packages are available for those who want to extend the holiday fun. Activities are all free of charge, and for more information, visit Holiday Prelude Event and see below for a full schedule of events.

December 16

December 17

  • Red Gondola photo booth in Heritage Plaza, All day, Free
  • Ice Skating, 12-4 pm, Hotel Madeline Ice Rink, Free
  • Gondola Express to the North Pole, 1-4 pm, Heritage Plaza, Free
  • Santa’s Workshop, Pictures with Santa, holiday movies hot cocoa and popcorn, 1-4 pm, Conference Center, Free
  • Free Train Rides through Heritage Plaza, 1-4 pm

Mountain Munchkins Family Date Night Polar Express

Words by Special Contributor / Event

Join the Mountain Munchkins on Friday, December 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Family Date Night Polar Express! A fundraiser for the Munchkins Scholarship and Enrichment Program at the Telluride Conference Center. The night includes bouncy castles, craft tables, Santa, BBQ buffet, face painting, a big silent auction and the Polar Express Movie showing at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

For more information please visit our Child Care and Preschool page or contact Dawn Katz by email.

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Mountain Village Town Council Approves Cedar Shake Fire Mitigation Incentive Program

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Development

The Town of Mountain Village in collaboration with TMVOA as a funding partner continues to be proactive regarding wildfire hazard mitigation in our community. We currently have a Wildfire Mitigation/Defensible Space Incentive Program in place to help our residents create defensible space around their home or buildings lowering their property’s wildfire risk. As part of this Incentive Program, the town rebates 50% of the cost up to $5,000. To continue in these efforts, Mountain Village recently approved and implemented a Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program which provides a rebate up to $5,000 towards a building permit fee when you re-roof your home or building from cedar shake shingle to a town-approved fire rated roofing material.

Town Council recently approved the Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program to help our community members lower their property’s wildfire risk,” explained Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes. “We encourage our community members to take advantage of this incentive program to help mitigate fire hazard on their property.”

To take advantage of this offering, Mountain Village residents will need to complete the follow the following steps.

To learn more about the program and the necessary steps to take to receive up to $5,000 for re-roofing their home or building, visit Town of Mountain Village Incentive Programs. This incentive program is open until funds are exhausted, and is for residents of Mountain Village.

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) Hires Executive Director

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is pleased to announce the hiring of David Averill as its Executive Director. The SMART Board of Directors approved offering the job to Averill at its October 12, 2017 Board meeting. Averill brings a long history of involvement in transit in Colorado, with over 17 years in transportation issues. He is currently employed by the City of Fort Collins as the Capital Planning and Grants Compliance Manager. Prior to that, he served in a number of capacities for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), including providing program management for transit planning and funding programs, which should be especially helpful for SMART’s future needs.

SMART Board Chairperson Laila Benitez indicated, “David has a proven track record in both public transportation and community transit planning. We were all impressed with his collaborative approach to achieving goals, as well as his strong reputation in the transit community as a team player. We are thrilled that David will be joining the SMART Team.”

Board member Todd Brown said Averill was chosen “because he has an outstanding set of skills that match SMART’s needs. He’s experienced in transportation planning, with relevant Colorado experience, and is well-known to and liked and respected by our regional transportation staff at both towns and the County. He’s “the whole package” and an avid bicyclist, so he’s attuned to non-vehicle transportation elements as well.”

SMART interviewed a number of candidates for the position before deciding to offer Averill the job. According to Board member, Joan May, “It took some time to find the right fit for the Telluride region, but David is it. He’s got all the skills and traits we want in the first ever SMART Executive Director, plus he’s excited to embrace the lifestyle here.” She said. “I trust that the community will welcome him warmly.”

Averill said he is excited about the move to Telluride and extremely excited about the new position with SMART. He says, “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the region better and seeing what we can achieve.” Averill will begin working with SMART on November 27th, 2017.

For more information, please call SMART Interim Director Amy Levek at  (970) 708-1231

Mountain Operations- SKI AREA CLOSURE Effective Monday, October 30TH

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As part of the Winter Operating Plan with the United States Forest Service,Telluride Ski Resort (TSG) sets a preseason closure date where the mountain is closed to ALL ACCESS for a variety of safety-related reasons. This year the closure period will be Monday, October 30, 2017 through Opening Day.

During the closure the ski area is closed to the public for all uses. Beginning Monday, October 30th and through the closure period, NO TRAVEL on TSG property or within USFS permitted boundary is allowed due to snowmaking equipment, snowmobiles, snowcats, Howitzer use/training, and use of explosives for avalanche mitigation work. Deadly shrapnel from live explosives can travel up to ½ mile.

For questions regarding this closure, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Administrator Scott Pittenger by email or (970) 728-7550

Mountain Village Recommends $118,000 in Grant Money to Local Nonprofits

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Government

The Town of Mountain Village recommends a combined total of $118,000 to 12 local nonprofit organizations as part of the town’s newly created Community Grant Program. The town received $183,300 in grant requests from 15 nonprofits. Four organizations secured funding for the first time under the new program. San Miguel Educational Fund, San Miguel Mentoring Program, True North Youth Program and Watershed Education Program of the Telluride Institute have received grants of $7,500 or less. Mountain Village’s Community Grant Program was designed to support projects and programs that meet the needs and desires of our residential and business communities and to provide funding fairly, equitably, and consistently by adopting a clear and comprehensive policy.

“Community Grants are our sustained effort to provide support to local organizations, addressing community issues consistent with our mission,” said Town Manager Kim Montgomery.

The town accepted applications from organizations seeking to fund programs, projects, and services that support and promote Community Services (i.e., health and human services, education, athletics, arts and culture, early childhood, or environmental stewardship) that help to support a healthy and robust Mountain Village community.

This year’s recipients include:

EcoAction Partners
San Miguel & Ouray Counties Juvenile Diversion & Services
San Miguel Educational Fund
San Miguel Mentoring Program
San Miguel Resource Center
San Miguel Watershed Coalition
Telluride Adaptive Sports Program
Telluride Community Television
Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club
Tri-County Health Network
True North Youth Program
Watershed Education Program of the Telluride Institute

“As a residential representative for the newly formed Mountain Village grants committee, I had never participated in a selection program that was completely on a level playing field for all of the nonprofits that applied for it. All criteria were weighed evenly and fairly, through a program that was individually evaluated and then shared and debated as a team. The applicants did a wonderful job and it was a difficult decision, but I believe that the public benefit to the community will be recognized,” said Community Grant Community Member Jonathan Greenspan

“The process of working with the Grants committee was efficient and well thought out. We feel grateful to partake in a process that provides funding for so many of the organizations that work hard to serve our community,” added council member Natalie Binder.

The newly formed Mountain Village Community Grant Program is made up of members of the Mountain Village Town Council, the Mountain Village Staff and community members. The committee reviewed requests and provided its funding recommendations to the Town Council. Council accepted the recommendations made by the Mountain Village Community Grant Committee at its October 11 budget meeting. The budget will then be reviewed and adopted at the December Town Council meeting and funds will be dispersed in 2018.


For information on Mountain Village and the Community Grant Program, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight by email or  (970) 369-6430



Autumn Season in the San Juan Mountains- Dining and Transportation Options

Words by Special Contributor / Community

This autumn in Telluride and Mountain Village, businesses are staying open as more visitors venture in to explore the beauty of fall in the San Juan Mountains. With the Gondola closed as of October 16 till it resumes operations on November 17- transportation is still actively available. Please visit our Fall Bus Service for schedules and locations. Dining off-season hours are available at: Visit Telluride.

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October Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Government, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Fall colors may be starting to fade but we are busy here preparing for what promises to be another banner winter.

Last month, Natalie Binder was appointed to Town Council to fill the empty seat left by Paul Oupadia’s resignation. I want to thank all the candidates who stepped up and volunteered to serve our community. While it makes it hard to choose, we are lucky to have so many engaged and highly-qualified community members willing to serve. Before we review last month’s meeting highlights, I would like to share three updates.

  • The Design Review Board and Town Council convened in a special joint meeting on October 5, to review and approve the proposed amendment to add a red-light beacon to the already approved communication tower at the top of Lift 7. The red-light is a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration and a mandated condition of the crucially-needed upgrades for communication and public-safety. Telluride Ski Resort hopes to have the new tower and upgrades completed by August 2018.
  • On October 11, Town Council convened a Special Town Council meeting focused on the 2018 budget where council members reviewed the details of each department’s budget, received the Grant Committee’s recommendations, and discussed upcoming capital improvement projects. Stay tuned in the next month for a more in-depth email dedicated to the budget.
  • On October 12, the Town of Mountain Village held an open-house to discuss a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Lot 30, Parcel M, slated in the Comprehensive Plan as a potential flagship hotel site in the Village Center Subarea. We believe public input is a key component of any comprehensive plan and comprehensive plan amendment and were very pleased to see so many neighbors turn out to learn more and share their feedback.

September 21 Meeting Highlights  

  • Town Council approved a new fire mitigation incentive program that will reimburse homeowners up to $5,000 in building permit fees related to replacement of cedar shake roofs with approved fire-resistant roofing materials. The program is funded in partnership with TMVOA and reimbursements will be retroactive to January 2017.
  • Council reviewed the preliminary draft 2018 budget and the results of the recently completed employee salary and benefits comparison study were reviewed.
  • We approved an intergovernmental agreement with San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) that will fund the town’s transportation. The proposed funding to the town will be approximately $120,000 for 2018 services.
  • The following appointments to committees and projects were made:

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or review the meeting video at the town website.

October 19 Agenda Highlights

  • Town Council will hear an update about Phase II of the Town Hall Subarea Plan and an additional council member will also be appointed to this committee to replace Cath Jett.
  • Additionally, we will discuss a proposed work plan and focus for the 2018 Village Center Subarea. Preliminary discussions have been concentrated on landscaping and site improvements of the plaza areas to meet and refine the resident, guest, and business experience and continue to positively augment the plazas. We will also be discussing whether this committee will conduct an infrastructure analysis that would focus on existing and future plans for an engaging Village Center. This analysis could explore whether we have adequate roadways, parking, pick-up and delivery zones, pedestrian pathways, trail integration, and could potentially include a review of undeveloped parcels in the village core.
  • The Telluride Conference Center will provide their annual update.
  • We will have a first reading of an ordinance approving an amendment to the Municipal Code to adopt statewide definitions for sales taxes.

A full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Oak Street Gondola Station Resumes Normal Operating Hours

Gondola Station Telluride Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

Telluride Ski & Golf’s (TSG) Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) work affecting the Gondola operations has concluded. Gondola operations will resume regular working hours effective immediately with no Tuesday, October 10 closure. The Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola line between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia Station will open at 6:30 a.m. to midnight until the gondola closes for the season at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 15.

For questions regarding the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) project, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at  (970) 728-7550 or by email. For information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or by email.

Oak Street Gondola Station Closures Continue October 9-10

Gondola Station Telluride Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (TSG) will continue work on the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) to replace the haul rope line. Due to the project the Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola line between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia Station will close operations on Monday, October 9 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gondola operations will resume from 5 pm to midnight on Monday as scheduled to allow commuters and guests travel access between Telluride and Mountain Village.

During the closure, the Mountain Village Transportation Department and the Town of Telluride will provide bus service to run starting at 6:15 a.m. Passenger pick-up and drop-off locations will take place at the Oak Street Gondola Station and Mountain Village Town Hall with buses running approximately every 20 minutes. The gondola line referred to as the parking section, running between Mountain Village Town Hall and the Gondola Plaza, and the Gondola Plaza to San Sophia Station will operate as usual from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

For questions regarding the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) project, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at  (970) 728-7550 or by email. For information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or by email.

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