Telluride Real Estate from TD Smith Telluride Colorado Real Estate Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:47:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Ten Ski Towns You Absolutely Must Visit This Winter – We, of course, think Telluride is the best, as well Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:09:04 +0000 Screen%20Shot%202014-08-27%20at%203.36.48%20PM.jpg

Want to plan a ski vacation this winter but don’t know where to go? Look no further than the ski-town obsessed staff here at Curbed Ski, where we live and breathe all things snow. After traveling extensively to ski towns big and small, we’ve carefully curated the definitive list of the top 10 ski towns you should visit this winter. All of the spots on this list have more than just amazing skiing. You can also expect awesome food, a laid-back vibe, and pedestrian-friendly downtowns. These are our favorite spots in ski country, right now.


10. Park City, Utah: We debated putting Park City on this list at all, what with the ongoing legal battle between Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings. And while PCMR’s future is definitely still up in the air, we can’t deny that Park City is one of our most favorite ski towns. You have a walkable downtown, delicious whiskey, tons of dining options (just check out our list), and three world-class ski areas all within a few minutes drive. Get your shit together, PCMR, and you just might top this list next year.


9. Stowe, Vermont: As the most picturesque ski town in the northeast, we love Stowe for its old world charm and modern-day amenities. There are also gorgeous ski lodges that will cater to your any need, just check out Top Notch Resort & Spa or Stowe Mountain Lodge.


8. Taos, New Mexico: Although 18 miles from its namesake town, Taos Ski Valley makes this year’s list because of the brand new lift up Kachina Peak, set to debut this season. New owner and billionaire Louis Bacon is pumping loads of money into the ski area, starting with a new triple chair that will eliminate the grueling hike to the top of Kachina Peak. Plus, Taos Ski Valley can get pounded with storms when the rest of the west is dry.


7. Bozeman/Big Sky, Montana: The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport just might be the easiest (and cutest!) mountain airport in the country, with fireplaces galore. But we also love Bozeman for its laid-back, walkable town, its breweries, and for a restaurant scene that’s on the up-and-up. You can’t beat the skiing at nearby Bridger Bowl, but its still worth the 50 minute trip to Big Sky Resort. Catch a powder day on the Lone Peak Tram and we guarantee you’ll never want to leave.


6. Crested Butte, Colorado: Despite the fact that the town may soon betransformed into a Bud Light fantasy town, we just can’t get enough of this Colorado ski town. Crested Butte is a real town with everything you could ask for: kickass food (try Django’s, the Secret Stash, or Teocalli Tamale), awesome drinks (don’t miss Montanya Rum), and some of the best skiing around. It’s also one of the most reasonable ski towns you could stay in, with lodging costs less than many other resorts.


5. Aspen, Colorado: No best-of list would be complete without Aspen, the crème de la crème of ski towns everywhere. Yes, it can be pricey, but it also has one of the best downtowns in the high country, with delicious eats (see our full list here) and lots of fun bars. Don’t miss après ski at Ajax Tavern, a hike up the notorious (and amazing!) Highlands Bowl, and family-friendly skiing just down the road at Snowmass. This year or next, Aspen just doesn’t get old.


4. Sun Valley, Idaho: We have to be honest, Sun Valley was a revelation to us last winter. Even with a below-average snow pack, we caught a great powder day on Bald Mountain and couldn’t get over how much fun the mountain is to ski or snowboard. In town, Ketchum charms with a thriving local art scene, loads of activities and some of the best ski town food we’ve tried. Don’t miss Rickshaw, an insider hot-spot serving top-notch Asian street food. The well-appointed Knob Hill Inn is your best bet for lodging.


3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming: In the summer, hoards of people visit Jackson on their way to the nearby National Parks. But come winter, if you’re in Jackson Hole you are probably there to ski. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has some of the best vertical in North America; you can expect long, sustained, steep runs that will have you grinning ear to ear. If you’re looking for ski-in/ski-out lodging, you can’t do better than the Four Seasons located just steps from the Bridger Gondola. In town, don’t forget to make a few black runs at Snow King Mountain before grabbing a beers at Snake River Brewing. This past winter Jackson Hole got hammered with snow, so here’s hoping you can score some epic powder days this year too.


2. Whistler, British Columbia: Anyone who has had a good day skiing Whistler Blackcomb knows that it doesn’t get much better than this. You can ski for miles down sustained vertical and some of the longest runs on the planet. Sure, this past season was a bit rough in terms of snow, but when Whistler has snow you won’t want to be anywhere else. After skiing, head to Araxi Restaurant + Bar or try your hand at champagne sabering at the Bearfoot Bistro. We love the Four Seasons or the Fairmont Chateau for luxurious lodging not far from the slopes.


1. Telluride, Colorado: How do we pick our favorite ski town? First, we look for a place where we can park the car and never look back. Second, there needs to be a legit town with locals, restaurants, and jaw-dropping scenery doesn’t hurt. And of course there’s the skiing. Telluride fulfills all these requirements and more. It takes a bit longer to get to this spot in the San Juan Mountains, but once you’re there you’ll be hooked. Telluride’s free gondolas allow visitors to easily navigate between town and mountain, the skiing is great for families and for adrenaline-addicted powder junkies, and did we mention it’s beautiful? Check out the Inn at Lost Creek, the Lumiere, or the New Sheridan Hotel for lodging, and don’t miss drinks at There or a dinner at Siam, easily one of the best restaurants in town.

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Telluride Outside Fly Fishing Report Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:05:37 +0000 July 22, 2014

The first two weeks of summer monsoon have favored the south, the great band of moist air fanning the New Mexico/Colorado border, swaying east and west like an old palm in a gale.  One day the rain falls in the Four Corners, the next in the heart of the San Juans.  When the monsoon heaves to the east, rain falls on the margin of the land, the dense, dark air a curtain between mountains and Great Plains, lightning riddling a landscape barren and beautiful.

Rain has fallen evenly but not excessively;   air temperatures have moderated; spring winds have calmed to nothing more than a breath before and after each thunderstorm.   High summer in Southern Colorado: this is the season of the fly fisher, the finest hour for trout.  Fish in the San Miguel and Upper Dolores do most of their growing in ten short weeks between mid-June and late August.  Water temperature, clarity and insect life are all optimized.  Cold blooded trout respond as they must:  by feeding on every hatch, wasting no opportunity to put on weight for the long, high altitude winter.

Aquatic insect hatches seem monstrous this year.  Pale morning duns have been popping on the Dolores for four weeks with no sign of slowing down.  The Gray Drake, found at highest elevations of the Dolores, has hatched in unmatched clouds, settling by the hundreds upon the riffles and pools of the river’s magical tributaries.  Nowhere are fish more inclined to take the dry fly, nowhere in trout fishing.

The San Miguel now falls into shape.  Fishable above 300cfs, both the structure and wadeability of the San Miguel improve as flows drop between 150 and 250cfs.  Aggressive locals have caught their share of early season fish, but the San Miguel has become fundamentally more accessible, adding 30 miles of public water to our impressive back yard trout grid.  The Uncompahgre has dropped below 400 cfs, PMDs pouring off its glassy surface.  The Gunnison, too, has come around.  Roaring through the Black Canyon at over 8,000 cfs for most of June, water managers have finally dialed back the release from Crystal Reservoir to just under 1,000 cfs, arguably the best possible fishing level for mid-summer in the Gunnison Gorge.

Dolores:  Dry fly heaven

Periodic, moderate rain has graced the Upper Dolores Watershed, the radiant green of late spring lingering well past the solstice.  Excellent fishing began in mid-June on many sections of the Dolores, but an early start does not ensure a long season.  In fact, it is generally true that any part of the Dolores that fishes extremely well in one month will not in the next.  No river in SW Colorado experiences greater fluctuations in water volume and temperature.  The gentle gradient of the Dolores Valley [right] offers superb habitat for trout and classic dry fly water for the angler, but as flows drop, water temperature invariably rises, the water loses oxygen and trout become grumpy.

Rain is the moderator.  Rain has steadied the dropping flows, stretching the heart of dry fly season on the Upper Dolores and West Fork.  Aquatic insects hatch by the millions, now colliding with terrestrials such as grasshoppers, beetles and ants.

San Miguel River: High water heals the canyon

Easy comes the silt in the San Miguel’s red rock corridor.  Even moderate rains can trigger significant sloughs from the canyon’s dusty alcoves.  Last summer’s rains were anything but moderate.  The San Miguel suffered a series of mud flows and small flash floods that caused it to run red below the Silver Pick Bridge for most of summer and fall.  This year, a larger snowpack pushed powerful runoff, the river peaking for almost 2 weeks above 1,200 cfs in the Nature Conservancy stretch below Placerville.  The upper river is clean once again, yards of silt transported on high water to points further west.  Trout generally endure periods of prolonged silt.  It is remarkable, however, that microorganisms such as caddis and mayfly larva survive burial.  When the San Miguel peaked and cleared in mid-June, aquatic insects exploded throughout the watershed:  caddisflies, Yellow Sally stoneflies, golden stones, craneflies and the largest aquatic of them all, the giant stonefly pteronarcys californicus.  Trout numbers may be slightly diminished, but as competition for food is reduced, the size of our fish tends to increase.  At this moment of reveal, we expect excellent fishing on the San Miguel in late July, August and September.

Large flies will dominate over the next few weeks.

Return of the Gunnison

The Gunnison, river king of SW Colorado, was brutally unfishable during the famous stonefly hatch (except the very tail).  Having missed June, many local anglers will dedicate July and August to the Gunnison, part out of necessity, but also opportunity.  There is nothing more promising than when a long drought ends on the Gunnison.  Brimming with aquatic insects and heavy trout, locals know that when conditions eventually allow, the Gunnison’s famous residents will make up for lost time.  Comes now the best fishing of the year.  Unpressured trout roam the periphery of their waters.  Terrestrials erupt from chest-high grasses, grown tall from recently flooded banks.   Early summer hatches were pushed back.  Salmonflies have faded, but yellow sallies, PMDs and caddis emerge daily.  Every day produces excellent opportunities for both the nymphing angler and dry fly fisherman.

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2014 -15 Telluride Ski Resort Season Pass Sale Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:12:19 +0000 Yes, we know it’s the middle of summer.

But, we wanted to interrupt the heat wave to let you know that season passes for 2014-15 are on sale and our sales event calendar has been published.

Purchasing a season pass product to Telluride means more than a great deal. It means you’ll be skiing a mountain known around the world. It means you’ll aprés in America’s greatest ski town. And, it means you’ll be a part of an authentic community of skiers and riders.

As a neighbor of Telluride Ski Resort, you can purchase your passes at discounted rates at regional sales shows (full list of shows here). And, if you can’t make it to a show, you can lock-in a low rate by purchasing online.

Go ahead, enjoy the rest of the summer… but don’t forget about Old Man Winter. He is only a few months away.

Adult Pass (25-64) $1,128 $1,128 $1,950
Toddler Pass (5 & under) $25 $25 $25
Child Pass (6-12) $175 $225 $475
Junior Pass (13-18) $225 $295 $625
Young Adult Pass (19-24) $399 $720 $1,350
Senior Pass (65-69) $699 $720 $1,350
Plunge Pass (70-79) $599 $610 $925
Palmyra Pass (80+) FREE FREE $925



3-Day Pass – NEW – $63/day
• Any 3 days, Non-consecutive
• 20% Off Additional Days
$189 N/A N/A
6-Day Pass – $58/day
• Any 6 days, Non-consecutive
• 20% Off Additional Days
$349 $499 N/A
10-Day Pass – $51/day
• Any 10 days, Non-consecutive
• 20% Off Additional Days
$509 $699 N/A
• INCLUDES 1st Day
• 20% Off Additional Days
$69 $95 N/A
Adult 10-Day Lesson Pass
• Ski school lessons
• Blackout dates:
$299 $299 N/A
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4th of July Celebration in Telluride, CO Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:25:32 +0000 4th of July Activities 2014

8am:   Rundola – ($40 entry fee), Telluride Gondola Station
The Telluride Foundation is hosting the fourth annual Rundola, an open registration, uphill foot race from Telluride to the gondola ridge line.

8am:   Kid’s Race –  ($18 entry fee), Telluride Gondola Station
Organized by One to One Mentoring, Kids will race to the top of Kids Hill Ski Run and receive hats, race bibs, breakfast and ribbons.

11am:  Telluride 4th of July ParadeMain Street
Locals and visitors arrive to Main Street in the early morning hours to set up chairs and blankets in anticipation for this wonderful, annual event. Complete with homemade floats, families in costumes, music and a fly-over by amazing airplanes, this is an event not to be missed!

12pm: Telluride Firemen PicnicTelluride Town Park
The aroma of BBQ fills the air surrounding Telluride Town Park during this annual picnic. $12 for adults, $7 for kids – Be sure to bring your appetite, because our firemen always serve up great food, and a lot of it! Kids can enjoy games in the park, too!

Dusk: Fireworks DisplayTelluride Town Park
Grab your blankets, lawn chairs and jackets and bring the family to Telluride Town Park for a breathtaking fireworks display, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Launched from firecracker hill, the firemen put on a beautiful show that echoes off the box canyon walls for everyone to enjoy.


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2014 Telluride, CO Balloon Festival Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:26:05 +0000 The 31st Annual Telluride Balloon Festival will be held the weekend of June 6-8.  June 7 is the most active day beginning with an early morning launch from Town Park and ending with the “glow” on Main Street in the evening.  Saturday afternoon, there will be a photography workshop geared specifically to photographing ballons.  Sunday morning the balloons are scheduled to launch again from Town Park.

It is possible to take a ride on a balloon either Saturday or Sunday, but there are a limited number of slots.  Usually, the crowds are thinner on Sunday morning.  You will improve your chances by being willing to help inflate the balloon, so get there by 6am and ask to help.  Most years, at the balloons will launch at least one of the two days, but there’s no guarantee.  Safety comes first and the weather must cooperate.

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2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:10:12 +0000 Don’t wait much longer to make your plans for the 41st Annual pilgrimage to 8,750′ in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado for 4 days of community, inspiration, and unbridled acoustic adventures — June 19-22, 2014


The 41st Annual Telluride Bluegrass coincides with the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year which begins the Colorado summer. It’s a magical time of sun and light, when the the high country of Colorado puts away its skis and grabs hiking boots, guitars, and a low-back festival chair to take in “Bluegrass.” 

The 41st Annual festival promises a magical four days of only-in-Telluride performances. Beloved Festival veterans and inspiring new talent. The Telluride royalty of virtuosic bluegrass superpickers, soulful songwriters, and some of the biggest stars in the rootsy Americana landscape.

The festival is built around the many artists that have defined the Telluride Bluegrass sound, as the weekend is sprinkled with inspired sets from Peter Rowan, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Tim O’Brien, and of course the “King of Telluride” Sam Bush. These artists come together for the festival’s epic set from the Telluride House Band.

Since its very beginning, the festival has embraced a wide swath of roots music to create the unique genre of “Telluride Bluegrass.”Recent lineups have welcomed Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, Bonnie Raitt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and so many more. / / 800-624-2422

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Summer is here! Telluride, Colorado Tue, 27 May 2014 16:49:28 +0000 As the snow from the high peaks begins to melt and the leaves start to pop, its time to get out and enjoy the long sunny days of summer. Pull out those hiking boots, get your bikes out of storage, organize your fishing gear and get outside!

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Clark’s Market Expansion Underway / Telluride, CO Fri, 23 May 2014 21:12:00 +0000 After being delayed for several years, the long awaited Clark’s Market expansion project in Telluride is now underway.

Crews broke ground on the project earlier this month. The expansion will add significant square footage to one of area’s few grocery stores.

According to Clark’s Market President Tom Clark Jr., the project will add around 6,700 square feet to the existing store on the west end of Telluride off Colorado Avenue. He said the project will allow the store to carry a wider assortment of goods and provide better service to its customers.

“We’re really excited about it,” Clark said. “The expansion area is going to allow for more perishable areas, so produce is going to have a much much larger selection, and it’s the same thing for the bakery and the deli. They’re going to have much more area to work in, and more space for products to bring in and display.”

The expansion represents the end of a long process to grow and renovate the store.

The project was first approved by the town in 2007 after three years of negotiating and tweaking the plans, which were contentious with neighbors and others. The project was then put off in 2010 when the town granted it a three-year extension.

The current expansion is smaller than the 12,000-square-foot, three-story plan originally proposed.

Clark said he expects everything will be complete at the end of December. The new expansion will utilize space in an existing parking lot next to the store. And though the plan for the project includes a renovation of the current store, Clark added that a big part of the project is keeping the store open during construction.

“We will not have a closed day, we will remain open throughout this entire thing,” Clark said. “Once they finish the new space, we will set up a temporary store in there while they renovate the old space.  Eventually we will combine the two and have the full market. At no point will we have closed or have diminished products. That’s our No. 1 goal as we go through this.”

Once complete, the old part of the store will still be the main area for groceries and the new section will house space for things like an expanded cheese section, baked goods and more.

And with the expansion there will be improvements to the store’s current refrigeration systems. Clark said the new system will use a fraction of the power that the current system uses and the stores lighting will be upgraded to LEDs.

“I think it’ll be great for the community, we’re striving to provide many more items so that we can be even more competitive with the large stores in Montrose,” Clark said. “Our goal is to be the community’s market for all their needs, and I think this is going to be a big stride for us to be that store for everyone.”

By Collin McRann
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Telluride’s Mountainside Gourmet Boom Tue, 06 May 2014 16:55:48 +0000 With its steep and deep reputation, lively Main Street, and topographical bounty, Telluride has plenty going for it even after the powder melts. Increasingly, the best reason to visit off season isn’t the bluegrass, grass, or even the views; it’s the restaurants bringing gourmet innovation to 9,000 feet.

Chefs here have come from all over, bringing influences from culinary capitals like New York, New Orleans, and Napa, and from such notable restaurants as Nobu 57, Galatoire, and Jean Georges’ Mercer Kitchen. These transients may come from all over, but they’ve got a lot in common: They use locally-sourced products whenever possible, tend to speak a bit of French, and are uniformly eager to work with game meat.

Arguably Telluride’s most notable stop is the little white house at 221 South Oak, where Eliza Gavin’s talents and reputation earned her a spot on Top Chef Season 10. Nearly the entire menu is homemade, from the pastas and breads to the sausages and ice cream. On a menu full of tempting dishes, the Ski In Ski Stout marinated bison hanger steak with sweet potato mash and huckleberry port reduction defines Rocky Mountain game meat done right – thick, tender, and flavored with craft beer.

Not too far away, at fusion-forward Cosmopolitan, Chef Chad Scothorn plates lobster corn dogs and a fish stew of halibut, prawns, sea scallops, and crab in a contemporary European setting. Scothorn’s studies took him to Ecole Lenotre near Paris and the CIA in Sicily, but the traditional cherry wood bar at the front sets the mining town vibe. It’s a distinct Telluride juxtaposition – Old West grit meets Old World sophistication.

Nobu-veteran Andrew Tyler’s there, an inventive Asian tapas and cocktail joint, takes a more modern approach: The main menu choices are as simple as they come – tostadas, steamed buns, lettuce wraps, and more – but the presentation and content variety create a more complex flavor. The eclectic setting pairs iron saddle bar seats, pressed tin ceilings, and decorative cartography with a drinks menu devoted largely to sweet jam cocktails. The place is distinctly different from La Marmotte, which is – at 20 years old – the grand dame of local eateries. But they strive to create similar dining experiences: They’re intimate without being quiet. In true western fashion, they don’t confuse quality and decorum.

Ultimately what recommends Telluride as a place to ski is also what makes it a great place to spend a long weekend eating: The lines aren’t that bad, the people are friendly, and the product is pure. Chefs come because they want to be here and diners can almost taste the contentment in the kitchens.


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