Airing: Episode 478, Week of Saturday January 19, 2019
The gold rush brought an entire city to the Colorado town of Telluride now 100 years later skiers are discovering a different kind of gold ~ The unrivaled beauty of the peaks and valleys blend with culture giving this big time ski hill a small-town feel.
If you want glitz you go to Aspen or Vail, if you want real authentic you come to Telluride. Just one of many reasons why celebrities like Tom Cruise and Oprah have discovered the 4 season paradise with a laid-back attitude where locals say they came for the winter but stayed for the summer.
The Mountain Village offers ski in and out accommodations including the Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge making Telluride the perfect place to bring your family.
“Our goal is to make the vacation experience hassle free.”
Once you get to Telluride, you don’t need a car because the free Gondola takes you to anywhere you need to go. The gondola is truly one of the greatest amenities we have wether it’s in the daytime and the beautiful views of the 14-thousand foot peaks or at night when the moonlight is coming over those peaks and it’s lighting up a whole valley and you’ve got this sorta magical town below and you’re looking down on it as the moon’s coming up. It’s really spectacular.
After a day shredding down the hill who can resist a chance to pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment
One of the most popular amenities here that sets it apart is the “Hemel Spa.” Hemel is German for Heaven and the spa certainly lives up to it’s namesake. They offer a variety of body treatments and massages that are geared towards creating those memorable experiences.
Every parent should love the ski school that doesn’t want parents to drag in the skis, boards & boots. Everything is taken care of once you drop the kids off. Now that’s relaxing!
“We’ve got people from all over the world for instructors and they do a great program.”
The Mountain offers a complete variation of runs from almost every chair lift making it easy for families to stay together. Or if you’re looking for a more intimate getaway, You couldn’t ask for a more romantic setting than The Inn at Lost Creek.
The destination sells itself- you look around and it’s truly beautiful dramatic scenery.
“We were lucky enough to be one of the first hotels to be built in Mountain Village so we have the most ideal ski in – ski out location.”
You can find everything from family restaurants to fine dining in Telluride including “9545” who’s name comes from their above sea level elevation. The Southwest style creations at this bistro aren’t your typical ski fare of Chili and Hot Chocolate
“In North America people eat to ski and in Europe people ski to eat and we’re gonna try to change that in North America here with these great restaurants and dining experiences.”
Over Labor Day weekend The Telluride Film Festival premiers more movies anywhere than outside Hollywood and draws A-List celebrities like George Clooney, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.
Celebrities have also gathered in front of the golden hills that make this town of just over 2,000 residents the perfect backdrop for fall weddings But Despite the many high profile sightings Telluride isn’t the place to be seen — it’s the place to hang out.