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Telluride welcomes Chicago boomer snow lovers

Shushing down the wide Telluride terrain
Shushing down the wide Telluride terrain
Barbara Payne

Telluride Ski Resort has opened the 2013-14 winter season with a bang. On top of great skiing conditions, they’ve added over $1 million in new snow-making equipment, which means you’ll enjoy fabulous Colorado snow even if the weather doesn’t cooperate fully. Plus, they bought a hotel that sits smack in the middle of one of the main runs – talk about ski-in-ski-out!

Visitors wax euphoric about Telluride. They describe it as “totally unpretentious.” “Smaller and more intimate than other resorts.” “Less crowded, with wider terrains.” The “food is fabulous.” The resort’s tag line is “The most beautiful place you’ll ever ski,” and most visitors add “…or do whatever you’re doing.”

Telluride started out as a former mining camp, the first gold claim having been made in the surrounding mountains in 1875. It sits on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains and is surrounded by steep mountains and cliffs full of trees, with Bridal Veil Falls at the head of the canyon.

Chicago boomers and Chicagoans of all ages have been enjoying the pleasures of Telluride as long as it’s been a resort. For some it’s a home away from home year-round, with its winter joys and summer music festivals. Some of the other cool things you can do besides ski:

  • Ride gliders on the thermals.
  • Go snowmobiling on the outskirts of town.
  • Work up a real sweat with cross-country skiing.
  • Sweat a little bit less by snow-shoeing.
  • Walk around and discover ghost folklore. Explore the hillsides for ruins of old mining operations.
  • Take Marlborough Man-style horseback rides.
  • Enjoy tableside oxygen while drinking wine at Alfred’s Restaurant.
  • Take a free gondola ride to visit Telluride’s companion town, Mountain Village, Colorado, also at the base of the ski area.

Telluride is a destination ski place – not like Vail or other places near big cities. When you go to Telluride, you’re going because that’s where you want to be. And increasingly, it’s where adventurous Chicagoans of all ages do go - and escape into a whole 'nother beautiful world.

Visit and watch the boomers and their families happily hanging out in the snow.

P.S. In case this might be another incentive to visit Telluride, as of January 1, 2014, it is now legal to buy and use marijuana in Colorado. " )

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