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Colorado Flights Alliance announces expansion, American Airlines to offer year-round service from Dallas


Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016 9:11 am

Colorado Flights Alliance on Wednesday announced another commercial air-service expansion to the Telluride region.

In late July, the alliance, a regional partnership that actively works to secure commercial air service to Telluride and Montrose airports, announced that commercial service would be returning to Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) following a two-year hiatus. Great Lakes Airlines will reinstate year-round commercial air service to the airport beginning Dec. 17 through a partnership with United Airlines to book flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Telluride.

The announcement on Wednesday concerned expanded passenger service to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). American Airlines will now operate year-round between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) airport and Montrose instead of only during the summer and winter high seasons.

Matt Skinner, chief operating officer of Colorado Flights Alliance, said American Airlines is basically expanding its nonstop offerings to Montrose, “building up from seasonally to year-round.”

“We have been working with our partners at American on this for several years, and through strategic growth in flights, seats and passengers, we are thrilled to be able to offer our locals, visitors and businesses an added year-round option to the region,” Skinner said.

Already, United Airlines provides daily, year-round service between Denver and Montrose. Thus, the American Airlines’ service “will add a second daily, year-round option for MTJ travelers,” a flights alliance news release said.

American Airlines recently announced plans for a second daily flight from DFW to MTJ during the core of the winter tourism season and also said a larger aircraft would serve the route in the summer.

American’s service in April-May and October-November will consist of one flight daily on a 50- to 70-seat regional jet, Skinner said.

“The growth in our core tourism seasons, and the expansion and diversification of our regional economy, have allowed us to push through with added year-round demand for flights,” he said.

The new travel option broadens the accessibility of the region, providing a viable resource for business, pleasure and lifestyle, the news release said.

“The achievement of solidifying year-round service will be a boost to our economy, in particular serving our visitors and second-homeowners hailing from Texas, a key market for our community,” Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen said in a prepared statement.

As Colorado tourism leads the nation in growth, ease of travel is pertinent to capturing market share in the industry, the news release said. Access to the region provides a very marketable travel message.

“The addition of another year-round flight is an exceptional marketing opportunity for us and will absolutely contribute to the entire region’s continual economic growth — including tourism, business development and ancillary sectors to them both,” Michael Martelon, CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board, said in the news release.

Montrose Regional Airport figures prominently in the regional tourism market and the overall economy, the release said. Air service is a major factor for travelers around the country and the world when considering where to visit and spend tourism dollars.

“This is another step forward for the growth of the airport, which is the largest economic driver in the region,” Montrose County Commissioner David White said in the news release. “A year-round DFW flight is yet another example of the county’s successful partnership with the Colorado Flights Alliance and its diligent work.”

The year-round DFW flights are currently available for sale, with travel bookable through August 2017.

In another announcement in late June, the flights alliance said that Las Vegas-based Allegiant Airlines, a low-cost airline primarily serving leisure travelers, would start service between Denver and Montrose on Dec. 17. However, that service is winter-only, with flights running mostly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and is scheduled to end on March 25.

Skinner said at the time that Allegiant’s entry into the market was “a game-changer” in that no other low-cost carriers were offering direct service between Denver and the state’s ski resort areas.

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Houseguest: Chef Joe Cicala finds culinary inspiration in Tuscany


As the Executive Chef at Le Virtu, and the Co-Owner and Culinary Director at Brigantessa in Philadelphia, Joe Cicala regularly travels to Italy to feed his passion and research authentic local flavor that he will infuse into his cuisine.

In this awe-inspiring episode of Houseguest, Joe visits Via di Cappello, a secluded villa nestled in the Florentine countryside.

Watch as Joe finds inspiration for his latest recipe: Tagliatelle with Tuscan Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | October 2016

Posted on November 3, 2016

From a sophisticated villa in Dubai’s Emirates Hills, to a regency-styled stucco home in Washington DC, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.


Price Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This Emirates Hills villa exhibits the most comprehensive collection of premier furniture and luxury finishes. The sophisticated home is not only a well-designed mansion with contemporary architecture by famous international architects, but also equipped with latest technologies in Home Automation and Security/Surveillance systems. Furthermore, the soft landscaping and the lake view lend a peaceful tranquility to this place amidst the busy bustle of Dubai City. It is a residence with intimate charm, elegance and style, without compromising the needs of a modern, contemporary house. From the kitchen, to dining area, to the living room, to all bedrooms and bathrooms, the style, the design and function is very consistent, luxurious and harmonious.


$23,499,000 USD | Dana Point, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the most desirable beachfront properties on the market, Casa Dall’ Oceano is a new-construction estate in the exclusive Strand at Headlands community. Built in a Modern-Mediterranean style, nearly every room in this three-story villa has been designed to take advantage of unobstructed, panoramic ocean views. Five bedrooms and eight spa-like bathrooms, expansive great room, theater room, kids guest bunk room, teen lounge, and indoor driving range offer luxurious comfort and family enjoyment. Streamlined indoor-outdoor living is yours through multiple terraces and an infinity-edge pool with spa overlooking the ocean beyond. Not to be forgotten are the community beach club, Ritz Carlton access, and Dana Point Harbor just minutes away.


Price Upon Request | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Consisting of 6,639 hectares, this unique high country station comprises 5,787 hectares of freehold land and 852 hectares of high altitude leasehold, held in four separate titles. From its elevated position, the property takes in breath-taking views over Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the Clutha River, to the Wanaka Township, Mount Aspiring and the McKerrow and Buchanan mountain ranges.


$20,000,000 USD | Washington, D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Modeled after early 18th century English precedents by such renowned architects as Sir John Nash, this new 13,500-square-foot house presents itself as a careful study in symmetry, balance and proportion. Finely detailed, load bearing Indiana limestone porches and accent details give the home a stately charm and presence on the street. The interior spaces feature hand carved stone mantels, custom millwork trim, cabinetry and details ensuring the vocabulary of the exterior flows through to the interior to create a seamless elegant experience that is timeless in style. Rarely if ever will one find a home constructed and designed with unparalleled materials and workmanship as this masterpiece. Extraordinary landscaping, pool and separate pool house complement this stunning property.

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Freeskier | Amplifying Telluride: The gem of Colorado is kicking it up a few notches

by Paddy O’Connell/ October 27, 2016

Last year, massive early-season storms thumped Telluride. Nearly all of the resort’s 156 trails—spread across 2,000-plus acres—were open before Christmas. As the snow accumulated so did the skier visits. Guests remarked on what locals have known for decades: Telluride is a skier’s paradise. On a scale of one to 10, most anyone will tell you the terrain is an 11. The town itself is home to more remarkable and noteworthy characters than you’d find in an episode of Game of Thrones—that is to say, a lot. The entire experience of skiing and being in Telluride is like free pizza at a Parliament concert: a funky good time that leaves you satisfied, smiling and ready for more, time and time again.

What’s new in 2016-17?

Telluride has joined the ranks of Jackson, Alta/ Snowbird, Mammoth, Aspen Snowmass and others on the Mountain Collective pass. As outlined in detail in this web post, for $419 (limited time), Mountain Collective pass holders receive two “free days” and 50 percent off additional tickets at each of the 14 destinations that fly the Mountain Collective flag. Essentially, skiers can storm chase and shred some of the planet’s finest terrain all winter long without turning the piggy bank into burnt bacon.

Telluride is also now more accessible than ever before. This winter, Allegiant Airlines is offering affordable flights twice a week into neighboring Montrose via Denver International Airport. Great Lakes Airlines (part of the United network) will fly direct into Telluride from Denver. And reasonably priced, direct flight options to Montrose are available daily from nine hubs (including Houston, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago) across the U.S.


Shredding among the massive peaks of Telluride. Photo: Brett Schreckengost

Oldies but goodies

Simply put, Telluride’s terrain is insane. “The mountain speaks for itself,” says Director of Mountain Operations, Scott Pittenger, “and we’re always in a state of improving the goods.” This off-season, the Mountain Ops crew has been hard at work with forest management, cleaning up dead-fall from wintertime wind events. Sawyers have moved in on every glade on the mountain, but their most notable efforts have been in the Little Rose and Gold Hill 1 drains. “It’s a previously untreated area with tons of potential,” explains Pittenger. “The work will allow fluid top-to-bottom tree skiing on a great aspect.”

The five backcountry gates that access Bear Creek and Alta Lakes will continue to allow skiers the chance to experience Telluride’s famous off-piste skiing. But don’t be a dummy. The San Juan Mountains are world renowned for sheer faces, tight couloirs and unstable snowpack. Know before you go beyond the resort’s rope line. Or, take advantage of Telluride’s heli-skiing operation, Telluride Helitrax, to get some guided, untracked, steep and deep blower pow.

The vibe

The town was designated a National Historical Landmark Site in 1961, which means no chain businesses and no phoniness. It lives up to its motto: “the most Colorado place on Earth.” That old-timey mining shack held up by 1970s-era skis wasn’t built last week by a conceptual artist. That “shack” is somebody’s home. And while it’s true that more of the über-rich have taken a liking to Telluride in recent years, everything that Rasta Stevie said in Greg Stump’s The Blizzard of Ahhhs stands true. Unique, cool and funky, Telluride is a skier’s mountain and a skier’s town. “The mountains are what brings everyone—the rich, the rastas and the ski bums,” says born and raised Telluride shred queen Galena Gleason. “But it’s the community and funkiness that keeps us here.”

Skiing in Telluride is not just a good idea; it’s a rite of passage. The hike-to lines in Black Iron Bowl, the pucker factor atop Palmyra Peak and the local favorite combo of Mak-M-Stairs-Plunge (accessed from Plunge Lift) all test your mettle and provide an unmatched skiing experience.


Telluride by the numbers


Elevation (in feet) of Palmyra Peak, an extreme in-bounds hike-to zone.


Degrees of slope angle at the drop-in atop Palmyra. Seniors “mellows out” to a sustained 37 degrees until you hit Palmyra Basin. It’s all smiles and laid-back windshield wiper turns from there on out.


Number of Gold Hill chutes. Access some of the most extreme resort skiing in the world via a railroad-grade hike? Yes, please.


Square miles of guided heli-skiing terrain in the San Juan Mountains serviced by Telluride Helitrax.


Name of Brown Dog Pizza’s award-winning Detroit-style pie. It’s stupid delicious.

Amount of Huey Lewis and the News songs played on the jukebox at The Buck, the favorite watering hole among residents. Skiing folklore and open-mouth kisses exchanged nightly.

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