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Celebrating 25 Years of Reclamation and Partnership at the Idarado Mine

From its colorful and compelling origins producing base metals to support the US war effort in WWII to its innovative, award-winning reclamation, the Idarado Mine has stamped its legacy on Telluride, Ouray, and the mountains that connect them. Yet since shutting down in 1978, the mine has largely faded from the collective consciousness of its neighboring communities.

Come learn about the rich and fascinating history of the Idarado Mine and its ongoing role in responsible environmental management and historic preservation at a welcome reception followed by the premiere of the feature length film and a multimedia presentation at the Sheridan Opera House on Saturday, September 29, 4pm.

Video by Brett Schreckengost

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Commercial air service resumes at TEX

Boutique Air offering two daily flights to and from Denver, starting Wednesday

  • Aug 24, 2018
    Telluride Regional Airport
    An aerial view of the Telluride Regional Airport runway. (Courtesy photo)

    Commercial air service will resume at Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) Wednesday, according to Colorado Flights Alliance COO Matt Skinner, when San Francisco-based airline Boutique Air begins offering two daily flights to and from Telluride and Denver.

    “We’ve been working on it for a while,” he said. “We’re really pleased to be able to get together with Boutique. I think they’ll be a great fit for our destination.”

    Such service ceased in March after provider Great Lakes Airlines terminated all flight operations due to a shortage of pilots, according to a company news release circulated at the time. That was the second time that Great Lakes had pulled out of TEX. The airline discontinued flights to and from TEX on Sept. 16, 2014, also due to a pilot shortage. Great Lakes had served Telluride for 17 years prior to the 2014 stoppage. It resumed operations in December 2016.

    Skinner said the alliance was familiar with Boutique, given previous service searches and the airline’s reputation throughout the West.

    “They’ve really proven themselves in Western towns over the last couple years as a reliable carrier and providing a great product,” he said.

    TEX departure times are 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, while planes arriving from Denver International Airport will land at 12:30 p.m. and 8:50 p.m.

    Skinner called the flight schedule the “best of both worlds” since travelers can “get in and out of Telluride with the most available connections in Denver.” The schedule will fluctuate with the seasons, he added.

    “That schedule will flex with our busy season and our shoulder season. The baseline is two flights a day,” he said. “We hope to add more during our busier times of the year. The schedule should remain relatively consistent.”

    Currently, one-way rates are $149 for non-refundable economy seats; the refundable rate is $199. Skinner said that price will eventually increase.

    “We got some solid rates to start,” he said. “The rates will come up as market demand dictates.”

    Boutique, which also serves Cortez Municipal Airport with flights to Phoenix, is known for having a “tiered pricing system,” Skinner explained, which includes varying rates for certain seats. For example, the first two spots on an eight-seat plane from Cortez to Phoenix were once $60 one way.

    Skinner said the Boutique deal was finalized over the past month, after talking with three “solid” providers. He added that the air service market is “stronger” now compared to years past.

    “Previously, we hadn’t found very many options out there for carriers that would fit,” he said. “This time, in the last six to 12 months, we found a healthier regional airline industry, so we’re very pleased with the options that we’ve been able to search through.”

    Another “key” piece in finding a new provider was a partnership with a major airline, Skinner said. Boutique is a partner of United Airlines, so people can book Telluride flights through United and participate in United’s MileagePlus frequent flyer program. (TEX will be added to the United website — — soon, according to Skinner.)

    “Point-to-point service to Denver would be valuable in its own right, but really where it becomes viable and truly valuable is having access to one of the major carrier networks,” he said.

    As of press time Friday afternoon, flights could be booked through and

    “The flights are bookable as we speak,” Skinner confirmed.

    Boutique CEO Shawn Simpson expressed his excitement for the deal, calling Telluride a “world class destination,” in a news release.

    “We are thrilled to be connecting (Telluride) to our Denver International hub,” he said. “Our strong partnerships with both Colorado Flights Alliance as well as United Airlines have paved the way to this launch. We look forward to making it a great success.”

    Skinner said the TEX service will be beneficial to visitors and locals alike, whether they’re traveling for work or play. He explained that he has family coming to town in late September and they’re making plans to fly into TEX, even though they usually use Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) — another Telluride destination airport for which the alliance keeps stats.

    According to winter stats, MTJ accounts for a majority of overall air access (incoming flights) to the Telluride area, while TEX accounted for just under 3 percent.

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CONDE NAST | Telluride Rank #1 Among The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.

Over the last six years, we’ve asked our readers to rate a city’s “friendliness” in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to navigate? Hundreds of thousands of people took the survey this year—see what you had to say about the friendliest cities in the U.S.

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride remains everyone’s favorite mountain town this year, and we can’t blame them. Pristine skiing meets luxury in this remote Colorado city—”by far the most beautiful and accessible ski resort in the country.” Even the summer months have massive appeal, with the epic Bluegrass Festival drawing laid-back crowds every year. Our readers couldn’t say enough about the lack of huge crowds and welcoming locals. That Colorado “chill” is is for real.

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MANSION GLOBAL | A Telluride, Colorado, Property with Design Inspired by Nature

Mountain views can be seen from every room

Listing of the Day

Location: Telluride, Colorado

Price: $16.9 million

If the natural beauty of white-capped mountains, design pedigree and the creature comforts associated with a private community intrigue, this jaw-dropping property in Telluride should be on your radar. Designed by the architecture firm of Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the structure itself is just one appealing part of the package. The location is another.

Telluride is special, said listing agent Bill Fandel. “The mountains are dramatic and lush. It’s a place that high-profile people come to escape. There are no paparazzi,” he said. “It’s lowkey [with] a lot of celebs and corporate chiefs.” A sampling from that list: Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Swank, Ralph Lauren, Dan Quayle, Meg Whitman and Bobbi Brown.

More: Aspen Luxury Market Cools During Off-Peak Ski Season

The house sits on a 35-acre parcel that’s one of 35 in the Gray Head development, a private community just seven minutes from the airport and eight miles from downtown Telluride—a National Landmark Historic District, cultural hub thanks to the Telluride Film Festival and an internationally renowned ski area.

The enclave was partly developed by Bill Ford, chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Mr. Fandel said. The development boasts a fishing lodge, trails, a stocked trout pond and tennis courts for residents.


This 6,561-square-foot house, which is actually a collection of connected pavilion-like, one-story structures, features four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath.

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Design Pedigree

It’s one thing to live in a house, but it’s quite another to live in a structure designed by Jacobsen Architects. Hugh Newell Jacobsen is an iconic American architect who created a style all his own by using light as a guiding principle in architectural design.

Jacobsen’s design is also known to “nestle” structures with historic shapes and rooflines together, Mr. Fandel explained. “In this example, it’s a series of 10 different pavilions that are joined and nestled into this site.”

Each pavilion is one story and features vaulted ceilings and walls of glass that provide an open-air feeling. “They’re essentially side-by-side overlapping, and the spaces when you’re in them at any time of day, they’re designed to grab natural light,” Mr. Fandel said. “Each one frames a different view.”

The house is one of four Jacobsen commissions in Colorado, and was completed five years ago.

Structural materials include limestone, glass, steel and stone.

More: Secluded Colorado Ranch, Once Home to Denver Broncos’ Arabian Mascot, Asks $23 Million


The house includes a screening room on the lower level as well as an outdoor spa area complete with whirlpool.

There is also a sophisticated environmental system in place with geothermal heating and cooling. Ever heard of air-conditioned floors? This house has them.

Agent: Bill Fandel, Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

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Telluride Estate Designed by Award-Winning Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen Headlines This Week’s Real Estate News


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CURBED | Features Bill Fandel Listing of Hugh Newell Jacobsen Design

Minimalist home with jaw-dropping Rocky Mountain views asks $16.9M

Not for the faint of heart

This home in the Rockies boasts views that could be easy to get used to.
 Photos courtesy of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty.

Location: Telluride, Colorado

Price: $16,900,000

The American architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen has made a name for himself with his delightfully minimalist gabled houses, some of which we’ve covered here at Curbed before. But this sprawling residence in the Rocky Mountains? Jaw-dropping.

Sitting on a 35-acre parcel just outside Telluride, Colorado, the home is a whopping 6,561 square feet and comprises ten interconnected pavilions, resembling more of a backwoods cul-de-sac than one residence. The four-bedroom, four-bath home, designed by Hugh and Simon Jacobsen, looks out onto an idyllic, forested mountain range, the perfect scenery to gaze out onto as you sip your morning coffee.

The pavilions are clustered around a court accessed from a gravel road, and the residence’s outer edge features huge glass windows to ensure gorgeous views from literally every room. Each pavilion also has its own patio, so you can step outside no matter where you are in the house.

The home’s interior, with its vaulted ceilings and white walls, almost feels understated compared to its natural surroundings, and manages simplicity without being austere. There’s also plenty of communal space—enough that you might want to give your guests a map when they enter—a movie theater, and a hot tub, because why not?

This residence’s views aren’t for the faint of heart, and neither is its price tag. But if you’re in the market for a near-mansion in the Rockies, this isn’t a bad place to start: 1068 Wilson Way is on the market now for $16.9 million.

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CNN TRAVEL – Telluride among 18 great spots this summer for travel

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Forty Years of Film | Mountainfilm Celebrates Landmark Anniversary

  • By Katie Klingsporn, Special to the Planet, The Telluride Daily Planet
A still photo from the archival film “Odworot,” which plays this weekend as part of Mountainfilm’s retrospective program. (Photo courtesy of Mountainfilm)

It was the mid-1970s, and Telluride was a far cry from the bustling international tourist destination it is today. Streets were unpaved, the population numbered in the hundreds and the town was in transition as the economy shifted from hard-rock mining to a service-based industry centered around its new ski resort.

A young couple named Bill and Susan Kees had moved to town — part of an emerging population of free-spirited young people making roots in the community. Both embraced their new outdoor playground: Bill was an avid rock climber, and Susan went on to write the definitive trail guidebook, “The Telluride Hiking Guide.”

One day, Bill came across an article in a climbing magazine about Lito Tejada-Flores, who had forged a new ascent on Patagonia’s Mount Fitz Roy with a team of climbers and made a documentary about the feat. The film had played at a mountain film festival in Trento, Italy.

That planted a seed in Bill’s mind. Telluride, he thought, would be an ideal location for a mountain film festival. He sent a letter to Tejada-Flores, but nothing came of it at first. It wasn’t until 1976, when Tejada-Flores and his wife, Linde, moved to Telluride to work at the ski area, that the men connected and the idea of a festival began to gain real traction.

They hatched a plan, enlisting local climbers, churches and the town to help, and somehow made it happen. The first Mountainfilm took place over Memorial Day Weekend 1979. By day, participants scattered to the mountains to go climbing or spring ski touring. By night, they gathered in the Sheridan Opera House to watch mountain-related films. Tejada-Flores’ “Fitz Roy” was the marquee film. Former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm was the Guest of Honor. The whole scrappy effort was pulled off with little money, admittedly loose planning and a lot of help from a group of climbers nicknamed the Ophir Wall Bums.

But it stuck: 40 years later, Mountainfilm has established itself as one of Telluride’s best-loved festivals. From three days, 27 films and one theater, it has grown into a four-day international gathering, featuring more than 150 films in eight theaters and hundreds of special guests. And while it still celebrates mountain art with adventure films and climbing pioneers, Mountainfilm’s programming now also encompasses documentaries about social justice, disappearing cultures, environmental battles and political game-changers.

Festival Director Suzan Beraza said it’s the intimacy of the festival combined with this substantive programming that’s made Mountainfilm such an enduring event.

“Telluride attracts people who are like-minded as far as caring about doing what we can to leave a better world, and I feel like the programming really resonates with that,” Beraza said.

Along with being electrified by the stories, Beraza added that the audience has incredible access to people who are heroes in the worlds of environmental justice, political activism and indomitable spirit. And the festival’s setting — a beautiful box canyon during a magical time of year — doesn’t hurt, either.

The festival is celebrating its landmark anniversary in a big way this weekend. Along with the usual fare of eye-opening documentary films, cutting edge art and world-class presenters, the festival will feature a special retrospective program of archival films playing all weekend in the library; nods to climbing history with guests like Conrad Anker, David Breashears and David Roberts; panels on the festival’s history; an art exhibit of 40 years of festival posters and a 40th bash on Saturday night in Heritage Plaza. Mountainfilm will also be selling copies of Susan Dalton’s new book, “Mountainfilm: 40 Years,” a souvenir book that chronicles the festival’s rich history. (Proceeds of the book’s sales support Mountainfilm.)

While there are many free events geared toward this celebration, Saturday’s party is intended as a specific way to thank the community that has given it so much over four decades, said Executive Director Sage Martin. The party takes place from 7-10 p.m. and will feature music by DJ Kat V.

“It’s free and open to the public as a way to give back to the community that has supported and loved Mountainfilm for the past 40 years,” she said.

Martin says the goal for the next four decades of Mountainfilm is to continue to do what it does best: Put on an intimate hometown event that lights a fire of inspiration under its audience.

“I want Mountainfilm to be the locals’ favorite festival for years to come,” she said.

As cofounder, Tejada-Flores wrote for Dalton’s book, “Telluride was made for Mountainfilm, and Mountainfilm was made by Telluride, in many ways, large and small.”

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5 Homes Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

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It is a testament to the prescience and inherent genius of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright that only about half of his designs were realized—the rest of us just couldn’t keep up. In a career spanning seven decades, Wright designed 1,114 works of which only 532 came to fruition, but that half-told history was more than enough to inspire the generations of architects and designers that followed. Like Wright, the designers of these modern marvels have embraced change, building new contemporary masterpieces that allow their inhabitants to live as Wright intended;

We are all here to develop a life more beautiful, more concordant, more fully expressive of our own sense of pride and joy than ever before in the world.

These listings take cues from one of the greatest architects in history.

Vito Dumas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vivi Reissis Etchegoin– Ginevra Sotheby’s International Realty

Step into an inviting contemporary interior inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater house. Designed and built in 1963, this property is a work of art in its own right. Walnut trees and lianas line the property, while four floors—connected through an interior lift—work with the slope of the surrounding ravine. Patio-style dining, exposed brick interiors, and nods to Bauhaus in every direction make this residence a design dream.

Jupiter, Florida, United States


Doc Ellingson– ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Additional Fallingwater inspiration can be found in this South Florida home. The pairing of considered exterior landscaping with an overall dedication to natural materials harkens back to Wright’s love of organic architecture. Warm wood softens the sharp angles that give this 2015 build a decidedly current feel, while the interiors offer all the expected amenities plus a two-story master enclave that features two private patios, an office, hot tub, and, in true Floridian fashion, a putting green.

Telluride, Colorado, United States 

Bill Fandel– Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Tiered roofing, sprawling outdoor space, and a remarkable mountain setting create spectacular allure on a small corner of this 35-acre site. Natural finishings catch the spotlight in this Telluride home, including custom-quarried marble from Italy, limestone from India, and rock sourced from the surrounding area. Through crystalline glass windows, elegant fittings and top-of-the-line materials sing throughout each room, which comprise six bedrooms, indoor and outdoor home spas, a theater room, wine room, fitness center, and chef-approved kitchen.

Prague, Czech Republic 

Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty

The stacked exterior form of this Hanspaulka gem definitely hits Wright’s notion of organic-meets-functionalist architecture. Aptly named Vila Vista, this home’s five floors angle out over beautiful park gardens, views of Prague Castle, and the city skyline. Inside, the 1,500-square-meter, open-concept design is so well done that everything from the six bedrooms to the home cinema and catering kitchen feels completely connected.

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Debbie Negrin Will Foote – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Wright’s trademark angles get a desert spin in this Scottsdale home, where the lavish outdoor living spaces are as inviting as the interior. Inside, doorways and windows frame the natural landscape at every turn, and dry stack stone walls mirror the region’s naturally-occurring rock formations. There is plenty for the eye to play with here, including views of Pinnacle Peak from the relaxing heated pool.

As Wright once said, “The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.”

Certainly, these inspired designs do just that.

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In collaboration with Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty and several other resort Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates across the nation we present – LIVE Ski, an exclusive video highlighting the top destinations to live and ski in the U.S.  There are two versions of the video, one full length representing all participating SIR Affiliates (see video below and click on “LIVE” to play) and one short clip representing just Telluride/Telluride SIR (see video above and click on “LIVE” to play).

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