A Love Affair Still Going Strong After 20 Years
This past weekend marked my 20 year anniversary in Telluride but I can assure you I NEVER intended to stay this long. Knowing that I didn’t want to pursue my degree in broadcast journalisms after I graduated from CU Boulder, I came up with what I thought was a fantastic fall back plan-move to a mountain town to experience life as a ski bum for a year, maybe two tops.
And 20 years later, here I sit still as enamored with Telluride as I was when we first met. Telluride is like that first true love that you never shake. I still feel its powerful tug on my heart after all these years.
It is hard to define in words what I love most about Telluride, but here is my humble attempt at creating a top 10 list:
- Where else can you go on a quick hike or run for a lunch break in the summer and make some (hopefully powder) turns in the winter?
- You don’t have to make plans. Just walk down Main Street and you will bump into the people you want to catch up with.
- Driving has never been my strong suit so being able to ride my cruiser bike or walk everywhere is a blessing (and a bonus for the environment).
- The sense of community is amazing.
- Watching the mountains light up from the alpen glow while sipping a cocktail at one of our many restaurants.
- There is always something to do in the summer with an amazing line up of festivals and events. People watching during Bluegrass is especially exciting.
- On powder days, I can ski down my street to the lift. No need to hassle with driving a car to go skiing.
- There are so many great ways to cool off on a hot summer day-tube down the San Miguel River or jump into a high alpine lake after a long hike.
- There is no better place to teach your kids how to ski than Telluride-wide open slopes with no crowds and no lift lines.
- Coming back from an amazing vacation is a breeze when you get to come home to Telluride.
Through the years, many friends have often asked me “Where will you go when you leave Telluride.” I still don’t have an answer to that question because where do you go after Telluride? It’s hard to get any better than this.