Telluride is located in a box canyon at an elevation of 8,750 feet in an isolated spot in Southwest Colorado. Steep forested mountains and cliffs, some with elevations reaching over 13,000 feet, surround it on all sides.The town is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains. In1889, Butch Cassidy, before becoming associated with the Hole-in-the Wall-Gang, robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride. This was his first major recorded crime. Today, Telluride is known for being home to one of the greatest ski resorts in North America, in addition to hosting a variety of popular festivals including the Telluride Film Festival, Bluegrass Festival, and Mushroom Festival. I love the place because of its unparalleled ambiance, and the awesome mountain scenery and the opportunity it provides for photography and outdoor recreation.
As a career ski bum who’s lived in Telluride for 25 years without a trust fund, my resume is lengthy and diverse. Along with the usual retail and restaurant jobs, I’ve taught at the high school, worked in festival production, guided peak ascents, coached young athletes and served on town council. It may appear that I have a touch of occupational ADD, but I tend to downplay the one common thread in my working life. It isn’t glamorous—and I’m certainly squandering an expensive college education—but the truth is, I keep body and soul together by painting Telluride’s multi-colored Victorian houses.
-Lance Waring – Telluride Ski Bum
In the late 1960s, I ended up in Telluride, Colorado. It wasn’t like the country club that it is now. It was very raw.
The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
Joseph Wood Krutch
A crystal clear Colorado sky opens above us, a blue so deep it makes you dizzy. The occasional bright white wispy cloud dances across the firmament, punctuating the deep blue vault of heaven stretching over this paradise.”
― Neil M Hanson, Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America
Colorado is an oasis, an otherworldly mountain place.
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
– J. B. Priestley