Mountain Trip offers adrenalin fueled adventure for your winter vacation

Mountain Trip offers adrenalin fueled adventure for your winter vacation

“You really want me to ice climb?” 

“C’mon Mom!  I know you can do it!” cried 8-year old Izzy, tugging on her mother’s hand and directing her toward the leather couch in our reception area.

Gulping the thin air of Telluride’s 8,750 foot elevation, Jennifer pensively allowed herself to be guided to the couch, and began unlacing her snow boots, Izzy beaming with pride as her mother allowed herself to catch some of her daughter’s contagious energy.

“Well all right!” local mountain guide Dave Ahrens exclaimed, “We’re going ice climbing!”

The mountain town of Telluride, Colorado is world-renowned as a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.  When the snow starts falling in November, all thoughts turn toward skiing, and rightfully so – the Telluride Ski Resort is one of the better ski hills in our state and the laid back feel of downtown makes it an appealing place for families.  With just under 200 inches of powder falling annually over the past five years and a wide assortment of terrain both an and outside the ski area, the reputation as world-class is hard to argue.

Less well known are Telluride’s abundance of other frozen treats, namely our local ice routes.  Visitors looking to break up their ski week might consider tying into a climbing rope and scaling one of our numerous frozen waterfalls.  Ice climbing has grown in popularity in recent years, with improvements and innovations in equipment making entry into the sport easier than ever.

If you are feeling adventurous, are curious about the sport or if you’d just like to blow the minds of your Facebook friends with some cool shots of you hanging onto an azure flow of ice, carve out a half day from your Telluride visit and join the local professionals at Mountain Trip for a morning of climbing ice.

We offer full-service, guided half and full day trips for climbers of all abilities, complete with hot cocoa for the kiddos!  Rest assured that your family is in good hands with the only guide service in southwest Colorado Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association and staffed by highly trained guides who regularly lead climbers up tough peaks like Denali and Mount Everest.  Stop by and say hello at our downtown office, at 135 W. Colorado Ave, right across the street from Telluride Sports.

Mountain Trip
Even Mom is getting in on the ice climbing action! Call Mountain Trip 970-369-1153.
Izzy's not afraid!
Izzy’s not afraid!

T0 plan your winter family adventure, contact the team at Mountain Trip!

Contact info:  

Mountain Trip International, LLC

(970) 369-1153

info@mountaintrip.com

http://www.mountaintrip.com

 

 

A cosy mountain cabin for your family this holiday season.

Make this holiday season one to remember at this luxury mountain residence at the world famous Telluride Ski Resort. Drink hot cocoa by the fireplace, soak up breathtaking alpine views in the hot tub on the huge deck, and snuggle up at night in your cosy king sized bed. Here is a snapshot of this vacation rental home:

  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (king suite, queen guest bedroom, twin guest bedroom + pullout double sleeper sofa in living room)
  • 2500 square feet
  • Heated 2 car garage
  • Hot tub
  • Large deck with incredible alpine views
  • Fully equipped kitchen with granite & stainless
  • Ralph Lauren linens
  • Washer & dryer
  • Free taxi service available to guests
  • 5 minutes walk from the Galloping Goose Ski Trail
  • Free WiFi

This beautiful mountain retreat is available from December 27, 2014  – January 3, 2015. The night rate is $1,500 + tax. (7 night stay only). If you would like more information please call Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471.

Luxury vacation rental cabin in Telluride Ski Resort.
Spend this holiday season in this luxury vacation rental cabin in beautiful Telluride, Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The huge deck has breathtaking views & a hot tub for guests to enjoy!
The huge deck has breathtaking views & a hot tub for guests to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telluride is fast becoming THE ski resort of North America. Over the past 18 months, we have racked up a series of accolades that is hard to ignore for any ski lover. Sure, Telluride may be a little difficult to get to, but once you are here, you will likely find yourself start planning your next visit. No lift lines, no crowds, some of the most beautiful scenery & delicious food on offer in North America. It’s no wonder the press is raving about Colorado’s best kept ski secret. SKI Magazine just ranked Telluride the #4 ski area in North America in it’s annual survey (ahead of Vail, Aspen & Jackson Hole!). National Geographic just included us on their list of “World’s 25 Best Ski Towns”. Last year Conde Nast ranked us the #1 ski resort in North America. They also rated us the most beautiful, and most friendly ski town in the US. Fodor’s ranks us at the top for ski resort food. Powder Magazine ranked us #7 best ski resort in North America, as did Travel + Leisure in their list of favorite towns.

Cosy up by the fire & recount the days adventures with family & friends.
Cosy up by the fire & recount the days adventures with family & friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The king master suite has a private balcony, seating area & jacuzzi tub.
The king master suite has a private balcony, seating area & jacuzzi tub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Telluride accommodations, call Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471. We have a selection of vacation rental homes & condos available for your Colorado getaway. Options for the holidays are being snapped up fast. Don’t miss your chance to visit Telluride this holiday season in style!

Telluride cleans up accolades over past 18 months!

We all know Telluride is AWESOME! That’s why we live here & that’s why people visit & fall in love with our breathtaking mountain town – the beauty, the people, the food, the diversity, the skiing…there are so many things to love!!

Over the past 18 months Telluride has garnered some of the most coveted titles in various top tier publications. Condé Nast seems to be loving on Telluride these days, as well as SKI Magazine, Travel + Leisure & USA Today.

Here is a snapshot of some of the recognition we have enjoyed….

Condé Nast Traveler, Best Ski Area in North America – #1

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Survey #4 Most Friendly Town In US

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Survey #4 Best Small Cities In US

Condé Nast Traveler Best American Cities for Foodies #18

USA Today, Top 10 Ski Resorts for Nightlife – #5

Fodor’s, one of America’s Best Small Towns

Executive Travel, Best Small Towns in North America – #6

Ski Magazine, Best Ski Resorts – #7

  • Ski Magazine, Scenery – #1
  • Ski Magazine, Character – #2
  • Ski Magazine, Overall Satisfaction – #4

Powder Magazine, Best Ski Resorts – #7

Travel + Leisure, America’s Favorite Towns – #7

USA Today, Top 10 Most Scenic Ski Resorts in the World – #10

If Telluride has been on your bucket list, come & see what all the fuss is about this winter! Call Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471 to start planning your Telluride ski vacation. We offer a selection of Telluride town accommodations at the Viking Lodge & Lulu City. Our vacation rental properties are high quality, affordable & fully stocked with all of the essentials for your stay, and the experience is delivered with a friendly smile. 

Accommodations in Telluride with Swimming Pools

Visiting Telluride during the summer months is truly magical. Many of our friends to the south – Arizona, Texas and New Mexico flock north to the Rockies for mild summer days, cool nights and fresh mountain air. Because our temperatures are generally very mild in the summer (our days average in the mid 70’s), there is not a huge need for swimming pools and air conditioning in Telluride. These amenities might be essential in some parts of the country, but finding these things can be a challenge in a Telluride. However, it sure is nice when you find a vacation rental condo that has a swimming pool, and there are some fantastic options if you know where to look. Anyone who has kids knows how much of a bonus a pool can be on a vacation!

Two of the condo complexes where we currently manage condos have swimming pools – the Viking Lodge & Lulu City. We offer one, two, three and four bedroom accommodations to our guests. The pools are heated in the summer and winter months, ensuring an optimal level of comfort and refreshment.

Check out our vacation rental condos at the Viking Lodge & Lulu City. If you want us to make a suggestion for you for your Telluride vacation, call us at Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471.

Below: The swimming pool & hot tub at the Viking Lodge in Telluride. Telluride’s only salt water hot tub!

The pool and hot tub at the Viking Lodge are rare commodities in the town of Telluride.
The pool and hot tub at the Viking Lodge are rare commodities in the town of Telluride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: This gorgeous Lulu City condo also offers guests a swimming pool and hot tub. This vacation rental condo will also have air-conditioning in the summer of 2014!

Lulu City 6L is a gorgeous 2 bedroom + loft vacation rental condo in Telluride.
Lulu City 6L is a gorgeous 2 bedroom + loft vacation rental condo in Telluride.

Should you stay in Telluride or Mountain Village for your vacation?

Deciding the best spot to stay is a tricky question for many first time visitors to Telluride. You might be wondering, what is the difference between Telluride and Mountain Village? Which location is preferred in winter and summer? I’m bringing my kids, which is the best location for our family?

Let’s start with the two different locations – Telluride & Mountain Village.

The Town Of Telluride

Telluride town is the original, historic Victorian mining town that was settled in the late 1800’s. This charming, quaint town is set in a dramatic box canyon, with Alp-like peaks rising up 12-14,000 feet above the valley below. You have very likely seen the iconic image of Ajax Peak hovering high above Colorado Avenue, dwarfing the town below. There really is no mountain town quite like Telluride in North America! The accommodations in Telluride town tend to be smaller than Mountain Village. You can stay in a gorgeous, Victorian vacation rental home, a riverside condo or a town home. The majority of restaurants, bars and shops are in Telluride town, and town generally has more vitality year round. Everything in Telluride town is within walking distance.There is a free shuttle bus, the Galloping Goose, that laps around town every 10-15 minutes. To access Mountain Village, you can jump on the free gondola that links Telluride town and Mountain Village. It takes about 15 minutes to travel between the two, and offers some of the most stunning views of the area. The ski area also connects the town of Telluride and the town of Mountain Village. You can ski right into town. There are 2 main lifts that give you access to the ski hill (Chair 7 & 8) as well as the free gondola mentioned earlier.

Mountain Village

Mountain Village is the resort town of the ski area. It resembles the main hubs of Snowmass and Beaver Creek – that is, purpose built villages that were constructed in the last couple of decades to satisfy the needs of the growing ski area. Mountain Village has large hotels, condos, town homes, and some fairly impressive large ski in/ski out homes. Mountain Village is a very spread out area. There is the main core of Mountain Village which is mostly pedestrian based, and then a number of residential developments fanning out over several miles.

But where should I stay?

Now…the burning question! Where should you choose for your Telluride vacation? During the winter months, I usually recommend people with small kids stay in Mountain Village. The ski access is easier, and this fact generally trumps everything else for parents with small kids. However, I always like to point out that Mountain Village gets very quiet at night. If you like to dine out, you will likely be riding the gondola down to town each night. Most kids love riding the gondola so this is a bonus! However, when it is really cold, riding the gondola can seem less like fun, and more like effort. For couples, and people with older kids, I recommend staying in town. If you fall into this category, you will likely want to head out for cocktails and dinner, and it’s definitely nicer to be in town so that you are not sitting on the gondola for half of your night! You also don’t want to have to be subject to the “Cindarella gondola syndrome” – that is, you have to make it to the gondola by 12 midnight or you are stuck without a way to get home. During the summer months, you really can’t beat staying in Telluride town. This may seem like a tough decision, as many of the impressive vacation rental properties in Mountain Village are priced lower during the summer months. However, I highly recommend staying in Telluride town during the summer, as this is where 95% of the action is.

I hope this post clears up some of the questions you have regarding the different locations. If you have ANY further queries about your Telluride vacation, or accommodation options, please call us at Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471. I would also love for you to leave any comments below!

Lodging In Telluride lists with National Directory of Vacation Rentals.

Lodging in Telluride has partnered with vacation rental experts – the National Directory of Vacation Rentals to promote our selection of vacation rental properties in Telluride, Colorado.

From the NDVR website:

“Whether a log cabin in the woods, a condo or home on the beach, or romantic bed and breakfast, the National Directory of Vacation Rentals gives you nearly a thousand (and growing) vacation rentals to choose from”.

Inside you will find:

– Fully Searchable Directory
– Multiple Pictures
– Rental Descriptions
– Local Attractions for each area
– Availability Calendars
– Contact and Pricing Information for
each Vacation Rental
– Sponsored & Featured Rentals
– Pricing SPECIALS & Timeshares!

 

Lodging In Telluride adds Lulu City 6L to its vacation rental portfolio.

We have added our first non Viking Lodge condo to our inventory of fabulous properties here at Lodging In TellurideLulu City 6L. We are really excited about this addition, and hope this is the first of many new additions to our collection of quality vacation rental properties in Telluride!

This gorgeous 2 bedroom + loft condo sleeps 8 guests in style. This property has been completely remodeled, and is arguably the nicest property in the Lulu City complex! It has a brand new kitchen, views of the hot tub and pool, a washer and dryer, 3 flat screen TV’s and 3 bathrooms. The condo features 2 split king bedrooms, a loft with 2 twin beds and a sleeper sofa in the living room. It is absolutely perfect for a group of friends, or 2 families looking for modern accommodations, that are affordable.

The Lulu City complex, like the Viking Lodge, offers guests a pool and hot tub, as well as off street parking. In fact, the parking at Lulu City has a slight advantage over the Viking as it is undercover parking. Lulu City is also located on the Telluride river trail, giving guests direct access to miles of hiking and biking trails. Lulu City is also right across the road from the Coonskin Lift (Lift 7). Telluride’s Colorado Avenue (Main Street) is a picturesque 10 minute walk from the complex, or guests can jump on the free Galloping Goose shuttle bus and be in town, or at the gondola, within a few minutes.

Take a look at the pictures of this gorgeous property below. If you are considering a trip to Telluride, winter or summer, call Mindy and Georgie at Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471, or send us an email.