Telluride Recreation


October is the time of year when turning leaves signal cooler mountain air. It also means the end of a busy bike season in the San Juans.

For those who want to squeeze in one last event before the snow flies, Mountain Village has got your back. The fourth annual Fall Tilt in Telluride returns Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6. The cash purse totals $5,000.

“Every year the caliber of riders that come out to celebrate with Mountain Village is impressive,” said Mountain Village Community Relations Manager Nichole Zangara. “The town is invested in mountain biking and we look for every opportunity possible to share our passion for the sport with other like-minded riders.”

The Fall Tilt race course, all within the Mountain Village Bike Park, is comprised of five adjacent downhill trails that will be used simultaneously from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is up to the rider which trail he or she uses for each downhill lap.

“Riders can expect some new trails like Gold Rush, which will be a fun addition and help keep 12 hours of riding from getting too repetitive,” said Race Director Jon Tracy. “With the World Cup Trail being one of the faster courses in the park, if you want to be a top finisher you will want to ride this trail. Last year the top finishers completed 76 laps. That translated to 228 big jumps in the course of a day … pretty incredible.”

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Top NYE Ski Towns, Telluride Ranks!

The torch light parade is one of the hallmarks of New Year’s in the quaint, yet tony, southwestern ski town. Dozens of skiers set off in the dark, cruising down the steep night skiing combo of Coonskin and Telluride Trail—with lights in hand, creating a beautiful snake-like line of light heading down the mountain. Later in the evening, the clock tower atop the courthouse draws crowds in the hundreds, and in between, the town’s classic bars such as the Last Dollar Saloon (just ask for the “Buck”) and the New Sheridan are packed with libated locals. The Sheridan Opera House, a historic and outstanding music venue, will host The Wailers this year for a reggae-inspired party, too.

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Ouray Ice Festival Kicks Off 18th Year

The Town of Ouray’s renowned ice park will be a hub of climbing, activity and competition this week as the Ouray Ice Festival — considered one of the world’s premiere ice climbing events — gets under way.

Things kick off Thursday at the Ouray Ice Park south of town as well as venues in Ouray, and will run until Sunday. The festival features events covering the gamut of ice climbing, from clinics, slide shows, films and kids events to equipment demos and demonstrations. But the festival’s highlights are the ice-climbing competitions, which feature some of the world’s leading professional climbers. Competitions start Saturday with a mixed climbing event with 24 competitors, and on Sunday a speed round starts with between 35 and 40 competitors.

“We usually have about 3,000 to 4,000 people, and this year we are expecting a big crowd because our competition structure is pretty impressive and the viewing is really good,” said Ouray Ice Park Board President Mike MacLeod. “Even if you don’t know the first thing about ice climbing is the competition is going to be pretty exciting to watch this year.”

The Ouray Ice Park features ice walls and a 25-foot tower overhanging the Uncompahgre Gorge. Along with Ouray’s panoramic views, the park offers easy to difficult routes. Ice climbers have been coming to Ouray for decades, but since the early 1990s the park’s ice has been augmented for more abundance.

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Telluride Vies to Host Stage of 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The Telluride Tourism Board has put the finishing touches on a proposal for Telluride and Mountain Village to once again host a finish stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2013.

The proposal is very similar to last year’s application and uses the same “micro-site” online platform that Telluride’s 2012 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) created for its successful bid. “However, it addresses a great deal of learning that took place from our perspective on hosting the event this year,” Martelon said.

Medalist Sports, the owner of the Pro Challenge event, will make an announcement in early December about the route for next year’s stage race, planned for Aug. 19-25, 2013.

If Telluride wins a spot on the route, Marleton said, a larger LOC will then be formed to focus on the 2013 event. The 2012 LOC consisted of a diverse group of 17 individuals from Telluride and Mountain Village, many of whom would likely be willing to serve again.

Telluride’s decision to bid for a stage of the 2013 Pro Challenge came on the heels of detailed analysis about the pros and cons of the 2012 event, which although successful logistically and in terms of global publicity for the Telluride area (television coverage of the race aired in 170 countries around the world), brought in far fewer people than promoters had promised.

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Historic Sell-Out For Bluegrass Four-Day Passes

Four-day passes to the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival sold out in a record-shattering three and a half hours on Wednesday when they were released to the public.  The staff at Planet Bluegrass had braced for high demand for tickets to its upcoming 40th anniversary festival, but they were still shocked at just how quickly the passes vanished.  “We thought last year was a big deal,” said Brian Eyster, director of communications for Planet Bluegrass. “And then last year was nothing compared to this.”

Wednesday’s unheard-of sell-out — which happened before a single act was announced — reflects a demand for Bluegrass tickets that has exploded in the last couple years.

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EarthSky’s Meteor Shower Guide for 2012, August 10-13, 2012

Meteors are typically best after midnight, but in 2012, with the moon rising into the predawn sky, you might want to watch for Perseid meteors in late evening as well. You can get moonrise times via this custom sunset calendar. As seen from around the world, the waning crescent moon will rise later on August 12 than on August 11, and, on the morning of August 13, although you’re slightly past the peak, the moon will rise later still. On any of those mornings, moonlight shouldn’t be so overwhelming as to ruin the show. Plus the moon on those mornings will be near the bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the eastern predawn sky. It’ll be a beautiful early morning scene. The Perseids are typically fast and bright meteors. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. You don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower because the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. The Perseids are considered by many people to be the year’s best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.

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