There’s skiing, of course. There’s hot chocolate, ice skating, snowman building, snuggling up in front of a warm fire. Or there’s this.
Archives for December 2013
Telluride loves drama, and not just your everyday small-town gossipy sort of drama. Real dramatic arts and theatre. Colin Sullivan, featured in the above video, is just one of the great actors/teachers in town. Telluride has a thriving dramatic arts scene, including Telluride Theatre, Sheridan Arts Foundation Young People’s Theatre, and great drama programs in our schools. This month you can catch the Young People’s Theatre performance “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” on Dec. 6-8 and Telluride Theatre’s original holiday comedy “Dude & Bro’s A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 18-22.
You know those old, straight, extremely long skis you have in your basement? Light ’em up, Telluride style. This year marks the start of a new tradition and a nod to an old tradition: On Dec. 6 Telluride will light up its first-ever “ski tree,” a holiday tree fabricated by local artist/welder Anton Viditz-Ward made of old skis; after the tree lighting, there will be a ski bonfire to honor Ullr, the Norse god and patron saint of skiers. The festivities take place in Elks Park from 6-8 p.m.
I’ve been to plenty of ski bonfires where old skis were tossed in the pile, but that tradition hails from a time before epoxy and fiberglass and P-tex…the fumes from what now are “old” skis can be a little overwhelming. The best way to recycle skis these days is to donate to the Telluride tree or find some Pinterest design to make a bench or seat out of them.
There are lots of pre-holiday celebrations this month in Telluride. Don’t miss these events:
Dec. 4: Noel Night (discounts and cheer at Telluride retail shops)
Dec. 6-8: Telluride Arts Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 6: Ski Tree Lighting and Ullr’s Ceremonial Ski Burn (free hot chocolate and DJ music provided by Telluride Ski & Golf Resort)
Dec. 8: Old Fashioned Christmas at Schmid Ranch (horse-drawn sleighs, hot chocolate, tree cutting)
Dec. 14: Holiday Art Walk (a special holiday version of the monthly gallery walk)
Dec. 13-15: Mountain Village Winter Fest (free ice skating and hot chocolate, tree lighting, discounts and specials at Mountain Village restaurants and retailers)
*There will also be holiday cookie decorating and card making at the library, a pub crawl by bikes, and an ice skating party. For more details, check out the Telluride Watch‘s Holiday Prelude.