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A Local’s Guide to Southwest Colorado’s Most Epic Ski Resorts

Living in Southwest Colorado grants us immersion in consistently powdery slopes and gorgeous blue skies to match — and Glacier is the perfect locale to take on an unforgettable ski season from. Here’s a local guide on our neighboring ski resorts and what they have to offer this winter.

Purgatory Ski Resort

Famous for: Consistent snow and beautiful weather for stunning alpine views
Suited for: Family ski trips
Distance from Glacier: 10 miles
Ski season: November 21, 2021 – April 17, 2022.

Choice Runs:

  • Getting the hang of it: Columbine off the Twilight Lift, Mercy
  • Pleasure skiing: Upper Hades down Cherub via Purgatory Express Lift, Paradise
  • Challenge trails: Bull Run, Blackburn Bash’s off Dante’s Lodge

Planning your adventure:

  • Purchase lift tickets at least a day in advance for a discount
  • Season passes come with varying options for area access and blackout dates
  • A season pass is the best value for anyone who will ski at least 6 days

Our favorite après ski options: Purgy’s Slopeside Restaurant offers family-friendly dining right on the mountain, and Dante’s offers great backcountry mountain views via deck. For a cozy, rustic atmosphere on the way home from the mountain, drop by James Ranch

Telluride Ski Resort

Famous for: Varied terrain difficulty and beautiful weather
Suited for: Avid adventure skier
Distance from Glacier: 104 miles
Ski season: December 3, 2021 – April 3, 2022

Choice Runs:

  • For new skiers: Galloping Goose, Village Bypass, Prospect Bowl
  • For the freeskier: Ute Park Terrain Park, Hoot Brown if you’re X Games material
  • Thrilling mogul runs: The Plunge, Revelation Bowl and Gold Hill

Planning your adventure:

  • An unlimited season pass will free skiers of reservations and restrictions
  • Reloadable daily lift tickets must be purchased in advance
  • Purchase here

Our favorite après ski options: Ski in/ski out restaurant Alpino Vino is the highest-elevation restaurant in the continent, serving Italian alpine cuisine and a splendid wine collection. Peak’s Spa is another great post-ski destination to unwind after a day on the slopes. 

Promising Young Colorado Olympians Competing in Beijing 2022

The Winter Olympics is Colorado’s bread and butter, with some of the best powder and ice in the world to train for the international stage. In the spirit of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, we’re taking a look at some of our state’s bright and promising athletes. From our very own Southwest Colorado locals to the state’s up-and-coming freshest faces, here are several Colorado Olympains to watch out for this year.

Lucas Foster from Telluride (Snowboarding)

Telluride native Lucas Foster is competing this year as a part of the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team, participating in the Snowboard Pro Halfpipe event. The 22-year-old grew up riding slopestyle, but transitioned into halfpipe more recently with patience and dedication. Having finished 3rd in the NorAm cup and fifth in a world cup, this is the first time the young newcomer will be riding in an international championship. In his spare time, he loves to cook and coaches skateboarding as well.

Kai Owens from Vail (Freestyle skiing)

Seventeen-year-old mogul skier Kai Owens had quite a remarkable journey back to Beijing. Adopted by a Colorado couple after being left orphaned in Beijing at 16 months old, she’s returning as an Olympian after becoming the youngest American to win a NorAm moguls competition and moguls rookie of the year at the World Cup awards. “My parents have done an incredible job of making sure that we know we’re well loved. I think it will just be really cool to go back there,” Owens told Associated Press before qualifications.

As of now, Owens has finished 10th in women’s moguls.

Birk Irving from Winter Park (Freestyle skiing)

Birk Irving, born in Englewood and now residing in Winter Park, previously won gold at the 2016 Youth Olympics when he was just 16 years old. Now competing in his first adult Olympics, he’s slated in the Freeski Halfpipe event starting February 17th. Irving descends from a family with a legacy of love for snow: his father works for ski patrol, his mother is a former alpine racing coach, and his sister also competes in halfpipe and slopestyle.

Nicole Hensley from Lakewood (Hockey)

Team USA’s beloved Women’s Ice Hockey team is facing off Team Canada once again for the gold on the 17th, and Lakewood local Nicole Hensley is their fearsome goalie. Born in Littleton, Hensley has been on the ice since she was seven years old, and is now gunning for her second Olympic Gold. 

Alex Ferreira from Aspen (Freestyle skiing)

Pyeongchang Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira is a member of both the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club and Ski & Snowboard Club in Vail. A rare skiing talent, Ferreira recently won back-to-back events at Copper Mountain, and is ready to ski the halfpipe on the 17th.

Hanna Faulhaber from Basalt (Freestyle skiing)

Making her Olympic debut this year, 17-year-old Hanna Faulhaber was originally inspired to ski the Halfpipe after growing up watching the X Games in her hometown. The young Coloradan earned her first major podium by placing third at the Dew Tour recently. Catch her qualifying run on the 17th!

Meet Madison Smith: Glacier Realty’s Newest Team Member

Glacier takes pride in offering authentic mountain homes and legacy estates with world-class amenities on top of thousands of acres of wilderness. It takes a stellar team to keep our community running smoothly so we’re thrilled to introduce our newest addition: Office Manager, Madison Smith.

Madison hails from Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts as an avid skier, hiker, and firm believer of pineapples on pizza. She graduated from Boston’s Wentworth Institute of Technology with a background in Facilities Planning and Management, and is a pro at what she does. Madison first worked as a Facilities Coordinator for the Massachusetts Medical Society. Later, she moved to Los Angeles to work for the Game Show Network as an Event Planner and Officer Manager. 

Madison fell in love with Durango on a vacation visit and decided to take the leap to move here last year. She hasn’t looked back since. “I mean, just look outside, how could I?” she says.

These days, Madison can be found at the Glacier Realty Office in the Tamarron Lodge, next to the fitness center. You’ll see her taking care of clients while managing marketing and budget behind the scenes. This dynamo ensures the office is running efficiently 24/7.

Madison is the community’s first stop for help and de facto MVP. When she’s not busy running operations for Glacier’s Real Estate team, she’s either designing scrapbooks or refurbishing furniture.

Feel free to swing by the office or call if you have any questions, or even just to say hi–she’d love to meet you!