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Spring Has Sprung: Prep Your Mountain Home After the Colorado Winter

The winter snows have finally melted away and the warm sunshine has returned to the San Juan Range. That can only mean one thing — it’s time to prep your Glacier mountain home for the warm season ahead. After being closed up tight all winter long, your residence will need some light cleaning and preparation before you can sit back and relax this summer. Here are four tips and tricks for getting your Glacier retreat shipshape.

Deep Clean 

Over the winter, dust has likely accumulated throughout your home’s interior. Give everything a good deep cleaning by washing windows inside and out, vacuuming floors and upholstery, and cleaning out cupboards and closets. Throw open the windows to invite the fresh mountain air in as you sweep away any lingering stuffiness — and be sure to change your HVAC filters for allergen-free breathing.

Check for Pests 

Unwanted critters may have tried to make themselves at home over the winter months while you were away. Carefully inspect for any signs of mice, squirrels, or other pests, and seal up any potential entry points they used. Set traps if needed and, of course, be sure to properly dispose of any present evidence left.

Inspect and Service 

Don’t skip the important step of having professionals inspect, service, and maintain all the home’s major systems and appliances after their winter hibernation. Need help finding help?  Member Services can coordinate scheduling crucial tasks and hiring contractors to check the water heater, fireplace and chimney, major appliances, electrical systems, septic system, and more. 

Freshen Exterior 

Turn your attention to your home’s outer spaces and spruce them up. Clean exterior windows and have gutters and downspouts cleared of built-up debris. Check for any damaged screens and repair or replace them. Carefully inspect roofing, siding, decks, railings, and fencing. Reseal any areas needed with fresh caulk, paint, or stain coatings. And, of course, prep your outdoor living area by cleaning cushions and upgrading any patio furniture for warm, starry nights ahead! 

Prepare Yard 

Tend to your home’s landscaping by raking winter’s leftover lawn debris and prepping for new growth. Have sprinkler systems professionally inspected and turned on when temperatures permit. Prune any overgrown trees and bushes, and get planting beds cleaned up and ready for this year’s flower or veggie garden. You’ll also want to stock up on gardening supplies and yard care tools! 

From arranging cleaning services to stocking your kitchen before arrival, our Member Services team is here to ensure that you focus on the moments that truly matter — like making the most of the outdoors or kicking back with a cocktail. Simply leave the rest to us.

Gear Up for Golf Season: New Items to Snag at Glacier’s Pro Shops

With the golf season in full swing, it’s time to freshen up your gear at Glacier’s pro shops. Situated within the scenic San Juan National Forest between downtown Durango and Purgatory Ski Resort, Glacier’s award-winning Mountain and Valley courses offer challenging terrain paired with Southwest Colorado’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.

Resting at 7,400 feet amid the majestic San Juan Range, the Mountain Course allows you to tee off beneath towering peaks, while the Valley Course provides strategic options and variety across the sweeping alpine landscape. No matter which course you choose, your days will be well-spent on the impeccably maintained greens.

To look your best while conquering these spectacular courses, be sure to stop by Glacier’s pro shops in the Mountain Clubhouse and Valley Clubhouse to check out the latest apparel additions. New for this season, you’ll find stylish and performance-driven options from Smith & Quinn, Kastel Denmark, B Draddy, and Abacus.

These join Glacier’s impressive lineup of top golf brands like Peter Millar, Kjus, Greyson, Polo RLX, FootJoy, Tail, and more. Whether you’re looking for moisture-wicking polos, sun-protective outerwear, or the perfect pair of shorts, the shops have you covered.

With an unbeatable selection of premium golf apparel situated in one of Colorado’s most scenic settings, Glacier ensures you’ll look and play your best. Get ready to elevate your game with new gear from the pro shops this season.

Glacier Guide: 4 Fan-Favorite Winter Events in Durango

Winter in Durango offers endless fun for Glacier residents to take part in. Nestled between downtown Durango and Purgatory Ski Resort, Glacier gives you easy access to everything going on in and around town. Here are our four favorite events and activities to check out this winter.

Holiday Station

Holiday Station is a lively, ongoing holiday celebration, taking place November 24 through December 31 in Durango. The local community-driven event series showcases the many festivals, cultures, and activities that make the holidays in La Plata County so magical. Check out the full line-up of events here.

The Polar Express Train Ride


All aboard the Polar Express! Now through December 31, Chris Van Allsburg’s award-winning holiday book will come alive during this annual, much-beloved train excursion that’s about 65 minutes in duration. The vintage steam train will depart the Durango Depot for the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus himself, with hot chocolate, sweet treats, readings and more. This is a Christmas adventure you won’t want to miss with your little ones this year. Buy your tickets here.



Snowdown is Durango’s annual winter festival happening from January 26 through February 4, 2024. This long-running event includes fun competitions like the Frying Pan Toss, Outhouse Races, and Snowdown Follies talent show. There’s also live music, food, drink specials at local bars, fireworks and more. Snowdown is a great way to experience some uniquely Durango wintertime revelry.

Durango Independent Film Festival


Movie buffs will want to check out the Durango Independent Film Festival happening February 28 through March 4, 2023. This annual event screens dozens of independent films of all genres. In addition to film screenings, the festival includes workshops, parties and a chance to mingle with filmmakers. It’s a great opportunity to see unique films you won’t find elsewhere. Early bird passes are on sale now through December 31! 

To learn more about life at Glacier, get in touch with our sales team at [email protected].

Discover Prospector: Elevated Rustic Fare With 360° Mountain Views

Set amid the stunning grandeur of the San Juan Mountains, there lies a new dining experience at Glacier. Stop by Prospector, located next to the Valley Clubhouse, a culinary haven that perfectly blends Italian-inspired cuisine with the refined charm of mountain fare. Bright scents waft from Executive Chef Adam Bergtold’s kitchen into the main dining room, replete with mountain-chic interiors, an inviting fireplace, and lounge-like seating. Our innovative design extends an invitation to nature with garage doors, which opens to a sprawling outdoor patio boasting 360° mountain vistas and a full-service bar, where bartenders shake up a collection of spirits to complement the scenery. 

Step into a culinary world where various flavors entwine, every dish tells a story, and the mountainside ambiance complements every bite. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely breakfast to start your day, a delectable lunch to refuel, or a savory dinner to end the night, Executive Chef Adam Bergtold has curated a menu that caters to every palette.

Must-Try Morning Delights

Breakfast Hours: 8AM -11 AM

Set the tone for a delightful day with breakfast at Prospector. From farm-fresh eggs to locally sourced game and produce, each ingredient is carefully selected to craft a morning experience that captures the spirit of Glacier. Here are a few signature dishes that have quickly become favorites:

  • Southwest Benedict – Picture a toasted croissant cradling red chili-braised pulled pork and poached eggs, all draped over crispy potatoes O’Brien. Pico de gallo adds freshness, while green chili hollandaise and tomatillo coulis bring zing. It’s a Southwestern delight that’s both hearty and tangy.
  • Bananas Foster French Toast – Indulge in Bananas Foster French Toast, where crème brûlée-battered slices meet bananas foster brandy. Caramel sauce, toasted pecans, fruit, and whipped cream complete this decadent treat.
  • Miners Burrito – For a hearty choice, the Miners Burrito awaits. Pick your favorite—sausage, bacon, portobello mushroom, ham, or chorizo. It’s bundled with crispy potato hash browns, scrambled eggs, and cheddar jack cheese in a tortilla. Griddled to perfection and topped with green chili sauce, it’s a satisfying journey wrapped in delight.

Savor More on the Breakfast Menu

Lunchtime Indulgence

Lunch hours: 11 AM -4 PM

As the sun climbs higher in the sky and the mountains cast their majestic shadows, Prospector Restaurant transforms into a hub of vibrant energy, inviting you to experience the magic of lunchtime flavors. 

Our salads are a vivid tapestry of colors and tastes for those seeking light and refreshing fare. The Burrata, Peach, and Rocket Salad showcases a medley of lemony arugula, fresh creamy-center mozzarella burrata, grilled peaches, prosciutto, shaved fennel, roasted garlic croutons, and pomegranate balsamic gastrique.

If you prefer heartier options, our selection of Brick Oven Pizzas and collection of Sandwiches will leave you spoilt for choice. One standout is the Lobster Roll, featuring a delectable lobster salad and fresh spring greens, finished with a toasted Amoroso hoagie roll.

Explore Lunch Options

Elevate Your Evening at Prospector

Dinner Hours 4 PM – 9 PM

As daylight fades and the stars begin to twinkle above Glacier, join us at Prospector Restaurant for a gastronomic adventure. As you browse our dinner menu, you’ll find a diverse selection of options catering to various tastes. From mouth-watering appetizers to sumptuous main courses, each dish is a testament to the symphony of flavors that our kitchen orchestrates.

Begin your culinary journey with our Antipasto & Charcuterie Plate, or set the stage for what’s to come with a Brick Oven Focaccia Bread. Among our standout dinner offerings, two dishes have emerged as signature creations:

Delve into our Dry Aged Cab New York Strip, a grilled 12 oz. dry-aged New York Strip steak featuring fennel pollen roasted fingerlings, Parmesan crusted broccoli rabe, pizzaiola sauce, and crispy capers.

Or, savor the sea with our Grilled Pesto Salmon, featuring our grilled organic Scottish salmon topped with arugula and basil pesto, served with oven-roasted tomatoes, roasted red pepper & balsamic coulis with roasted vegetables, and Parmesan risotto.

Discover Dinner

Our menu satisfies every palate, from breakfast’s fresh delights to lunch’s vibrant choices and dinner’s savory creations. Visit us today to indulge in exceptional food and ambiance at Prospector.

Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily
8am – 9pm | Open to the Public

A Scenic Drive Along the Million Dollar Highway

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Whether it’s your first time visiting or your fifth, no trip to Durango is complete without driving along the famous Million Dollar Highway. As part of the San Juan Skyway, this scenic drive stretches over 235 miles in the U.S. Route 5. Read on for everything you need to know about this historic drive. 

The Highway’s History 

Nestled on the southern edge of the picturesque San Juan Mountains, the town of Durango flourished into a center of commerce and railway hub by the 1889s. The San Juan Skyway was built in the late 1880s, earning the nickname “The Million Dollar Highway” due to its expensive building costs. It was designated as a National Forest Scenic Byway in 1988 and later named a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989.

An Overview of the Trip

With beautiful views and winding roads, the San Juan Skyway travels over four mountain passes. The famous highway stretches for approximately 25 miles in western Colorado and follows the route of U.S. 550 between Silverton and Ouray. Between Durango and Silverton, the Skyway loosely parallels the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Points of Interest Along the Way 

If you’re looking to break up your trip, consider taking a stop along the way. Go for a soak at The Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa, which is open to the public year round. Guests can look forward to the use of two saunas and naturally heated mineral-rich hot springs.  You might also want to spend some time exploring the San Juan National Forest, which expands across 1.8 million acres of desert, mountain peaks and meadows. Camping, hiking and birding are just some of what you can enjoy here.

To Know Before You Go

Keep in mind that completing the full loop takes approximately seven hours of driving. Plus, you’ll want to schedule some extra time to grab lunch or explore the historic towns dotted along the way.  It’s a good idea to always check current road conditions before you go. Regardless of the season, you can be sure to expect some twists and turns, as parts of the scenic drive do feature steep drop-offs. 

Consider going in fall to see colorful foliage or in the spring to catch a glimpse of the vibrant wildflowers. With breathtaking views of the mountains, valley and gorge, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure driving along the Million Dollar Highway.

Resident Spotlight: The McSweeneys find Home in the Mountains

In our pocket of genuine mountain living, one essential element of our idyllic community is the passionate group of people who make it up. Get to know some of our newest neighbors, Julie and Tom McSweeney, and how they wear the Glacier lifestyle like a second skin.

What type of Glacier property do you own? 

We live in the Iron Horse development and we love it! We have fantastic neighbors, and enjoy watching elk as well as golfers on the fairway!

Where are you from? 

I (Julie) am originally from Evergreen, Colorado, and Tom is from Chicago. We most recently moved to Glacier from Omaha, Nebraska.

What brought you to the Durango area?

We saw a Glacier ad in a golf magazine– then in October of 2020, we came for a “stay and play” and bought our property that weekend!

Any children or pets? 

We have four children: TJ – age 26, Christian – age 25, Shannon – age 21, and Tyler – age 20. We have two small dogs: a Papi-poo named Thunder, and a Chihuahua mix named Lucas.

What do you love most about Glacier? 

We love everything about Glacier! The location, the great golf courses, the beauty, the people who live here and who work here, the gorgeous clubhouse, the activities and the incredible Colorado outdoor living!

Is Glacier your primary residence? 

Yes, this is our only residence!

Since you’ve settled in September, how do your typical days vary from fall, to winter, to spring? And what are you looking forward to this summer?  

This fall was beautiful, and we enjoyed golfing until Thanksgiving and beyond! We took walks, hiked, and traversed upon fun trips to Moab, Scottsdale, Tucson, Las Vegas and Evergreen. Our last day of golf was December 3rd, which was a beautiful day. Then, our first day of skiing was December 11th! Since then, we have skied over 50 times at Purgatory, as well as Park City.  We had our first Christmas here with our children and it was truly magical for everyone.  Now that it is spring, we are gearing up for hiking, golfing, boating and fishing. We are also looking forward to our daughter graduating from college in May. This summer, we are looking forward to our friends and neighbors returning, and to enjoy activities with them—including golf, hiking, pickleball, and other activities and events at the Mountain Club. (The Goat Hunt and Gumbo tournaments were so fun and we look forward to those again)!

Favorite local spot to eat? 

We have found that Durango has a plethora of incredible restaurants and that we love dining al fresco, from the patio at the Mountain Club to the bump outs in town. Since there are so many great places to dine, we have not tried them all yet, so we are happily finding new haunts.

Favorite sporting or adventure activities? Favorite relaxation rituals? 

We have been enjoying golf—Tom especially likes the Wednesday morning men’s league, and Julie is looking forward to joining the women’s league. Pickleball is great as well. During the winter, we enjoyed skiing,—the “Ski with the Staff” and the “Apres Ski” parties were so fun—snowshoeing, and dog sledding with Durango Dog Sleds! As for relaxation, we love the Durango Hot Springs, and Julie enjoys being pampered with spa treatments either at the Activities Center or in town at one of the many great day spas. We love getting together with friends as well.

Do either of you work-from-home at Glacier? 

No, we are both happily retired and enjoying it!

Want to be a part of the Glacier Community? To learn more about our real estate offerings and how you can craft your own unique lifestyle at Glacier, please contact our dedicated sales team today.

The Pinnacle of Mountain Living: The Summit at Glacier

A breathtaking escape into undisturbed natural wilderness, perched upon the premier vantage point in the San Juan Mountains — this is The Summit at Glacier. Located within a secluded enclave at the northernmost point in the Glacier community, this collection of luxury homesites represent a rare opportunity to craft an uncompromising estate with unrivaled privacy and majestic mountain vistas that span the horizon.

More Land Than Ever

The initial phase of this enclave consists of nine homesites above the Mountain Golf course, with the largest parcels of land ever offered at Glacier. Spanning from 0.7 to 3.8 acres, these sites are priced from $750,000 to $1.5M. Presales for Phase I of The Summit at Glacier are available now.

More Limited Than Ever

Uniquely situated in mountain wilderness, this enclave is in a class of its own. This limited collection offers the most spectacular and expansive homesites offered at Glacier. Surrounded by thousands of acres of protected forests and poised upon a awe-worthy alpine vantage point, The Summit offers both seclusion and exclusivity without sacrifice. 

For more information, get in touch with our sales team at [email protected].

How to Experience Fall in Full at Glacier & Beyond

With fall officially here, now is the perfect time to start planning some autumn adventures. Glacier and the surrounding area offer an abundance of exciting ways to embark on fall activities. Whether you’re up for a leisure adventure like kayaking or prefer to relax by going for a scenic drive, there’s something for everyone here. Read on to learn about five ways to experience fall this year at Glacier and beyond. 


Looking to spend some time on the water? Then head on down to Lake Nighthorse, which is located just two miles from downtown Durango. This lake offers loads of activities, including boating, fishing and more. Onsite rentals include paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. You can also enjoy a scenic walk around the lake to admire the fall colors.


While traveling to Germany might not be in the cards at the moment, you don’t have to get your passport to participate in Durango’s Oktoberfest. Located only 20 minutes from Glacier, this widely-attended festival offers traditional Barvarian-style food and local craft beer. This event provides an evening of fun and non-stop entertainment to the whole family. One of the most anticipated events is the Brewers Brat Eating Contest. 

Take a Scenic Drive

Ready for a day to relax and soak up the scenery? The San Juan Skyway, which is part of the Million Dollar Highway, was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of  “America’s Best Road Trips”. Since Glacier is nestled in the San Juan Mountains that means that Glacier residents have a front-row seat to this magnificent landscape. The “road to the sky” consists of a 232 mile loop where you will see historic old west towns, craggy peaks and vibrant fall foliage.

Pumpkin Patch 

Find your future jack-o-lantern at Durango’s best pumpkin patch. Falfa Pumpkin Patch, located in Durango and just 25 miles from Glacier, allows guests to pick a pumpkin right off the vine. There’s also plenty of family-friendly activities, such as a barrel train ride or corn pit with toys for children. Between the pumpkin picking and the fun-filled activities, you and your family are in for an unforgettable day of making memories.

A Spa Partnership Shaped by Nature: Glacier Teams Up with Durango Hot Springs

Tucked away among soaring mountains and enchanting valleys, the Glacier community is all about embodying an intimate connection with nature. To bridge together a wide breadth of Southwest Colorado experiences and enhance our wellness offerings, Glacier is proud to partner with our neighbors of Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa, a historic healing spring that has been redesigned and expanded by longtime Glacier owners and members Dan Carter and Bryan Yearout.

Within Glacier’s very own Fitness Center is one of our collaborative projects with Durango Hot Springs: a dedicated treatment area that offers mountain lifestyle inspired services as you gaze upon Hermosa Cliffs. With every spa session, Glacier members receive a complementary soaking pass to Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa, where they may enjoy all of the healing properties of the mineral hot springs. Owners and members always enjoy 10% off all services all the time, and special monthly discounts all year long.

We sat down with Ken Stone, our Director of Membership Sales at Glacier, to learn more about this unique partnership, what it offers to Glacier members and what partnering with local businesses means to the Glacier team.

How did this partnership come to light?

Two of our long term Glacier homeowners/members, Dan Carter and Bryan Yearout, purchased the historic Trimble Hot Springs in 2020. They have invested in a major renovation and re-branding of the hot springs. Dan and Bryan then contacted Glacier COO Jim Goodman to discuss a partnership between Durango Hot Springs & Spa and Glacier. The hope for both companies is to form a long term relationship that will benefit Glacier Members and Durango Hot Spring through a number of high touch opportunities.

Could you tell us more about the spa and wellness treatment area in the back of the Glacier Fitness Center?

Through this partnership with Glacier, Durango Hot Springs now operates the spa services offered by Glacier in the day spa area of the Glacier Fitness Center. Spa services include a variety of massages and modalities from a traditional, relaxing, Swedish Massage to unique specialty massages such as Stone Cold Fire, which helps facilitate muscle recovery for athletes coming to Durango to play in the vast outdoors. The day spa at Glacier also has full nail care services.

What do locally owned and operated Colorado businesses mean to the Glacier community?

Durango Hot Springs is a good example of a locally owned and operated business that is woven into the community in many ways. The employees at the hot spring & spa all live and work in the area and spend the majority of their income locally. The hot springs also worked with local vendors and tradespeople in the redevelopment and renovations of the hot springs as much as possible. When you live at Glacier, it becomes a part of your lifestyle to frequent local businesses as part of daily interaction for services and goods. The locally owned shops and service providers connect you in a meaningful way to the greater Durango community and to Southwest Colorado culture.

Does the Glacier team have any amazing stories about Durango Hot Springs?

Durango Hot Springs has an amazing history that goes back before it first became a commercial enterprise as Trimble Hot Springs in 1884. The Animas Valley was a favorite hunting ground for the Ute People along with other Native American tribes that passed through the area and stopped to soak in the healing  waters. There have been many incarnations of the property which included several grand hotels and a gambling hall and guest ranch. In the 1950’s, many Western movies were filmed in the Durango area. Many of the stars of those movies swam and soaked in the hot springs including John Wayne, Clarke Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Durango Hot Springs is a destination where people from around the world come to soak. They may be here to ride the historic Durango Silverton Railroad, to visit the ancient Native American past of Mesa Verde or to drive the famous alpine loop of the Million Dollar Highway. Just ask any Glacier employee or Durango Native about the hot springs and you are sure to hear some interesting and memorable stories of the people they have met there.

What are some of the services that Durango Hot Springs offers?

The renovation includes 22 mineral soaking pools — three of which are family-specific with one that connects to the swimming pool children’s area. There are also six smaller soaking tubs with user temperature control that are refilled after each use. The new 25-meter, salt-water resort-style pool incorporates lap lanes with designated times for exercise and training. The new design creates spaces for privacy while also being able to host families and small events. Attention to ADA accessibility is also a large part of the design. 

Is there anything unique about the location of these springs and the water that runs through them?

Durango Hot Springs is located above some of the most naturally healing waters in the world. The blend of 21 minerals bubbling up from within the Earth will soothe even the weariest of bodies. Absent of any sulphuric odor, the water contains a unique mix of minerals that are characteristic of only this amazing place. They also uniquely utilize the AquaGen water system to infuse all pools with nanometer and micrometer oxygen bubbles.  Antimicrobial by nature, these oxygen bubbles provide an unparalleled cleanliness to the waters without introducing any foreign substances or chemicals. It also increases your body’s oxygen levels as you soak — a great way to acclimate when arriving from lower altitudes.

Are there any more special perks for Glacier members that usual hot spring visitors don’t have?

We are currently working on exclusive perks and programs for Glacier members which we hope to announce shortly.

Where are you looking to take this new partnership with DHS?

We hope to look at ways we can enhance the experience for Glacier Members at the Hot Springs facilities. We will be adding other activities such as horseback riding this summer and e-bike rentals. The hot springs has more than 65 acres of land to develop for all kinds of recreation, health related and cultural activities.

How is the historical and communal context of the land important to this partnership?

We respect and cherish the past with a passion for preserving what makes this such a special place. We also look to be a bigger contributor and benefit to the Durango and LaPlata  County community as we grow.

To book your treatment, please call the Durango Hot Springs at 970.247.0212

Photos courtesy of Durango Hot Springs Resort + Spa.

Resident Spotlight: The Sokolovic Family on Building a Life at Glacier

In this wildly magical corner of Southwest Colorado, we’re proud to have created an idyllic home base for families seeking heartfelt moments in nature — including our newest members, Pete and Karla Sokolovic, and their three sons. A force to be reckoned with on the golf course, Pete was the winner of this year’s club championship while Karla has joined in on the golf scene after a warm welcome from the lady golfers at Glacier. 

Hailing from Arizona, the Sokolovics found their way to Glacier by way of longtime friend and pro golfer Alex Fisher, our summertime Director of Golf Instruction. After booking a Discovery Stay last spring, the two moved into a Glacier Pond Cabin and later an Ironhorse Cabin, and are currently developing one more lot in Glacier’s Hideout enclave to house their new custom mountain retreat. 

We sat down with Karla to learn more about how the Sokolovics have developed their real estate portfolio at Glacier, as well as how they’re making the most out of this season’s outdoor pursuits, from playing the championship Mountain Course to settling friendly rivalries on tennis courts. 

What does a typical day at Glacier look like for your family? 

Our full-filled days entail an abundance of activities with amazing people, ranging from golfing, pickleball, tennis, hiking and more! I enjoy the tennis scene here and really like the women’s group that Jeremy runs twice per week. Many of the girls are super strong players, and they are so welcoming and encouraging.  

What would you say is the biggest perk of life here at Glacier?

My first impression would be the beauty of the outdoors with fantastic views in every direction. But now? Honestly, it’s the people and friendships with those who become your extended family.

We know you’re both exceptional golfers. Any tips or tricks for playing the Mountain and Valley Course?

Ha! We are far from professionals — I just started golfing last March when COVID started and was so fortunate to be introduced to Glacier. The girls in this community welcomed me with open arms into their golf groups despite my regular score of 100++.  

What’s your family’s favorite day trip from Glacier?

We had a cabin in Ouray while my boys were growing up, so Ouray still has a soft spot in our hearts and is a beautiful place! It’s a scenic drive from Durango!

What are your favorite local restaurants or attractions?

My top three are The Nugget, 11th Street Station, and Derailed Pour House. None of them are too fancy — totally low key with local personality!

What made our Ironhorse cabins stand out amongst our other Glacier properties?

We like the “mountain modern” architecture and style.  Our cabin is a wonderful size for having a second home. It has two master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a half bath. In addition to its cozy square footage, it has a large open kitchen and family room for entertaining. It’s an easy size to enjoy and maintain without too much work!

What are your plans for your newly-purchased lot at Glacier? 

We really do love the Ironhorse Cabin. After spending the summer here and discovering how much time we want to spend in Glacier, we’ve purchased a lot and are building a larger home that has tremendous views and will accommodate our family to spend more time with us in paradise. 

How was your experience with Glacier’s exclusive sales team with selling your Glacier Pond property?

The staff at Glacier is top notch! Just wonderful people! When we were introduced to Glacier, Lindsey Lubrant was our realtor and we definitely plan to use her in the future as well.

To learn more about our real estate offerings and how you can craft your own unique lifestyle at Glacier, please contact our dedicated sales team today.

Glacier Staff Spotlight: Pro Skier Tad Elliott

Glacier’s authentic mountain lifestyle is made possible by a community of spirited and genuine team members — one being Winter Activities Intern and professional athlete Tad Elliott, known to be one of the finest pro skiers of his generation. With ski season in full swing, we’ve tapped Tad to share a bit about his background and what his life looks like at Glacier.

Former U.S. Ski Team member and a three-time World Championship team skier, Tad grew up right here racing for Durango Nordic, going on to pursue a 12-year career in professional ski racing and mountain biking. Not only a world-class skier, Tad also has won two U23 National Championships in mountain biking. After retiring from professional racing, Tad worked as an assistant coach for Northern Michigan University’s NCAA team for a year before joining us here at Glacier, where we are so grateful to have him.

While we are in awe of the trail that Tad has blazed, it seems that Tad’s knack for athleticism runs in his blood, as he comes from a whole family of Olympians. Tad’s father, the legendary skier Mike Elliott, is a three-time Olympian for American cross-country skiing, and even has a ski run named after him (known as “Elliot’s” run) at our neighboring Purgatory Ski Resort. Tad’s sister, Paige, skied professionally as well, going on to coach for the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing Team.

Currently, Tad assists with instruction for various types of skiing and will assist with golf and biking at the Activities Center when summer rolls around. “Glacier Club has been an organization I have admired growing up in Durango,” Tad tells us. “The location and facilities they have really incorporate the mountain club lifestyle.” Tad also noted that the gorgeous golf course adds quite a bit to the allure factor of Glacier.

Tad’s presence on our team adds a novel sense of excitement to our community. “My career of traveling the world gives me a broad knowledge of skiing and biking activities that I hope to share with members and their guests,” he remarks. While he has made the transition from sport competition to sport instruction, Tad explains to us that although the intensity of sporting has changed, his passion for the outdoors has remained the same, as being at Glacier has granted him new perspectives: “I just get humbled a lot more now, especially on the golf course.”

Looking to the future, Tad is also currently pursuing a degree in Sports Administration, with the hope to bridge his intellectual savvy with his passion for the outdoors in his career going forward. And so far, Tad shares, “Glacier has been a perfect fit, teaching me all the healthy aspects the club offers. The lifestyle up there is everything I am fond of and love.” Also passionate about youth sports, Tad wants to explore more ways to deliver experiences of learning and growth through sport instruction.

If you happen to see Tad around the club, don’t hesitate to say hello. You may have just found your new go-to instructor!

Glacier Members Raise $50K for Local Businesses & Children in Need

This past December, our incredible Durango community came together to support Glacier’s newest initiative: Glacier Cares. The partnership with La Plata Family Centers Coalition (LPFCC), a Durango-based charitable organization that filled in the gap for Project Merry Christmas, aimed to raise $50,000 in donations over just 10 days — which we are proud to report was a tremendous success thanks to the collective efforts of our community. All proceeds were used to purchase gift cards from a variety of locally owned downtown Durango stores and restaurants, which were then distributed to nearly 1,000 children in need this past holiday season. 

“It’s more important than ever that we come together and offer our support to local families and business owners who have been adversely affected by COVID-19,” shared Rick Carlton, Owner and Developer of Glacier. “At Glacier, it’s both our mission and responsibility to positively impact our community.” The Carlton Family kickstarted the Glacier Cares initiative with a $5,000 commitment, and Glacier homeowners and staff quickly rallied behind to reach the $50,000 goal.

“We are so thankful for the support we’ve received from our Glacier community,” said Jim Goodman, Chief Operating Officer at Glacier. “To pull this off in just over a week and make a positive financial impact on local businesses while bringing cheer to those in need is what this season and our community are all about.” 

To bring help lift the spirits of those in need, members of the Glacier team made their way around Durango with the checks processed by LPFCC to purchase gift cards from dozens of local businesses, including the Yess the Book Hutch, Durango Outdoor Exchange, Art Supply House and Beads & Beyond, as well as restaurants like Happy Pappy’s, Zia Taqueria and Raider Ridge, all beloved by local children and teens. The gift cards were dropped off at Durango schools and distributed to their lists of families in need this season. 

Beyond the monetary raise, the initiative also served as a call-to-action to support local businesses as much as possible — including retail, service businesses, restaurants and adventure experiences — as well as to consider making personal donations to local Durango food banks and charities. At Glacier, it’s both our mission and responsibility to positively impact our community — and we are incredibly proud to have seen our members and team step up and come together to truly make a difference with Glacier Cares.

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