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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!

Brides of Houston Spotlights Destination Wedding at Glacier

Image courtesy: Wild Garden Photography

People from across the country choose this magical corner of Southwest Colorado to celebrate special occasions and create lasting memories surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The latest praise for Glacier’s picture-perfect destination comes from Brides of Houston, which showcased a recent photoshoot that took place at our very own Mountain Clubhouse and Valley Clubhouse. The beautiful photography captures a stunning display of floral arrangements and colors that complement the mountainside scenery while also highlighting local florists and wedding vendors. 

“Surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Glacier Club sits on three million acres of protected wilderness and offers the perfect location for a destination wedding. An intimate ceremony site at the VIP tee box overlooks the valley floor golf course. A grounded floral arch blooms in shades of pink, purple, and yellow.”If you’re looking for some mountain wedding inspiration, you can read the full article here. To learn more about hosting events and all the residential opportunities available at Glacier, we invite you to get in touch with Constanze Strader, our Catering & Events Manager, at [email protected] today for more information.

Introducing New Nonstop Flights From Durango to Las Vegas and Denver

Getting to and from Glacier just got easier. We’re thrilled to share that Frontier Airlines is introducing year-round nonstop service between Durango and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, starting June 11, and seasonal nonstop service to Denver International Airport, starting June 4. Read up on the details below and gear up for your most effortless summer yet. 

The Details: Las Vegas & Denver Flights

Flights to Las Vegas will be operated two days per week, year-round, with departures on Monday and Friday. Flights to Denver will be operated four days per week during an initial summer seasonal period with departures on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. This added service from Frontier will offer Durango a fifth year-round nonstop destination and additional competition on the popular Denver route, opening up more choices for the community and improving access for visitors — just in time for your summer guests at Glacier. 

What This Means for Durango

This announcement is extremely positive news as we see Durango-La Plata County Airport vastly outperform the recovery seen at airports throughout the country amid the pandemic. The introduction of Frontier flights, plus the recent addition of Delta service to and from Salt Lake City, means that 2021 summer seat capacity will far exceed what we saw in 2019. We are incredibly proud to emerge from this otherwise challenging year with two additional airlines and two more nonstop destinations, both of which are set to kickstart the post-pandemic economic recovery in our region. 

Book your trip to and from Glacier with total ease here.  

The Wall Street Journal Highlights Glacier’s Intimate Setting and Resident-Focused Practices

There’s something deeply special about the sense of community and ingenuity here at Glacier, and a recent feature in The Wall Street Journal delves into what makes this aspect of uncommon mountain living possible.

The article cites that residents are drawn to Glacier with a desire to forge relationships. Wall Street Journal quoted one of our residents, Mr. Bill Webbe, who told them, “Our concern is to have a community where we know each other well and do things together,” which is precisely what a rising portion of families and retirees are searching for these days: familiar faces to ski, golf and hike with.  

Short-term renters tend to seek out scenic seasonal destinations in resort-like areas that have easy access to sporting, leisure and nature through platforms like Vrbo and Airbnb. The result? Temporary tourists who may crowd the area and neglect community practices and courtesies. 

Glacier is one of the breathtaking locales that is a coveted destination for renters, but to preserve the area as a true residential community rather than a bustling resort, Glacier upholds rules against rentals of less than six months and requirement of renter background checks. This helps keep the Glacier experience entirely unique, authentic and private.

Read the full article here

Western Home Journal Spotlights “Pure Colorado Mountain Living” at Glacier

The latest praise for Glacier’s picture-perfect, private residential community in Southwest Colorado comes from Western Home Journal, which highlighted the enclave’s sought-after mountain lifestyle and newest residential offerings in its January 2021 issue. In the article, Glacier is described as “setting an incredibly high bar for mountain living” and “an undiscovered gem in the southwest corner of Colorado’s diverse topography.”

Set at the north end of the Animas River Valley, just a short distance from the lively streets of Durango, Glacier is a true haven for active nature lovers and sporting enthusiasts. Residents enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine each year and easily accessible adventures range from rounds of golf on the property’s two 18-hole courses to exploring miles of on-property trails by foot or bike and carving the slopes of the nearby Purgatory Resort.

“Glacier is home to a wonderful group of people who enjoy the area and its surroundings,”Mike Gullotti, a member of Glacier’s real estate sales team, told the publication. “Our owners and members are very happy because the quality of life here is among the best in the rocky mountain west.”

The flexibility of ownership at Glacier is also part of its appeal. “There are a variety of homes to enjoy at Glacier, from a large single-family custom mountain home on two acres to a two-bedroom Club Cottage that you can enjoy for a few weeks every year,” Gullotti notes in the article. “I present these different properties with something for everyone. Over the years, we have planned several phases of construction. It starts with accessibility and the ability to build within the lots. Structure and roads take planning in the mountains. This summer, we have experienced a major uptick in sales. We are up 138 percent in the north country from last year.”

The piece also details Glacier’s newest limited residential offering, Etta Ridge, which broke ground earlier this year and is currently under pre-sale and accepting reservations. This new five-building collection of 30 luxury mountain condominiums is ideally sited atop a promontory, bordered by century-old Ponderosa pines.With an annual circulation of over 125,000 and an active directory of hundreds of partners spanning 11 categories, Western Home Journal has been spotlighting distinguished living in the American West through its regional print publications and website for the past 10 years.

For more information on Etta Ridge and available homes at Glacier, contact Michael Gullotti at 970.729.3262 or [email protected], or Allison Grassetti at [email protected] or 970.390.2925.