Telluride Creativity, Heritage Shine in All-New Winter Offerings Telluride Fire Festival debuts Jan. 15 – 19; Siblings open historic Aldasoro Family Ranch to Sleighride Dinners
Two of Telluride’s key personality traits provide the foundation for two all-new offerings debuting this winter.
Telluride loves its performing and visual artists from summers filled with music and film festivals to resident artist-owned galleries Telluride is Colorado’s epicentre of mountain-inspired arts. The inaugural edition of Telluride Fire Festival debuts Jan. 15 – 19. The free festival features live music, fire installations, flaming art cars, fire performers and clinics that will create dramatic images in downtown Telluride as well as the Mountain Village plaza. Headliners for the musical component of the fiery festival include March Fourth Marching Band, a genre-busting kaleidoscope of music and visual energy and Colorado’s own Euforquestra, a band that blends the roots of funk, soul, Afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a distinctive irrepressible sound. Bring your camera and your dancing shoes, as this is a very participatory event. The festival is free with the exception of a mind-blowing gala fundraising event planned in the Deep Creek Mine outside town, with shuttle service from town included in the ticket price. For a photo preview of what to expect, schedule and more info visit the Telluride Fire Festival website.
At the other end of Telluride’s personality spectrum is a very healthy respect for the heritage and history of the community. What was once the sprawling Aldasoro Ranch on Deep Mesa is now Telluride Regional Airport and the tony, celebrity-studded Aldasoro Ranch residential development. Thankfully some 740-acres of the original sheep ranch have been retained by the Aldasoro clan. This winter Telluride brother-sister duo Ashley and Luke Story will open their family’s historic ranch to a few lucky guests via the all-new Telluride Sleighs and Wagons. This incredibly unique sleigh ride dinner experience shares the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Basque sheep ranching heritage brought to Telluride by the siblings’ great-great grandfather Joaquin Aldasoro. The Storys will pick guests up at in front of the courthouse in downtown Telluride for the 12-mile drive down valley to their familiy’s historic ranch. There, a warm snowcat awaits to transport diners to a special seldom-seen corner of the 740-acre working sheep ranch for dinner in a cozy, wood-stove heated, canvas-sided camp tent. Diners have a choice of Basque-style steak, chicken or lamb entrees with side dishes served family style. Meats are sourced from local ranchers while other ingredients are as local and organic as possible. Hot drinks will be served on the snowcat; beer and wine are on tap in the tent. Seatings are at 4:30 for the Family Dinner Ride; 6:30 for the Adult Dinner Ride. Max capacity at each seating is 14 so reservations are strongly encouraged. Details can be found at Telluride Sleighs and Wagons website.