Climbing Telluride – Worth
RESET luxury resort supports an adventurous community by thinking globally and hiring locally.
Photo courtesy of RESET Telluride
We were pushing uphill to about 13,000 feet when I realized I hadn’t looked up in miles. Instead, I paid close attention to where I put my feet and tried to regulate my breathing in the increasing altitude. As we stopped to admire the view, I looked up and immediately felt a dizzy feeling. The scene is breathtaking.
From our perch about two-thirds up the Lizard Head trail we can see no less than five miles in any direction. Rolling hills, blooming wildflowers, small lakes and the magnificent mountain range greet us everywhere we turn. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Berkshires exploring the many trails through the Appalachian Mountain Range, taking in the sensational fall views atop many of New Hampshire’s peaks, including Mount Washington, hiking the Chilean Andes on snowshoes, and much more. But I’ve never seen anything like it.
Although this trail is not for the faint of heart, it is not irreversible for the average person. As a resident of New York, my daily “hiking” routine is limited to my not-so-strenuous walks through Central Park, all of which are at sea level. This view, which looks like it should only be accessible to goats mountain, is somehow within reach after only a few hours of walking. Thinking about it, the question that had been in my head for four days finds an answer. This That’s why people who move to Telluride, Colorado don’t leave. Having that world-class view accessible across your backyard would, I realize, be an almost impossible thing to give up.
While many of the local hikes around Telluride, which sits in a scenic valley, are accessible to the average person, there are plenty of extreme adventures to satiate all of its adrenaline-junkie residents. The hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, rock climbing, ziplining, paragliding, mountain biking and via ferrata available in this small town attract some of the most elite outdoor men and women I have come across. never seen. As a former Division 1 athlete, I naively went on this journey expecting to be able to hold my own in any situation I encountered. But meeting the people of Telluride is like walking into a room full of marathon runners.
Internally renaming Telluride “Adventure Town”, I began to understand why this small community, nestled in the San Juan Mountains, is becoming so popular. The accessibility of outdoor adventure has attracted a select group of individuals looking for something deeper. Their shared reverence for nature and the capabilities of the human body has generated a tight-knit community dedicated to finding the “rush”. But they encountered logistical problems. Mainly, a severe housing crisis. People want to move to Telluride for the outdoor adventure lifestyle, but finding a job, let alone an affordable home, is proving nearly impossible. An imbalance between supply and demand means that the average resident cannot afford to live there without having multiple jobs, which absorbs all the adventurous time that motivated them to move there in the first place. . Similar to what we’ve seen in Nantucket during the pandemic, tiny 800 square foot homes cost millions. Yet almost everyone I spoke to who moved there in their early twenties chose to stay for decades. There’s something about this town that encourages them to be the best versions of themselves.
Ironically, the housing crisis is somewhat self-inflicted. Telluride is divided into two parts – the town and the village – separated by a mountain and connected by a free gondola that takes you there in about 15 minutes. Viewing the city from the gondola is beautiful, if a bit odd. With the town occupying only about half of the valley floor, the other half is preserved as a large field of grass. This struck me as odd for a community whose main obstacle to greater prosperity is a housing shortage. And it turns out I was right. The field, which was once a mining site, was purchased by a developer who intended to build a golf course on the huge land. In an unexpected and united uproar, the people of Telluride refused to let this happen. Their commitment to wildlife preservation came to fruition, and in a Herculean effort, they raised $50 million to buy the land, ensuring their little slice of nature remains just that. That effort is immortalized in a 2018 documentary titled “Forever Wild,” which aired on PBS last April.
At the intersection of the demand for adventure and the jobs and housing crisis are Dylan Bates and Holli Ownen. RESET Telluride. Opening for the first time this summer, RESET is an outdoor-centric luxury retreat that has capitalized on the natural resources that surround them. Bates and Owen have developed a program for their guests that allows them to experience Telluride to the fullest while providing well-paying jobs and local business partnership opportunities, effectively uplifting a community with a particular set of restrictions.
RESET guests stay in The Madeline Hotel Village, owned by Auberge Resorts. The company’s partnerships with local and sustainable suppliers have resulted in a personalized and curated experience that benefits their neighbors as well. Daily programming includes half-day hikes, 50-minute in-room massages, three vegan meals a day, yoga and fitness classes, acupuncture, sound bath, and more. RESET is designed to help you disconnect from your phone and laptop and rediscover what your body is capable of. A 6-12 mile hike a day, combined with afternoon fitness or yoga classes, is likely a lot more physical activity than the average business executive has time for in their routine. . But the plant-based meals provided by the incredible culinary staff, combined with daily massages, leave you feeling surprisingly refreshed and physically capable. Their mindset is that food is medicine, so by providing your body with an onslaught of nutrients specifically for physical recovery, you can leave your bottle of Tylenol at home.
Their relationships with their local partners greatly enhance the mission of this retreat, because tapping into what draws so many adventurous people to this small town is a big part of what makes RESET unique. The hiking guides are hired by a local company called mountain trip. Massage therapists from Telluride Spa Concierge perform daily in-room massages and yoga instructors come from local yoga studios. Additionally, RESET is proud to support Telluride Mountain Cluba non-profit organization dedicated to preserving trails surrounding the community.
Starting at $10,000 for the week, RESET taps into that intangible something that invigorates those who live there and allows its guests to disconnect from the hectic life outside the walls of this scenic valley. RESET aims to help its clients reconnect with themselves, resetting their system through exercise, nutrition, meditation and personal connection.
Equipped with everything needed for true health, Telluride has lured the likes of Oprah, Tom Cruise and Jerry Seinfeld to buy homes amid its hills and valleys. The housing crisis that this community is going through indicates an imbalance between its resources and the demand for adventure. And while the issues they face are far from over, there’s no denying that Telluride is on the rise. RESET offers its customers the opportunity to dip their toes into this world and experience all that the “Adventure City” has to offer.