Millions of people visited homes all around the world on sothebysrealty.com in 2016. Back by popular demand, we present the 10 most viewed properties from last year.
Number 10 – New York
$75,000,000 USD | Wainscott, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage
Built in 2000 and published in Architectural Digest, the house was designed by architect Francis Fleetwood with interior architecture by Brian O’Keefe and interior design by Marjorie Shushan. Built with steel frame construction, the house features a double-height entry hall, 200-year-old antique flooring and wide water views from almost every room. The property features five principal bedroom suites plus three additional bedrooms in a self-contained guest wing.
Number 9 – Switzerland
Price Upon Request | Geneva, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty
The unique property is remarkable for its absolute tranquility, unobstructed view of the Alps and the peak of Mont Blanc, and an exceptional impression of spaciousness. The eight-hectare plot includes a number of leisure areas such as a private nine-hole golf course, a pool with pool house, a tennis court, a bowling court, a playground area in the woods with chalet, a vegetable patch and access to large wooded areas.
Number 8 – Florida
$95,000,000 USD | Key Largo, Florida | Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty
Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres in the tropics of Card Sound Bay located in the Florida Keys. Just 10 minutes by helicopter to Miami’s famous South Beach, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment.
Number 7 – California
$125,000,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage
The magnificent Rancho San Carlos is an approximately 237-acre estate property that, for nearly 100 years, has been under the ownership of one family. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique property of unprecedented grand scale, exceptional architecture, and prestigious historical significance. The sprawling hilltop Monterey Colonial manor was designed by noted architect Reginald Johnson in 1931.
Number 6 – New Jersey
$48,880,000 USD | Alpine, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
This gated estate is approximately 30,000 square-feet built of solid granite and steel infrastructure, with 12 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, indoor basketball court, movie theatre, 4000 bottle wine cellar, fitness center, three exquisite bars for entertaining, elevator, extraordinary details and ultimate privacy.
$50,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
This home is a five-story red brick and limestone mansion that stands as a superb example of Neo Georgian revival architecture in America. Prominently positioned on the very lovely and quiet, tree-lined block of 69th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, the residence has the good fortune of being situated amidst a number of architecturally noteworthy neighboring houses. Erected in 1881 by Charles Buek & Co. and then purchased in 1900 by Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, the house was redesigned in 1929 for Edwin C. Jameson, a prominent insurance executive, and then finally acquired by the English-Speaking Union in 1956.
Number 4 – Cayman Islands
$39,950,000 USD | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty
Without doubt Castillo Caribe is one of the finest beachfront estate homes in the world offering every luxury for modern day life with all the lifestyle options one would expect from the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean. Although the Cayman Islands enjoy year-round sunshine and a temperate climate, this benefit is eclipsed in most people’s eyes by the Islands’ offshore status. The Cayman Islands are well known as a financial center on the world’s stage and provide the highest quality of lifestyle available in a tax neutral environment, making it very appealing to people of high net worth to seek residency here.
Number 3 – France
Price Upon Request | Cannes, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty
Belonging to a collection of exclusive and legendary properties on the French Riviera, the ‘Castle of la Croix des Gardes’ is at once the largest estate in the area, and unequivocally the most outstanding.’La Croix des Gardes’ is positioned just a few minutes from the port of Cannes and the ‘Palais des Festivals’, and proudly stands overlooking the historic region that resonates with the glorious 19th century heritage of the French Riviera.
Turtle Tail Estate is a dynamic, spectacular compound to completely fall in love with and is without peer on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. The newly completed estate combines the personalization of a custom home with the amenities of an ultra-luxury resort, elevated on a magnificent private over four-acre peninsula all its own.
Number 1 – New York
$70,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
This spectacular 14-room duplex apartment is situated high atop the prestigious Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Featuring a meticulous triple mint renovation and boasting extraordinary 360 degree views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, this elegant trophy residence is absolute perfection.
$15,000,000 USD | Massachusetts, USA | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty
Discreetly nestled in a natural landscape on over two acres, this is one of the most extraordinary and rare waterfront settings on Nantucket. Bordering 68 acres of conservation land, this 10,000-square-foot home exudes warmth, elegance and sophistication, and includes 300 feet of waterfront and private beach stairs. An elevator services all three finished floors, showcasing the outstanding craftsmanship of this gracious home with five bedroom suites, a formal living room with replace, dining room, dramatic cathedral kitchen with replace, large butler’s pantry, wine tasting room, 500 bottle wine cellar, home theater/media room, and a dog bathing room. You can watch all boating activity coming and going from the grounds as well as enjoy magnificent Nantucket sunsets.
$13,000,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage
Steps from the ocean, close enough to feel the ocean breezes, this cutting-edge 12,000-square-foot modern home constructed on three levels features an elegant façade with a glass entrance opening to an expanse of space and light. The house includes eight bedrooms, nine-and-one-half baths, a large home theater, bespoke wine cellar and three-car garage.
$11,742,500 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
The approximately 4,600-square-foot Grand Penthouse A is commandingly sited atop the iconic Four Seasons Hotel & Residences in San Francisco. Illuminated by large-walls of glass facing East, North and West, the triple-mint Grand Penthouse features panoramic “sunrise to sunset” views of landmarks such as the San Francisco Bay, SFMOMA, the Financial District, Alcatraz and City Hall. Elegant and thoughtfully designed, the Grand Penthouse oor plan enables elevated daily living and lavish entertaining. A dramatic Foyer and Gallery connect public and private spaces. An extraordinary great room with metropolitan views blends living, dining and library areas. Southwestern views and sunlight ood the eat-in kitchen neighboring a spacious, adjoining family room.
Upon entering this palatial home you will enjoy the ocean view through the double height ceilings overlooking the pool and Dye Fore golf course. From the grand entry foyer and the polished travertine marble floors, to the large open kitchen equipped with the finest appliances and granite countertops, every possible luxury has been thought of and well executed within this refined residence. With a total of six over-sized bedrooms, two of which are master suites and both boasting expansive ocean views and a large private balcony, space is in abundance in this grandiose home. With over 17,222-square-feet of construction set atop a large home site, this contemporary villa is spacious enough for the grandest festivities or intimate enough for the most important of family events. The property combines sophistication, comfort, warmth and spectacular ocean and golf views to create a wholly unique experience.
R 7,000,000 ZAF | South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty
Situated just over the hill from Sedgefield, this home is nestled amongst nature on a 37-hectare property and extends right down to the water’s edge. The property is easily accessed by a wide, redbrick road which leads to the expansive north facing home. A beautifully paved parking area, which can accommodate a number of parked vehicles, has access to four extra-large garages. The terraced garden leads down to a central covered courtyard which has a water element and stained glass insets in the ceiling. It is secured with handcrafted and ornate steel perimeter. The courtyard flows out to a separate, gourmet-styled, industrial-sized kitchen with granite counter tops and a serving hatch that gives you access to the dining room through stained glass doors.
Best for: Ages 10-16 and families who want off–mountain adventures
Why we love it: Skiing is a blast for older kids, but so are Telluride’s off-mountain offerings. For example? The roomy residential lodging at the Madeline Hotel, set in its own corner of the mountain village with an ice rink, Dylan’s Candy Bar and the hotel’s supervised kid gaming hangout for ages 5-16; the storied downtown area where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank; and snowmobile tours with Telluride Outfitters that take you straight into the old Alta Lakes ghost mining camp.
Skiing’s most charming Old West town combines stunning scenery and an awesome mountain for a near perfect ski destination. Photo: Telluride Tourism Board/Ryan Bonneau
When it’s time to pick a ski vacation destination, there are tons of choices, and the industry’s big names immediately leap to mind: Vail, Jackson Hole, Park City, Aspen, Whistler, and so on. They all have great facilities, but Colorado’s Telluride often gets overlooked in this discussion. That’s a huge mistake: not only is it worthy of consideration, I could make a compelling argument that it is the single best ski vacation choice in the country. But no matter how you slice it, it’s near the top, with lots of strengths and very few weaknesses. In fact, in its 2016-2017 reader’s poll, industry leading publication Ski Magazine ranked it North America’s Best for Overall Satisfaction, and what do we want from our vacations if not the most Satisfaction? It also ranked Number One for both Scenery and Character.
While some ski resorts excel at one or two things, like cuisine, lodging, diversity, challenge, charm or convenience, Telluride excels across the board and is a near perfect gem. I say near perfect because it has two notable areas in which it is lacking, flaws to this diamond in the rough for certain customers, so I’ll get those out of the way up front. While Telluride has luxurious lodging options (Lumiere, Madeline, Hotel Telluride, Element 52), it has no true luxury hotel. If staying at a white glove 4-5 Star like a Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton or Fairmont is important to you, this is not your spot (though if swank luxury rental homes are your thing, you are in luck). It is also not a great choice for fans of retail therapy. It is arguably the best place in the country to buy both skis (Wagner Custom) and ski boots (BootDoctors), and there is no shortage of outdoor gear and Western stuff, but if your ski vacation must-do list includes the Prada or Moncler boutiques, scratch Telluride off your list. In general, pretension is not big here, and while the Kardashians are happily followed by cameras around Vail, the many A-list stars who favor Telluride come here to not be seen.
On the flipside, it blows many other resorts out of the water when it comes to what I consider the important stuff: quality of skiing, food, lack of crowds and just like Ski Magazine readers noted, scenery and unrivaled Charm – with a capital C.
Ski Magazine rated Telluride Number One in North America for Charm, and it is easy to understand why. Photo: Telluride Tourism Board/Ryan Bonneau
Ironically, in two decades of covering skiing and ski travel, the number one knock I hear over and over again is not lodging or shopping, it’s “Isn’t that hard to get to?” There seems to be a perception that Telluride is on a different planet than other Western ski resorts. This has always been a myth, and one that is especially odd in light of the three to four-hour traffic jams that routinely clog Colorado’s main ski thoroughfare for accessing other major resorts, I-70, every winter weekend. For years, getting to Telluride mainly meant flying into Montrose, which is considerably closer to the resort than many rivals are to their Denver gateway. But this winter commercial service reopened, albeit on a small scale, into the super convenient Telluride airport after a multi-year absence (on a United regional partner). If you are flying private, there’s no major ski resort other than maybe Aspen that’s easier to get to. Still, most visitors will continue to use Montrose, and as of this winter, it has more flights than ever, on all three major carriers from the largest cities coast to coast (including New York, LA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver and Chicago). On my most recent visit, I tried getting to Telluride from Denver in the middle of major winter storm across Colorado, and while I was rerouted into Durango, the next closest choice after Montrose, the flights to every other Colorado ski country airport I saw on the departures board, including Eagle/Vail, Aspen, Gunnison/Crested Butte, etc. were cancelled. Bottom line? Telluride has always been a great place to visit, but now it is easier than ever to do that.
What makes it so good? The town, the ski mountain and the food.
As a destination, the big differentiator it is its uniquely split personality. Telluride has one of the most singular layouts of any mountain destination in the world, with the ski resort linking two distinct enclaves, Mountain Village and Town. The former is a purpose built, contemporary and pedestrianized village, in the style of Beaver Creek or Whistler, set midway up the slopes, high above town. This is where the bigger resorts, spas, golf course and sprawling multi-million homes are located. Town has the Butch and Sundance vibe – Butch Cassidy robbed his very first bank here – with Victorian Old West architecture and the bulk of the bars, restaurants and stores. The landmark New Sheridan Hotel sits on Main Street and oozes cowboy charm – it’s so named because the old one burnt down and was replaced – eleven decades ago. Zoning and preservation has been so strict that you can walk a two block stretch of Oak Street and pass two of the most beloved restaurants and a new hotel without noticing any of them, all tucked into historic Victorians with minimal signage. Many other western ski towns have mining and cowboy heritage, but today are a hodgepodge of historic buildings and incongruous modern hotels or parking structures. At the other end of the spectrum are towns that have really preserved the charm, like Crested Butte, but are much smaller. Like the Goldilocks story, Telluride is not too big, not too small, just right, the perfect full blow ski town loaded with great bars, restaurants and shops, masquerading as a sleepy historic community. Locating new construction in Mountain Village was a brilliant touch that allowed the town to keep its amazing frozen in time vibe and character, all surrounded with the most stunning mountain views in the nation – you have to go to Canada’s Banff to find better ski resort vistas (though Idaho’s Sun Valley is a close rival). Pretty much all of Mountain Village lodging is ski-in/ski-pout, and so is town itself – I had to walk at least five steps after taking of my boots to have lunch at one of my favorite Telluride restaurants. and the last hotel I stayed at was half a block – half a short block – from the main gondola. By the way, this gondola, built 20 years ago, was and still is the first of its kind in American skiing, a free public transportation system that links the town of Telluride and Mountain Village until midnight – finish your ski day down in town, stay for après, stay for dinner, have a few drinks and be whisked back to your resort in Mountain Village. Or vice versa. You can’t beat it.
With arguably the most balanced terrain for all abilities, you won’t run out of things to ski at the Telluride resort – but that doesn’t mean you can’t also try heli-skiing here! Photo: Telluride Tourism Board
Just by way of reference, since I keep comparing American ski resorts, expressing opinions, and making personal judgments, it’s worth noting that I have been to every true destination ski resort in the country with the sole exception of Taos, NM, most of them multiple times. I have a pretty good working knowledge of the subject.
How about skiing? To put it bluntly, Telluride has the most balanced assortment of terrain I’ve seen. While most big resorts claim lots of terrain for all abilities, they usually lack something – not Telluride. I love Vail, but despite the immensity of its terrain, it lacks true expert challenge. Deer Valley is great for beginners and intermediates – enough said. Alta has excellent terrain and exceptional powder – but doesn’t allow snowboarding, period, end of discussion for many families. Jackson Hole is justifiably world famous for its extreme terrain, and surprisingly, is also a great place to learn, but it’s missing something in between. The most extreme example is Aspen mountain (Ajax), which to the surprise of many visitors each winter, does not have a single green beginner run on it. In comparison, Telluride has it all, taking it even further than the usual array you’d expect to find at a big resort in the Rockies: bowls, chutes, cliffs, and glades. Advanced intermediates are often overlooked, but here there is a self-contained canyon area full of double blue trails, a self-contained Mecca for such skiers and riders, who happily lap the high-speed chair all day. There is intermediate glade skiing, also uncommon. The resort wows for expert terrain, from in-bounds double blacks to chutes and hike-to terrain as challenging as any in the Rockies, accessed more easily thanks to permanent metal stairs and rails. Want to go really out of bounds? Telluride Heli-Trax offers daily beyond the resort heli-skiing. Bump fan? The resort is home to some of skiing’s best mogul runs, famous names like Spiral Staircase and Kant-Mak-M. Skiing for everyone? Yes.
You can ski right into the charming town of Telluride, set in a box canyon and surrounded with stunning vistas in every direction. Photo: Telluride Tourism Board
Here’s the ultimate example of Telluride’s impressive terrain: there is not one lift that bears the sign, otherwise common in Western skiing, “This lift serves only advanced terrain.” At Telluride not only do beginners not have to worry about what chair they ride – there is a groomed easier trail down for every single lift – but they also have plenty to choose from, and unlike most resorts, where they are relegated to the base area, novices can enjoy the stunning vistas from the highest spots with good options to ski down. After all, what’s the point of big mountain skiing if you never get to experience the big mountains? Yet that’s exactly the case for less skilled skiers at many, if not most, other top resorts. Beginner terrain includes a 4 ½ mile run down from just below the summit, a rarity.
I could go on and on about the most charming town in American skiing, the best views, and the immense variety of excellent terrain but I’m running out of room so I’ll cover the final major attraction many travelers seek on their ski vacation: food. For a town this size, locals are spoiled by great choices, and like the terrain, it covers all the bases, not just the fine dining many rivals focus on. In fact, when it comes to “normal” ski town and après grub, Telluride is off the charts and home to the single best pizzeria (Brown Dog), single best barbecue spot (Oak BBQ), and single best taco eatery (Taco del Gnar) in American skiing. That’s saying something. A small hole in the wall burger spot here (Steamies) was rated Number One in Colorado. The ski resort itself has some of the best on mountain dining (Alpino Vino, Allred’s, Bon Vivant) you will experience, and both town and Mountain Village are loaded with choices spanning the spectrum. Here’s something to consider: no less than three completely unrelated local eateries born in this tiny mountain town have become so popular that they spun off locations in Denver.
Oh, and did I mention that it is never crowded, with lift lines virtually non-existent? On every visit over the years I’ve been shocked by how empty the mountain is. I skied it on a recent powder day and never waited more than four chairs.
The town’s tourist board just opened a new state of the art Visitor’s Center on Main Street, where guests can do everything from find where to eat to take 3-D video walk-throughs of popular local hiking trails using touch screens displays with amazing interactive technology. To help you plan a trip, the visitor’s bureau also has a fully featured website.
Designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson, this remarkable Telluride residence offers truly inspired minimalism in a most dramatic alpine setting. The collaboration between seller and architect was his first commission within the U.S. and timelessly showcases the storied talent’s attentive focus on space, proportion, light and materials, while simultaneously capturing the rugged vernacular of Telluride’s rich Victorian mining era. Occupying two corner lots in a highly sought-after location within the town’s national historic district, the home’s clean lines, and soaring light-filled spaces gracefully frame the surrounding mountains, while lush landscaping and an elevated private deck offer the ideal place to savor the setting. For the most discriminating collector of contemporary minimalist design, this property offers the rarest opportunity to own a home that helped launch a movement in mountain design.
From a nine-bedroom villa in St. Barth to a tranquil island paradise in Hawaii, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.
Price Upon Request | Columbier, St. Barth | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
This spectacular nine-bedroom 10-and-a-half-bathroom estate, located in Colombier’s exclusive gated Domaine known as Les Étoiles, offers sensational views of the incoming yachts, Saba, Statia and the sunset. This very private property cascades down the hillside; it features a five-bedroom villa, a two-bedroom villa, a caretaker cottage and three swimming pools. La Grande Maison des Étoiles is the perfect choice for buyers seeking a very private, luxurious retreat.
$50,000,000 USD | Chicago, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
An unprecedented urban estate, this 25,000-square-foot masterpiece is located on Lincoln Park’s finest street. Sited on an enormous parcel totaling more than eight city lots, every step has been taken to provide complete privacy and tranquility. Manicured grounds with multiple fountains, reflecting pool, and hand-forged antique garden pavilion transport you to another world. Absolutely no expense was spared inside or out throughout this sun-filled mansion.
Price Upon Request | Venice, Italy | Venice Sotheby’s International Realty
An architectural historic of the highest level by Palladio from the mid 16th century – visually stunning and in perfect condition, only 40 minutes from Venice.
Price Upon Request | Makena, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty
Simply stated, one of the most beautifully custom detailed homes to ever be built on the island. The home, perched on a lushly landscaped one-acre parcel of land, entertains endless Pacific Ocean views. With eight bedrooms and more than 10,000 square-feet of interior living, one can enjoy the true essence of Hawaiian indoor-outdoor living. The main home features a plethora of custom wood detailing, fountains, ponds, movie theatre and ocean views with privacy. An additional pool house provides more bedrooms, a full kitchen and a living room to enjoy Makena’s great weather while lounging around the resort-like setting. In the evening, an outdoor theatre rises from the pool deck, allowing for some of the most epic private cinema opportunities a residence can offer.
This year, the town’s New Year’s Eve celebration will look a little different than years past.
After three years of launching the annual fireworks display from the Idarado tailings pile near the East End, the town will be launching the fireworks a little closer to home, atop the New Sheridan Bar rooftop deck.
Although the celebration is organized by the town, the Telluride Fire Protection District is contracted to run the fireworks portion of the event.
The fire department has spent several months planning for the new location and is using a different type of firework than years past, “close-proximity fireworks,” which are designed for use near crowds, according to David Wadley, the battalion chief of the Telluride Fire District.
Wadley said that these types of fireworks often are shot off during concerts and football games.
“There is nothing exploding in the air, people don’t have to worry about their pets or safety,” Wadley said. “They burn going up, they are not very big and they don’t explode, they are small as far as fireworks go.”
Wadley said the show was designed specifically with the town in mind.
“We brought in some specialists that worked on the Salt Lake Olympics (in 2002) and do things for other major concerts and designed it specifically for that location (atop the bar),” he said.
Although close-proximity fireworks are considered safe, and are used with crowds in mind, Wadley said they are taking every precaution.
“We have firefighters with thermal imaging cameras on each rooftop, and we have firefighters in full gear on, standing by,” he said. “We have observers surrounding the block.”
The fireworks are a fairly recent addition to Telluride traditions and the event was created more out of a reaction to New Year’s Eve’s festivities already happening in town, according to Town Manager Greg Clifton.
“With all the craziness and open containers and fireworks (in previous years) a decision was made to put some structure into the whole thing and make it fun and make it family friendly,” Clifton said.
The celebration will include a countdown emceed by Mayor Sean Murphy, music at the courthouse steps and free hot chocolate to keep everyone toasty.
Clifton gave “major props” to the Telluride Fire Department for overseeing the fireworks display.
“We are having so many discussions to make sure things stay safe here,” Clifton said. “These are not the kind of fireworks that blow up or make loud noises. It is a visual thing not a loud thing.
“We like to remind people to please be aware that open containers are unlawful as are personal fireworks and we will be enforcing.,” he said
Clifton added that all cars need to be cleared on Colorado Avenue between Aspen and Fir Streets by 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Early in the evening, Telluride Ski Resort will be hosting its own tradition with the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks.
From 6:30-7:30 p.m., members of the ski school program will ski and snowboard down the Misty Maiden run toward Mountain Village and the Telluride Trail toward town.
The torches are actually road flares from the Department of Transportation, said Shannon Gibbs, spokeswoman for Telluride Ski Resort.
The tradition has taken place since 1972 and was originally started by ski patrollers, according to Gibbs.
“It is just a really festive and fun event, especially when you see the fireworks go off,” Gibbs said. “It is something unique and different to see, and a great way to celebrate the New Year.”
The fireworks can only be seen from the Town of Mountain Village and will be launched around 6:30 p.m.
Last year I covered several major ski resorts, including Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole and Keystone that had notable special programs for women or families. Fortunately, this is a growing trend and this year there are more women-friendly ski and snowboard offerings than ever before. Here’s a sampling (by no means comprehensive) of some great options.
Telluride, CO: I’ve been to Telluride summer and winter and just love the resort and town. Telluride claims its Women’s Week was the first women-only ski program in Colorado, and over the years it has grown to include many extras. It is offered in three and five-day versions and in addition to expert ski instruction includes yoga, meditation, wellness speakers, equipment fitting and après fun. There is one session monthly from January through March and packages are independent of lodging, though the camps offer discounts at a variety of local hotels. Telluride also offers snowboarders one three-day women’s camp, SheRide, annually in March. It provides lessons to all levels, from never evers to advanced double black riders. This is an adult specific camp for women 18 years and older.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort, CO: Crested Butte just added its new Women’s Tips on Tuesdays ski clinics this season. These half-day, women-only ski school sessions are led by top female instructors, and are ideal for ladies looking for a guided group session with instruction and an informal, fun vibe. Each clinic concludes with a glass of wine at the resort’s new on-mountain Umbrella Bar. Sessions run from 1:30 -3:30. The Women’s Tips on Tuesdays clinic is available to female skiers levels 3-7.
Sun Valley, ID: The nation’s first destination ski resort celebrates its 80th birthday with several new programs, including the Women’s-only Weekend (WOW, February 3 – 5, 2017). WOW emphasizes camaraderie and skills improvement and maximizes learning in a supportive environment. Small groups focus on technique with Sun Valley’s leading female instructors, along with après ski events and video analysis. Locals can also access DIVAS, a women’s only all-mountain experience for intermediate to advanced skiers. Developed for women, by women, the DIVAS program includes a 2.5-hour group lesson one day per week for eight weeks with Sun Valley’s top female athletes and instructors.
Alta, Utah: One of the classic lodging spots in American skiing, the beloved Alta Lodge teams up with top instructors from Alta’s Alf Engen Ski School for its popular annual Women’s Intermediate-Advanced Ski Camps. These offer three days of skiing, four nights of lodging, great food and camaraderie. Each day includes morning and afternoon instruction in a supportive, ability-specific group environment. This is followed by video and analysis of your skiing and an evening presentation. Camps are open to intermediates and above who can consistently use parallels turns and confidently cruise blue groomed runs. Three camps are offered in January and March and include meals and high performance ski demos. The hotel also has one annual Women’s Advance Expert Ski Camp in February for skiers who are already comfortable on all black runs in most snow conditions and enjoy venturing off-piste, into steeps and moguls. Alta Lodge is a European-style full-board hotel that is ski-in, ski-out.
Jackson Hole, WY: Jackson Hole has been rated the Number One resort in North America and is renowned around the world for its terrain, lodging and wonderful town. It also has a long history of world-class instruction and some of the best week-long immersion camps in skiing, for all styles and abilities. Specifically for women, Jackson Hole offers the Elevate Women’s Ski Camp, taught by a handful of the most famous professional women’s skiers. I wrote about it last year in detail, and this is one awesome camp (read here). Elevate is back this winter, along with a 4-day Women’s Snowboard Camp.
Beaver Creek, CO: There may be no resort in the nation so fixated on families as Beaver Creek – which also happens to be the most luxurious destination in skiing. Again, I wrote in detail about its offerings last year, but the highlight is an industry leading two-hour daily free tour/clinic, a social and learning experience run by female ski ambassadors. Beaver Creek is not the only member of the Vail Resorts family focusing on the ladies: both Vail and Breckenridge, CO have women only offerings.
From outlaw Butch Cassidy to longtime homeowner Oprah Winfrey, Telluride has always been the ski town of choice for those who can afford to go anywhere but prefer to keep a low profile. It combines Old West ambiance with understated luxury, fine dining with casual, rugged terrain with corduroy, and more than any other mountain in this country, offers truly great skiing for every ability. Telluride is arguably the country’s best all-around ski vacation destination (Ski Magazine readers just ranked it number one in North America for Overall Satisfaction, and top marks in Scenery and Character), but it has long been knocked for being remote and hard to reach. That was always an exaggerated and unfortunate myth, but with the reopening of commercial service into the town’s ultra-convenient airport, it’s easier than ever to get here.
WHERE TO STAY
Looking for a hotel that feels more like a friend’s sumptuous vacation home? Check into this European-style residential boutique with high-touch personal service. Lumiere features apartments rather than rooms, most with enormous walk-in steam showers, Wolf and SubZero appliances, and wet bars. The hallways are filled with the scents of complimentary fresh baked afternoon sweets daily and delicious breakfasts are included. It’s also ski-in/ski-out. 118 Lost Creek Lane, 970-369-0400, lumieretelluride.com
Madeline Hotel & Residences
With an unbeatable location in the pedestrianized heart of contemporary Mountain Village, the Madeline is a small scale take on a full-service luxury resort, with spa, pool complex, and multiple bars and restaurants. It’s as close as understated Telluride comes to an après ski “scene.” It was also expanded and completely renovated for this season. 568 Mountain Village Boulevard, 970-369-0880, madelinetelluride.com
New Sheridan Hotel
One of the few Colorado hotels dating to the mining era, the 125-year-old, four-diamond New Sheridan is just four years younger than Telluride itself. In the heart of the older village, two blocks from the slopes, this is where Butch and Sundance would stay, a historic cowboy hotel that doesn’t rest on its history. It’s got a classic “Chop House” and three bars for just 28 rooms–an enviable 1:8 après ratio–including an iconic watering hole that dates back to 1895. 231 West Colorado Avenue, 970-728-4351, newsheridan.com
Dunton Town House
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The newest accommodations in town just opened for the 2016-17 season. It’s a spin-off of ultra-luxury Dunton Hot Springs 70 miles away, a world-class Relais & Châteaux boutique resort created out of a ghost town. Both are owned by German billionaire Christoph Henkel, who also has the Four Seasons Santa Fe and Utah’s Amangiri. But while Dunton Hot Springs is living, breathing, over-the-top Old West, the Town House is Tyrolean chic, a historic 19th-century mining home converted into a five-room slice of Europe, celebrating the immigrants from the Austrian-Italian border region who moved here to work the mines. It is full of custom furnishings, Tyrolean antiques and fabrics, Austrian ceramics, and discreet elegance. 210 South Oak Street, 877-288-9922, duntontownhouse.com
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
221 South Oak
Telluride’s gourmet scene flies under the radar, with just one celebrity chef, but 221 owner Eliza Gavin was already running the local fave when she competed on Bravo’s Top Chef. She returned better for it, and in a charming Victorian townhouse in the old village offers a finessed game-rich menu teeming with boar, bison, elk, and local lamb. 221 S Oak Street, 970-728-9507, 221southoak.com
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One of Telluride’s more upscale restaurants perfectly captures the ski vacation aesthetic with updated French alpine fare, and a menu featuring dishes such as coq au vin and beef tartare that are hard to come by on this side of the Atlantic. It has been so popular here for so long that it just spun off a sister restaurant in Denver to meet Coloradan demand. 150 West San Juan Avenue, 970-728-6232, lamarmotte.com
A true hidden gem, this trailside chalet at 11,966 feet is perfect for a decadent Alpine-style lunch or an excuse to get an early jump start on après. It serves exquisite charcuterie and Italian alpine fare with great wines and great views, and is open for gondola-served dinners a few nights weekly. 12100 Camels’ Garden Road, 970-728-7560, tellurideskiresort.com
Brown Dog Pizza
Telluride has some of the finest “normal” food of any ski town in the country, and there is no better example than Brown Dog, quite simply the single best pizzeria in skiing. The sports bar feel belies the unexpected quality, with a menu anchored by its house specialty, the suddenly trendy Detroit-style pan pizza. Both the ambiance and cuisine are explained by the fact that the owner played college football with Tom Brady at Michigan. 110 East Colorado Avenue, 970-728-8046, browndogpizza.com
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Oak, The New Fat Alley BBQ
Not unlike Brown Dog is to pizza, Oak is the best barbecue joint in skiing, period. Its Alabama-born pit master does superlative slow smoked southern barbecue (especially ribs), plus winners like house cured bacon–try the deconstructed BLTs washed down with a bourbon from the restaurant’s extensive collection. 250 West San Juan Avenue, 970-728-3985, oakstelluride.com
New Sheridan Bar & Chop House
Telluride excels at saloons, but it’s hard to top this straight-out-of-Westworld, 19th-century gem in the historic New Sheridan Hotel for cocktails. Follow drinks with red meat in the atmospheric Chop House, which also has a surprisingly long wine list with by the glass offerings carefully stored in a nitrogen preservation system. 231 West Colorado Avenue, 970-728-4351, newsheridan.com
WHERE TO SHOP
Wagner Custom Skis
There is no more coveted winter sports hardware than a pair of Wagner skis. A decade ago, computer scientist Pete Wagner conceived a better way to make skis, and today his company is the world’s most renowned truly custom manufacturer. Many “custom” skis are merely variants on stock molds or fancy paint jobs, but every pair of Wagner skis is totally bespoke from the ground up to meet its user’s needs. For this season, Wagner, which was based 15 miles outside of town, opens its first Telluride showroom in pedestrianized Mountain Village. 970-728-0107, wagnerskis.com
The biggest complaints among skiers are sore feet and cold toes, and both can be solved through custom fitting. Boot Doctors is perennially ranked among the nation’s best ski boot fitters, and is so popular that reservations come recommended–even though they have two Telluride locations, one in town and one in Mountain Village. 970-728-4525, bootdoctors.com
Black Bear Trading Company
If you like cowboy boots as much as ski boots, there’s no better brand than Lucchese, and these are stocked, along with top outdoor apparel labels like Filson and Rand Hats, at Black Bear. 218 West Colorado Avenue, 970-728-6556
WHAT TO SKI
Just about every big resort sells itself as all things to all skiers, and while this is rarely true, Telluride is the happy exception. It has it all: bowls, chutes, cliffs, glades, cruisers and groomers. Advanced intermediate skiers—and there are a lot of them—are often the hardest customers to please, caught between too challenging and not enough. Here there is a mid-mountain canyon area full of double blue advanced intermediate trails, served by the Apex and Polar Queen Express chairs, a feature you would be hard pressed to find anyplace else. The Village Express serves a sea of single blue intermediate terrain, while beginners have plenty to choose from, and unlike most resorts, where they are relegated to the base area, novices can enjoy the stunning vistas from some of the highest spots with good options to ski down.
Telluride excels at the high end, with a ton for experts and beyond, from in-bounds blacks and double blacks (lifts 6, 9, and 14) to a vast array of chutes and hike-to terrain (lifts 12 and 15). If you cannot be challenged here you cannot be challenged anywhere, and in recent years Telluride has facilitated the growing big mountain crowd by installing permanent metal stairs and rails so the extremes can be accessed more easily. On top of all this, bump fans know the resort has long been home to some of the best and most infamous mogul runs in the world, like double blacks Spiral Staircase and Kant-Mak-M off of lift 9 (they even offer multi-day instructional “Making Friends With Moguls” camps).
If somehow you run out of things to ski (you won’t), or just want a different kind of adventure, it is one of the few U.S. resorts with a daily heli-skiing operation, accessing an additional 250 square miles of powder. If there is a type of terrain you like to ski or ride, Telluride has lots of it.
HOW TO GET HERE
The new service this season into Telluride is tempting, with regional jet connections on a United partner through Denver, making it a one stop from just about any U.S. city, with almost no driving. But don’t overlook Montrose, the old alternative, which was never nearly as bad as it was made out to be, offering more flights and better reliability in winter weather. Montrose also significantly increased its winter flights for the third straight year, with non-stops on all three big carriers from major cities coast-to-coast including New York, Atlanta, LA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, and Denver. Montrose is just 68 miles away, closer than the airports serving many other major Colorado resorts, and there is easy ground shuttle service—visitors don’t need or want a car in Telluride.
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