BUSINESS BRIEFS | Elk Mountain Resort Up for Auction
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Apr 07, 2013 | 3861 views | 0 0 comments | 297 297 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY– The deadline for bids in the auction of Elk Mountain Resort, known for its remote location and extravagant amenities is April 10 as an attempt to reclaim the millions spent in its construction are currently being taken.

The property sits on 275 acres, 34 miles from Telluride and 22 miles from Montrose, and boasts high-dollar accommodations that has attracted major companies for retreats and high ranking government officials, according to the website of Hilco Real Estate Auctions, the agency handling the auction.

Calls to Hilco were not returned before publication.

The 47 building complex is surrounded by 60,000 acres of National Forest land and centers around a 22,000-square-foot lodge with its 87-seat, "world-class," restaurant overlooking spring-fed Tait Lake. Its 18 three-bedroom, two-story 2,400 square foot luxury residences come with a 16,000-square-foot former Valhalla Shooting Club gun range.

Snowmobiles, ATV’s, and SUV’s are also included in the sale, according to Hilco along with a substantial amount of other property.

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TELLURIDE – Community members and business owners have established the Telluride Region Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization offering new and existing businesses tiered and individualized benefit plans to meet their needs in today’s evolving economic landscape.

“We want to meet with business owners and together brainstorm ways in which the Chamber can play a vital role in their day-to-day business,” said Chamber co-founder and CEO Jim Riley. “With that as our starting point, we hope to make a more significant impact within the business community and on the local economy, and create a chamber that is relevant to our members.”

Starting next month, the Chamber will offer membership tiers, ranging from $300 to $5,000 annually, and the opportunity for potential members to schedule a meeting with Chamber staff to discuss their individual business needs.

“Each membership tier was created with the basic notion that business owners don’t necessarily have the time to implement a customized chamber experience, but they still want to receive certain chamber benefits. And those benefits range from advocacy to online promotion to member-to-member discounts,” said Riley.

Another benefit the Chamber will offer its members – and even non-members – is a place to work.

“We outfitted our main street office with a purpose in mind: a workplace geared towards those who are hungry for collaboration and inspiration,” Chamber co-founder Nichole Zangara said. “We are not only providing the space for individuals to work, but also offering an opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to meet other like-minded individuals.”

In that same vein, the Chamber intends to act as a catalyst for new businesses, and work with local organizations and governments to identify, develop and implement innovative ways to strengthen the local economy. Moreover, with the assistance of its founding board members, the Chamber will focus on building a business network and creating lasting partnerships for the benefit of the community at large. The founding board members include former owner of the Llama and Chamber Co-founder Fletcher McCusker; Cosmopolitan Owner Chad Scothorn; ASAP Principal Todd Brown; Jagged Edge Owner Erik Dalton; Wells Fargo Mountain Village Branch President Chris Cox; Sotheby's International Realty Broker and Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Production Director Teddy Errico; Studio G Owner Ginger Medrick, and former Executive Director of the Denver Chamber of Commerce Joe Snell.

“We created a board with individuals who represent a cross-section of the Telluride and Mountain Village business community and who demonstrate daily their commitment to this destination,” McCusker said.  “Aside from the board, when appropriate we will create committees made up of other Chamber members to tackle specific initiatives, programs and special interests. This will give the larger business community and our members an opportunity to participate at a deeper level and make those game-changing decisions.”

For additional information about the Chamber or to become a member call 970/728-8920 or drop by the office located at 217B Colorado Avenue, or visit, coming online soon.


Jacqueline Glokler has been promoted to general manager of The Auberge Residences at Element 52. “Jacqueline has shown such leadership at Element 52, and we are so pleased to have her join our team of GMs,” said Eric Calderon, Chief Operating Officer at Auberge Resorts. “Her exceptional background in hospitality is an asset to the property, and we are confident in her continued success.”

Glokler, who previously held the position of sales, marketing and public relations manager at the luxury residence club, came to Element 52 after working as a consultant for The Charlotte Inn, a Relais & Châteaux Property in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.


Hotel Madeline Telluride was awarded four stars by the 2013 Forbes Travel Guide. This summer the hotel’s REV Restaurant will feature distinctive farm-to-table cuisine; the adjoining gastropub, Smak Bar, will serve chef-driven cuisine, featuring flavors from around the world.

TAR GIVES Telluride/Montrose Air Organization$226,800 Over Last Decade

Over the last decade, the Telluride Association of Realtors has given $226,800 to the Telluride/Montrose Air Organization. “TAR’s support of the Air Organization has been key to our overall success in providing air service to the destination,” said TMRAO COO Matt Skinner. “The realtors understand the critical role air plays in our economy, and set a great community example for others to follow in the region’s global efforts to grow economic vitality.”

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