TELLURIDE – Arizona innovator Ryan Reynolds has launched a Telluride mobile app available to anyone with a smart phone.
The app provides information about real-time conditions of the Telluride Ski Area, with snow reports, weather conditions, Doppler radar, trail maps and information from the ski patrol. Reynolds says the app delivers an insider’s perspective on the Telluride community, as well.
“The goal of this app is to provide mobile users with a single location where anyone, visitors and locals alike, can feel like part of the Telluride community,” he says. “Visitors can utilize it to find mountain information, local businesses, discounted hotel rates and much more… while local residents can use it for more specialized information such as viewing live highway conditions to ensure the pass is open before they make their way to Cortez or Silverton.”
Phoenix, Ariz.-resident Reynolds, currently in the commercial real estate business, has been making the trek to Telluride for the last 20 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus on management information systems from the University of Arizona, and gained experience in web design from a course in San Francisco.
With the Arizona real-estate economy sluggish, Reynolds, with help from a cousin, got excited about creating apps and decided to branch out and create a mobile application for the Telluride area.
His idea for a Telluride-focused app stemmed from a stressful driving experience two years ago when he found Lizard Head Pass closed due to winter conditions. “When I left, the pass was open,” he remembers. “About nine hours later, after a long drive, it was closed. The Rico Hotel was all booked up. It was a point where I started thinking, ‘I have a phone; it should be smart enough to give me this information.’”
Along with weather reports, detailed information about local restaurants, coffee shops, and bars has already been posted, but the app is constantly being added to and updated. “By the rapidly approaching holiday season, we plan to add an update which will allow our app users to link into their ‘FourSquare’ accounts in order to be notified when their friends are locationally nearby on the slopes,” Reynolds says. “It’s a place where people can be connected to the mountain.”
Since the app’s launch nearly three weeks ago, it has been downloaded by more than 1,700 users, and Reynolds believes that number will increase as the ski season continues to ramp up. He is currently discussing the app with Telluride Ski and Golf Co. officials, and is open to talking with any Telluride business owners who feel the app may be beneficial to their services as well.
“I think there are a lot of opportunities,” Reynolds says. “I recently read that 29 percent of American consumers will complete at least one holiday shopping purchase on their mobile device. That’s almost 90 million people. Once smart phones are the norm, the potential customer base is enormous.”
To download the app on an Android phone, simply open the Droid Market, search “Telluride”, then download and install. From an iPhone, open iTunes, search “Telluride (Official),” download and install.
Anyone interested in a business to be included on the app or would like to discuss opportunities, contact Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602/690-0754.