BUSINESS BRIEFS | Former Employee Takes Helm of Elevation Vacations, Telluride Property Services
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TELLURIDE – Longtime local Peter McGinty recently acquired sole ownership of two well-known Telluride businesses – Elevation Vacations, a professionally managed luxury vacation rentals and lodging services company, and Telluride Property Services, an estate management business. 

Elevation Vacations opened its doors in 1996. McGinty joined the business in 1998 as its first employee, and in 2002 became co-owner. Since then Elevation Vacations has grown and become a well-established business in the community, managing an extensive assortment of luxury vacation rentals in Mountain Village and the Town of Telluride. 

Telluride Property Services, originally Telluride Services, was founded in 1985 and was Telluride’s first estate management business, locally providing care-taking, concierge, maintenance and housekeeping services exclusively for second homeowners. McGinty became an owner of this business in 2011 and is now the sole proprietor with a staff that includes several long-time employees including general manager Corey Carlstead.

Originally from Selkirk, N.Y., McGinty grew up working summers for resort businesses in the Adirondacks and at a dude ranch in the Ozarks. He has over 25 years of experience in the resort lodging industry. He now lives in Telluride with wife Kelly and young sons Shane and Finn.

“It feels good to know that a ski bum who puts in the time and effort really can make it work here,” McGinty said. 

Elevation Vacations and Telluride Property Serviceshave recently moved to a new location at 152 Society Drive, Suite A in Lawson Hillnear the Telluride Brewing Company. New hires to McGinty’s seasoned staff include longtime locals Mike Ialeggio as Director of Operations and Eileen Burns, Sales and Marketing Manager.

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TELLURIDE – Condé Nast Traveler has named the Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge to its Top 40 Hotels & Resorts in the West list, and as its highest rated property in Telluride, in a reader-ballot ranking.

Out of 100 total possible points, readers gave the Franz Klammer Lodge 94.5 points for service, 95.4 points for its rooms experience, and 98.9 points for its setting.  

The Lodge is situated at the base of the Telluride Ski Area’s Lift 4-Village Express in the Mountain Village Core. Guests enjoy the ease of skiing some of the world’s best terrain with complimentary ski valet and non-existent lift lines. In the summer, the lodge sits amidst the area’s top hiking and biking trails and is a free, 13-minute gondola ride to the weekly summer festivals for which Telluride is acclaimed.

Amenities at the Lodge include complimentary transportation from local airports, complimentary valet parking, complimentary ski valet and 24-hour access to property’s renowned Himmel Spa. 

The Lodge offers spacious 2 and 3-bedroom residences, each with a full kitchen, patio, fireplace, washer/dryer, luxurious bathrooms and a spacious living room and dining room. Residents are able to enjoy all the comforts of a home with the services of a luxury hotel.

“As we continue to enhance the experience and value to our owners and guests, we have initiated a multi-million dollar investment to ‘refresh’ the Lodge over the next two to three years,” said general manager Ivan Osorio. “Lodge ownership is committed to maintaining the residential community at the highest standards. ” 

For bookings and information, call 888/728-0355 or visit Become a fan of the Lodge at For ownership information please call Janice Gerona at 970/708-7616 or e-mail

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