Anyone who wants to perfect their technique in skiing, snowboarding, even ice climbing (for the more adventurous) can benefit from the advice of professional athletes in the sports. That’s what’s scheduled to happen on the weekend of January 20-23 at the recently renovated Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection in Telluride, Colorado when a group of athletes gathers for an adventure weekend in partnership with Eventus and Revelshine Wines, an organic wine bottled in light aluminum cannisters—many of the athletes assembling are co-founders.
Skiier Chris Davenport, climber Emily Harrington, snowboarder Jeremy Jones and skier/mountain biker/climber Michelle Parker are among the athletes scheduled to be on hand for person-to-person discussions as well as participation in experiences alongside guests. Snow shoeing, fat biking, helicopter assisted back country touring and side country skiing are also set to be included in the weekend’s lineup of experiences. Except for side country and helicopter assisted touring, for which advanced levels are required, all skill levels can take part. And apart from the activities, meals including a cocktail reception and private dinner with the athletes, entertainment, and professional photographs of participants in action are also included.
Outdoor enthusiasts who can’t make it to that weekend, however, can also experience an assortment of winter activities currently being rolled out by the hotel. Among the least strenuous: dog sledding in which a team of Alaskan huskies lead the way guided by mushers through the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests; sleigh rides led by a team of horses up to 12,000 feet and winter fly fishing. Back country Nordic skiing, either half or full day, is also available either on a solo basis or led by experts through the six Nordic skiing areas across meadows, through forests and around pristine lakes. Snowmobiling, private ice skating lessons, snow shoeing, horseback riding and heli-skiing are also available, reaching the highest elevations in North America leading to 3000 foot runs. For guests who want to add on sightseeing landmarks in the region, it’s possible to charter a flight to the red rocks of Moab, Utah over the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
In the afternoon, après ski activities are kicked off in a manner typical of Swiss Alpine resorts—the blowing of an Alphorn by general manager Bryan Woody beckoning guests to Mountain Village for refreshments. Cocktails and champagne are served in the Timber Room along with elevated small plates such as “Devilish” eggs with shaved black truffle or baked potato with crème fraiche and Russian osetra caviar and more substantial options such as Rocky Mountain elk loin with local huckleberry jus. Full meals are served in the Black Iron Kitchen and Bar and after a full day outdoors, it’s not hard to imagine being able to consume hearty dishes such as a 16-ounce wild salmon filet with lemon caper brown butter or a 32-ounce Piedmontese Dry Aged Bone In Ribeye with roasted whole garlic vinaigrette (hopefully shared.) After that, a stroll around Mountain Village would be recommended before heading off to bed, preparing for the next day’s activities outdoors.