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Historic Ski Tour Offers Unique Perspective
HISTORIC SKI TOURS OFFER UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
More than a host, Johnnie Stevens is the attraction
Telluride, Colorado (January 11, 2012) – “Who here has ever had trouble getting to Telluride?” Johnnie Stevens asked a captive audience at a recent Historic Ski Tour.
Stevens was on his way to make one his favorite points: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
He executed the parody flawlessly—with an anecdote about a woman, 100 years ago, who finally arrives in Telluride, by train, in a condition she didn’t start off in: on the verge of childbirth.
Stevens is well-suited to share Telluride’s story. A life-time local, Stevens grew up skiing town’s only rope tow, powered a car engine. With time, Billy “Senior” Mahoney, 20 years his elder, would call Stevens’ parents to ask if their son could ski the back country with him.
“Johnnie Stevens is more than the host of the tours,” said Lauren Bloemsma, executive director of the Telluride Historical Museum, “he is the attraction.”
When the resort opened in 1972, Stevens was called on, along with Mahoney, to take on lead roles. Eventually Stevens would serve as Chief Operation Officer and in 2004 he was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
Historic Ski Tours are sponsored by the museum and The Peaks Resort and Spa. They’re free to the public, with a lift ticket, and leave The Peaks ski in/out location at 10 a.m. Tours are offered nearly every Monday. Tours last two hours and cover intermediate terrain.
IF YOU GO: Most Mondays 10a.m. Meet at The Peaks RSVP 970-728-3344x 2
Historic Ski Tour Offers Unique PerspectiveJanuary 2012More than a host, Johnnie Stevens is the attraction
Crawl Back in Time
CRAWL BACK IN TIME
The Telluride Historical Museum presents a Historic Pub Crawl.
Telluride, Colorado (January 9, 2012)– During Telluride’s most raucous era—around the turn of the last century—there was an unwritten rule that required a woman to enter through the side service door at the New Sheridan where she would then be held, in a waiting parlour, until her date was ready to dine.
Other Sheridan rules—Don’t shoot the Pianist!—were posted in plain site.
Throughout prohibition, it wasn’t uncommon for as much as nine tons of sugar to come through town without any of it making it to a grocery store. Telluride Whiskey, after all, was in high demand, even as far away as New York, or so claimed some proud Moonshiners.
During another infamous chapter in Telluride’s liquid history—the1970’s—the Gypsy Moon Saloon (today’s Fly Me to the Moon) boasted a full bar with a laundry-mat to boot.
On Thursday, the Telluride Historical Museum, with help from Telluride Theatre, will illuminate the town’s liquid history with a four-stop tour of Telluride’s most infamous haunts.
The Crawl kicks off with a free beer at the Telluride Historical Museum. Afterward, revisit the decade that gave birth to the ski bum at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon; tour the Sheridan Opera House, from the basement bath-house to the top level Vaudeville Bar; and finish at the New Sheridan Bar to discover the sacred and holy battleground of the Western Federation of Miners. All the while, special guests bring to life the long forgotten characters, stories and traditions of Telluride’s pioneer drinkers.
Tickets include a guided tour and beer stein with historic image. Drinks (accept the first one, at the museum) are not included. Hangovers are on the house!
RSVP: 728-3344×2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.