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I just finished teaching skiing to some great ladies during the January session of Telluride Women’s Week at Telluride Ski Resort. It was wonderful and since there are two more sessions this year (in February from the 7th to the 11th and the 26th to the 28th), I thought I’d let you in on some of the fun. Originally published in Masters of the Mountain 2015-2016, the new Telluride Ski & Snowboard School, I’m posting my unedited version of my story below along with my own selection of Telluride Women’s Week photos from this year and years past.
Women, skiing, snowboarding, instruction, wine, apps, laughs, hot chocolate, girl talk, girl power, toasts, victories, sharing, learning, shopping, dining, fun. Of course all this and more occurs on a daily basis at Telluride Ski Resort, however, it happens tenfold during Women’s Week, ladies-only programs for skiers and riders interested in improving their skills within a supportive environment.
Founded by Annie Vareille-Savath, Telluride Women’s Week will be celebrating its thirty-fifth year this season with three sessions: one in January and two in February. “Whenever you immerse yourself with the same instructor and the same group of people for several days, you have the opportunity to get in depth knowledge followed up with consistent feedback and the support of the rest of the group,” says Annie, Telluride’s veteran ski instructor who is entering her forty-fourth season. “This really helps you to progress.”
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The bulk of it fell just before Christmas and as you can see from some of the photos in this post, my car was buried in the snow twice. (Thank goodness for burly and well-prepared boyfriends and local mountain folk that always appear eager to help out those in need, especially when it comes to a snow situation.) It also was hard getting out the door a few times.
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Brrrr. Baby it’s been cold outside, at least here in the Rocky Mountains. Tis the season to eat lots of warm, hearty foods–calorie-rich meals that refuel you after charging down the slopes all day at Telluride Ski Resort.
And baby do I have a recommendation for you. Book your table at Alpinist and the Goat where you can delight in melted cheese in its most delectable forms: fondue and raclette. Both specialties from the Alps, here these convivial dishes are served with salad, seasoned bread and apples. For the fondue, you can choose from seven different options such as traditional, truffle and Cortina, a twist on the classic recipe blended with creamy gorgonzola. More adventuresome gastronomes will want to try the Basquel, a spicy fondue made with traditional Emmenthaler, Manchego and chorizo or Cajun Fondeaux, a rich blend of cheese finished with crawfish tails and Cajun seasonings. Yum. Leave it to Americans to innovate a centuries-old classic from the Alps.
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Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to think about shopping. Oh wait, you’ve probably been thinking about it–and even doing some of it–the past week. Good on you if that’s the case. Others (like me) haven’t even begun to tackle their holiday shopping despite a deluge of offers that have flooded our inboxes.
I recommend keeping it simple and shopping online for those on your list that live a distance from you. Have that something special sent directly to their door, so that you don’t have to put up with all the wrapping, packaging and waiting in line at your local post office or shipper. And while you’re at it, pick up something for yourself because that’s just what we do when holiday shopping.
I showcase a curated list of favorite purveyors at my Online Shopping Page, most of whom offer discounts between 8 and 10% to Bonjour Colorado readers. Go directly there if you want my more lengthy descriptions. Otherwise, check out my highlights and some other add-ons below.
Carmelize sugar and butter, add some nuts and chocolate and you have an extraordinary holiday treat. Ruth does it with love and I promise this housemade toffee is the best I’ve ever tasted. Other sweet and savory confections include truffles, turtles, clusters, fudge as well as roasted almonds. Type in the code Bonjour to receive a 10% discount.
Peruse this quaint online boutique for alpine treasures of the finest quality for men, women, children, the home and dogs! From handmade Swiss dog collars worthy of the pups at Westminster to Italian silk scarves, alpine hats and belts, centuries-old sleigh bells and more, you can shop for an array of heartwarming gift ideas with just a few clicks of the mouse at Alpen Schatz. Type in the code Bonjour to receive a 10% discount.
Grab yourself a glass of bubbly and let yourself be transported to the realm of Family Estate Champagnes at Henri’s Reserve. You can select one exquisite bottle to send off to someone special or enroll your beloved in one of Henri’s Reserve Champagne Clubs, so that he or she may receive choice offerings throughout the year. Family Estate Champagne Houses represent most of the finest champagnes artisanally produced in France, many of which are touted on esteemed wine lists in the finest restaurants of the world. Type in Bonjour at checkout to receive your 10% discount.
From grandma to teachers to the love of your life, just about everyone on your list would enjoy receiving a beautifully wrapped package of handmade soap from Fresh Soap Company. Check out their wonderful selection of soaps, soaks, scrubs, lotions and balms and be sure to type in the code Bonjour to receive your 10% discount.
Still in search of some holiday plates to add charm to your winter feasts? Or maybe you have someone on your list that appreciates table arts of the finest quality. Either way, spend some time at M.A. Hadley Pottery Company for a look at the fun, whimsical patterns of this renowned maker of American Pottery. Type in the code Bonjour to receive an additional 8% discount here.
Looking for something truly unique? Perhaps for that hard-to-buy-for man on your list? Check out The Autograph source for a gallery of collectibles, memorabilia and documents from the world of sports, cinema, music, politics and more–past and present–all in varying price ranges. Type in Bonjour into the comments section to receive your 10% discount.
Absolutely the best toys for all your fur babies are sold at Purrfect Play. They’re made from organic, natural fibers and sure to offer hours of pleasure to your beloved pets. Type in promo code Bonjour to receive your 10% discount.
You can save up to 40% on gifts through Sunday at REI, my favorite supplier of outdoor clothing and gear for men, women and children. OK, you’ll want to wear a lot of the clothes inside, too, around the fire, likely after a good bit of fun in the snow or beneath a desert sun. If you miss out on this sale, try REI Outlet for ongoing awesome deals.
Speaking of adventure, I can’t think of a better gift for your loved ones that travel than a membership at Medjet Assist. They offer a couple of different plans that provide comprehensive travel protection–especially in terms of medical evacuation–for all us globetrotters. Click through from here (as well as the other Medjet links in this post and on my site) to receive a 10% discount.
Je suis triste. I’m so sad that my favorite purveyor of charming French goods is going out of business. The good news for you is that you can receive 50% off the remainder of Quel Objet merchandise. Type in the code AUREVOIR at checkout to receive your 50% discount. Doors close definitively December 23. At this point, there are still espadrilles, Camille breakfast sets and rich red Terafeu Terafour pottery in stock.
Actually below I highlight full-on gifts but they are small enough to stuff into a stocking or even better, a suitcase.
I love the ballet flats for women and toddlers from Linge Shoes. Choose from a Crayola-colored selection of these foldable classics, great for padding about at home or while traveling. I find them to be super comfy and adorable.
It took me years to find just the right cleaning product for all my devices. Now I clean up my desktop, laptop and phone with Whoosh!, a safe, screen shine cleaner that I can use effortlessly and without worry. Whoosh! comes in three handy sizes, making them also a great purchase for those of us that travel so much. Yay for tech hygiene. Yay for grease-free devices.
The eBook version of my travel memoir, A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, will be free tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. It has a 4.3 (out of 5) rating on amazon–people are indeed finding it to be a good read. It’s chockfull of adventure, love, romance, food and wine, French culture and more. Two of my main themes involve self empowerment through sport and personal transformation, so it’s not just chick lit! It’s, of course, also available in paperback at amazon and you can buy signed copies at Alpen Schatz. (Don’t forget the Bonjour code for your 10% discount on the latter.)
Happy holiday shopping to all!
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With all that’s happening in the world, most of us are feeling extra stressed these days. This is true even in Telluride, Colorado, one of the safest and most beautiful places on earth. No one is immune to feeling reverberations from all these horrific terrorist acts. As I wrote in my story, Paris Attacks Hit Home, we are one.
Still though, we are so privileged in this sweet little ski town. Few people lock the doors to their cars and houses except during bear season, since our local bruin population has become pretty savvy about entering spaces redolent with lingering pizza, berry and pie smells. We live in a bubble of sorts where our biggest threats come from pushing it too hard on the slopes or getting caught in an avalanche during a backcountry ski.
Although Telluride is renowned for some of the finest music festivals in the world, our universe primarily revolves around the great outdoors. The mountains–and most specifically Telluride Ski Resort–reign supreme, offering us endless hours of fun, relaxation and recreation.
Telluride officially opens on Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving, however, folks can test their ski and snowboard legs tomorrow on Donation Day by offering $25. to the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club in exchange for a day on the slopes. I’d imagine lots of snowsports enthusiasts will be hitting the mountain throughout the holiday weekend because with the over three feet of snow we’ve recently received, the conditions should be fantabulous. Plus, much more terrain than usual will be opened from the get-go.
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It’s sparkling white here in Telluride, Colorado. We’ve been graced with bright blue skies after a major storm dumped about three feet of snow on our already snowy mountains. Normally my heart would be singing with the excitement that comes with the start of each ski season. But despite the glorious scene that lays before me, I feel cobbled together with a jumble of emotions I’m doing my best to manage.
I did some work with hospice about twenty years ago and learned in the training that each loss brings up a past loss. I suppose by the end of our lives our hearts are filled with an accumulation of losses. A grim thought, but hopefully we find out along the way how to balance our complexities of emotions. But still, there are times when the bottom seems to fall out of our hearts.
This has been one of those times for me. The horrific events in Paris of just one week ago have touched so many of us. They’ve triggered thoughts of 9/11and other PTSD moments, big and small. They’ve made us weep for a beautiful city loved by many whether we’ve traveled there or not. They’ve made us feel the ultimate violation of enjoying a sense of safety in the most civilized parts of the world. They’ve made us feel like one. We are one, we are one with Paris, one with France, one with the whole world.
In a city of over two and a quarter million inhabitants, I wanted to make sure that everyone I knew there was safe last Friday night. On ne sais jamais. It’s bad enough that this horrible violence was happening but I prayed that all my loved ones and contacts from having had a close connection with the City of Light for almost four decades were safe.
And then it came. The news that my ex-husband, Stéphane de Bourgies, had lost his wife, Véronique Geoffroy de Bourgies, in the attack on the little bistrot, La Belle Equipe, rue de Charonne. I felt shattered. Vraiment boulversé. No, no, please God, don’t let it be true. I had been checking Steph’s Facebook page all night for news and finally the unimaginable was posted. I had already written on Véronique’s timeline that I was thinking about her and her family and hoping everyone was safe. Oh God, please let this be a mistake.
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In the more than two and a half decades I’ve been a travel writer I’ve been fortunate to experience some of the world’s top salons and spas from Paris to London to New York to Beverly Hills to Hong Kong. Just like high-end restaurants, these establishments serve up quality products and services within alluring settings meant to wow people with means. And whether glitzy or subdued, the entertainment factor of these posh places always ranks high, which, of course, makes up part of the whole experience.
I have, however, often found the demeanor of staff at many well-reputed hair salons to be off putting, perhaps because many think it’s cool to embody the pouty, woeful look of fashion models in magazines. I don’t like that at all, which is why I rarely look at such publications any more. Or, sometimes the approach is just plain snobby. Who ever thought that was attractive?
So you can imagine my delight when I discovered a super warm and friendly scene at J. Sisters, a renowned hair salon on W57th Street in New York, owned and operated by Brazilian sisters all with first names beginning with J. (But of course.) Whether you’re in for a splurge or you’re rich, famous or full of yourself, this long-established salon caters to all with the same measure of enthusiasm and attention as is required in transforming a brunette to a blond. (No, I didn’t go for that, but I was tempted and if I do, I will have it done here.)
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We’ve delighted in exceptionally warm and sunny weather these past five to six weeks here in Colorado. And the colors have been glorious. A cold front blew in over the weekend, however, and now most of the trees are bare. It’s been raining a lot these past twenty-four hours and although the peaks are capped in white, our mountain landscapes appear ready for a big snowstorm. Let’s hope the fluffy white stuff starts piling up from here on out and that we have a great ski season in Telluride and the rest of Colorado.
Until that happens though, many Coloradans will be heading to the desert; it’s not far for most of us and it’s a great way to extend summer. Plus, the crowds of tourists have dispersed, which makes experiencing these wondrous places of nature more enjoyable. I’ve taken some of my best trips to Utah, Arizona and New Mexico during the fall and spring and I’m sure I’ll hit the road to one of my favorite Southwestern destinations within the next few weeks as well.
Less than a four-hour drive from southwest Colorado, Monument Valley, one of America’s most spectacular sites, is one of my top choices. Situated both in Arizona and Utah, the panoply of sun-baked reds, russets, ochres and golds of the monuments appears even more magical beneath the burnished glow of autumn. In Touring the Southwest with My Parents, you can read about a trip I took to this part of the West with my parents during fall a while back. My parents loved it although I think they might have thought I was a little crazy with all my oohing and aahing. But at least I didn’t let my commentaries interfere with the solitude one feels at such an awe-inspiring place.