Bootdoctors is pleased to invite our holiday shoppers to our annual Noel Night celebration and sale December 5 ALL DAY at ALL our Telluride and Mountain Village stores.
Many locals have anxiously asked whether they will enjoy their annual favorite, Penelope’s “Schweddy Balls.” This very popular dish is a tribute to SNL 1998 famous Holiday skit with Alec Baldwin:
The answer is YES! We will have the “Schweddy Balls” at the Main Street store. A unique Holiday non-alcoholic punch of apple pumpkin cider with local ginger beer will be served.
HOLIDAY BALL THEMED DISCOUNTS:
We offer a Noel Night Bingo Ball game in which folks roll the basket to get a random discount from 10% up to 50% off ALL DAY at all 3 Bootdoctors’ stores, including Mountain Village, Oak street and Colorado Ave.
We know that your children are growing up way too fast so we offer a Kids’ Ski Boot Program that gets your kids under 13 years old in boots for 3 years for $325. (available at our Mountain Village store only.)
Give the gift of glide and edge: pre-paid Tune cards for 25% OFF (no additional Noel Night discounts apply).
Everyone has a chance to win fun prizes at the Annual Holiday Raffle at our Colorado Av store at 6 pm, including free Fat Bike & Nordic Demos plus other fun gifts.
WHATS IN STORE FOR NOEL NIGHT:
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE BOOTDOCTORS
OPEN 8AM to 6PM
In Mountain Village, we have a store chock full of new Winter gear, including skis, boots, snowboards, clothing, helmets, gloves, base layers, socks, boot heaters and all the accessories you need to fill stockings.
MAIN ST. BOOTDOCTORS
OPEN 9AM TO 8PM
At our “Main Street” store on Colorado ave, we have a huge assortment of Winter clothing, Nordic skis, boots and accessories PLUS our year-round bike store with the newest FAT bikes, and lots of bike accessories your bike enthusiast would love for Christmas or Hanukkah.
OAK STREET BOOTDOCTORS
OPEN 8AM TO 6PM
Noel Night discounts ALL DAY on ski and snowboard hard goods plus our world famous custom bootfitting and the very best tunes at our Oak street stores.
FROM CHEF PENELOPE:
“I started making Swedish Meatballs many years ago for Noel Night. The nutmeg and allspice make this a classic Christmas dish, which is great for a party. I noticed that the dish would barely last an hour as young hungry folks piled their plates with food. As a joke, I started calling them “Schweddy Balls.”
I figured that older folks might know the SNL reference but I have been delighted to find that many young people have seen the skit as SNL often re-runs it in their Holiday Hits. One Noel Night a group of 20-somethings could not stop laughing as they had just that day (totally coincidentally) been acting out the skit!
It brings me great joy to share delicious food and a good belly laugh with returning friends and new acquaintances. This is what Noel Night is all about: Telluride folks truly enjoying each other’s company while enjoying special discounts and feeling so grateful for our community.”
If you would like more information, call Penelope at 970-728-8009.
A FUNDRAISER FOR SAN MIGUEL COUNTY SEARCH & RESCUE
Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Telluride Premier of Teton Gravity Research Film
Doors Open @ 5:30pm Silent Auction
7:00pm Film Screening
Live Auction & Jollification To Follow
$10 Donation To SMSAR
This 3rd annual event is the biggest single fundraiser for San Miguel County Search and Rescue (SAR.) The goals are to start the Winter season with greater awareness of backcountry touring opportunities, challenges and safety protocols and to support SAR.
Combining fun with facts, the evening starts with socializing, bevs and food, a silent auction, and information tables on avalanche preparedness, Search and Rescue services, SAR cards and volunteer opportunities.
A screening of Teton Gravity Research’s latest film ODE TO MUIR is the central highlight. The evening culminates with a drawing of great prizes, including backcountry guided adventures, safety equipment for backcountry trekking and ski and snowboard gear. Fun ski and snowboard shorts round out the celebration of community and gratitude to our search and rescue volunteers.
Photo: San Miguel Search & Rescue
The event was 100% sold out in 2017. We raised funds for SAR from ticket sales, a percentage of High Pie food and beverage sales, direct donations and silent auction sales.
Through sponsorship, donations and underwriting by Bootdoctors, High Pie, Faction Skis, Mountain Trip, we were able to donate 100% of the proceeds to SAR.
San Miguel County Search and Rescue (SAR) is a volunteer based organization dedicated to saving lives and providing rescue services throughout the county. SAR covers approximately 1,200 square miles, ranging from high desert at an altitude of 5,000 feet to high alpine at an altitude in excess of 14,000 feet. SAR covers everything from lost hikers, technical rock rescues, helicopter extractions, and avalanche rescues.
Photo: Teton Gravity Research
By Colorado statute, the county sheriff directs and is responsible for all search and rescue activities. The San Miguel County Search and Rescue team has extensive training and skill sets involved in patient assessment and medical, high & low angle rescue, waterfall & ice rescue, avalanche rescue, swiftwater rescue, and high altitude diving.
Bootdoctors’ Events Planner, Bryce Young, felt such deep gratitude to SAR for their brave efforts to rescue many of our friends, athletes and visitors over the years that he wanted to give back.
“I realized that too many of our friends are losing their lives in avalanches and in the backcountry. We we need to, as a community, increase our awareness and preparedness for backcountry exploration. I want to emphasize the importance of making good decisions, being patient, and knowing where to get the information to be educated enough to make the right decision. I also saw the incredible time, energy and expertise that locals dedicated as SAR volunteers and wanted to celebrate them.”
Teton Gravity’s newest film, Ode To Muir, pairs professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones with two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping, grueling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first traveled it generations ago, and sharing perspectives gleaned from what it truly means to explore a great American Wilderness.
Jeremy Jones has a guide to backcountry safety on his web site. Check it out by CLICKING HERE!
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! The leaves are turning and there’s a hint of snow on the top of the mountains.
The new SKI Magazine Gear Guide 2019 is fresh off the press. Time to get the scoop on what’s new, what’s different, what’s the coolest ski gear for the upcoming season.
And, once again, you can rely on the words of wisdom from Bob Gleason, founder of the Bootdoctors. As Bob tells it, he has the best job in the world as a gear tester for SKI magazine. He says,
”To ski all the next season’s skis tuned to perfection with a gang of rippers is such a thrill. I love to translate what I feel in my feet into words which clearly help folks make the best ski choices.”
Does custom bootfitting make a difference? See what the experts at SKI Magazine say below.
Here’s to a great season dancing down the slopes with the very best gear especially for you!
Before embarking on a two-week road trip on British Columbia’s Powder Highway, my friend Cooper asked for my advice about two particular ski boots he had his eye on, mostly because he read our reviews and could likely get them for a discount online. My answer?
If you have yet to experience a fall day in Telluride, it’s high time you get out there and hit the trails. After all, it’s the best way to explore the stunning mountain town in all its golden glory. Don’t just take our word for it, though, because we have plenty of jaw-dropping pictures to prove it.
As many a local would attest, this time of year brings much more than one might think. Turns out, autumn in the mountains isn’t just about waiting for the snow to fly (although yes, that’s still a big part of it). Truth is, fall is an absolute favorite among longtime locals and first-time tourists alike. With its colorful leaves and crisp temps, there’s no denying this time of year delivers stunning scenery akin to something straight out of a storybook. Seriously. And the best part is, there are plenty of ways to soak up all that golden goodness just steps from your door.
Photo: Visit Telluride/Ryan Bonneau
For starters, you can take a stroll down Main Street or on the River Trail, and just look up! The ski resort is popping with color and every surrounding aspen grove is lit up like … a Christmas tree? No, that’s not right. Lit up like … a perfect fall treat!
If you’re after more of a heart-pounding walk, be sure to hit up the Jud Wiebe trail — a go-to hike right in town — for an enchanted walk through meandering aspen trees. Additionally, Telluride’s surrounding mesas offer picture-perfect views chock-full of yellow, gold, and orange hues for days.
Photo: Visit Telluride/Ryan Bonneau
While we’re on the subject of leaf-peeping, here’s another way you can spot the most beautiful bounty of brilliantly painted branches: on a bike! While exploring on foot is a great way to go, catching the colors while zipping down the Meadows or cruising up Prospect delivers all the thrills one would expect.
Still not convinced fall is the best time of year to hit the trails in Telluride? Well, here’s some advice: Take a hike! No, really. Go take a hike in town, around a mesa, or up to a high alpine lake, and see for yourself. The weather’s ideal, the scenery picturesque, and the experience unforgettable. Oh, and there’s this, too; leaf-lined trails are just the beginning of an epic adventure during gold season. Explore Telluride in the fall, and you won’t be disappointed by a town that’s dripping in natural beauty and authentic hospitality alike.
Julie Peirano is a lifestyle writer based in Telluride, Colorado. When she’s not typing away about travel and trending news, Julie loves exploring the Southwest by way of rafting, camping, and skiing — and dancing, of course.
Hummingbirds zip through the air, waterfalls crash down in cascades of froth and aspen groves have resumed their lush green tones. Summer has arrived in Telluride, which means it’s high time for hitting the trails.
Here in the box canyon, outdoor recreation opportunities are endless: we can bag peaks, climb crags, mountain bike over passes and take icy dips in alpine lakes. And at the foundation of all of these activities are our public trails, which are the key to opening up this endless and beautiful world of nature – and arguably the most important outdoor amenity we have.
Trails offer ribbons of dirt for long runs, epic bike rides and cross-country hikes, but they are so much more than vehicles for exertion. They are also our access into nature, which neuroscientists and researchers are proving more and more has significant benefits on human health. Immersion in nature is shown to regulate mood, lower stress hormones and blood pressure and help with conditions like depression and anxiety. It promotes creativity and reflection. Plus it’s really fun. And the best news is, it doesn’t take a multi-week wilderness excursion or strenuous backcountry hike to reap these benefits. Even a quick jaunt on your local trail will do you good. Just make sure to stop and inspect the wildflowers, listen to the burble of the stream or watch the clouds pass overhead.
Trails are also the great equalizer. You don’t need a locker of gear to hit the trail – just a pair of sturdy shoes – and people of all ages and abilities can enjoy them together. Which makes them optimal for family time.
LOOKING FOR SOME OF TELLURIDE’S BEST, LOCAL TRAILS?
HERE ARE THREE OPTIONS:
INTRODUCTORY TRAIL: BEAR CREEK
With its aspen-shaded path and gentle grade, Bear Creek is Telluride’s great introductory trail. Starting right in town at the south end of Pine Street, the popular trail winds through shady forests, offering glimpses of the rushing creek as well as views of the cliffs in the upper basins above. With a cascading waterfall as its finale, the 4.5-mile-roundtrip trail never disappoints.
WILDFLOWER TOUR: HOPE LAKE
Because it begins at a relatively high elevation, the Hope Lake Trail south of Telluride offers the best bang for your buck when it comes to alpine wildflowers, sweeping basins and icy high-altitude lakes. The trail takes hikers through thick woods, landscapes thick with paintbrush, bistort and king’s crown, and finally to the shores of Hope Lake, a vividly blue alpine lake where icebergs often bob even in the summer months. This trail is moderately difficult and accessed via Hope Lake Road near Trout Lake.
BACKCOUNTRY EPIC: SNEFFELS HIGHLINE
If you are looking for the ultimate tour of the San Juan Mountain high country, look no further than Sneffels Highline. This 13-mile hike climbs through aspen groves into the rocky basins above Telluride, where it unfurls through basins lush with delphiniums, roams through otherworldy rock landscapes and climbs over an unforgettable notch. Be sure to bring a map, layers and food, and start this one early; it takes several hours.
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Bootdoctors continues to be the proud official MountainFilm store, the only place you can purchase this year’s MountainFilm clothing, packs and other goodies. Stop by our store at 213 W Colorado during the festival for all your festival needs plus a wide array of travel clothing.
Demo a new Yeti or Specialized bike for the ultimate festival experience. Beat the cue lines as you roll down the Telluride streets and trails in style.
Mountainfilm takes place in Telluride over Memorial Weekend, May 25 – May 28. Passes to the 2018 festival are selling out very fast., very few remain. To get your passes or for more information about Mountainfilm, visit here. Telluride author Susan Dalton captures Mountainfilm’s best memories in “Mountainfilm: 40 Years.”