From epic waterfalls cascading down the pinnacle of the box canyon to a cacophony of wildflowers exploding along the trail to couloirs of Colorado champagne powder draping down thousands of feet of vertical, this gem of a town sparkles with positive energy in every season.
We opened our biggest Bootdoctors store in Telluride, Colorado in 1998 and have been loving it ever since.
What is it about Telluride?
Is it the variety of ski runs from mellow cruisers leading to high altitude restaurants featuring delicious chili or varietals of wine? or the breath-taking steep descents down slim couloirs that challenge the hardiest of snow riding adventurers?
Is it the ever-changing weekly menu of Summer festivals, opening our minds with ideas, our hearts with inspiration, filling our ears and souls with music, stretching our bodies in new yoga poses or surprising our palates with unique preparations of wild mushrooms, locally grown greens and a burst of fermented grapes in a stemmed glass?
Is it the trails we travel on foot, on bikes, on snowshoes, on snowmobiles, or on skis to discover hidden magic environs deep in wilderness?
Is it the fantastic soaring views that reward us for our efforts of trekking up to the beckoning mountaintops that surround us?
Or is it the warm smile of a local stopping on the “sunny side” of main street just to share a hello?
We just can’t decide. Perhaps it’s some mysterious recipe whose ingredients we try to identify, classify and prioritize, when in fact, it is one authentic experience containing all the ingredients of an insolvable mystery.
We invite you to collect your own ingredients for your recipe for joy in our little box canyon. Then let’s meet at the Buck* so we can share tales of discovery.
Telluride is a mecca for mountain bikers and road bicyclists. We have a huge fleet of top bikes from Specialized, Pivot and Yeti plus kids’ bikes and kids’ trailers so the whole family can go together!
Telluride’s new bike trails are poised to open soon. Get your pass today on-line.
Feeling the altitude? How about an electric pedal assist for your first high alpine ride? You can cruise the bike path along the Valley Floor to the brewery and back without strain! Reserve your E-bike here.
There is no better way to experience the serenity of a high alpine lake than on a Stand Up Paddle Board.
2019 is a banner year for river running. The San Miguel River is a winding, narrow high alpine river that offers fun whitewater rapids and magnificent natural surroundings.
Book a half day rafting adventure for your family and friends.
Take a Hike
Explore the multitude of trails that weave throughout the area. Stop in to Bootdoctors on Main street to pick up a trail map, water bottle, sunscreen. Be wise don’t hike or bike in flip flops! We have a variety of hiking, biking and trail running shoes and America’s Best Bootfitters poised to make you custom footbeds that will improve your walking, cycling and running experience guaranteed!
Want to know more about the history of this magical box canyon? We offer hiking tours with local historians who will share details from the Native American Utes residency up through the mining era, the 60s hippy take-over to the ski town renaissance.
Which plants are native? Which have medicinal properties? Our experts on flora and fauna take you on guided hikes exploring the unique plant life that thrives above 8,000 feet. Discover flowers that only grow above 9,000 feet!
We invite you to get creative with your own personal recipe for Summer fun. We hope to become your No. 1 choice of small town to visit this Summer!
Author Penelope Gleason has been cooking up fun times in Telluride for over 21 years.
She may be found paddling, peddling or backpacking or sometimes just kicking back enjoying a smoothie in an outdoor café on Main street. She looks forward to meeting up with you on the trail!
Contrary to the lyrics of Nancy Sinatra’s iconic song, these boots were not made for walking; they were made to fly.
The heart of our business since 1986 has been to custom form ski boots to each individual’s foot and skiing style. Millions of feet later, we know ski boots inside and out and love to learn about every skier’s passion and aspirations.
We live for the smile on the face of a skier whose custom fitted boots have given them wings to fly down the mountain with ease and skill.
You know what this ritual feels like: You loosen every buckle on your ski boots, pull your sock up, and mentally armor yourself for the next few seconds. You slide the toes of one foot into the top of your boot, breathe in, maybe make a funny face, and shove your foot through a padded 90-degree turn as you yank up on the boot liner.
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!
Bootdoctors has always searched for the most innovative creators of outdoor gear. We seek out suppliers who strive for the highest quality while actively caring about the earth and engaging in sustainable sourcing.
Stio is a prime example of the best of outdoor industry suppliers. They are actual outdoors enthusiasts who integrate their own love of the outdoors with production of the finest products to help you engage in mountain recreation.
Galena Gleason, Bootdoctors’ Head of Purchasing, combines her lifetime of engagement in outdoor sports with her knack for finding the newest, most exciting lines to our customers. Stio approached Galena to be an Outpost partner the first year they started working with independent retailers. She explains that the clothing line immediately struck a chord with her:
“I took a quick glance at the line and knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for Bootdoctors. The quality of craftsmanship, sustainable values, and reasonable price points of Stio all align with the level of products that we strive to bring to our customers.”
A visit to the Jackson Hole headquarters reinforced her initial positive feelings. Galena:”I was able to visit the Stio headquarters in Jackson Hole 2 winters ago. It was very inspiring to see the design process from a to z being brought to fruition at the base of the Tetons. The Stio team is made up of very passionate lovers of the outdoors and it is evident in the product that is coming to market. They truly care about the consumer and are designing garments to withstand the rigors of adventure and time.”
Try it yourself!
The new 2019 Winter Stio is arriving daily in our Telluride Main street and Mountain Village stores. Come try it on. It may be a perfect fit with your activities, values and lifestyle.
VALUE DRIVEN BUSINESS
Stio’s values include being caretakers of the resources they use to create products, including Bluesign* approved textiles; being active outdoorsmen and women truly in touch with nature on a daily basis; being on the cutting edge of innovation; and balancing work with play.
Galena was also “pleased to learn they have a strong environmental initiative. The Bluesign* approved textile commitment speaks volumes to the ideals that are driving Stio as a company.”
At Bootdoctors we also believe firmly in the value of walking our talk. We wear the garments we sell and can speak the truth about their value. Galena has put Stio to the test herself:
“I personally own 2 Stio pieces and I find myself wearing them constantly. It is comfortable, stylish, and amazingly suited to withstanding even the harshest elements.”
From the web site: “We work with cutting edge textile mills such as Polartec®, schoeller® and Toray®,which are among the most sophisticated and advanced mills operating in the apparel business. We continually strive to source environmentally friendly textiles…
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?