Ron Allred developed and executed on the vision that resulted in the Telluride and Mountain Village we all know and love today. Ron knew that the most important aspect of building a ski resort from scratch was to have a bed base. Fortunately, his 4.2 million purchase from Joe Zoline and Simonius-Vischer Corporation, included enough land for both the ski resort and future lodging. In that first year, Allred spent 5 million followed by 4 million the second year. He also invested $4 million in the design and construction of the Telluride Regional Airport, which was a very important aspect of Allred’s vision. “If we didn’t get the airport done, we would not have built the resort,” said Allred.
Allred went on to build the gondola, the only one of its kind in the country because it connects the two towns, Telluride and Mountain Village, as a free public transportation system. The year after the gondola was constructed, Allred’s Restaurant was completed on the original site where Allred first stood to begin to realize his dream. Now and into the future, Telluride guests can see Allred’s vision and why, today, Telluride is one of the greatest ski resorts in the country.
BIll “Senior” Mahoney
Senior grew up in Telluride and started working in the local mine at age 15. He always had a love of exploration and skiing. He knew that as the mining boom faded, Telluride needed a new attraction in order to have a viable economy.
Mahoney became the Telluride Ski Company’s second employee, after his wife Twylla the first employee, running the mountain’s snowcat operation during the ski resort’s first seasons, and later assumed the roles of mountain manager and vice president until his retirement in 1993.
Vast knowledge of local skiable terrain wasn’t the only asset Mahoney brought to the table during the Telluride Ski Resort’s infancy. Mahoney worked diligently to solve complicated water rights and mining claim issues, skillfully negotiated the local political scene (he served on Telluride Town Council for consecutive terms from 1968-75), and even was the town’s weather reporter for many decades.
Without Joyce Allred, Telluride Ski Resort would not be where it is today. Joyce had a profound effect on the transformation of Telluride into the world class ski resort we know it as today. We are grateful for her efforts and ideas that not only impacted the resort, but the Town of Telluride and our community itself. Her efforts have had an immense and lasting impact.
Chris Blanchard is a devoted ski trail groomer in the winter, who has been a team member here at Telski for over 30 years. Chris was recognized by Colorado Ski Country’s Double Diamond Awards as Groomer of the Year for his impeccable efforts. Chris was also featured in an article by the NYT, where he shared his expertise on winch cats. We are very proud to have Chris on our team.
Mickey Salloway, a founding member of the Whydah Pirate Ship Treasure Expedition in Cape Cod, is also the man who started Telluride Ski Resort’s very own Tomboy Tavern.
Tom “Socko” Sokolowski
Detroit native Socko embarked on a remarkable journey that made him an integral part of Telluride Ski Resort’s history. After graduating from Michigan State University, Socko headed to Colorado in 1969. He was living in Aspen when the allure of Telluride brought him to this picturesque mountain town in July 1972. His Telluride journey began with a relentless drive to work for the ski company. He and a few friends stopped by Bill “Senior” Mahoney’s office every day around 8am looking for work. Eventually, Senior yelled, “F&*k it, get in the truck.” Socko officially had a job clearing trails at a meager wage of $2.75 per hour. Even when winter arrived and he faced a pay cut, Socko’s passion for the mountains kept him going.
Despite having only three years of skiing experience, Socko aimed high and tried out for the ski patrol during his first winter. Although he didn’t make it that year, he joined the winter trail team. Socko’s dedication showed as he ski-packed Lift 4, 5, and 6 areas, and the big front making him a stronger skier. The functionality of snow cats and groomers was limited in the early 70’s. He also spent time shoveling down moguls to keep them manageable. He excelled and joined the ski patrol the following winter. Those early years at Telluride were marked by good snow and few skiers. Socko remembers days with as few as 35 to 100 skiers and waiting at the base of lifts to strike up conversations with fellow enthusiasts. Since then, Socko has continued to patrol the slopes, finding solace and fulfillment in the early morning serenity of the mountains and the opportunity to help others.
Socko’s journey from Detroit to Telluride epitomizes passion, resilience, and love for the mountains. His legacy is woven into the fabric of Telluride Ski Resort, where his dedication will forever inspire us all.
Annie has worked for Telluride Ski Resort for an incredible 50 years. She was the director of Ski School from 1978 until 2001, and then was a long-time advisor for the ski biomechanics camp. We are grateful for her contributions over the years, and are excited to honor her efforts.
Rowena has been serving up drinks with a smile since 1997 – she is a loyal team member who has worked as a bartender and member’s club host. We are very thankful for her devoted service over the last 25 years.
An Honorable Mention to all of our wonderful team members who have worked at Telluride Ski Resort for 15+ years:
|John Harvey Andrew|
|Christopher J Chase|
|Jeremy Carl Snader|
|Robert L Lang|
|Kevin Ross Younger|
|Garan Mangan Dimuzio|
|John Karl Welter|