It’s never easy leaving Telluride. If the San Juans could fit in a suitcase, we’d take them. But sometimes the best “souvenirs” are the ones that find their way into routines back home (we’re not talking about ski patrol t-shirts). Here are a few of our favorite finds from inspired local makers.
A tea for every inch of base depth.
Steeping Leaf teas are cultivated at elevation, making them better-suited to Telluride’s lower-than-normal boiling points. Steaming Bean Coffee Co. offers the entire collection of loose-leaf blacks, greens, oolongs, whites and tisanes by the cup or the 5-ounce package. Spend enough time here, and you may even manage to decide on a few favorites by the end of your trip. Personally, we’re addicted to “Chair 9 Chai”.
These skis were made for you.
Pete Wagner wrote 300,000 lines of code to engineer a digital fitting program that matches every skier with a perfect pair of bespoke sticks. Wagner Custom operates out of a renovated gas station in tiny Placerville, about fifteen minutes west of Telluride. Made-to-measure skis take three weeks to build and start at $1,750.
Relief for windburned cheeks.
Om Pur Alive and Ageless facial oils are just what your skin needs to brave Telluride’s cold, dry winters. The founder would know—she lives at almost 10,000 feet! Her full line of organic, wild-crafted skincare products is available at Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy on Main Street, priced so you don’t have to feel guilty about stocking up on Fir Needle Spruce Body Cleanser.