History

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HISTORY

It started with a shared passion for a charming town, nestled in the mountains. Ron Allred discovered Telluride in 1979 when he purchased the Telluride Ski Area and developed it into a world-class ski resort. Hideo “Joe” Morita’s passion for Telluride developed years later when he purchased the ski area from Ron in 2000. Like Ron, he fell in love with the special community of Telluride defined by unparalleled beauty, a rich history and the character of its locals. With that in mind, both wanted to preserve what makes Telluride so special. Ron wanted to give back to the community that gave him so much and Joe wanted to invest in the future to help Telluride thrive.

The answer was a foundation to support all the unique things that define Telluride. After approaching his close friends and partners (and countless rounds of golf later), Ron had a commitment from 13 people who each contributed $100,000 to begin a foundation. Thus, the Telluride Foundation was born. Thanks to the initial financial support and leadership from Ron, Joe and many other passionate people in Telluride, the Foundation started December 2000 and has been making more possible ever since.

OUR ROOTS
RUN DEEP
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HISTORY

It started with a shared passion for a charming town, nestled in the mountains. Ron Allred discovered Telluride in 1979 when he purchased the Telluride Ski Area and developed it into a world-class ski resort. Hideo “Joe” Morita’s passion for Telluride developed years later when he purchased the ski area from Ron in 2000. Like Ron, he fell in love with the special community of Telluride defined by unparalleled beauty, a rich history and the character of its locals. With that in mind, both wanted to preserve what makes Telluride so special. Ron wanted to give back to the community that gave him so much and Joe wanted to invest in the future to help Telluride thrive.

The answer was a foundation to support all the unique things that define Telluride. After approaching his close friends and partners (and countless rounds of golf later), Ron had a commitment from 13 people who each contributed $100,000 to begin a foundation. Thus, the Telluride Foundation was born. Thanks to the initial financial support and leadership from Ron, Joe and many other passionate people in Telluride, the Foundation started December 2000 and has been making more possible ever since.

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Founding 13

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Today the Telluride Foundation continues to be strongly supported by the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. In 2004, Joe Morita sold the resort to Chuck Horning. Chuck Horning has served on the board of the Foundation for 12 years. The Telluride Ski & Golf Resort continues to be the most significant and critical supporter of the Telluride Foundation through its leadership and direct financial support. Chuck is passionate about the workforce, wellness and healthcare of the local community. Thank you Ron, Joe & Chuck for all you do for the community and your legacy of unparalleled generosity and leadership.

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Telluride Ski Resort CEO Bill Jensen with Owner Chuck Horning

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