Telluride: A Silver Past, a Golden Future tells the story of the transformation of a pure and pristine valley into a 21st century resort destination. An eclectic assortment of graphics including antique prints, historical photos, old paper memorabilia, paintings, and vintage postcards illustrate this metamorphosis. Inside this book, there are recollections from old-time residents, myths that have been handed down through generations, and photographs that document the life, work and pastimes of the people who settled in Telluride. This story is colorful, filled with daring prospectors, hard-working immigrants, and painted ladies from its mining days. Skiing began as a utilitarian method of getting around in the snow, brought to Telluride by its Scandinavian settlers. It became a recreation for a small isolated community, located in a spectacular box canyon surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. As time moved forward, skiing became the hope for a golden future. Creation of the Telluride Ski Resort has established the town as one of the top ski destinations in the U.S. In addition, Telluride has become a venue for many well-respected and well-attended festivals during the summer months.