Take picturesque vistas, year-round social programming, renowned golf, mountain modern villas, friendly neighbors, and wrap it all into one private community known as Glacier Club. Just north of the charming town of Durango, Colorado, and tucked into the San Juan Mountains, you will find generations of families enjoying the beautiful outdoors and adventuring together at this base camp. Literally surrounded by millions of acres of National Forest, there’s always an activity just out your back door.
I first discovered Glacier over a decade ago. As you travel along the HWY 550 corridor coming and going from Purgatory Resort or other north county activities, it’s not hard to miss the 1,000-acre property hidden by topography and creatively secluded from the outside world. The community has a rich history and is closely tied with Tamarron Resort that came into existence in the ’70s. This parcel of land was initially developed into nearly 300 condos, comprised of studio units in the main Lodge building ranging to larger condos in three outlying subdivisions. The vibrant Tamarron resort once hosted a single chair lift on the property for guests as well as wild parties including celebrities Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, and Robert Forster. Tamarron Resort was the location and focal point of the movie, Avalanche, nearly 40 years ago. Clips from the original movie can be found online showing the avalanche taking out the main Lodge building still standing on site today.
Two visually stunning 18 hole golf courses, Valley and Mountain, wind through mountains, valleys, and water features. The Valley course, originally designed by Arthur Hills and completed in the ’70s, was later modernized and updated once Glacier came into the picture. The Mountain Course was designed by Todd Schoeder of Design Workshop and U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin and was completed in the 2000s. Both courses can be deemed visually inspiring and challenging in their own right. Due to the distance between holes and the change in elevation, most golfers choose to use a cart with the Valley Course being the only viable option for walking.
The golf courses are surrounded by condos, townhomes, and mountain estates with natural buffers and setbacks to preserve privacy and views from the course or inside residences. Originally reserved for preferred builders only, Glacier has since invited all builders to create visions for owners while preserving the natural beauty. Whether looking for a true lock n’ leave residence or land to create a specific vision, Glacier provides numerous options. Residences range from two-bedroom cottages to five-bedroom custom homes. Land options start at under half an acre to over two and a half acres. The developer has recently invested a significant amount of capital to create new residential options as well as new amenities. Reservations are currently being taken for a new offering to Glacier, known as Etta Ridge Residence’s, providing luxury three and four-bedroom half-floor properties.
Glacier has worked tirelessly to reinvent itself over the years. Drawing in younger generations with new programming and amenities, there is a variety of membership options providing full access to only what you want. The built-in social scene is noteworthy and always leads me to speak in jest when introducing people to Glacier. You see, it’s not an option to be introverted here. Friendships are formed and carry on over the years, passing down to new generations. It truly is a legacy worth investing in.
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