Located just over the ridge from Telluride lies the sleepy town of Ophir. In biblical terms, Ophir is a port or region known for its wealth. It is said that King Solomon received shipments of gold, silver, even peacocks and apes.
Fast forward to today and you will see Ophir is holding up its name in delivering similar shipments to the King Solomons of the rugged San Juans. But instead of peacocks and apes, deliveries come in the form of sublime backcountry access for skiing and hiking, sheer beauty worth more than its weight in gold, and the biggest delivery of all is the newest addition to the Ophir area, the OPUS Hut.
OPUS Hut is a self-sufficient hamlet nestled in a pristine area of the San Juans between Ophir and Silverton. Owner and keeper of the hut, Bob Kingsley, is a longtime friend and backcountry ski guide for Telluride Mountain Guides. The collaboration with Bob naturally progressed from many winter nights & epic ski days at the OPUS hut when the Telluride Mountain Guides crew would head up for a couple nights off the grid. With no shortage of Bob Marley tunes and more than a few nips of whiskey, it was decided that Bob would represent Telluride Mountain Guides by personally showing hut guests the best stashes to ski just minutes from the hut's front porch.
We could not be more excited to work with Bob, utilizing the OPUS hut to give our guests the most memorable backcountry skiing experience. I wonder if King Solomon would have enjoyed a day slashing powder with Telluride Mountain Guides and Bob as much as he enjoyed his peacocks and apes?
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