Erik Fallenius


Erik Fallenius set out to Telluride in 1978 with a degree in Forest Management and his soon to be wife Josephine to become a summer trail crewman and winter lift operator on the ski area. By 1981 Ron Allred was busy planning a new ski resort, and Fallenius saw an opportunity in the real estate business. As important as earning a living was in Telluride, an early passion for nonprofits brought him to the first two-person board of the Telluride Academy. Not soon after, John Mansfield asked him to join the newly formed One To One Mentoring program. Then Bill Carstens, wanting to give to our region’s children programming in perpetuity, tapped Fallenius to assist in creating the Just For Kids Foundation. With his wife Josephine, he started the Mountains to Desert Ride 18 years ago to help fund the organization. Fallenius previously served on the Mountainfilm board from 1992-2002. Being an athlete, a river runner, a would-be photographer and amateur drone pilot pales in comparison to being a husband, father and grandfather, and living a long and fantastic life in Telluride.