Oprah Winfrey buys near Colorado ski slopes

Billionaire Oprah Winfrey has bought 60 acres in Mountain Village, Colo. The community is a 13-minute gondola ride away from Telluride. (Michael Brand)

Oprah Winfrey has just given a shot in the arm to the Telluride and Mountain Village, Colo., real estate markets with the $10.85 million purchase of nearly 60 acres of land.

The acreage, two contiguous parcels along a ski run, is in the town of Mountain Village and borders the Telluride Ski Ranches area. The ski-in, ski-out site is suited to a private compound.

Developing the home sites will require construction of a vehicle bridge and one or more hillside driveways.

The neighboring communities are known for their skiing and cultural events such as the Telluride Film Festival. A 13-minute gondola ride connects the towns.

Winfrey previously had property in the area but has not been an owner there recently.

Winfrey, 60, became a household name for her 25 years hosting “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The billionaire philanthropist is chief executive of Harpo Productions and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She owns a 42-acre estate in Montecito, Calif., as well as other properties.

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