Telluride, Colorado

Who books a ski vacation based on scenery alone? Folks who’ve been to Telluride, that’s who.
By SKI Magazine Editors ,

Looking over the town of Telluride.

Courtesy of Telluride Resort

Could Telluride be one the prettiest spots on the planet? Its loyal fans think so. The resort’s setting at the terminus of a box canyon deep in Southern Colorado’s San Juan mountains lures many, but once they’re here, the many treasures of Telluride become apparent. 

From downtown’s shop-lined Colorado Avenue to the ski resort’s knee-knocking terrain, skiers just plain love this place. Accolades for Charm and Scenery ring true, and there never seem to be any lines at the lift or at the bar. The benefits of a remote location. Thanks to its variety of terrain—from the hike-to lines on Palmyra Peak to steep, sustained bumps off Apex Lift to the endless groomer cruising offered off the Village Express, Telluride has everybody covered. 

With the town’s Western character attracting an inviting community of locals, Telluride is known for its hospitable lodging and top-notch dining; wake up with a coffee and from-scratch pastry from the historic Baked in Telluride and then finish your day with some affordable and flavorful Thai food with ambiance to boot at Siam

Finally, by virtue of the free gondola shuttling people between Mountain Village and downtown, those seeking a hopping après and nightlife scene don’t leave disappointed. - Jessi Hackett   

Average Snowfall

280"

Acres

2,000+

Lifts

19

Trails

148

Come For The...

ON-MOUNTAIN FOOD Go for endless views, a cocktail, and crêpes for under $20 at Bon Vivant. 

DOWN-DAY ACTIVITIES Reset your legs at The Peaks Resort and Spa in Mountain Village. 

LODGING The Dunton Town House is an absolutely charming five-bedroom B&B in the heart of downtown—right by the gondola that whisks skiers up to the Mountain Village.

Come for the views, stay for the wine.

Photo courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort

DINNER PICK Accessible via gondola, Allred’s Restaurant is perched between town and mountain, and serves up contemporary American cuisine, fine wines, and breathtaking views. Be sure to get there before sundown.     

OH-HILL EATS Head to Giuseppe’s for on-point po’ boy and muffuletta sandwiches.

BRAGGING RIGHTS When the snowpack and ski patrol allow, hike the ridge-line towards Palmyra Peak, and drop into the Gold Hill Chutes. Steep, fast, and technical, and stupidly fun.

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