THREE DAYS: HOUSTON TO TELLURIDE
: Continental (continental.com) carries Texans to Montrose, Colorado, and back for $275 and up.
: Call Telluride Express to book passage on the hour-long shuttle from Montrose to T-Ride ($82 round-trip; 888-212-8294).
: Partner up, and rooms at the historic New Sheridan Hotel on Main Street start at $104 per person each night, including lift tickets, breakfast, and a downstairs cherry-wood-paneled tavern that hasn't changed since the 1800s (newsheridan.com).
: Telluride's terrain is some of the steepest in Colorado: 1,700 acres of chutes, near-vertical cruisers, turtle-shell bumps, and glades spill toward town. Short hoofs off-piste lead to Bald Mountain and the Alps-like Bear Creek Drainage (first-timers will want to hire a guide; $99; 970-728-7414; tellurideskiresort.com).