Your mother probably taught you that it’s not polite to stare, but admittedly, for a place like Telluride, it’s hard not to. The historic Western town sits comfortably in a small picturesque box canyon surrounded by granite cliff s and snow-laden peaks, and appears as one of Mother Nature’s greatest masterpieces. Readers once again called out Telluride’s iconic beauty, stating, “Not only the most beautiful ski resort I have ever been to, but the most beautiful place I have ever been to. I need to stop searching for a better place. There just isn’t one.”

One drawback of such a picture-perfect spot? It’s not so easy to get there. While winter weather can sometimes make the remote mountain difficult to get to, it also helps keep crowds at bay, meaning no lift lines and wide-open runs. Once there, getting around the mountain is a breeze thanks to a myriad of lifts that quickly sweep skiers across 2,000 acres and up 3,790 vertical feet, granting access to runs for skiers of all abilities. 

Over half of Telluride’s expansive terrain is geared toward beginners and intermediates, making it a fantastic family destination, but experts fear not: there is no shortage of fast, hair-raising descents to choose from. In the mood to get your heart pumping? Hike up to the Gold Hill Chutes and rip into Palmyra Basin. Bumps more your thing? The Plunge Lift is the place to be. Looking to carve trenches in fresh corduroy? Hop a chair on the Polar Queen Express and blaze through the groomers there. When your quads start to burn from laying arcs, take a load off at the Mountain Village base area’s easy-access eateries and bars. 

Or take advantage of one of this resort’s best assets and ski all the way to downtown Telluride for colorful après, amazing dining, and ample nightlife. “Nothing quite compares. It’s well worth the extra time it takes to get here.” — Stephen Sebestyen

Copper Mountain's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 7th in the West

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  • DINNER PICK: Located in town half a block from the gondola, 221 South Oak offers an upscale menu of international cuisine and an extensive wine list. The restaurant is built in an old home and has a cozy vibe (read: limited seating); make a reservation.
  • FAMILY EXPERIENCE: Rent skates and take a glide around the quaint outdoor skating rink downtown. 
  • APRÈS-SKI: Play pool, shuffleboard, or foosball at the mountainside M Lounge and sample a barrel-aged cocktail.

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SKI Magazine's 2019 Review of Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

Downtown Telluride

Downtown Telluride.

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. 

Looking down on Telluride

Looking over the town of Telluride.

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   

Come to Telluride Ski Resort for the...

Pouring wine in Telluride

Come for the views, stay for the wine.

  • 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.
  • 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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