Destination: Telluride, Colorado


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Top Elevation:

12,260 feet

Vertical Drop:

3,250 feet

Annual Snowfall:

311 inches

Skiable Acreage:



21% beginner, 47% intermediate, 32% advanced/expert


1 gondola, 4 high-speed quads, 2 triples, 2 doubles, 1 poma, 1 magic carpet


888-605-2578; www.tellurideskiresort.com

Getting There:
United Express runs daily flights from Denver into the Telluride Airport, just six miles outside of town. America West Express flies in daily from Phoenix.

One-day adult lift pass, $63; half-day, $50; Junior Pass (6-12), $35; Early Bird Special: Ski and stay for $77 per day, includes lodging and lift pass.

If you’re looking for ski-in-ski-out accommodations, The Inn at Lost Creek (888-601-LOST) is a luxury option in Mountain Village. For the budget shopper, the Oak Street Inn (970-728-3383) is a centrally located dorm-style lodge. Call Alpine Lodging (800-376-9769) for condos in either Mountain Village or the town of Telluride.

Food and Drink:
Before or after the slopes, head to Baked in Telluride (970-728-4775). For coffee, try the Steaming Bean Coffee Co. (970-728-0793). Casual diners can get a burger at Fat Alley Barbeque (970-728-3985). For a more upscale meal, try The Powderhouse Restaurant (970-728-3622), and if you want to go all out, spring for Allred’s (970-728-7474) at the top of the gondola. For drinks, start at Leimgrubers Bierstube (970-728-HOME) or the Limeleaf in the Swede Finn Hall (970-728-2085). Also try the Last Dollar Saloon (970-728-4800), known to locals as “The Buck.” For live music, check out the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon (970-728-6666), and end the night throwing punches at O’Bannon’s Irish Pub (970-728-6139).