Population Town, 2,221; region, 4,500
Elevation 8,745 feet
Median Price of a Single-Family Home Telluride, $692,500; Mountain Village, $2,325,000; San Miguel County, $262,016
Property Tax on above Homes Telluride, $2,700; Mountain Village, $13,077; San Miguel County, between $773 and $1,741
Main Businesses Tourism, construction
School Population 590 in Telluride; 313 in western San Miguel County
Ski Area Stats 3,530 vertical feet; 1,700 skiable acres; 309 average annual inches; lift tickets, $49-$66;season passes, $945-$1,325; 970-728-4424, telski.com.
Don't Miss The Telluride AIDS Benefit, held in late February, pairs local models with international designers for a fashion show that raises six-figure sums.
Locals' Favorite Restaurants Honga's Lotus Petal for Asian fusion cuisine; Fat Alley for good, inexpensive barbecue; La Cocina de Luz, a hole-in-the-wall that delivers superb Mexican food; Bluepoint Grill for exquisite seafood.
Locals' Favorite Hangouts The Lime-Leaf, a remodeled miner's hall, is a clean smoke-free bar; Between The Covers bookstore has a tiny, friendly coffee bar; the Noir Bar is cool and silky, with dark corners and an urban feel.
Best Places to Stay Hotel Columbia, a luxury boutique hotel beside the San Miguel River ($165-$445; 800-201-9505); Skyline Ranch, a guest ranch five miles outside town with stunning views and its own cross-country ski trails ($85-$225, breakfast and happy hour included; 888-754-1126); San Sophia Inn is an elegant B&B one block from the gondola ($135-$265, including breakfast; 800-537-4781).
Information Central Reservations, 800-854-3062; visittelluride.com.