Telluride, Colo. Almanac


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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.