Telluride Ski Vacations
Best For: Big-lunged skiers and boarders with a taste for fine wine and
the mountain high life
Remote and unrelentingly beautiful, Telluride may be the most
picturesque ski town in North America, a Victorian-era silver-mining
hamlet set deep in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of southwest
Colorado. The steep runs of Telluride Ski Resort spill right into the
edge of the town’s National Historic District, where a gondola whisks
skiers back up into the area’s almost 4,000 vertical feet of absurdly
scenic skiing. Only 12 blocks long and with no stoplights, neon signs,
or billboards, this charming town of 2,325 people combines fine wine
lists and funky bars with a spirited culture of diehard mountain lovers.
The town sits at a gasping 8,793 feet above sea level, and lifts reach
to over 12,500 feet, so come prepared to acclimatize.
For a mountain with a well-earned reputation for steeps and bumps,
Telluride in fact offers excellent cruisers and beginner terrain—in the
kind of high-alpine setting that makes even first-timers feel like
heroes—on the slopes around its modern, luxurious Mountain Village.
Experts will find bumps, bowls, and chutes in every corner of the
resort, and those willing to hike can access some of the most extreme
in-bounds terrain in the country in Black Iron Bowl and 13,251-foot
Palmyra Peak. Heli-skiing can be hired in the Mountain Village, and the
San Juan Hut System offers shelters and multiday routes for backcountry
Ask a Local
Travel and adventure writer Rob Story has skied in 13 countries on six
continents and at 75 North American resorts. When he left his longtime
post as senior editor at Powder magazine in 1998, he knew exactly where
he wanted to move—Telluride. He is the author of Telluride Storys. Here
are his recommendations.
Budget: There’s not much to Mountainside Inn, but it’s ski-in, ski-out.
Swank: The Peaks Resort has a great après deck and spa.
Cheap: Oak, the barbeque place in town at the base of the gondola
Gourmet: La Marmotte is a great French restaurant in the town's old
Best After-Ski Party Spot
The Historic Bar at the Sheridan is the oldest in town.
Best Rest-Day Activity
Walk north up Aspen Street. When it turns to a dirt trailhead, keep
going straight up to beautiful Cornet Falls, a 80-foot waterfall in a
small red rock canyon.
Telluride’s Classic Ski Run
“Plunge, because on the steep parts you can look through your tips at
our tidy, cute, historic town.”
Largest Concentration of 14ers...
Telluride. Some say it was named for Tellurium, a gold-bearing ore.
Others call it "To Hell You Ride," emphasizing the boisterousness of the
1880's mining town. Settled in the 1870s as a gold and silver mining
camp, Telluride was incorporated in 1878. In 1964 it was deemed a
National Historic District.
Telluride is the perfect blend of pure mountain splendor, historic
charm, world-class skiing, and unsurpassable beauty.
Surrounded by the largest concentration of 14,000-foot mountains in
North America, there's nothing quite like the small town of Telluride.
This translates into virtually nonexistent lift lines, and slopes all to
yourself: steep ones, easy ones, long ones- a mountain for the whole
With the closest traffic light a good 65 miles away and a permanent
population of 1,600, it is easy to find your way around Telluride.
Eighty-five percent of all accommodations are liftside or within walking
distance of the gondola's Station Telluride or the Coonskin and Oak
The Mountain Village lies over the ridge from Telluride, accessible by
skis or snowboard via the ski mountain, or by a 12-minute gondola ride
from Station Telluride to Station Mountain Village. Combining
European-alpine design with the rustic traditions of the Rockies, the
Mountain Village boasts a number of restaurants, shops, boutiques,
hotels and unmatched views.
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