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Telluride is a fantastic ski resort tucked away in Colorado’s San Juan mountains. The Victorian-era ski town is steeped in history, the modern ski village offers slopeside convenience and the skiing is set amongst some of the most dramatic mountain backdrops in the Rockies. This is a gem of a ski resort that offers great skiing for all abilities, quiet, uncrowded slopes and an unpretentious, authentic ski town.
Telluride isn’t the easiest resort in Colorado to get to. However, getting to the resort adds to the adventure. The resorts remote location is far enough away from the major cities that day trippers are rare – which means the lift lines here are non existent. Most guests from the UK will fly into a regional airport and from there the transfer is under 2 hours. The drive up the valley is stunning – as you get closer and closer to the resort, the mountains get higher and higher until you arrive into the town of Telluride.
Located right at the end of a box canyon, the resort is surrounded on three sides by the highest concentration of 13,000ft and 14,000ft peaks in North America. The views are spectacular – which adds to the feeling of Telluride’s rugged remoteness.
The historic town is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long and is full of Victorian-era mountain charm. The Mountain Village sits above – connected by a Gondola which runs from 7am to midnight. Everything here is easily accessible on foot (or shuttle and Gondola) – so you won’t need a car to get around. It’s not just the open slopes and quiet lift lines that will leave you captivated. Telluride is undeniably one of Colorado’s most scenic and charming resorts.
Beginners are well catered for at Telluride. Nearly a quarter of the resort is ideal for learners. Once you’ve mastered the basics there are plenty of confidence boosting, quiet slopes to learn on. These are designated as double green – trails which are longer runs, ensuring you get plenty of snow time to perfect those turns. There are also some nice easy trails in the Gorrono Basin under the Village Express chairlift, which offers a mix of greens and easy blue trails – perfect for the family to spend the day on the slopes together. It’s also close to the Mountain Village and the Gorrono Ranch Restaurant for when you want to grab a spot of lunch.
Nearly a third of the ski area is ideal for progressive intermediates with lots of runs in the mid mountain area to explore. Intermediates will head to the Polar Queen Express chair to enjoy the rolling terrain and moderate pitches. For some of the best views in the resort, and one of the longest runs, head for the aptly named See Forever trail, which starts at the top of Gold Hill and stretches down over 3 miles to the base of Chair 4. The views are simply stunning. Confident intermediates will also love the skiing in Prospect Bowl – an intermediates playground with some great skiing.
Telluride has some of the most challenging advanced terrain in Colorado – it also feels a bit like, and looks a bit like, skiing in the Alps. There are thousands of vertical feet to challenge yourself on here – with everything from Telluride’s infamous moguls to steeps and tree skiing.
With an average of 23ft of snow falling every season – there’s no shortage of that famous Colorado champagne powder in Telluride. When the snow rolls in, head to Revelation Bowl for the best powder runs in the resort. You’ll be finding powder stashes all day after a storm, thanks to the non-existent lift lines.
In addition, Telluride is only one of two resorts in our USA portfolio that has easy access to Heli-Skiing.
Advanced intermediates to experts can try a one day heli-ski taster day where you’ll be whisked into the backcountry by helicopter to some of the highest elevations in North America. Your guides will start your day on an easy double blue standard pitch, then select some of the best areas in their 200sq mile tenure for your group to explore. You can expect up to 6 runs and lots of pristine powder turns. This really is the ultimate powder day experience.
There are two distinct parts to Telluride, the original town and the Mountain Village. The ski base is a modern, compact, pedestrian friendly ski village with everything you’ll need for your ski day. Virtually all the accommodation in the Mountain Village is just steps away from the lifts – so we would recommend staying in the Mountain Village for easy access to the slopes in the morning. There’s also a good mix of stylish boutiques, ski shops and a few restaurants and bars that mainly cater well for apres’ scene after a day on the slopes.
One of the most charming aspects to Telluride is that it’s so easy to get around and explore the downtown area. Just hop on the complimentary Gondola – which takes you into town in about 15 minutes.
Downtown Telluride still retains all the charm of its Victorian mining town history and wild west authenticity. It’s steeped in history – Butch Cassidy reputedly carried out his first bank robbery here. These days the Victorian-era buildings are home to over 50 bars and restaurants. There’s something here to suit all tastes, from fine dining to down to earth bars.
With over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, 148 runs, 19 lifts and an out-of-the way location, Telluride offers skiers quiet, uncrowded slopes with room to turn, a fantastic variety of terrain – from the serene to the extreme, including easy access to heli-skiing. It’s also one of the most unique and charming ski towns in North America. It’s easy to see why Telluride is an increasingly popular destination resort. Once you go – you’ll never want to leave.