A ski resort has to be doing a lot of things right to make SKI magazine’s shortlist as a top five destination in the annual Resort Guide. A Telluride ski vacation requires a bit more effort than visiting most other resorts; getting to the breathtaking box canyon in the San Juan Mountains can take a while. But vacationers are rewarded for their traveling efforts; Telluride is one of Colorado’s most gorgeous mountain towns. Rich in mining-era character and stocked with endless stashes to explore thanks to nonexistent crowds, Telluride is a place you’ll never want to leave.
Downtown Telluride and Mountain Village
There are two distinct parts of Telluride: Downtown and Mountain Village. Downtown Telluride still retains the feel and charm of a former mining town, it’s a snapshot of days gone by and the locals that live in Telluride work hard to keep it genuine. Mountain Village, over the ridge from downtown, is reminiscent of most contemporary resort villages—modern hotels, shops, and restaurants line the cobblestone walkways (or “breezeways” as the locals call them).
To experience the best of both worlds, you can take the complimentary 15-minute gondola ride that links downtown Telluride with Mountain Village, making the absolute coolest commute in any mountain town. Whether you opt for the charm and action of histortic downtown or the quiet atmosphere and comfortable accoutrements of Mountain Village, bouncing between both areas is easy and fun.
The Telluride skiing offers something for all ability levels, literally. With 23 percent beginner terrain, 36 percent intermediate terrain and 41 percent expert terrain, every type of skier can enjoy Telluride skiing. Are you looking for long cruising groomed beginner or intermediate runs with stunning panoramic views of the San Juan Mountains? You’ll find them in Telluride. Are you interested in skiing challenging, rock-littered terrain that feels more like the Alps than Colorado? Telluride’s advanced and extreme terrain is bar none! Are you a fan of moguls? There are thousands of vertical feet of bumps to bang around on in Telluride.
Telluride is a skier’s mountain. The people who call Telluride home and those who return year after year for their ski trip love Telluride Mountain because of the challenging runs easily accessed from the chairlifts, the world-class views that will undoubtedly knock your socks off, and, of course, the atmospheric town.
This is our fifth time in Telluride and we love it! The mountain has an abundance variety of runs for all levels of skiers. Also, the free Gondola that connects the town of Telluride to Mountain Village is so convenient and the views are spectacular! The town is lively and has a variety of restaurants, stores, and bars. We love Telluride! That's why we keep going back for more!
Telluride is one of the best ski-snowboard resorts in the country
The resort is awesome and the customer service is incredible
MiMi Carol Chapman
Always lovely despite having some areas closed due to lack of snow
As always the mountain is scenic and the staff of the lifts, mountain hosts etc is exemplary,.friendly helpful andmakes for a great skiing experience for all levels.
Fantastic family ski vacay
Our family of five had never skied the American Rockies so we were really excited to see what Telluride had to offer. We wanted a smaller town and a big mountain with great runs--we were not disappointed! (OK maybe a little because this season Telluride has had its lowest snowfall in 40 years!) Our condo was in town, at the bottom of Coonskin Lift, two doors down from There bar/restaurant and across from Siam, two blocks from a grocery store. I would highly recommend staying in town near one of the lifts or gondolas - was so nice to walk out into town after a day of skiing. Although small, Telluride has amazing restaurants, lovely independently owned shops, and even a movie theatre. Small town friendliness. Will definitely return! (PS Telluride got 2 feet of snow the week after we left - boohoo!)
Telluride is our new favorite! Love that place. Once you’re there, no need to get in the car. Definitely worth the drive from Phoenix.
Telluride Bistro is our favorite resturant in TRide! Small, quaint, awesome food! Make a reservations. Telluride Sports, best in town! TRide Resort employees, best in the biz.
Telluride is a beautiful place to escape reality! Very friendly people and the views are stunning!
Telluride is a wonderful place to ski, we had an awesome time with plenty of runs to explore. We stayed in Telluride itself and found everything we needed right there. The free gondola to the Mountain Village is well worth the ride with more places to shop and eat at the village. Beyond the village is another stop with an even better supermarket offering an amazing variety of food items.
We have skied throughout the West but had not been to Telluride, nor have we used Ski.com - until Christmas 2016. We found our new favorite ski resort as well as our favorite booking service. We have now stayed in town as well as on the mountain, and for our famiy's purposes, we prefer staying on the mountain. As for Ski.com, no brainer. They're awesome, and they know both areas incredibly well.
Grand time at Telluride
Best snow in at least a decade! Great restaurants, easy to get around without a vehicle.
Trails were wide and the views are amazing. Short lift lines and everyone was very friendly.
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Telluride is one of the few hidden gems left in Ski Country. It is one of the coolest towns anyone could ever dream up.It is tucked into a box canyon which is basically huge mountains on three sides of you jutting up to the sky.Then a little grid of a town with the only town to town gondola in the United States. People use it to get from Mountain Village to the town of Telluride for work, skiing, whatever.Telluride keeps its charm because it is pretty hard to get to for the most part. You fly to Montrose and drive or shuttle about 90 minutes to Telluride. Or the brave few with cash can fly direct to Telluride’s mountain airport 5 minutes to town.The lodging in Telluride can be had for less than most big time resorts. The skiing there is pretty amazing. From chutes to trees to blue runs that go on forever, I really believe it has it all. The snow we received when our group was there one early February may be clouding my thoughts with snowflakes but they usually seem to get their fair share of the southern Colorado storms out their way.Families will love the mountain village and it’s easy ski in and out access to most of the condos there. The ski school begins up there as well.The dining in town and the Mountain Village ranges mid to high end. If there is a knock on Telluride it is that there is not much for cheap eats. The bakery in town definitely qualifies though.If your tastes are higher, I loved Cosmopolitan when I got to eat there. For nightlife, I think this town is really underrated. From festivals year round to dive bars and local live music. It is really a cool place to go out on the town.My family and I usually take a yearly trip to Telluride in the fall to enjoy the quiet time and see it all over again. We missed it this year but it will be on our radar for the coming months.