Telluride Stats: 18 lifts including 2 Gondolas, 125 trails, 2,000+ acres plus
backcountry, Summit Elevation 13,320, Vertical 4,425'
Telluride makes our top ski resorts list – with elegance and ease. Epic terrain,
elegant lodging and dining, extraordinary views of the San Juan mountains, swift
lifts, oh and great snow! Telluride dates to 1972, and has really made the map
among the best skiers and also skiing movie stars who own huge mountainside
mansions for their one ski holiday annually.
Telluride is sophisticated like Deer Valley or
Beaver Creek but with even more
serious terrain. We would sooner compare Telluride to a resort in the Alps for
its European style and big mountain skiing. Located in the San Juan Mountains,
this part of south west Colorado has the highest concentration of 14,000’ peaks.
Telluride ski resort offers over 2,000 acres, interconnected by 18 lifts, the top lifts
peak out at 12,000.'
Telluride’s terrain is some of the best in the country - scenic, spread out over
numerous peaks but easy to get around. Telluride has so much extreme terrain
here that the local nick name is “To Hell You Ride”. Telluride's
vertical is a huge 4,425' if you hike for it, 3,845 is lift serviced. But what
is truly grand about
Telluride's trail map is that even intermediates can ride to the summit on the
Gold Lift (chair 14) and peek over the edge into the extreme terrain dropping
down the backside into Revelation Bowl, then saunter down See Forever a
fantastic long trail – with a perfect name (though we nicknamed it Ski
One of our favorite places to ski at Telluride is Lift 9, The Plunge. With
2,000' of pure vertical on very unique trails like Spiral Stairs, Bushwacker,
East and West Drain, you will feel like you are plunging towards downtown
Telluride with every turn.
Exciting terrain off Palmyra Peak including the Gold Chutes is reached by hiking
from the top of the Gold Hill Express and hiking out to climb Telluride’s
Gold Hill staircase at 12,500'. No matter where you are on Telluride Mountain, the
scenery is the real show stopper. Prospect Bowl and Polar Queen offer acres of mellow wide open
groomed runs, natural trails and a few gladed woods. While there is plenty of
extreme and backcountry terrain on Bald Mountain, Black Iron Bowl and Gold
Chutes, beginners love the 4.6 miles Galloping Goose and family friendly like
Double Cabin and Sundance off Sunshine Express and Peek A Boo off the Village
For the highest lunch anywhere in North America with a most extensive on
mountain wine list, dine at Alpino Vino.
This 11,960’ historic mining camp
is cozy with hand crafted beams and furnishings and your waiters are dressed in
traditional European garb- its as if you were airlifted to The Alps. The
logistics alone of dining at this elevation are amazing, but it is executed
seamlessly in a small but delightful chalet. For an extraordinary evening, take
a snowcat up to Alpino Vino for a five-course evening of wonderful cuisine,
camaraderie with your snowcat and cabin mates, a priceless evening – well
actually the price is $125 for the dinner and $60 for the wine pairing.
Telluride has several ski to dining options from the Umbrella Bar Bon Vivant, to
the best après ski at Allred’s – a private lunch place in the gondi building
that opens to everyone for après ski 3:30-5:30, and for special gondola dinners
each night. Allred's views into town and the grand mountain architecture are worth
Secret tip: Gather your well-off ski buddies and rent the Tempter House,
Telluride’s high end high elevation private ski house that comes with its own
personal chef and obvious first tracks powder privilege since you are on top of
Telluride slopes, living large at 11,000’, above and ahead of the rest of the
world for your milk run. Alpino Vino and Tempter House, along with the ski-in
après ski spot Allred’s are all located on the appropriately named See Forever
Trail at Telluride with splendid views of the San Juan Mountains.
Two lodging locations options are Telluride downtown or the spectacular
Village which has several top ski hotels a short walk from the gondola and ski
lifts across the brick heated pedestrian plaza. We recommend
The Fairmont Franz Klammer Heritage Place which offers luxurious residence condo style lodging with
full hotel and concierge service plus a rooftop spa. Another ideal ski in ski
out Telluride lodging property above the Village is
The Mountain Lodge at Telluride with suites
and condos plus a main lodge with an après ski lounge for drinks and dining overlooking
the beautiful outdoor jacuzzi. You can lodge in downtown Telluride, where there is an
authentic local vibe, and a great concentration of restaurants and shops, but we
recommend staying up at the Mountain Village – you can take the free Gondola
down to town for Telluride après ski, shopping and dinner (open till midnight) –
it’s a fantastic ride as you descend into town covered in blankets, with
Telluride’s street lights sparkling like a box of jewels. For the non-skier or the
shopper, Mountain Village offers plenty to do, retail therapy, and spa
If it's a challenge to get to, its equally hard to leave - so goes the legend of
Telluride. Its definitely a Top 10
Colorado Ski Resort.