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  • 309 in of annual snowfall
  • 2000 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 13149 ft, base 8723 ft
  • 23% beginner, 36% intermediate, 41% advanced, 0% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/27/2014
  • Projected closing: 04/05/2015

Telluride Beginner Skiing

If you’re a beginner skier and minimal crowds and scenic views are high on your list, then a Telluride ski trip is the perfect vacation for you. Unlike other comparable resorts, Telluride offers a numerous beginner terrain options, 23-percent of its 2,000 acres. Telluride beginner skiing can be found as high up as 11,815 feet. The runs off of the Prospect Bowl Express lift, is a prime Telluride beginner skiing zone, allowing novices to experience the whole mountain and ski on green circle runs that abut double black diamonds.

Telluride Beginner Terrain

Telluride beginner terrain at its best is located at 11,815, and is accessed via the Prospect Bowl Express chairlift. Off the chairlift hop on beginner run Galloping Goose to Madison, at the bottom of the run look up for center-stage view of the beautiful and foreboding Palmyra Peak. In fact Galloping Goose is the longest run on the mountain at 4.6 miles. Beginner skiers can take their time meandering down Galloping Goose, since it’s generally a low-traffic area. The run drops beginner skiers off in front of Big Billie’s Restaurant. In fact, nearly the entire looker’s right side of the mountain is dedicated to long, meandering beginner runs. And first time skiers will appreciate the green-circle skiing off the Chondola, with its short, easy runs.

Telluride Ski School

Whether you’re a first timer, wanting to progress your skills or better familiarize yourself with the Telluride beginner skiing, a lesson with Telluride Ski School is a great way to enhance your on-mountain experience. The Telluride Ski and Ride School utilizes a combination of traditional “American teaching system” and modern, customizable techniques for best results.

To learn more about Telluride beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride Budget Ski Vacation

Variety may be the spice of life, but it’s also the secret to a Telluride budget ski vacation. Having two base areas—historic downtown and the Mountain Village—to choose from increases the affordable options available for someone looking to do Telluride on the cheap.

Telluride Budget Hotels

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top picks for Telluride budget hotels and condos. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with, one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Named after the resort’s ski run “Spiral Stairs,” this handsome brick complex provides a great views of slopes and Telluride Basin. Located one block from the gondola and two blocks from the center of historic downtown, the Spiral Stairs offers and incredible locale at an affordable rate.

Telluride Affordable Restaurants

Because of its remote location, there aren’t too many affordable restaurants in Telluride. But there’s certainly enough to get you by, especially if you love pizza. Brown Dog Pizza in downtown Telluride is a locals hotspot, so you can expect a lively scene, great Colorado microbrews on tap and tasty pies. Cocina de Luz is another local, downtown hangout and a well-loved Mexican joint. The veggie tacos come highly recommended. But for a reasonably priced, more formal dining experience, head to Honga Lotus Petal. The Pan-Asian menu ranges from sushi to Thai and Vietnamese, and entrees average $22.

To learn more about Telluride budget ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride Expert Skiing

With its nonexistent crowds, thanks to Telluride’s more remote location, 2,000 skiable acres, 300-plus annual inches of snow and 41-percent of its terrain qualifying as expert, you can imagine that the epic Telluride expert skiing is makes it all worth the travel, and then some. The Telluride expert skiing has everything from steep mogul runs, wide open powder fields and rugged bowls littered with cliffs just waiting to be hit on deep days.

Telluride Expert Terrain

Where to start? The most renowned Telluride expert terrain exists off the ridges flanking the raw and beautiful Palmyra Peak. To ski the famed double-black Gold Hill, which skis better earlier in the day, head to Revelation Bowl. It takes a couple lift rides to access; take Village Express to Polar Queen Express to Gold Hill Express. When you drop into the steeps of Revelation Bowl, enjoy the G’s and arch wide turns. Take the Revelation Lift up and you’ll see signs for Gold Hill. At the bottom of this steep run, look up for incredible views of Palmyra Peak. To looker’s left of Palmyra you can spot Black Iron Bowl. If you stay high enough from Gold Hill you can access Prospect Express lift to get the goods on Black Iron Bowl. This short hike-to terrain accesses black diamond Confidence, and double-black Crystal, La Rosa and Genevieve. The higher up you go the better the snow conditions. There’s a mini couloir off of Genevieve and tons of cliff-dropping options scattered throughout Black Iron Bowl.

To learn more about Telluride expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride Family Ski Vacation

While it may not be the most accessible family ski vacation, those willing to make the journey to the famed box-canyon are rewarded with a slew of experiences to interest every family member. Between its steeped-mining history and historic downtown, rugged, Alps-like terrain, eclectic range of restaurant options, versed terrain and contemporary amenities and services, a Telluride family ski vacation will yield incredible memories and a strong desire to return year after year.

Telluride Family Friendly Hotels

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top family-friendly lodging pick. To learn more about this location, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Offering spacious accommodations, slopeside convenience and topnotch amenities, the Mountain Lodge at Telluride is a guaranteed family pleaser. Accommodations feature well-appointed Western furnishings, soft leather furniture, pine cabinetry and granite countertops, to name a few. Located in Telluride’s contemporary Mountain Village resort community, the Mountain Lodge at Telluride is ideally located mid-mountain, providing unparalleled ski in, ski out access for families. The Mountain Lodge also helps takes the guesswork out of planning families meals with the convenience of onsite dining options like The View Restaurant and Bar, which serves breakfast, après-ski snacks and dinner.

Telluride Family Friendly Restaurants

Brown Dog Pizza in downtown Telluride is an easy go-to for families. What kid doesn’t love pizza? The whole family can bond over Brown Dog’s fresh, specialty pies, and parents can enjoy local Colorado drafts. It’s a win, win! If your family likes Asian eats, then don’t miss Honga Lotus Petal in downtown Telluride.  The food ranges from sushi to Thai, the seafood is as fresh as it gets, prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is lively−perfect for families.

To learn more about Telluride family ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride Intermediate Skiing

With 36-percent intermediate terrain compromising Telluride’s 2,000 acres, incredible ridgeline groomers with views of surrounding San Juan mountains and virtually no lift lines, Telluride intermediate skiing is unbeatable. Long, groomed intermediate runs are found all over Telluride mountain resort, allowing intermediate skiers to fully ski the mountain and enjoy its breathtaking beauty.

Telluride Intermediate Terrain

There’s few views in North America that can rival Telluride’s, and the intermediate groomed run See Forever is the cream of the crop. Meander for miles on this wide, pristine run that boarders the entire looker’s right side of the mountain. You can access the very top of See Forever from Revelation Express or Gold Hill Express and enjoy epic views of Telluride’s Bear Creek Basin off skier’s right and the surrounding box canyon. For more breathtaking scenery take Woozley’s Way to Prospect Express lift and ski down intermediate runs Sandia or Magnolia, be sure to look up the hill for a front-and-center view of the magnificent Palmyra Peak. The Polar Queen and Village Express lifts access several dozen blue-square runs if you’re looking to get in as many laps as possible. If you’re staying in town, or would like to grab a bite, take Lower Lookout from See Forever. Take in the incredible views of downtown Telluride, but be sure to turn onto Easy Out to avoid black diamond runs.

If it’s your first time skiing at Telluride Mountain Resort, be sure to take a complimentary “Meet the Mountain” tour. The tour meets in front of the trail map at the top of Coonskin Lift at 10 a.m., and lasts for two to three hours. Local experts will help familiarize you with Telluride’s intermediate skiing and provide tid bits on Telluride’s rich history.

To learn more about Telluride intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride Lodging

The uniqueness of Telluride’s dueling centers of business−historic downtown Telluride and the new Mountain Village−provide a stunning array of lodging options in Telluride. The Telluride lodging scene can meet nearly every taste, style and preferences. As one would ascertain, the downtown Telluride lodging scene is brimming with historic mining-era inns and rustic boutique hotels, which makes for a charming, unique experience. The Mountain Village yields modern hotels and ski in ski out condos, as well as all the modern amenities and services. Locals have found vehemently to preserve Telluride’s lodging history, so you’ll be hard-pressed to find chain hotels and motels.

To learn more about Telluride lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride Luxury Ski Vacation

Unique, high-end experiences are easy to come by in Telluride. Historic downtown Telluride and the Mountain Village each provide their own brand of a Telluride luxury ski vacation. Those who enjoy a quaint experience can find accommodations at one of Telluride’s many historic, converted boutique hotels or those looking for a more posh ski vacation can find larger, more contemporary lodging options in the Mountain Village. There’s nearly a dozen fine dining restaurants in Telluride to choose from, and like the dueling experiences of modern vs. historic, diners can experience world-class meals that encapsulate both big-city and rustic tastes.

Telluride Luxury Hotels

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top luxury lodging picks. To learn more about these upscale Telluride properties, call, or chat with one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Conveniently located in the Telluride’s modern Mountain Village, Lumiere is the resort’s newest luxury ski in, ski out boutique hotel. Accommodations range from guest rooms to four-bedroom abodes and penthouses furnished to the highest standards with beautiful, hardwood hickory floors, hand-blown glass fixtures and original artwork. Each hotel room offers a large, luxury bathroom and a flat-screen television, to name a few. All one-bedroom and larger residences feature a full-service kitchen, washer/dryer, gas fireplace, flat-screen televisions and oversized luxury baths with a separate steam shower and tub.

Telluride Fine Dining

The Telluride fine-dining scene isn’t afraid to be itself. At nearly all the Telluride restaurants, especially fine dining hotspots, you’ll find there’s perfect balance of modern touches and revered history. 221 South Oak Bistro beautifully marries old and new world from its atmosphere to its “modern American bistro” fare. The restaurant lives in a Victorian home on South Oak in downtown Telluride, just steps from the Gondola. The menu features wild game, meats and seafood served up with delicious, seasonal vegetables. There is also a full vegetarian menu. And, Sunday brunch is not to be missed, locals and visitors, alike rave about South Oak’s bloody mary’s and eggs benedict.

Nourish you’re tired body with a hearty steak at the New Sheridan Chop House, where quality American cuts meet French style. Since 1895, people have been enjoying the comforts of the New Sheridan Hotel, which houses the Chop House. Modern-day diners can expect incredible head line items like filet mignon, ribeye and sirloin, as well as PEI mussels, trout, duck and house made ravioli. 

To learn more about a Telluride luxury ski vacation call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride NightLife

With the complimentary San Sophia Gondola, which connects historic−downtown Telluride to the new Mountain Village−running until midnight you can easily hop in and out of Telluride’s hottest bars. Like the dining scene, the Telluride night life is an interesting mashing of historic and contemporary. For the most part, the Telluride night life exists in town, while the better après-ski scene is had at the Mountain Village, thanks to sunny patios or “breezeways,” as the locals call it.

Downtown Telluride Bars

As one of the oldest hotels in the West, the New Sheridan’s saloon attracts both locals and visitors. When you step into this historic bar, with original mahogany paneling, you almost feel a connection with the past. How many people have relaxed here after a hard days in the mine or on the slopes? It’s a truly special place, and the strong $5 cocktails make it an unbeatable place. And those looking for a more refined drink, guest can order off their wine list hailed by Wine Spectator in hotel lobby bar, The Parlor. La Marmotte, while revered for an exceptional dining experience, also offers a perfect setting for a quiet cocktail. But if you’re looking for a genuine Telluride night life experience, head to the The Last Dollar Saloon, or to locals “The Buck.” The crowd is largely local and rarely sober. Be sure to check out the original punched tin ceiling.

Telluride Après Ski

If it’s sunny, you can expect a hoppin’ crowd at the Tomboy Tavern, formerly the Hop Garden, in the Mountain Village base area. The patio is huge and is conveniently located in front of Village Express lift, so you can click off your skis, sit right down and order one of the 32 local drafts on tap.  The schnitzel sandwich, burgers, truffle fries and bloody marys are don’t-miss menu items. If you’d like a Telluride après session with an incredible view, be sure to stop in at famed-Alpino Vino, a wine bar located on the mountain on See Forever Run. The experience is likened to après-ing high in the Alps, and it’s no wonder as  Alpino Vino boasts the highest dining experience in the U.S.

To learn more about Telluride nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to do in Telluride

Between Telluride’s historic downtown and the modern Mountain Village, shoppers and dinners will be extremely satisfied. Telluride offers a variety of spa options for soaking ski- and snowboard-weary muscles. Those looking to experience even more of the Telluride’s outdoor offerings have a full gamut of options.

  • Snowshoe or cross-country ski Telluride’s 6 miles (10 km) of designated trails, located at the top of Sunshine Express chairlift. 
  • Eco-adventures, located in the Franz Klammer Breezeway, provide a host of fun winter outdoor activities including snowbiking, off-piste excursions and guided naturalists tours.

To learn more about things to do in Telluride call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Telluride Dining

It all becomes suddenly worth it. Just as you are rewarded with world-class skiing and epic views for making the long journey to Telluride, you are also awarded with an incredible dining scene. From lunch with a breathtaking view of the San Juans to exciting Asian options, classic European and modern, cultured victuals. The Telluride dining options are not limited to the quaint historic mining town either. Food-goers can also dine at an on-mountain restaurant or in the modern Mountain Village, so diners can feel out the differing restaurants and vibes of each of Telluride’s core areas.

Downtown Telluride Restaurants

Those who appreciate some historic dining atmosphere must spend a meal at Hotel Columbia’s Cosmopolitian, or “Cosmo” to locals. The restaurant resides in a former mining-era saloon, which makes for interesting crossing of genres, since the menu is considered to be American, French and Thai fusion. If you’re looking for more core European cuisine, head to Marmotte on San Juan Avenue, also located in a historic building, which once served as the town ice house. There you can enjoy classic French bistro fare and an impressive wine list.

Telluride Mountain Village Restaurants

If you’re a diner who seeks out restaurants that operate in the “farm to table” fashion, then don’t miss two key restaurants in the Telluride Mountain Village. One is Rev, in Hotel Madeline. Its menus (breakfast and dinner) feature local produce and meats, including Colorado lamb, elk and beef. And their inspired, contemporary cocktails from Smak Bar are sure to delight any city slicker. For organic, grass-fed bison and beef, plus fresh pastas give Palmyra at The Peaks hotel a whirl. Their wine list will not disappoint either.

Telluride On-Mountain Restaurants

Spectacular, breathtaking, unique, special. Seldom do these descriptions exist in the same breath as convenient. At Allred’s Restaurant they luckily do. This incredible dining experience exists at 10,551 feet on Telluride Mountain Resort, and conveniently located between downtown Telluride and the Mountain Village. So no matter where you’re staying during your Telluride ski vacation a world-class meal at Allred’s is just a gondola ride away. And if they views didn’t get you, the cuisine and wine list surely will, with menu picks like Colorado braised lamb, wild salmon and Colorado roasted chicken. It’s vintages are award-winning, and there are few places better than Allred’s fireplace with a view to relax with a glass of wine after.

To learn more about Telluride dining call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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