As Gold Season is underway in Telluride, the colorful shimmering Aspen leaves will eventually line the ski trail soon to be covered by a blanket of white gold. The countdown to winter is on, and Telluride is ready for another spectacular ski season. With over 30 feet of snow last year, Telluride celebrated a stellar winter with powder-filled days and plenty of hoots and hollers to be heard from the lifts. It’s no wonder this divine mountain destination is continually voted the #1 Ski Resort in North America by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. It’s truly unmatched with easy access, stunning scenery, an historic town and world-class skiing-- the whole package. Even with the national recognition, Telluride still offers an ease unlike any other destination, with uncrowded slopes, no lift lines, and a ski-in/ski-out experience from just about every point in town.
Due to its intimate box canyon setting, there is a misconception that Telluride is difficult to get to, which is not the case. Telluride offers flights from 11 major hubs during winter including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, La Guardia, Los Angeles, Newark, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. The Montrose/Telluride Airport (MTJ) is a quick 1.25 hour shuttle away. Passengers will be teased with striking scenery while driving by Ralph Lauren’s vast ranch with the stunning San Juan Mountains as a backdrop, soon to be immersed in these grandiose peaks when arriving to Telluride.
For guests who want to be on the slopes as soon as possible, commercial jet service is now being offered directly into Telluride Airport (TEX) from Denver on the Denver Air Connection, which is bookable through the United network. The Telluride Airport is only 10 minutes away from town and the slopes.
There’s no need for a car in Telluride, as the free gondola, which is the only transportation system of its kind in North America, connects downtown Telluride, Mountain Village and the slopes. Free bus service is also available, making getting around town easy for guests and reducing the carbon footprint, a win-win.
The skiing and snowboarding is world-class with dedicated areas for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders, with all levels able to experience Telluride’s renowned scenery from the mountain. One of the most unique aspects of the ski experience in Telluride is the pleasant surprise of no lift lines or crowded slopes. Even on the busiest days, the mountain flows incredibly well with plenty of powder for all.
If you’re taking a day off from the slopes, try cross-country skiing on the Valley Floor, snowmobiling up to an old ghost town or riding a fat-tire bike to the Telluride Brewing Company and Telluride Distillery for local brews and spirits. History buffs will enjoy an historical walking tour with Ashley Boling, who will cover everything from Butch Cassidy to Nikola Tesla (AC power was invented by Tesla in Telluride!).
When you’re ready to refuel, Telluride stands out among resorts for its dining options. Voted one of the “Best American Cities for Foodies” by Condé Nast readers, Telluride offers variety and quality more often compared with the country’s leading metros. If your ski legs have some energy left in them, Telluride offers a vibrant nightlife scene complete with live music, DJs, open mic nights, and other events that are unique to this quirky mountain town. An iconic festival destination in the summer (think Bluegrass, Blues and Brews), Telluride draws serious year-round talent, and it’s not unusual to catch a world-class musician during a casual night on the town. When your legs can’t take it anymore, and you need energy for another powder day, luxurious lodging options abound. Spirato is located in Mountain Village and offers beautifully appointed, spacious accommodations ranging from deluxe studios to one to five bedroom residences and penthouses. With only 18 residences, this property offers a highly personalized and thoughtful level of service, complementing Telluride’s boutique experience. If you haven’t already started dreaming of powder, now’s the time. If you’re looking for a destination that will check all of the boxes, Telluride is your place. To learn more about nonstop flights, lodging and activity options go to VisitTelluride.com or call 844.762.8362.