Best known for:
...in historic,downtown Telluride
or the contemporaryMountain Village
...at a top elevation of 13,320’ on Palmyra Peak—if you dare!
...by flying into Montrose for ultimate convenience.
…breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains.
…200 square miles of heli-skiing tenure withTelluride Helitrax
…Telluride’s unique mining history.
…yourself to a ritual at thePeaks Resort & Spa
…cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling—a few examples of Telluride’s manywinter activities
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.
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.
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.
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- 6-run packages available
- 200 square miles of pristine terrain
- Best for those wanting to tack on a heli day to their Telluride ski vacation
Telluride Ski Packages
If Telluride's rugged scenery, variety of terrain and lodging options sound like the winter destination you've been dreaming of, start the booking process today. We're here to help you make the process easy as possible. You can book your entire Vail ski packages, including:
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- Equipment Rentals. Pre-arrange your rentals or demos with us. Options include in-store pick-up or delivery service right to where you're staying.
- Activities. Dog sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling...the list goes on. We can make it all happen for you
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What the experts are saying
Mountain Vacation Specialist1-800-908-5000 X 3347
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.
Telluride don't go!!!!
Five stars and say don't go? Here is why.....the place is great. 100 yards to the lift, ski in point 25 yards from the door, best skiing I've ever had. No lines!!! The room was older yet all needs met. Hot tub was deep. I want to go again and I don't want you taking my place.
Beautiful Mountains, Bad Ski School
As a family, we've been skiing for decades, and usually enjoy skiing with ski school. We were dismayed to interact with a rude, verbally hostile ski instructor. Management apologized for this individual’s behavior, stated that it was an “embarrassment” to the ski school, and refunded our lift tickets for the day. All of this is 100% appropriate and appreciated but none of it, unfortunately, will return to us the precious day of our family vacation that was ruined. The experience killed our desire to ski that day, unfortunately the last day of our trip, and left a very bad taste in our mouths about Telluride Ski School. Based on our experience, we urge you to stay as far away as possible from Mark G. of Cincinnati. Unbelievably rude!
Ski school days are not well designed. If you want a “full day” lesson, you have to wait until 11. Even worse, the 11 AM lesson start time is a farce. You meet at the base at 11, as instructed. You stand around for 15-20 minutes until it is time to load the lift. At the top, you wait another 10 minutes until the signal is given for you to make about 5 turns so that they can “group” you based on speed—it is almost noon before you actually ski. Counting lunch, your “full day lesson” is about 2 hours and 45 minutes. The grouping system is equally poor. We spent an entire afternoon unable to ski areas of interest because, according to the instructor, it “would have killed” a person in our group who clearly did not belong there. When we questioned why the individual had not been placed in another group, the instructor answered, “Oh, they wouldn’t listen to me!!” Another skier explained to us that his wife had had a very poor experience in ski school that day and was left demoralized and unhappy. Safe to say our experience was not an outlier. Our ski school experience in every other resort has been vastly superior. We hope the ski school fixes its many problems and lets go, as soon as possible, of one horrible employee.
Great if you come to ski
This was our third trip to Telluride. The scenery is stunning, and there is a wide range of ski runs available for all levels. Really enjoy it, even when the snow is not especially good. Noted a greatly expanded choice of dining options in Mountain Village and Telluride, which was nice.
Winter wonderland with fantastic skiing, overall experience and destination
Telluride offers sheer variety and quality of skiing at every level that can be appealing to a wide range of skiers. strong intermediate terrains, lots of blue and double blue terrains, beautifully groomed, with or without the trees.
Even thou I am intermediate skier I was able to enjoy mogul runs. Our favorite on-the-slopes restaurant was Gorrono Ranch on the lift no4: cozy barn like design, outdoor live music, warm and inviting with energetic and friendly staff. They have the smokehouse where you can purchase smoked bbq chicken and other very hearty meals such as chili soups, shredded pork sandwich or veggie burger. We also tried Alpino Vino Restaurant: we liked the idea of dining in the restaurant at the highest elevation in north USA but we did not like having to be seated by hostess and formality of the restaurant. The food was ok, heavily Italian, slightly fatty.
Our children were in the ski school (second year) and for them, there was so much terrain to ski and improve their skills on the long green and double green runs for play and practice. They were in love with blue Enchanted Forest slope that features light modules for jumping and trough the woods skiing experience. Our adult favorite slopes were Apex and Plunge (black), Polar Queen and Magnolia (cruisers, double blue). The village offers lots of restaurants, shopping, off-slope and après ski activities. It's truly is a Winter Wonderland. The presence of a onsite town is experience on its own...from the village you can easily get to the town via gondola or ski down into! The town has its own charm and lots to offer. We eat in ShangHai Palace restaurant (somewhat understated, but don't be fooled, the food is fantastic) Chinese.
Beautiful without the crowds
I think because if where it's located (90 minutes from the closest commercial airport) the crowds are modest, which we loved. The mountain is beautiful with loads of choice to appeal to all levels. Had we been there more than 5 days we might have preferred something a bit bigger. On the downside, the town is small- sort of a shrunken version of Park City. Again, for a few days it's fine but for longer stays it might get a bit boring.
Expert Reviews (1)
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Mountain Vacation Specialist1-800-908-5000
go to Telluride now
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.