10 reasons we LOVE Telluride (in no particular order)
Note, we live here YEAR ROUND (all day, every day) and don’t get bored!!
1. The Skiing. The Telluride Ski Resort boasts over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain spread throughout both Telluride and Mountain Village. With 18 lifts and 127 runs, there is plenty of terrain for all ability levels. Telluride averages over 300 inches of snowfall each ski season, making deep powder lines a reality no matter when you visit. Spectacular views of picturesque 14,000ft snowcapped mountains are visible from almost anywhere within the ski area. On clear day, it’s even possible to see the La Salle mountain range in Utah. We’ve also got two Helicopter skiing outfits here, and snowcat skiing nearby over on Molas & Coalbank Passes. NO LIFT LINES!!! It’s just never crowded, the most you’ll ever wait in line is Christmas or New Years and that’s maybe for 10 minutes max. Otherwise it’s walk directly on all day, every day.
- ◦ Longest Run: “Galloping Goose”, 4.6 miles (7.4 km)
◦ Trail Difficulty (One of the best mixes in the nation): 23% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 41% Advanced/Expert
◦ Total Skiable Vertical: 4,425 ft (1,349 m)
◦ Elevation: Base – 8,725 ft (2,659 m); Lift-Served – 12,570 ft (3,831 m); Maximum – 13,150 feet (4,008 m)
◦ Great article (for some reason the video is about Powder Mtn so you can skip it, or not, we skied there on New Year’s Eve, pretty cool, mostly moderate/beginner but certainly a huge area). https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2017/01/13/worlds-best-ski-resorts-telluride-wows-with-charm-scenery-great-skiing/#774b472e50a3
2. The Gondola. One of a kind in North America, the free Gondola connects the Town of Telluride to the more resort-y Town of Mountain Village, runs until midnight daily! Such a great way to travel around, the views are amazing (of course) and what a great way to get home after a wonderful night out!
3. The Dining. Per capita some of the best dining in the State, with an excellent mix of finer dining to ‘every day’ dining. One of Oprah’s original personal chefs, Paul Gelose, got his start here (he has since moved on and opened a restaurant in Durango), and the proprietor of 221 S. Oak, Eliza Gavin, was a top contender on Top Chef just a few years back. We have two excellent breweries here, a local distillery and amazing caterers. Telluride seems to attract artists of all kinds.
4. The Culture. From the Ah Haa School of Arts (https://www.ahhaa.org/), the many gallery walks, the Mountain Film Fest (https://www.mountainfilm.org/), International Film Festival (https://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/), and the Sheridan Opera House (https://www.sheridanoperahouse.com/) and Palm Theatre’s (https://telluridepalm.com/) many offerings year round there is something for everyone to enjoy.
5. The People. Truly very nice, down to earth folks who live here year round and we love our visitors/seasonal residents!! Just voted #2 Friendliest Town (not just ski Town) in the US, after Charleston, South Carolina … which, of course, hard to beat that southern charm! 🙂
6. So Much to Do.
• Golf. (if I golfed this would be where I’d do it, the views from our course are simply distracting)! https://www.tellurideskiresort.com/pricing-products/golf/. The Telluride Golf Club features an 18-hole par-70, 6,574-yard course tucked within the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in the United States.
• Hiking. Ditto above, highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in the United States, we have awesome hiking right from the door in Town and from Mountain Village for all levels.
• Mountain Biking. Free gondola service to many great single track trails (also lots of riding elsewhere) & downhill trails, and they’re working on expanding those and adding more lift accessed flow tracks as well.
• Water Sports (lakes, rivers), we have several lakes here in the high alpine and a few thousand feet lower for warmer weather – for SUP’ing, canoeing, fly fishing, surrounded by ‘gold medal waters’ for fly fishing, world class kayaking.
• Horse Back riding … see ‘the views’ below 🙂
7. THE VIEWS! And again, highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in the United States. And the Box Canyon, where the Town of Telluride sits, I sincerely NEVER get tired of that view, it’s absolutely breathtaking every day, I truly can’t stop taking pictures https://www.instagram.com/themountainrose/ & https://twitter.com/theMountainRose/media and I barely post a fraction of the photos I take, again living here year round, it makes me giggle how beautiful it is. Oh! and we do actually have a ‘rainbow season’ here, for real, https://www.facebook.com/theMountainRose/photos/a.688248434527723.1073741832.495305890488646/1686631431356080/?type=3&theater
8. Proximity to all else cool. to Moab & Arches National Park/Red Rock desert escape (ahhhh), Durango (also amazing dining & cool town, awesome biking & kayaking) & Purgatory ski resort, Silverton (& Silverton Mtn Ski Area), Ouray HOT SPRINGS (https://twitter.com/theMountainRose/status/891149079928897536) …….!!
9. Music. Awesome variety of music festivals all summer long as well as free music up in Mountain Village on Wednesdays & Fridays, SUPER fun scene! (https://www.telluride.com/telluride-festivals-and-events)
10. It’s Not Crowded. Period. I LOVE that we have this place almost to ourselves, the reason the celebreties we have here are here, is because no one bothers them. So laid back, so peaceful.
… 11. The History. So much cool history here that has been a huge influence on the culture and people.