A picturesque Victorian town set against dramatic backdrops, Telluride is home to a world-class ski resort and a wealth of year-round activities that are alluring to skiers and non-skiers alike. Nestled deep in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, the town connects by way of the picturesque gondola - one of the greenest forms of transportation in the US - to neighboring Mountain Village. Above Telluride, at 9,545 feet, Mountain Village is comprised of the ski mountain, luxury lodging, multimillion dollar homes, and many upscale amenities. Receiving praise from the likes of Conde Nast, Forbes, Ski.com and more, Telluride tops the lists for Best Ski Resort, providing residents and visitors with a serene, stunning escape and endless adventure in the southwest corner of Colorado.
The pristinely preserved Western town, dwarfed by 13,000-foot peaks and Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall, retains its old-west charm paired with sophisticated dining, shopping, and cultural opportunities. Originally a mining town until the ski resort was built in 1972, Telluride remains chain-store free and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of Top 20 American Cities for Foodies, Telluride and Mountain Village will satisfy the most discerning appetite, from elegant multi-starred restaurants to rustic bakeries and pizzerias. Enjoy the highest fine-dining experience in North America at 11,966 feet at Alpino Vino, where guests arrive on skis or by snow coach. Wandering through the historic town or cobblestone plazas of Mountain Village, one can browse through the many shops that offer sports and wilderness gear, fine art and jewelry, clothing boutiques for the city and country dweller, and many one-of-kind emporiums including stores devoted entirely to cashmere or fine leathers. Nightlife seekers can catch live music at The Moon at O'Bannon's, view a film at the historic Nugget Theatre, share wine at the upscale New Sheridan Hotel’s historic bar, catch a game of billiards at the modern Madeline Hotel, or just sink into an oversized sofa by the fire at the rustic Mountain Lodge in Mountain Village.
In addition to its stellar skiing terrain—from long winding groomers to steep mogul runs and untouched powder—Telluride offers winter and off-ski-season activities for all outdoor enthusiasts. From dog sledding, ice-skating in Town Park and Mountain Village Core and helicopter skiing, to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, those seeking traditional skiing alternatives will not be idle. When the snow melts, breathtaking hikes, adventurous mountain-biking, rafting, boating, and fly-fishing on the San Miguel River all await.
Also in the summers, Telluride plays host to a number of outdoor concerts and celebrated annual festivals including: the world-renowned Telluride Film Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Mountainfilm and even a Mushroom Festival, among many more. The Ah Haa School for the Arts also offers adult and youth short- and long-term workshops for individual exploration and development of creativity. Telluride Academy offers a wide range of camps for children in the summer, allowing parents to hike, mountain bike, fly fish, and explore the surrounding 14’ers. After all, one of Telluride’s most popular sayings promises, “Come for the winter, stay for summer.”
Because it is off the beaten track, Telluride’s remoteness contributes to its magic and discourages the crowds. Telluride and Mountain Village are truly unique, exciting, and wonderful sanctuaries.