Approximately 330 miles southwest of Denver sits Telluride, a charming mountain town with a world-class ski resort. Home to more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, the area receives an average of more than 300 inches of snow each year—a perfect match to its nearly 300 annual bluebird days. With 18 lifts, 4,425 feet of vertical, and 148 runs, Telluride is perfect for both individuals and groups; no matter your ability level, this resort has the perfect trail.
Known for its abundance of advanced (single black diamond) terrain, Telluride has over 50% beginner and intermediate runs. The mountain’s skiable terrain faces the town of Telluride, but also seeps onto the other side (Revelation Bowl). In addition to this main face, Prospect Bowl (opened in 2002) and Black Iron Bowl (opened in 2007) add a significant amount of expert terrain to the already well-rounded skiing experience.
The resort, ranked #1 in the annual Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Survey in 2013, 2014, and 2015, boast more than fluffy powder and countless trails. The town itself was ranked the #1 small city in America in 2015. With plentiful transportation, sightseeing availability, and a thriving local cultural scene, Telluride is an excellent destination regardless of season.
As with most of Colorado’s massive ski resorts, a day at Telluride will cost a pretty penny—a full-day adult pass (13-65 years old) costs $133, but skiers and riders can access discounts when purchasing online in advance. Though a day here may be more expensive than at other resorts, you can count on it being a ski trip to remember.