Mountain Village#2 in Best Things To Do in Telluride
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Even if you aren't a skier, a visit to Telluride Ski Resort should be a priority. The resort encompasses Mountain Village, a bustling town originally developed as a cozy retreat from the slopes. Nestled high in the San Juan Mountains – roughly 9,500 feet above sea level – Mountain Village has a quaint yet vibrant atmosphere with shops and restaurants lining cobblestone streets.
Another highlight of a Mountain Village trip (aside from the nearby slopes, of course) is a ride on the scenic gondola. The gondola shuttles visitors between Telluride and Mountain Village, allowing for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from an altitude of 10,500 feet. Plus, riders say that the gondola is clean and well-maintained, making it a reliable way to get around. And here's the best part: It's completely free.
You don't have to pay to explore Mountain Village, but you might want to keep your credit cards handy (this is a resort town, after all). Mountain Village welcomes guests every day of the year, no matter the hour. The gondola operates from 6:30 a.m. to midnight daily during the winter months and is also open every summer. When the gondola is closed, complimentary bus service to and from the area is available via Dial-A-Ride, a free service. For more information, visit Mountain Village's website.
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#1 Telluride Ski Resort
When most people talk about Telluride, they're typically referring to this ski resort rather than the town. This massive complex boasts more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain in the San Juan Mountains. The resort's 148 trails cater to skiers of all levels, although most slopes are best suited for experienced skiers. And during the warmer months, travelers can go mountain biking, golfing, whitewater rafting and more.
Recent visitors said that this is one of the best skiing areas in the country, citing its ample powder (more than 300 inches accummulate here annually) and less crowded atmopshere (in spring) as highlights. A few reviewers also raved about the resort's restaurants, especially Altezza At The Peaks, Alpino Vino, Allred's Restaurant and Bon Vivant.
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