Telluride Ski Resort#1 in Best Things To Do in Telluride
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.
Telluride Ski Resort opens up its slopes in November, and the ski season generally lasts until early April. The lifts run every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., although hours are subject to change toward the season's end. You won't have to pay to visit the resort, but access to the slopes and other facilities requires admission fees. Lift tickets start at $82 per adult and $49 for each child between 6 and 12. Kids 5 and younger receive complimentary lift passes.
The easiest way to reach the resort is to use its free gondola or shuttle service. Parking lots are also available in Mountain Village. The complimentary gondola operates between 6:30 a.m. and midnight during ski season and is open every summer. For more information about lift tickets, on-site amenities and more, visit Telluride Ski Resort's website.
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#2 Mountain Village
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.
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