Tucked in to a majestic canyon of the Colorado Rockies is the enchanting ski in/ski out resort of Telluride. While more and more Australian ski lovers are hearing whispers about this family snow holiday paradise, few have had the pleasure of experiencing it…yet.
From the breathtaking scenery and crowd-free slopes, to the unique blend of historic Wild West town, modern European-style Village and experiences for everyone on snow and après, you’ll never forget your first time at Telluride.
And we’re almost certain it won’t be your last.
Things you’ll love about Telluride:
- Variety of ski and boarding options for all ages and levels
- Conde Nast ranked No.1 US Ski resort 4 out of last 5 years
- No day trippers, so few crowds
- The jaw-on-the-floor scenic beauty of the 4000m surrounding peaks
- Historic, lively Telluride town is where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank
- Modern, charming ski-in and out Mountain Village perched in a stunning setting
- The magical mountain gondola ride between the ski village and town
- Amazing selection of eateries from fast food to fine dining
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick’s says “Take the free mountain gondola to town at night. Floating above snow and trees, then over the summit to see the town lights 2000ft below…it feels like you’re on the most amazing theme park ride ever built.”
Spectacular ski terrain and almost non-existent lift lines
Telluride is a ski and boarder adventure playground for everyone.The top of the mountain spoils you with spectacular vistas across the jagged San Juan range. And the best part is that even beginners can take the lift up to the top for the views and ski all the way back down for a warm drink.
- 810 pristine skiable hectares and a super-efficient lift system
- Plenty of gentle beginner runs + 4 ½ mile green run from the top of the mountain
- Meandering blue and green runs amongst the trees
- Lots of bump runs and glades + single and double black diamond chutes for experts
- Moderate temperatures and sunny skies
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick’s says “On your first day treat your body and lungs to a relaxing massage and the Altitude Adjustment Oxygen Bar at The Spa at Madeline”
Ski and snowboarding school for all ages and levels
Whether you’re a seasoned ski vet or you’ve never experienced the crunch of snow under boot, Telluride is a sublime place to learn to ski or board from scratch, or see your skills take off!
- Private and group lessons for all levels of skier
- For the kids:
- Nursery with childcare
- Ski Cubs: 1-1.5hr lesson for ages 2 to 4yrs
- Kids ski lessons for 3-12yrs and snowboard lessons for 7-12yrs
- All kids’ lessons include free Afternoon Kids Club supervised program from 3 – 4pm while you finish skiing (or après drinks!)
A mountain village with everything at your glove tips
Telluride Mountain Village sits at the centre of a gorgeous mountain amphitheatre, high above the town. The warm, relaxed vibe is a striking contrast to the dramatic, awe-inspiring backdrop of the soaring pyramid peaks that surround it.
From the range of lodging options to the intimate, pedestrian-friendly courtyards and winding enclaves that house bundles of grown-up and kid-friendly adventures waiting to be uncovered, you’ll find everything you could want from a family ski holiday at the tips of your gloves.
- European-style alpine village rated one of the most beautiful in the world
- Ski-in, ski-out accommodations so you don’t have to lug around kids or their gear
- Fantastic dining, boutique stores, bars and coffee shops
- Beautiful outdoor ice rink at Reflection Plaza.
- Open fire pits to keep you toasty
- Snowshoeing and snowmobiling from the Adventure Centre
- Kid’s Night Out dinner, movies and activities for children 4-12yr
(See more dining ideas further down)
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick’s says “In the afternoon, head to The View Bar & Grill at Mountain Lodge Telluride for a relaxing drink with floor-to-ceiling mountain sunset views. It’s amazing!”
Discover quirky, historic Telluride Town
In the 1800s, the treacherous journey to the rambunctious mining town of Telluride was described as “To hell you ride” (To-hell-you-ride. See what they did there?)
And while the neighbourhood is far more gentrified since the dusty prospectors and squinting cowboys vanished from the boardwalks and saloons, the wood and brick Victorian buildings along Main Street make it easy to picture yourself in the thick of the action. Like Quentin Tarantino did when he filmed his western flick, “The Hateful 8”, here.
- Stand in Main Street and try to fathom the mountain view before you
- See the bank Butch Cassidy robbed of $24,580 ($604,726 today!)
- Turn back time at the Telluride Historical Museum and Opera House
- Boutique jewellery, home furnishings, toys, art and fashion (and not just cowboy)
Jump on a Wild West Winter activity
- Take a family sleigh ride through the woods behind draft horses, Clyde and Frank.
- Hire fat tire winter bikes or take tour finishing at the brewery
- Go dogsledding with Alaskan Huskies along snow-covered trails
- Snow tube in Telluride Town Park
Hungry yet? Let’s talk food and nightlife
Telluride is nirvana for food bon vivants of all ages and tastes, consistently batting above its weight in the Fodor’s, Conde Nast and USA Today rankings for best US dining and night time fun.
With over 50 restaurants and some of the best chefs in the country calling it home, there’s a mouth-watering collection of options for every morning, noon and night of your stay:
- Oak – kids can run wild and gorge on super tasty southern fried chicken, gumbo and pulled pork sandwiches.
- Black Iron Kitchen and Bar for drinks, street tacos and flat breads
- Big Billie’s for family all-American food lunches.
- Steamies for casual, quick, affordable burgers, hot dogs and salads
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick says “Take the kids to the famous Brown Dog Pizza – 1st place winners at the Pizza World Championships 2015 in Parma, Italy!”
And a few sans-kids ideas, in case the opportunity or need arises
- Ride a gondola to Allred’s on the summit for 5-star romantic dining tête-à-tête
- Take a 12,000ft ski break at Alpino Vino Break’s outdoor bar, tasting wine, fine cheeses, soup and antipasti plates
- Go saloon hopping, live music and wine bar exploring on Main Street
- Relax at Bijou Wine Bar and Lounge with a cocktail and nibbles, perfect for après-ski or late afternoon nosh
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick’s says “Try Rustico for its fantastic Italian food, exceptional wine list, relaxed vibe and celeb spotting”
There are daily flights from both LA and San Francisco to Montrose, Colorado, then a one hour shuttle transfer to Telluride town.