Isolation (perhaps its greatest strength)
Compared to skiing at Zermatt, Whistler, Jackson Hole, Taos, Snowbird, and Mammoth Mountain I would say without question Telluride is on an even higher level. The terrain, beauty, and rugged sophistication of the two towns put this resort at the very top of my list.
It's crazy how this place can ski steeper than Jackson Hole, provide over the top luxury like Beaver Creek and still maintain its truly authentic and unpretentious character - something unseen in the world of skiing. The vertical is higher than Jackson Hole and the new terrain they've opened in the past few years makes me speechless (Palmyra Peak! Revelation Bowl, Black Iron Bowl)
Telluride is so uncrowded that it's hard not to be in awe. You feel like a movie star on your own private mountain. The two towns are awesome! The European Mountain Village compliments the rugged mining town of Telluride. And everything is connected by one of the sleekest gondola systems in the world. Ski Telluride over anything. It's really that good.