- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 5
Pros: the mountain, the light fluffy snow, powder for days, the town, the people
Cons: it's far away, but totally worth the expense and travel
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2010
Palmyra Peak, Gold Hill, Revelation Bowl, Lift 6 or 9, Black Iron Bowl, not to mention the terrain accessible out of the gates. This short list of expert in-bounds skiing is unparalleled in Colorado, perhaps North America.
The advantage Telluride offers is geography. Nestled in the towering San Juan Mountains in rural southwest Colorado, Telluride is far from major populations centers and in turn sees far fewer skiers and boarders. It would be a rare day that you would have to wait in a lift line. Powder days are unreal. With fewer skiers and boarders to track out the snow, skiers and boarders are able to ski untracked powder inbounds often for days. The front rangers may be shaking their collective heads and saying… can’t be. But it is. And it is glorious.
I can’t speak to the terrain parks, not my bag when there is a ton of mountain to explore, but I’m sure they are first class. Everything at Telluride is first class. The grooming is the best I’ve ever seen. And of course you can rip roy all day long if your heart desires because there just aren’t that many people out on the slopes.
Most of the terrain served by lift 5 is intermediate terrain. Trails headed toward Mountain Village are mellow green cruisers. The mountain truly offers something for everybody, including lots of snow. Telluride gets plentiful dry fluffy rocky mountain powder. The kind that creates the sensation of floating on a cloud, with wisps of the cloud billowing up and teasing my face and nose and mouth. I can taste the face shots.
I love the town of Telluride. The people are the friendliest people you will meet anywhere. If you forgot a glove, check out the free box. Good coffee, good food and good fun to be had all over Telluride. The Brown Dog has great Pizza by the slice.
Simply put, Telluride is the best place ever. And I didn’t even mention the scenery. No reason. You’ll see. And there aren’t words to describe what you’ll see.