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Telluride Skiing

Season Start/End: 11/23 - 4/ 8
8725ft - 13150ft
14%| 29%| 26%| 31%
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The majestic San Juan Range serves as the backdrop for skiing in Telluride. - ©Liam Doran

Telluride is a charming mountain town and ski area located approximately 200 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado, that’s home to more than 2,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain. Once dubbed “To-Hell-You-Ride” from its mining town days, Telluride is a modern European-style town and iconic Colorado destination ski area.

Averaging more than 300 inches of snow annually to match its 300 days of sunshine each year, Telluride is a Colorado bucket list classic. Telluride boasts 4,425 feet of vertical, serviced by 18 lifts and 148 runs. With a lift-served elevation of 12,570 feet and a maximum elevation of 13,150 feet, Telluride has no trouble holding onto its dry, bottomless powder.

After the lifts close, head to town and enjoy the après spoils that make this town so unique; from summer bluegrass, beer and film festivals to world-class restaurants and lodging options, the party seems to never end.

Telluride is 65 miles from Montrose Regional Airport (MTG). For a more convenient travel option, visitors may fly directly into Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) through connecting flights out of Denver.  

The majestic San Juan Range serves as the backdrop for skiing in Telluride. - ©Liam Doran

The mountain’s terrain offers majestic views at its highest peaks for skiers and riders of all abilities, with in-bounds hike-to slopes located on Bald Mountain, the Gold Hill Chutes, Black Iron Bowl and Palmyra Peak. 

The Plunge is a classic run that has breathtaking views of the town of Telluride and the surrounding peaks while descending 3,140 vertical feet. The resort is renowned for steep and deep trails while providing a large amount of acreage for intermediates and beginners.

Beginners should head over to the Sunshine Lift to enjoy meandering green and blue runs that are wide and generally less crowded.

The majestic San Juan Range serves as the backdrop for skiing in Telluride. - ©Liam Doran

On a Telluride powder today, Olympian and local Gus Kenworthy suggests you wake up super early and put your skis at the front of the line for first chair, then go back to sleep, grab a coffee or breakfast, and return to click in just before the lifts open. From there, take lift 8 from town to lift 9, then head over to lift 6.

Once the back bowls open, spend the day between Gold Hill and Prospect. Another good choice is to stick to the often-overlooked face of the mountain and get fresh tracks on lift 7. When you’ve worn yourself out, Kenworhty suggests stopping in for some chili in a bread bowl at the Saloon at Gorrono’s or taking it on down for après at Oak, right at the bottom of lift 8. 




  • 13150ft
  • 4425ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 8725ft


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  • 7
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  • 17


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  • Longest Run

    5 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    2000 ac

  • Snow Making

    220 ac

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening: 11/23/2017
  • Days Open Last Year: 131
  • Projected Closing: 04/08/2018
  • Projected Days Open: 138
  • Years Open: 45
  • Average Snowfall: 309"

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Telluride Reviews

  • Chris

    • 5
    13th March 2017

    Full review

      Just incredible. Highly, highly recommend. Very little pretension here - just a great town with the friendliest people and some of the...
  • davidcohen48

    • 5
    9th February 2017

    Full review

      Best mountain town in the world. Slightly harder to get to and no late night clubs but amazing vibe, great town, amazing...

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