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Once dubbed “To-Hell-You-Ride” from its mining town days, the town of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

Telluride Ski Resort boasts incredible views of the San Juan Mountains and is home to more than 2,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain. Telluride’s 4,425 feet of vertical is accessed via 19 lifts and 148 runs. With a lift-served elevation of 12,515 feet and a maximum elevation of 13,150 feet, the mountain has no trouble holding onto its snow - more than 280 inches of average snowfall. Telluride’s terrain ranges from beginner to intermediate, with four hike-to terrain areas for advanced and expert skiers. The ski area offers multiple terrain parks for all skill levels as well as 10 kilometers of Nordic skiing.

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. Summer activities include Jeep tours, golf, fly fishing, mountain biking and ropes courses.

Where Is Telluride Ski Resort?

Telluride Ski Resort is located approximately 330 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado, in the charming mountain town of Telluride. You might be wondering how far Telluride Ski Resort is from the nearest airport. Telluride is located 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.

Inside Scoop

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, and 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 Ranch or taking it on down for après at Oak, right at the bottom of lift 8.


Best Breakfast in Town

  • While it might be a bit pricey, the food is worth the expense at the Chop House Restaurant. While great for every meal of the day, if you’ve got time for a sit-down breakfast, this is worth a stop. Hotel guests also receive 20% off breakfast and lunch. 233 W Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435
  • For a Mexican twist on the first meal of the day, head to La Cocina de Luz. The restaurant offers many vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian fare. 123 E Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435


  • You can never go wrong with pizza – and you certainly can’t go wrong with Brown Dog Pizza . Their pizza even won the Pizza World Championship in 2015. 110 E Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435
  • For more hearty comfort food, stop by Taco Del Gnar. There’s usually a good, cheap special available. 123 S Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81320


  • If you don’t mind paying full price, then grab a table at Cosmopolitan for a luxurious, decadent meal. Or, for a discounted – but still amazing dinner – find a seat at the bar for a special $19 bar entree. 301 Gus's Way, Telluride, CO 81435
  • Great for both an amazing meal, but also a good stop for après, Sidework Speakeasy Lounge is reminiscent of a 1950s American lounge. You can order shareable plates, but you must partake of their cocktail, beer and (extensive) wine list. 225 S Pine Street, Unit F, Telluride, CO 81435


  • Grab one of the many craft beers on the menu at Smuggler Union Restaurant and Brewery. Many of the brewery’s beers have won awards at different beer festivals. 225 S Pine St, Telluride, CO 81435
  • Feel like you’re back in the mining days during Prohibition by stepping foot through the hidden door to the Tunnel. Get a great meal, cool atmosphere and cocktails that pair perfectly with your meal. 700 W Colorado Avenue #242, Telluride, CO 81435
  • For a decidedly local vibe and over 60 beers to choose from, head to the Last Dollar Saloon, commonly referred to as “The Buck”. Locals and visitors have been able to listen to some jukebox tunes while shooting darts since 1978. On a nice day, spend some time on the rooftop deck. 100 E Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

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Beginners Runs
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Runs in Total
Longest Run
4.6 mi
Skiable Terrain
2000 ac
Snow Making
220 ac

Total Lifts: 17

Gondolas & Trams
High Speed Quads
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Important Dates

December 06, 20242024/12/06
Projected Opening
April 06, 20252025/04/06
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