Known as “the best big mountain and little ski town in America,” Telluride, Colorado consistently ranks as the top place to ski in the United States. What began as a gold rush town in the late 1870s today offers something just as valuable and rare — deep powder on mile-long runs with light lift lines.
With 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, a vertical drop of 4,425 feet and 52 black diamond, double black diamond and EX (extreme) runs, even the most advanced skier will be challenged over four days and three nights in the western San Juan Mountains. A private lesson will come in handy, and are provided by local instructors ready and waiting slope side along with your gear.
Situated in a box canyon and surrounded by steep mountains and cliffs on all sides, the town of Telluride has retained its low-key vibes while adding high-end amenities in the last few decades. Camel's Garden, where you’ll be staying, provides luxury accommodations with plush queen-beds, fireplaces to enjoy both inside and out, and lavish bathrooms with oversized tubs to soak your muscles after a hard day of skiing.
While lunches will be at one of the resort’s several on-mountain options — including the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America — dinners will bring you back into town, including one night that will transport you back to the town’s earliest mining days. A tasting at a local distillery as well as time to explore on your own will prove that Telluride is far more than just the mountain.
And while Telluride may fly under the radar, you’ll fly out fascinated by this rare gem that will reset the bar for all your future ski weekends.