Telluride is located deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It’s a ski-lovers paradise surrounded by enormous mountains going up over 13,000 feet. As you look to the sky there are peaks in every direction. It’s one of nature’s masterpieces and during the winter months, it’s yours to explore on skis, snowboards, gondola, snowmobiles or helicopter. Telluride Ski Resort is the main cold-weather attraction in Telluride and the park is enormous and adding new restaurants and ski runs every season!
Telluride is an easy ski destination for those of us who live in Los Angeles. United Airlines has a direct flight into Montrose, a town in the
mountains situated just a short hour drive from Telluride. Shuttles will meet you at the airport and transport you into town in comfort, safety and style. Telluride is the type of ski destination where you never have to touch your skis. You can literally fly in, drive into town on the shuttle, check in your skis at the ski valet and then the ski valet will have them ready for you to ski out when you are ready to hit the slopes.
The best thing about Telluride is the legendary terrain, including the new Revelation Bowl, Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill Chutes. Telluride is one of the only ski resorts that offers intermediate level skiing from any point of the park. You can absolute go to the top of the mountain and have no fear of skiing down. It’s fun for groups of friends or families with various levels of skiing aptitude. If it’s the extreme terrain that gets your blood moving then you’ll be thrilled to use the newly installed Gold Hill Stairs, providing access to Gold Hill Chutes.
One of the most fun parts of visiting Telluride is using the gondola for transportation to activities and dining. It’s the opposite of Los Angeles in that there are no cars in Telluride. The main form of transportation are the various gondolas available throughout the mountain. It’s a great time for the whole family and a good opportunity to enjoy alternative forms of transporation.
One dining adventure that will be sure to leave a lasting impression is going to dinner at Alpino Vino, Telluride’s upscale Italian restaurant. Alpino Vino is made to feel like a restaurant in the Dolomites of Northern Italy. The décor is includes hand-hewn beams and furniture crafted from reclaimed wine barrels. The restaurant is North America’s highest wine bar, sitting at almost 12,000 feet. Dinner guests are shuttled up to the restaurant via enclosed Snow-Coach! Then they are treated to a prix fixe five-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. Can you imagine a more special or romantic evening? In addition to this one-of-a-kind dinner experience, Alpino Vino is open during the day for ski in, ski out service. Enjoy a wine flight and a grilled cheese tomato soup combo that includes gorgonzola cheese on the sandwich and truffle oil in the soup. The ultimate way to warm up and get ready to barrel down the next run.
Launching this season, at the top of the Polar Queen Express gondola, is Bon Vivant — an outdoor bar and sun deck serving light country French fare such as raclette with a fresh baguette and pastry topped escargot. Bon Vivant offers skiers and riders a place to enjoy the outdoors while they recharge on food and drinks. Adding to the ambiance is the spectacular views of the stunning 13,320-foot Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill.
Using the space formerly known as the Hop Gardens, the Tomboy Tavern opens this season. With a complete interior remodel that doubles the size of the restaurant, this iconic bar has a huge U-shaped bar and has added flat screen TVs. The revamped kitchen and expansive been garden makes this the perfect spot for slopeside dining and après ski social gatherings. You can recognize it from the slopes by the huge yellow umbrella that covers the outdoor bar.
Serving contemporary American cuisine, Allred’s is Telluride’s flagship restaurant offering gorgeous views, and a new menu serving steak, seafood, lamb, chicken, pasta and salads. A truly unique mountain dining experience with an altitude of over 10,500 feet, this season sees Allred’s with an extra dose of old world hospitality with the addition of General Manager Mario Petillo. During evenings in the bar, guests enjoy live music performed by concert pianist, Bob Israel.
There are a variety of fantastic lodging options in Telluride, but there are no chain hotels allowing for an original experience. Visitors can either stay in the city of Telluride or in Mountain Village — just a quick hop on the gondola over the mountain. Telluride offers all types of lodging from
small and inexpensive hotel rooms to grand manors with large price tags.
Bear Creek Lodge is located in Mountain Village and offers the quintessential mountain lodge experience complete with an A-frame design, ski in/ski out and condos with kitchens and up to four bedrooms.
The River Club is located in the town of Telluride and is upscale with steam showers, soaking tubs, hard wood floors, gas fireplaces and fully appointed kitchens with granite countertops.
Mountainside Inn is an affordable option, also set in town. The property offers kitchenettes, a large outdoor hot tub and is pet friendly.
The Blue Mesa Lodge is located in Mountain Village at the base of lift 4, near where the ski school meets. The prime location provides guests with easy access to the shops, restaurants and bars of Mountain Village.
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