As the lifts start turning and the Colorado ski season gets underway, winter looms so close you can almost taste it. There’s no question it becomes increasingly difficult to stop daydreaming of powdery, mountainous winter wonderlands filled with frosty mornings, delicious food, hot drinks and spectacular skiing. I have to say I recommend you simply give in to the craving and start planning your ski trip to Telluride this winter!
The Christmas season in Telluride is particularly magical. As the holidays approach the trees start to glisten with flickering lights and shimmering snow, the mountains become blanketed in a soft cushion of white and the holiday cheer can be felt on every quaint little street in town. If you’re searching for the perfect Christmasy winter trip at a world class ski resort, then Telluride should be at the top of your list! So, if you are planning your ski vacation to Telluride and want some insider tips, this article is for you. Read on for the best suggestions to make your winter travels truly memorable.
Getting To Telluride
Unless you are already familiar with the area, the first question that comes to mind is, how to get to Telluride? Well, getting to Telluride is pretty simple as the town is well-connected to other parts of the country via direct flights. The Montrose Regional Airport is located about 65 miles from town center. It is the most popular option among travelers given its more reasonable prices and the direct flights from about 10 of major hubs that run to and from the airport daily. Check out Montrose’s winter air schedule for the most up-to-date information. Before you land in Montrose you’ll also want to set up your ground transport from Montrose to Telluride. The Telluride Express, a local shuttle operator, is a quite convenient service if you’re looking to kick back and relax on the drive, or, you could simply get a car rental directly from the airport if you’re looking for a bit more autonomy. Once in the car, the roughly 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Montrose to Telluride will race by as you weave in and amongst some of the most dramatic mountain pass scenery in the San Juans.
Telluride also has a small airport located on a plateau just 10 minutes from town. Fly into the Telluride Airport and your stomach will drop at the sight of the breathtaking views and precariously perched runway below! Famous for being the second-highest commercial airport in North America, this spectacular airport is situated more than 9,000 feet above sea level.
Where To Stay in Telluride and Mountain Village
You need not worry about where to stay in Telluride as the area has numerous slopeside and town center hotels and lodges to make your stay as pleasant as possible. If you are on the lookout for the best hotels in Telluride, you can begin your search at Lodging in Telluride. With 5+ different locations around Telluride you will be sure to find the perfect fit for you and your family, be it slopeside or in the center of town. Another spot to consider would be The Hotel Telluride. Situated just off of Main Street, this elegant hotel features beautiful rooms and a delicious on-site restaurant. For those who hate leaving their furry friends behind, it’s also pet-friendly! If you’re looking for something a bit more quaint but still in Telluride Town you can take a look at the adorable Victorian Inn complete with outdoor hot tub and community fire pit.
If you are someone who prefers a more luxurious stay complete with ski in/ski out access, you should explore the resorts in nearby Mountain Village. Both Telluride and Mountain Village are connected via a free gondola, so transport between the two for dinners, entertainment and touring is a seamless experience. When it comes to where to stay in Mountain Village, The Peaks Resort & Spa comes top of mind. A truly excellent ski in/ski out resort complete with spa, indoor/outdoor pool, bar & restaurant, game room and an unreal sunset patio. Another great option is the Mountain Lodge, located along the Double Cabins ski run and featuring fantastic slopeside views from the pool & bar. If you want to be right in the center of the Mountain Village Core you’ll want to take a look at the Madeline Residences and the Franz Klammer Lodge, both fabulous locations that also offer private and fractional ownerships for those who simply can’t get enough of Telluride!
Getting Your Telluride Lift Tickets and Ski Lessons
You can get your Telluride lift tickets or Telluride ski passes from the official website of Telluride Ski Resort. It’s best to book in advance so you can get the most out of your stay once you arrive. If you are new to skiing you could consider booking group & private ski lessons in Telluride to improve your skills. Be aware that you can also take advantage of some discounts if you buy day tickets as a package, or opt for a lift pass/ski lesson combo.
Telluride has also introduced a new scanning access system called RFID to the mountain this year. Just place your ski pass by itself in any pocket (separate from all cell phones, credit cards and radios) and the scan guns will read your pass through your clothing. You can now enjoy less hassle and hold-up meaning you spend even less time in lines and more time out skiing!
Best Places To Dine In Telluride
A trip to Telluride isn’t complete without indulging in some of the most delectable and delicious cuisine this town has to offer. If you aren’t sure where to eat and drink in Telluride and Mountain Village, make sure you walk Main Street and the Village Core to get inspired. Some favorites you won’t want to miss include The Butcher and the Baker, located right on Telluride’s Main Street. Featuring artisan pastries, locally sourced meats and sustainably harvested fish cooked to perfection with the most fresh ingredients, you will be sure to find something to delight your taste buds. Sit indoors in the cozy cafe style bar or outdoors on the sunny side of Main Street. Altezza at the Peaks Resort & Spa is another great option if you thirst for stunning sunset views while enjoying a classy après cocktail or some draft beer. For an unreal Detroit style pizza and chill sports bar atmosphere you’ll want to save one night for Brown Dog Pizza on Telluride’s Main Street. Of course, if you are partial to the ultimate fine dining experience, then The National is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Telluride with its elevated menu and unique craft cocktails.
Fun Off-the-Resort Activities to Try Out in Telluride This Winter
If you’re looking for a day out of ski boots, there are many different family-friendly activities you can take advantage of in the mountains around Telluride. Some fun things to do in Telluride in winter can include anything from nordic skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing to heli-ski and snowmobile tours. If you want to go fat biking or hiking on local trails in the winter Telluride has some fabulous locations, just be sure to first always check online about avalanche safety to make sure you don’t expose yourself to dangerous terrain. You can also stop by the local guide shops and ask the professionals what they recommend. Of course for a truly relaxing and calming experience you can always book at massage at the Telluride Spa Concierge or visit the Ouray Hotsprings to rest the muscles and recover in paradise. If you’re looking for more ideas on what to do in Telluride in the winter, be sure to check out Mountain Village’s new app that will be released around the new year!
We hope this guide on planning your ski trip to Telluride this winter has provided you with some good advice and inspiration! Now the only question remaining is, what are you waiting for? The season’s nearly upon us and there are new Telluride memories to be made!