Telluride Ski Resort ~




The name Telluride holds a certain allure for skiers and snowboarders around North America and the rest of the world. Well-known even by non-skiers, Telluride Ski Resort has become famous for its superb skiing and riding and spectacular mountain views. Truly a world-class location, Telluride offers an ideal mixture of mountain, history, adventure, and nature.

Evolving into a town in the 1880’s out of a mining site, the town of Telluride morphed into a National Historic District about 50 years ago. Since that time, the popularity of Telluride has sky-rocketed it into the upper realm of ski and snowboard destinations.

With a high concentration of some of the tallest peaks in all of North America, the San Juan Mountain Range and these magnificent peaks are home to the small town of Telluride. Still quiet, the lack of traffic compared with the quality of the terrian makes this resort one of the best in the state of Colorado and the Lower 48. There are almost no waiting lines on any of the chairs and runs ranging from easy to extreme.

Telluride is home to the largest terrain park in the Southwest United States; the Sprite Air Garden Terrain Park. There is an enormous ten acres of space dedicated to this park. Enjoy all the mountain has to offer then head into town for some great food and night life or take advantage of the shopping and après-ski in Mountain Village.

Telluride Stats

Base Elevation: 8,725 ft
Summit Elevation: 12,570 ft
Vertical Drop: 4,425 ft
Skiable Area: 2,000 acres
Annual Snowfall: 309 in
Snowmaking: 15 %
Number of Lifts: 18
Uphill Lift Capacity: 22,386 per hour
Types of Lifts: 

  • 2 Magic Carpet
  • 2 Surface Lifts
  • 2 Double Chairs
  • 2 Triple Chairs
  • 1 Quad Chair
  • 7 Hi-Speed Quads
  • 2 Gondolas
Number of Trails: 125
Longest Run: 24,288 ft


Telluride Reviews:

HK  Dec 29, 2008

If you are reading this then you are considering Telluride for your ski trip. What you do next is go online, pick up the phone or ready the carrier pigeon and make your booking. Now. There is no hype here. The mountain is steep, the snow is perfect and the skiing is challenging. There is plenty of terrain for all levels but if you are a timid skier that does not want to push yourself out of your comfort zone go somewehre else. The lift system runs like a swiss watch.

Telluride is in a beautiful box canyon and the beauty of the place has to be seen to be understoood. It is hard to get to Telluride which suits everyone who skis here. It is at altitude so keep hydrated and be prepared for a headache for a day or so if you are affected.

The town is great, its not cheap but its only a few more bucks than somewhere half the class. Stay in town there is nothing going on in Mountain Village and you will end up commuting between the 2 at night anyway. (courtesy –

My Take: I love Telluride – I’m going to buy a house there. The mountain is completely sick – Palmyra Peak, Gold Hill Chutes, Bear Creek, Chair 9 . . . the snow and terrain is endless. The views are endless. The coolness of hanging out in town is endless. The experience is indescribable – you have to go live it for yourself . . . get yourself to Telluride!

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Rick Gilbertson February 11, 2014 at 2:20 am

Hello Bert,

Good information on Telluride. I’m going up to Telluride in March, and really looking forward to it. In your video on Telluride, you mentioned a really nice hotel in town. Which hotel are you talking about? I’ve never been there before, and could use the help. Thanks in advance.

Rick Gilbertson


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