Explore Colorado: Skiing in Telluride
Jennifer Broomes takes us to Telluride for some skiing.
Telluride is a skier’s paradise. Yahoo recently ranked it as one of the top ten spring break getaways. From Denver it’s a 6-6.5 hour drive if you take the southern route of Highway 285, which is one of the most scenic drives in Colorado. You can also head west to Grand Junction and go south. Nestled in a box canyon and surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks, you’ll find this Colorado town is rich in history, scenery, characters, and outdoor adventures.
This weekend is closing weekend of ski season. They will open for skiing for the 2012-2013 season Thanksgiving weekend. There are actually two sides to Telluride: the town of Telluride itself and Mountain Village. They are connected by a gondola that runs between the two and it’s free to ride.
During the summer Telluride has world renowned festivals like the MountainFilm Festival May 25-28, Bluegrass Festival June 21-24, Telluride Film Festival August 31-September 3, and Blues & Brews September 14-16. It is also a big golf destination in summer. Stay and play golf packages start as low as $100 a night per person.
You can be right in the heart of Telluride by staying at The Hotel Telluride. It’s a boutique hotel with great rates. With oversized accommodations you’ll find it luxurious yet cozy. It’s the perfect location for your ski or summer getaway to Telluride. You can take your pooch along too! The Hotel Telluride is pet-friendly.
You’ll also find some incredible restaurants. For breakfast or lunch, try The Butcher & The Baker Cafe. The best spot for lunch on the mountain is the French restaurant Bon Vivant. Flora Dora Saloon is perfect for a low key dinner. If you want something a little more upscale (jeans are acceptable attire everywhere in Telluride) then try the Chop House at the New Sheridan Hotel or Allred’s on the mountain.