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Telluride Ski & Golf offers visitors an unparalleled combination of world-renowned ski terrain, year-round events and festivals, spectacular scenery, unspoiled character, and signature hospitality. Nestled in the 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks of Colorado’s majestic San Juan Mountains, the acclaimed resort boasts over 2,000 skiing acres with some of the most legendary terrain in the Northern Hemisphere.


Used as a summer camp for centuries by Ute Indians and named by Spanish explorers in the 1700s, the San Juan Mountains lured fortune seekers to Colorado with visions of silver and gold. By the mid-1870s, the Sheridan Mine was the first in a string of local claims and a tent camp was established in the valley below. Originally called Columbia, the rowdy mining camp became a town in 1878, and changed its name to Telluride.

With the coming of the railroad in 1890, the remote boom-town flourished. A melting pot of immigrants seeking their fortunes turned Telluride into a thriving community of 5,000. Prosperity abounded and Telluride was full of thrilling possibilities. But when silver prices crashed in 1893, followed by the First World War, the mining boom collapsed. Miners moved on and the town’s population gradually dwindled from thousands to hundreds.

In the 1970’s, Telluride reinvented itself. Legendary powder - a different sort of gold - was being mined. When the Telluride Ski Resort opened in 1972, the character of the community changed, and the town spun back into high gear. Born of the same spirit as skiing, cultural events, festivals, music, and performing arts were founded, and flowed through the seasons. It was again a time of thrilling possibilities. Telluride now has a reputation for world-class skiing and a stunning ambiance.

Due to its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1961. This listing is the highest level of historic status available to sites designated by the United States Secretary of the Interior. Telluride is one of five Colorado communities with this honor. The sites are so special that, in theory, they are eligible for consideration as national parks.

Citizens are committed to preserving Telluride’s historically significant architecture, open space, and traditional design elements, and most of all, Telluride’s small town mountain lifestyle.


Telluride Ski Resort, nestled in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, is renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding terrain, stunning scenery, and charming mountain village atmosphere. With over 2,000 skiable acres, Telluride offers something for everyone, from beginner slopes to exhilarating steeps, trees, powder stashes, and hike-to terrain for the most seasoned skiers and snowboarders.

In addition to its legendary skiing and riding, Telluride offers a variety of other winter activities, including snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow biking, Nordic skiing, sleigh ride dinners, and ice skating. There are also a number of spas, art galleries, boutiques, and tasting rooms for those in search of a more leisurely experience.

Explore both the historic town of Telluride and elegant Mountain Village, linked by a spectacular, 13-minute gondola ride—the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States.


Telluride Dining: 

Unique, high end, and recommended dining experiences: 

Lisa's Recommendations & Favorites List: 

  • Retail/Shopping: Telluride Toggery for clothing or Hook for gifts (in town)
  • Best value for a cocktail: Telluride Distilling Co. (Mountain Village)
  • Coffee: The Coffee Cowboy (in town at the Gondola)
  • Best Après: Oak Fat Alley (casual, in town) or There… (in town) or Timber Room (Mountain Village)
  • Fun & Funky Telluride Things
  • Art Walk- First Thursday every month. 
  • Drag Brunches at the Mountain Lodge 
  • Pi Day (March 14) torch light parade down the mountain.
  • All things Gay Ski Week & Burlesque! 
  • KOTO Spring Street Dance, closing weekend (They close down Main St, everyone dresses like Flamingos, drinks & music)
  • Closing Day Pond Skim! 
  • Date night dinner: Allred’s or 221 or La Marmotte 
  • Alternative Activity: Rent Nordic skis from Town Park (budget friendly) or Snowmobile Tour @ Alta Lakes with Telluride Outfitters.
  • Splurge: Dunton Hot Springs or Heli Skiing
  • Ski Runs
  • Beginner: Double Cabin or Enchanted Forest 
  • Intermediate: Lookout (double blue)
  • Advanced: Anything on Chair 9- Plunge, Log Pile, Mak-M Trees.


The Telluride Nordic Center is a world-class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing destination, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. With over 50 kilometers of groomed trails, the center offers something for everyone, from beginner to expert.

The center is also home to a variety of amenities, including a ski shop, rental shop, and warming hut. Additionally, the center offers lessons and clinics for all ages and skill levels.

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