Telluride, one the region’s most spectacular getaways, is a community flourishing with activities and great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.  And it’s right here in our backyard. A great drive into the San Juans begins an adventure unrivaled in the state. Whether you go for a few days or just for the day, any time spent in Telluride has a true feel of “The Good Life.”

Telluride bills itself as “the most beautiful place you’re ever going to ski.”

But the ski resort has more than scenic beauty on its side. It’s one of the few ski areas that allows beginning skiers to reach high elevations where the views are stunning.

It’s also home to the town of Telluride, the entirely of which is a national historic landmark. A former mining town, Telluride has retained its historic charm because the Mountain Village resort was developed on a ridge above it. The two are connected by a gondola that runs until midnight and is free to the public.

The ease of Telluride is second to none. There’s free parking near the entrance of town and it’s accessible to everything from skiing to restaurants to the free Gondola up and over the ridge to Mountain Village.

Distance from Grand Junction:

127 miles, about 2 hours and 15 minutes by car.

Lift tickets and cost:

“Our window price is $106, but there are so many ways to get around that,” said Tom Watkinson, director of marketing for the ski resort. See the ad on the opposite page for offers and upcoming sales.

Powderhorn season pass holders can ski at Telluride for three days for $169.

The Telluride Regional Pass Sale has begun with the most affordable ways for getting up on the mountain to ski or ride this season. Multi day passes, passes for the kids and Senior Passes are all available online and are packaged with other great deals. Discounts at dining establishments on the mountain, shops around Mountain Village and ski school are just some of the benefits with the purchase of a Telluride Pass.

Mountain stats:

The Telluride ski experience offers a genuine mountain experience for all levels of skiers thanks to a mix of quality terrain at all points on the mountain.  From refined groomed runs to challenging moguls, there truly is something for everyone.  Even beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts

2,000+ acres (810+ hectacres)

125 trails

23% Beginner

36% Intermediate

41% Advanced / Expert

18 Total Lifts: 2 high-speed gondolas, 7 high-speed quads, 1 fixed quad, 2 triples, 2 doubles, 2 surface lifts and 2 magic carpets

What’s new?

Telluride’s newest edition will be the renovation to Big Billie’s Restaurant at the bottom of The Meadows. A soda fountain style bar will be put into the restaurant adding a feel more oriented towards family. It will be a great place for families to take breaks, children’s ski school lunches or non-skiing family and friends to meet and interact with young skiers and beginners alike.

The other new addition for 2012 was the historically decorated Tomboy Tavern which opened slopeside in Mountain Village. Tomboy is host to $3 drafts of over 30 handcrafted Colorado beers to compliment a great menu at reasonable prices.  Menu items include a schnitzel sandwich, elk chili, a nice, thick, juicy burger and a mind-blowing root beer float. The large horseshoe shaped bar is open and comfortable inside, while outside the patio, circular outdoor bar and large umbrella is a great spot to watch skiers make their way down during après ski.

Two new warming hut yurts and restrooms at the top of Sunshine Express (Lift 10) and the bottom of Ute Park (Lift 11) will be in place for this season.  These two areas are great learning and teaching spots. With this addition of a place to stop and rest along with restrooms for the area, this terrain can be better utilized by skiers and riders working to improve.

Lodging tips: In Telluride, you’ll find accommodations with intimate Victorian settings or modern design elements — all just steps away from award-winning restauratnts. Head to Mountain village and discover well-appointed lodging with slopeside access and on-site, full-service spas.

No two properties in Telluride and Mountain Village are alike. If you’d like local expertise to help decide where to stay, call Telluride Central Reservations at 888-605-2578.

What makes this mountain worth the drive? Telluride’s continued improvements, legendary terrain and scenery, culinary excellence, free gondola, lack of lift lines, exceptional guest service and luxurious hotels and amenities make this destination unmatched.

Locals are appreciative of out-of-towners. “It’s not that we’re friendly, it’s that we’re really lonely,” Watkinson said, repeating a frequently quoted axiom.

People who live in Telluride year-round settled there to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor amenities and are enthusiastic about sharing their lifestyle with visitors.

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