10 Reasons Telluride Should be Your Next Ski Destination

Home to a tight-knit local community, the town of Telluride is an unspoiled oasis abundant in natural beauty. With its small-town spirit still intact, Telluride is refined yet rooted, elusive yet welcoming. Whether you’re an urban professional looking to retreat into nature or a ski bum seeking the next perfect slope, here are the top 10 reasons why Telluride needs to be on your bucket list.

  1. With over 2,000 acres of terrific ski terrain and an impressive vertical drop of over 4,400 feet, Telluride’s skiing trails offer an unmatched experience to extreme skiers who thrive on a challenge. Heli-skiing outfits take skiers high up the mountains to slopes that are inaccessible by other means.
  2. Sitting in a canyon amongst the San Juan Mountains, this historical town is surrounded by magnificent snow peaks, mighty rocks, rivers and sprawling wilderness perfect for skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.
  3. Many skiers who descend on Telluride choose to stay at the Peaks, the luxurious Telluride Ski Resort recognized as one of the best properties around town. The high-end ski-in-ski-out resort is jointly owned and managed by the famed hospitality entrepreneur and startup accelerator Todd Herrick Telluride who also owns the family-run Gunnison River Farms.
  4. Telluride is a perfect holiday destination if you have young or adolescent children. There are ski slopes for all ability levels and even toddlers can be seen taking their first ski lesson here. With a wide range of activities and events, this child-friendly town allows families to experience nature up close, camping in the wild or picking peaches at an organic orchard.
  5. With only about 2,500 residents, Telluride is a paradise for vacationers seeking a peaceful getaway where the residents cherish their local history, culture, and culinary traditions.
  6. With four rivers flowing through the region, Telluride offers the nearly year-round opportunity for fly fishing. This means that you can easily squeeze in a day of fishing, white water rafting, and camping into your ski vacation.
  7. The Gunnison, in particular, is home to a large population of Trout. The only fishing lodge on the river, set up by Todd Herrick way back in the 1980s, offers a rustic stay by the riverside where you can fly fish, float fish, go swimming or raft the pristine white waters.
  8. Annual snowfall of over 300 inches and nearly 300 days of sunlight create perfect skiing conditions for thrill seekers—and there are plenty of easy, fun trails for newbies.
  9. Telluride’s famed free Gondola ride is the only of its kind in the country. It connects the town of Telluride with the mountains and offers splendid views of the natural vistas.
  10. Free of touristy crowds and cookie-cutter holiday vibes, this eclectic town offers a distinctly pure skiing culture to expert skiers who crave authenticity. While your initial goal may be to ski the powdered slopes, staying in this slow-paced town will rejuvenate you to the core.

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