I started snowboarding almost 5 years ago, and I had a few mountains that I put on my “bucket list” which included Jackson Hole, Breckenridge, Telluride, and I have now hit them all. Telluride is the ultimate dream trip. Telluride Colorado with Julia(MVP) and Pat McCaptain as we head to the southwestern portion of Colorado. Telluride is also known as “Colorado’s best kept secret” Telluride is one of the first gold mining towns above the Telluride mountains. Steep forested mountains and cliffs surround it, numerous weathered ruins of old mining operations dot the hillsides. A free gondola connects the town with its companion town, Mountain Village, Colorado, at the base of the ski area. Telluride is located at an elevation of 8,750 feet. The highest lift on the mountain reaches an elevation of 12,570 feet.
The town is served by air transportation via Telluride Regional Airport(TEX), the highest elevation commercial airport in the United States. This airport is considered the most challenging by pilots because of frequent adverse weather conditions, high elevation, and extremely rugged mountain terrain which surrounds airport on all sides. Free public transportation. There is also a major airline service located into Montrose(MTJ) 70 miles North from Telluride. Telluride was originally a mining town until 1972, when the first ski lift was installed by Telluride Ski Resort founder Jospeh T. Zoline. People flock to this town for a casual life style and outdoor excitements such as hang gliding, mountain climbing, kayaking, skiing and snowboarding. Shopping is at it’s best, when it comes to snowboard fashion. There are many shops on and off the mountain that have the newest in styles and latest technology. If you are a shopper like me, I recommend going with one suit case empty so that you can grab the best stuff out and bring it back. I have always been big with my snow fashion, I shop all summer long for the essentials and then wait to pick up special items while on vacation at these world famous snow spots. It is an all season travel destination.
Telluride is a ski town unlike any other. It has outstanding skiing and snowboarding. Spread across 1,700 acres. Telluride is divided into 3 distinct sectors; the east end offers expert terrain in powder fields, trees and hair raisng chutes; the middle offering corduroy cruisers for intermediates while the west end offers gentle beginner trails. On the east side for the advanced riders withvery steep black diamond trails with 3,140 whopping vertical feet from top to bottom. Telluride is one of the few places that offer heli skiing and snowboarding. Telluride Helitrax is the longest running operator in Colorado giving intermeditates and above riders the ultimate powder runs.
This city is pure mountain culture at it’s best. Telluride was amazing and beautiful. The air is fresh and pure. The key to the elevation is lots of H2o(water) and lots of it. We were blessed with warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. Conditions were amazing. We had a week of great riding, great food and we took a day off from riding and had a life changing day snowmobiling with the best TellurideOutside Take the ride of your life on a Telluride Outside snowmobile tour. They offers half day, advanced half/full dat tours inn Beaver Park area between the Wilson & Dolores mountain ranges. Just 30 minutes from Telluride and they will pick/drop you off. They stop several times for photo ops. They also teach and discuss ecology, you might observe wildlife. The scenery simply cannot be overstated. The trails traverse glades, forests and park land between some of the highest peaks in Southwest Colorado. The pine, fir and aspen forest provides a winter home to elk, mule deer, lynx, mountain lion, bobcats and coyotes. On tour we did see Elk, and lots of trees that had markings from animals. They have a fleet of Polaris snowmobiles, helmets, boots, suits, goggles and anything to keep you warm and safe. Safety is #1. We had a great tour guide and he let us ride out and it was a blast, by far the best thing we did in Telluride. Must be 21 and have a valid id.
Telluride FREE Winter Activities:
Whoever said nothing in life is free?? Well here are 10 things to do in Telluride for FREE:
1. Gondola Ride- a 11 minute ride that will leave you speechless from 7am to midnight
2. Ice skating in Mountain Village- check out the frozen pond by Bootdoctor’s in the heart of Mountain Village
3. River Trail walk- a popular path for locals and tourists & connects East & West
4. Historic Walking Tour-from mining industry to world-class resorts
5. Telluride’s award winning Wilkinson Public Library- books and FREE internet
6. Nordic Skiing- take advantage of this large Nordic course that weaves through the protected land of the Valley Floor
7. Snowshoe- endless spots to snowshoe and enjoy the nature
8. Colrado’s Largest Waterfall- 365 feet of freefalling waterfall at the end of Box canyon
9. Wildlife Viewing-check out the wild elk herds
10. Sledding- Town Park or Chair #7
Telluride may be tiny, but it’s never lacked for places to eat or drink. In any small town, it’s tough to find the perfect spot to eat and drink. So I hope this list will help you find the right place for apres ski.
Top 10 Best Hot Spots for Eating & Drinking in Telluride (in no particular order)
3. Alpino Vino
4. Tomboy Tavern
5. Telluride Bistro
6. La Marmotte
7. New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House
8. High Pie
9. La Cocina De Luz
10. Tracks Cafe & Bar
****Best breakfast to get your eat on before you ride out, it would have to be Tracks Cafe & Bar, they open at 8 am and you could get the best egg burrito and a to die for Bloody Mary (while on vacation, it is always 5 somewhere) and that will keep you riding nice.
****Best lunch is to snowboard all the way to Alpino Vino by taking Gold Hill Express(Lift 14) and ski down the Forever trail to the front door. It has the best views of Telluride. Alpino Vino dining experience is like no other at the highest elevation fine-dining at 11,966 feet. The expansive multi-tiered deck is truly a unique spot to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy a five course Italian themed meal. It is gorgeous inside and outside. It was truly a special lunch and great photo ops.
**** I will say, “Rustico” was my favorite dinner spot, where they have some of the best Italian dinners ever, and I am from Boston, home of the North End and it can compete side by side. Great wine menu, try and go when its not packed, but even so, delicious.
I loved Telluride and they had great conditions and I now can check this off of my bucket list. Now I am planning my next summer adventure, in which I will end up snowboarding in Chile- South America, here we come……..