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Telluride Ski Resort Colorado

The name “Telluride” was possibly adapted from a mumbled “to hell you ride”, but to ride at Telluride ski resort is far from hell – it’s absolutely paradise!

Telluride has a colourful mining history and now the town has made the progression from pick to powder. Once upon a time Telluride ski resort had a reputation for being the best kept secret in Colorado, but there’s nothing hush hush about Telluride nowadays. Telluride has definitely transformed into a high profile destination resort.

Apart from the great skiing and snowboarding, a drawcard is the spectacular setting of the box canyon with dramatic steep mountain vistas. The contradictions of Telluride also have an allure. The town has fantastic historic charm and the culture is very easy going, yet the infrastructure of the town and ski resort is modern and well developed. Telluride finds the perfect balance between sophistication and unpretentiousness.

Telluride Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Telluride continues to develop and expand the resort. The Telluride ski area is 2,000 acres (810 hectares) in size, which is above average for a Colorado ski resort. It has an impressive lift-serviced vertical drop with 3,845 feet (1,172 metres) of thigh burning pleasure.

The first-rate lift infrastructure is another highlight of Telluride Mountain Resort. Of the 17 lifts, 2 are high speed gondolas and there are also 7 high speed quads. Considering the tempo of the lifts, the thighs will definitely be burning with pleasure.

To-Hell-You-Ride has terrain to keep everyone very happy including gentle bunny slopes for those on the “L” plates, great long groomers for intermediates, and a terrain park with enough hits to keep any shredder permanently bruised. Telluride has been gaining more notoriety for its advanced and expert slopes, especially considering the recently opened terrain; the above tree-line Revelation Bowl; Gold Hill chutes; as well as other extreme hike-to in-bounds terrain.

Where is Telluride Ski Resort?

Telluride is off the beaten track somewhat, but this is one of the major attractions of the ski resort. Telluride sits in southwest Colorado in the four corners region where Colorado meets Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

Nearby are the Telluride and Montrose regional airports with flights available from nine North American cities. To get to Telluride from the airports, there are various ground transportation options. See our Telluride travel page for more information.

Once there, getting around Telluride is fuss-free with a gondola that links the town to the Mountain Village, as well as the Galloping Goose (yes you read that name correctly!), a shuttle that whizzes around town. To hell you ride on a galloping goose!

Telluride Hotels & Lodging

Telluride lodging is either down in the historic town or up in the mid-mountain village, and the two areas are connected via the gondola that operates from 7am to midnight. Staying in the town has benefits because it’s stumbling distance from restaurants and nightlife, whereas the modern mountain village is often preferred by families for its convenient access to the beginner slopes and kids’ facilities. Both the town and the Mountain Village have ski-in ski-out accommodations, although the town's ski-in access is only via intermediate slopes.

Telluride lodging includes luxury hotels, condos, cabins, vacation rentals, and bed and breakfasts. Many of the accommodations are upscale, but there are a couple of Telluride hotels that are suited to moderate budgets.

Telluride Accommodations Listings


There are a diverse range of Telluride activities to complement a ski or snowboard vacation. Activities in the area include winter fly fishing, sleigh ride dinners, dog sledding, or a treatment at one of the many day spas. Or for those who want to keep the adrenaline levels high there’s ice-climbing, snowmobiling and glider rides, or you can pretend to be a cowboy and go horse riding. Telluride shopping is also reasonably impressive.

Why Ski or Snowboard at Telluride?

If you want a cheap ski vacation, Telluride is probably not for you. However if you’re not travelling on a shoestring, a ski holiday in Telluride has plenty on offer – a great range of terrain, spectacular scenery, dry Colorado snow, sophisticated restaurants and bars, and plenty of non-alpine activities.

And if that’s still not enough to satisfy every whim, you can spread your wings and go heli skiing with Helitrax, the best Colorado heli skiing operation. The temptation of the pristine powder in the spectacular backcountry may be too much to resist.

Telluride is on the Epic Pass for a limited number of days of riding.

How Does Telluride Ski Resort Rate?

Telluride is an amazing ski resort as an all-rounder and the Powderhounds are pretty impressed! We’ve rated Telluride as the best overall ski resort in the US! Other “best skiing in USA” awards are for the lifts, ski-in ski-out lodging, and the best on-mountain restaurants. Telluride has also scored a “best Colorado ski resorts” award for the overall terrain.

Get to Telluride for a ski vacation soon so that you can steal its most precious treasure. Tell Butch Cassidy to move over!
Tours In/Near Telluride

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Powder Hunt Trips
6 Nights | 5 Ski Days | 1-3 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
So if you are looking to only ski or ride powder in North America this season, this tour could be your ticket to powder happiness! Lock in a date for your tour & Ski Ride Tours will choose the best destination just before your arrival based on the best possible snow conditions.
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SW Colorado Powder Tour
11 Nights | 9 Days Skiing | 5 Resorts
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Get off the beaten path in South West Colorado away from the crowds where you can have the powder all to yourself. Resorts visited include Telluride, Purgatory, Crested Butte, Silverton & Monarch Mountain.
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USD 4,798
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Heli Skiing Tours

Telluride Helitrax - Day Heli Skiing
6 Runs of Powder Heaven!
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Solo skiers/boarders, small groups & larger groups can enjoy an epic day of heliskiing at Telluride Helitrax. And if you’re skiing at Vail or Aspen, they can organise a same-day charter flight (fixed wing aircraft) to get you to Telluride. Have an awesome day heli-skiing & be home in time for dinner with the family!
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USD 1,345
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