Once a humble mining town, Telluride has quietly blossomed into one of Colorado’s iconic ski towns, with some of the most beautiful scenery—and killer peaks—in North America. A ski destination that truly serves all types—from first-timers to pros, bump skiers to black terrain zealots, and even the folks who prefer aprés-ski to the skis themselves—luxurious accommodations, award-winning service, and a veritable absence of lift lines keep devotees coming back year after year (and we’ve got an exclusive offer package to help make a devotee out of you, too, so read on to find out more…)
Broad accessibility for all types of ski travelers sets Telluride squarely apart from its peers. Though 60% of its terrain serves beginner and intermediate skiers, Olympian skier Gus Kenworthy reminds us “it’s a well-known fact that Telluride Ski Resort boasts some of the steepest, deepest and most diverse terrain of any ski resort in North America.” If figures like a 13,150′ summit and 4,425′ vertical drop get your blood pumping, you’ve found your ski heaven.
But don’t take it from us. Condé Nast Traveler readers just ranked Telluride Ski Resort the #1 Ski Resort in North America for the third consecutive year, also clocking in at #1 for Trails & Runs, Lifts & Lines, Accommodations, Scenery, and Food & Restaurants and #2 in Nightlife & Après-ski and Value. Not too shabby at all.
And about that aprés-ski part…a big part of what makes a great ski destination is availability of a real town with top-notch things to eat, drink, buy, or otherwise indulge in—all on the mountain. And Telluride shines on this front, too.
Fine dining and unparalleled scenery abound—from Allred’s Restaurant at the top of the Gondola, serving contemporary American fare to mid-mountain French country fare at Bon Vivant to 221 South Oak’s locavore heaven in downtown Telluride. The Spa at The Peaks Resort is the largest spa in Colorado, with 32 treatment rooms and 42,000 square feet of tranquil space. And we don’t even know where to begin with the shopping.
The lasting takeaway from Telluride’s ski oasis? Authenticity. Despite having all the luxuries, amenities, and upscale attractions of its peers, Telluride is a town without pretension that caters to people who just friggin’ love to ski. As Larry Olmstead writes in Forbes, “there are a lot of bike shops but not a single Prada store.” If that notion feels like a balm to your tourist-weary soul, have we got a gift for you!
Telluride Ski Resort has an exclusive VIP package offer just for Eleven James Members.
Book your trip to Telluride now and get*:
- The lowest, best-rate promise on all lodging reservations
- Complimentary five-course dinner for two at the spectacular Alpino Vino (holiday and spring break blackout dates apply)
- Complimentary access for two to The Spa at The Peaks Resort
Learn more at www.tellurideskiresort.com. To take advantage of this truly unmissable offer, Eleven James Members should contact the Concierge for details on how to redeem. And make sure to book early for the best selection of accommodations and dining reservations!
Oh, and did we mention that direct flights from 11 major hubs make Telluride easier to get to than ever? Go forth and find your powder, friends.
*Subject to availability; must book by March 1, 2016.