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20 days in Telluride?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hi all!


Me and my fiancé are flying from the UK for a 3 week ski trip late feb / early mar. We were looking at Telluride as we love the sound of the town and the mountain looks like it has some great skiing. I'd hope to ski at least 16 days when there and would love to stay in the town. Do you guys think that 3 weeks could be too much?? We have also looked at Jackson, but really like the sound of Telluride town and being from the UK, the mining / cowboy town is a real attraction for us both.



Any info you could help with such as accommodation suggestions, discounted lift tickets or different ideas on where to go would be massively appreciated.


Thanks all,





FYI we've both skied Mammoth,Vail, Breckenridge, Copper & Steamboat

post #2 of 19

It depends on your level of skiing.  Telluride has some fantastic terrain, but very little advanced intermediate.  If you are a good skier and like to ski steep bumps and do not mind climbing at altitude (over 11,000 feet) then you'll enjoy the place.  They also have nice easy groomers, but not much in between.  If you get bored skiing groomers all day and are not up for steep terrain, almost all of which is bumped up (even in the trees) you might want to consider another destination for that long of a trip.

post #3 of 19
Do you guys think that 3 weeks could be too much?? 

Coming from the UK, yes.  You have Aspen, Crested Butte, even Taos within a few hours' drive.  For 3 weeks, why not 2 or 3 places instead of just one?

post #4 of 19

Three weeks is a long time for one resort, especially one short on great intermediate terrain.  

Crested Butte>Telluride>Taos would be a nice tour of the not so mega resorts that would offer a more memorable trip.


Telluride is nice, REAL nice if you like the steeps and deep, three weeks will maximize your chances on getting some epic powder days in to boot.  If you stay look for a discount on a three week reservation.  Rosie Cusak at Telluride Luxury Rentals has the high end covered, Accomodations in Telluride has more affordable options, but ask around.


One upside to Telluride is you don't need a car, the lift is right there, everything else is too.

post #5 of 19
I have to admit, that was my first reaction, too. Then I realized that maybe they like to know a place thoroughly.. After all, I spend all my time at one resort and still don't know it all.

But, maybe with a single move to another resort they can get to know two pretty well.
post #6 of 19

If you do want a change of scene, Silverton Mountain is the closest if you go through Ridgeway but if there's weather, it can be a bear. Or Durango a bit longer (but exquisitely beautiful) drive down along the Delores River. Not sure I'd leave T-ride for Durango though.


It's a huge mountain and I could easily see three weeks of exploration there. It has hidden gems you have to find or get a guide. (actually, that's a good idea to hire a guide or instructor once or twice while there). The hike-to has super steep and then some not all that steep parts, so don't be toooo intimidated. Also, I did not find it "all bumped up" all the time last time I was there. Palmyra peak was not bumped even two springs ago when they were in a drought.. and the san juans are looking good so far this year. Besides, bumps can be fun. and then there's T-ride's backcountry guide option too...and the heli ski.


The town is awesome. great restaurants and yoga studios and bars and whatever you might want and all walkable. It's more like a tiny city than a "resort" town. Like Aspen before it went all Gucci and Prada. Definitely stay in town, not in the mountain village.


You don't need a car once there, but not sure how you'd get there without one unless you have a private plane. Montrose is the nearest airport, but it's still a piece away.


You will have a blast.

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for your advice!


3 weeks IS a long time in one resort, however we have done just short of that at Mammoth before and really enjoyed it. The appeal of Telluride is the great feel the town apparently has and of course that with the great skiing and small queues.


Travelling maybe an option, but then the costs will increase as we don't need a car in Telluride. The real idea of the extended trip is so we can improve our skiing and then appreciate the mountain more. Normally once we start to improve it time to get back on the plane to sunny england! So as much ski time as possible, with a wide variety of terrain, good snow and a town where we can truly enjoy when not skiing. Its the whole experience really.


We have also looked at Jackson but not sure what the town is supposed to be like, but it does look like we could save on lift tickets there. The reason we come to the US is for the snow and US ski town feel (loved Steamboat). Really don't like the crowds, rudeness and expense of european resorts. We do normally leave it till last minute to check out snow conditions, but we are concerned that we won't get as good a deal if we leave it late.

post #8 of 19
I wouldn't have a problem skiing twenty days in Telluride.

But if you wanted to break it up, Aspen is also a really nice town and has a lot more intermediate terrain. You might want to do it first.

I'm sure you can fly into one and out the other. A one way rental car is $200 and would give you a day to explore SW Colorado. The drive is fairly easy.
post #9 of 19

Jackson Hole is a fabulous town too. Oozing Cowboy Charm... But it is a bit more, I don't know, contrived feeling than Telluride, at least to me. But it's a very small difference really. And you have Yellowstone and Teton National Parks at your doorstep there. You probably would want a car there though because the town is not at the base of the mountain and there is great exploring to be done. You could stay in town and then you have Storm King mountain right there, so you have two mountains in one town. I have only been in Jackson Hole in the summer, but have hiked around both mountains and think you could easily do 20 days there too. (it is north, so will be much colder )

post #10 of 19

I love the idea.  


My first instinct was why not travel around more... then I realized I'll be skiing 20+ days at Copper this year, as I have for many years now.  How can I argue with 20 days in Telluride?  It's a great mountain, and fantastic town.


My only suggestion is to stay in town and not the village.   The village is contrived.   The town is the real deal.   Telluride is an amazingly beautiful place and a fun, fun mountain.  It's the perfect place for the whole experience you're seeking!

post #11 of 19

Some people on this forum have thousands of days at one mountain and still get up every single day and love it. Telluride is certainly one of those mountains that you can ski at even once you know every square inch and love, well that is if you can ski every square inch. So as a few other people said if you are the type of skiers that venture just about everywhere then I would say absolutely go for it. Take a couple days off from T-Ride and head off to Silverton for some of the best steep skiing anywhere in the world and some of the cheapest heli skiing anywhere as well. Telluride at night has a lot to do as well, good music, great food and overall an entertaining nightlife. 

post #12 of 19
Telluride has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Only been there in summer, but the 14k peaks are stunning. It's remote, the town is beautiful, the layout with the gondola is brilliant, and Butch Cassidy once robbed the bank.... I'd say go. I spent two weeks in Crested Butte once and felt like a local by the time I left.
post #13 of 19
Originally Posted by iceage View Post

Some people on this forum have thousands of days at one mountain and still get up every single day and love it.

And they do that on little bunny hill of 300' too!


Just because someone happen to live nearby and don't feel like travel doesn't mean it's for everyone, especially visitor from across the pond who can ski a different mountain each day. The question becomes, is that the best way to spend his 3 week, by staying at Telluride? 

Only the OP can answer THAT question, after he had skied a week there.


Though I think we can all agree on is, there're many more mountain that are a lot worse than Telluride to spend 3 weeks on. Or, if one is stuck with one single mountain, you should be so lucky to be stuck at Telluride! :D 

post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone,


Sorry for the late reply. 


Well, after procrastinating for so long on where we should ski (1/2/3 resorts!) we've finally decided that we are just going to stay in Telluride! It should work out a total of 16/17 days skiing with a few days off.


Part reason is we just like the sound of Telluride so much and we're both they type who just don't like moving around too much! We did Breck / Steamboat / Vail / ABasin / Copper a few years back and the only one I can really remember is Steamboat because we stayed there for 7 days!


We've got a couple of decent deals on lift tickets and a lovely hotel so all in all we're hopeful of a great trip (fingers crossed for the snow) And our lift tickets allow us the luxury of paying day to day and still keeping our discount.


A sincere thanks to you all for your advice, its greatly appreciated.


Happy New year to you all and if there are any Telluride tips knocking round then I'm all ears!!


A very excited Gav

post #15 of 19

Look into a dinner at the Alpino Vino, it takes a sno-cat ride to the high hut where they pamper you as you watch the sunset, drink premium vino and nosh on sumptious food.


Allred's is another peak top experience with premium cuisine.  Other spots are the Marmot, The Chop House, The Bistro, and the local fave 221 S Oak.


Telluride Hyperbarics has a hyperbaric chamber if the altitude gets to you or your sweetie.


The music and arts scene is lively and varied.


The skiing should be great, if you can, hike the Gold Hill 9 chute, it is a bit gnarly, and the stairs put you at the top, literally but once in the run it is not as difficult as it appears.


Palmyra Peak should be on every expert's bucket list, it's about twice the hike as Gold Hill 9 with nearly twice the verticle payback.

post #16 of 19

I just spent the last week in Telluride, and for this early in the season, it is skiing great! Over the last 20 years I have been up there at least 24 weeks, some of those as two consecutive weeks, so I definitely endorse your plan to spend your three weeks there. I would kill to be able to spend three consecutive weeks in Telluride (or any of about a dozen areas I can think of off the top of my head!)  You will not be bored. As noted above, it would be useful to know what type of skiers you are to give you specific recommendations as to where to go. Over the last week, I penned extensive recommendations to a friend who will be in Telluride for his first time toward the end of January. If you like, I could copy and paste the text of those emails here or in a PM. However, there already have been excellent recommendations proffered above. 


One thing about staying in town right at this time is that the lower mountain is quite sketchy, even though the upper mountain is extremely well covered. That is a problem because you have to return home via the run Telluride Trail, which late in the day can be a slick obstacle course of beginners meandering in the same general direction as you are travelling. Lower Milk Run and Coonskin right now are too poorly covered to spread out the homeward bound crowd.  I personally think that it is more convenient to stay in Mountain Village for the access to skiing, and take the gondola in to town for the night life, if you so desire. As always, though, horses for courses. 

post #17 of 19

Like Whistler, when the bottom section is unpleasant, one can always ride the gondola back down at the end of the day.

post #18 of 19

BTW, this excellent guide was posted last October by Fritzski:

post #19 of 19

I have to say, Telluride was probably my favourite ski trip.  The town is great..nice to take a short walk and find all kinds of great places to eat.  There's a great beer/wine store called Telluride Bottleworks that has a great selection of microbrews and good wines.  All the food places are excellent.  Someone made a comment about advanced intermediate terrain and that's somewhat true.  I'm probably an advanced skier and I really enjoyed the front-side blacks..we hit those on our one powder day and they were perfect for me. The unofficial guide on here I thought was very accurate as well.


One thing..if anybody with duct tape on their gear asks you on the Gold Hill Express if you want to do a little warm-up lap, I'd tell them no...  ;)

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