Originally Posted by Briezyski
Is Telluride a good place to go for beginners?
In my opinion, Telluride is perhaps the BEST place to go for beginners. Here are my reasons:
1) Crowds (lack thereof)...Telluride makes Deer Valley look like Times Square in NYC by comparison. Lots of room to make your turns...very important for beginners.
2) Amount of Beginner Terrain...very few places out west have as much beginner terrain as you will find at Telluride as Lifts 1, 10, 11, and 12 all offer great ski runs for beginners. Breckenridge actually has quite a bit of beginner terrain as well, but it is almost always crazy-crowded.
3) Quality of Beginner Terrain...here is where Telluride really stands out. Where else can you ski almost 3,000 vertical feet all on a wide green run (that is not a traversing cat-track)?!? Runs such as Galloping Goose, Double Cabin, Sundance and See Forever offer some of the most fantastic beginner terrain anywhere out West. (Sundance and See Forever are blue runs, but are not that difficult. See Forever does access some more challenging terrain, so there will be some faster skiers on that particular run.)
4) Room to Move...Telluride and Breckenridge are on two ends of this spectrum where Breckenridge is a very crowded mountain ESPECIALLY FOR BEGINNERS and Telluride has a vast amount of terrain with hardly anyone on it. The Lift 10 (Sunshine) area is the perfect training ground for beginner skiers needing to work on their turns without having to worry about other skiers. Here is a YouTube video which shows someone going down Sundance/Double Cabin. Notice the terrain and "crowds" you might expect at Telluride:
5) Scenery...simply amazing!