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Info on Telluride?

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Search has not turned up lots of info. Any insights into the skiing? Places to stay? Tradeoffs between town and mountain? Good eats? Etc.?

Comparisons with other resorts?

[ December 24, 2003, 07:30 PM: Message edited by: spindrift ]
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Try the Cimarron Lodge. Ski in Ski out at the base of Coonskin lift. It's located walking distance to main street in town and the free Gondola to take you to the mountian village. I booked thru resortquest 866-444-2027.

I like staying on the town side of telluride so i can enjoy evening events (the free gondola shuts down and a cab is needed to get back to the mountain village). I spend time in mountain village during the daytime lunch/suds breaks.
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See Telluride anyone thread. Tride is Macdaddy. [img]smile.gif[/img] Seriously, it is a great mountain with lots of different ski ability options. It has expanded in last couple of years. I can't remember how many acres, but it twas fine by me, before. Lots of good dining, drinking and lodging choices. Again, see the above thread and PM me for any more questions. Be glad to help!!
Love the San Juans!!
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How experienced a skier are you? I've been skiing for 4-5 years and consider myself a good intermediate skier, but I found Telluride to be a difficult slope. There is a lot of pretty terrifying terrain there. I liked the resorts in Park City a lot better, for a couple of reasons: 1) several resorts to choose from (Deer Valley, The Canyons, Park City) all within 5-10 minute drive of each other 2) a lot more intermediate terrain. Other people on this board have complained about The Canyons but I loved it. It's a huge mountain, lots of varied trails, many of them on the easier side. Plus, if you find a cheapie hotel in Salt Lake, Park City is a lot less expensive.
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Where to stay: If you're a black diamond skier, then you'd be happy staying in Telluride as alot of the expert runs are on that side of the mountain. The closest and nicest hotels are Camel Garden or Hotel Columbia. Both are steps from the Gondola and lifts. For the intermediate skier who wants ski in ski out, stay in Mountain Village. There are some great condos in Mt. Village or the Wyndam Peaks ($$$$) is a great spot with a world class spa. For a great
range of condos to rent contact Alpine Lodging.

Apres ski you definitely want to head into town. For great cheap eats I like Fat Alley (awesome BBQ joint, Jody's (Tex-Mex), Corner House (burgers and tater tots) and Tellurice (Asian). For more upscale there are quite a few: Cosmo (love the filet, my wife is
a huge fan of the calamari and shrimp appetizer, and you've got
to end with the molten chocolate cake), Hongas for sushi and asia food and if you're getting started on a night on the town end it with their Vietnamese coffee (zoom), Compagna for high end Italian,
and Allred's at the top of the Gondola for great food, ambience and view.

For the bar scene with smoking try the New Sheridan Bar (they have a real fire going in the back) or Last Dollar (AKA "the buck). For music and dancing there is Fly me to the Moon Saloon or Roma.

Be prepared to spend some $ but you get no lift lines, great skiing and a great town. PM me if you want more info.
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In my opinion, it is definitely better to stay in town. Although nice, Mountain Village can be rather sterile. The town kicks ass - great food, lots of character, and the best main street view of any ski town in the US. The suggestions above are good ones for places to eat. Fat Alley and Hongas in particular are good. Also try Harmon's, La Marmotte, Rustico, the New Sheridan Chop House, or Maggies (for breakfast). The Lodging recommendations above are good too. I also really like the Hotel Telluride. It is cheaper than Camel's Garden (although not real cheap), and very nice. The Bear Creek B&B and the Johnstone Inn are smaller and more quaint (and less expensive).

The town also has interesting galleries and shops (make sure you visit John at the Teluride Angler), and generally has a cool vibe.

It is true that some of the runs down into town are steep, but I wouldn't worry about it. There are easier ways down too, and you can always take the free gondola down.

Telluride is one of my favorite places on earth. You will not regret a trip there.
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