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TELLURIDE

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The remote magnificent resort of Telluride CO, USA has outstanding skiing and snowboarding.

Telluride Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Spread across 1,700 acres Telluride is naturally divided into 3 distinct sectors; the east end offering expert terrain in powder fields, trees and hair raising chutes; the middle offering corduroy cruisers for intermediates while the west end sector offers gentle beginner trails.

Being so far from any major towns Telluride does not attract day visitors so overcrowding on the slopes is never a problem. The lift system is efficient and well laid out and the on mountain maintenance second to none.

Telluride Ski Snowboard Picture

Telluride "In the Bowl" / Tony Demin

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Telluride

On the east side the advanced skiing and snowboarding is mainly around Lift 9 and Lift 6 here you have steep bump runs like Kant-Mak-M and Spiral Stairs.

The very steep black diamond Plunge trail descends a whopping 3,140 vertical feet from top to bottom and certainly gives a thrill. After a big dump head to the double black diamond Little Rose Trail for some deep powder turns.

Don't miss the recently opened Black Iron Bowl terrain 1,100 vertical feet drop of back country style terrain. Before the 2007 winter season the area was only able to be accessed with guides but now the bowl located next to Prospect Bowl has eight new challenging runs littered with chutes, trees and open powder fields.

Also introduced for the 2007 winter season was 200 acres of backcountry terrain opened on the north face of Palmyra Peak. Almost 2,000 vertical feet of deep powder leads experts down into the Black Iron Bowl. New avalanche equipment allowed the ski patrol to open the area ensuring safe conditions for expert skiers and snowboarders wanting the ultimate powder run!

The 2008 season saw the opening of another backcountry style bowl. Revelation Bowl a natural snow trap located above the tree line on the north-eastern aspect of the resort. It is serviced by the Revelation quad chairlift and has both groomed trails for intermediate skiers and snowboarders as well as expansive open powder terrain littered with rock features and steep drops for the advanced to explore.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Telluride

Intermediates love the linking corduroy cruisers across the entire resort See Forever is over 3 miles long and has beautiful views across the mountains.

In conjunction with groomed trails intermediates can enjoy some of the treed terrain, gentle moguls and easy chutes around Lift 5. Telluride Mountain Hosts offer free and informative tours of the mountain that are open to intermediate level skiers and snowboarders and above.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Telluride

On the west side beginners head to Prospect Bowl and enjoy the 2 mile long gentle trails. The terrain around Lift 10 is all about easy skiing and snowboarding as is the 4.6 mile long Galloping Goose trail that winds its way gently from the top of Lift 12 all the way down to Big Billie's Restaurant.

The Telluride Ski and Snowboard School has lessons and clinics available from first timers to advanced skiers and boarders wanting to go to the next level.

On Mountain Dining at Telluride

There is delicious on mountain dining at Telluride ranging from quick snacks at That Pizza Place to fine dining at Giuseppe’s all while absorbing the views at 11,885 feet!

Telluride Heli Skiing and Snowboarding

Telluride offers heli skiing and snowboarding. Telluride Helitrax is the longest running operator in Colorado giving intermediates and above skiers and snowboarders ultimate powder runs. One day of heli skiing and snowboarding gets you 6 runs equalling 12,000 to 14,000 feet of vertical powder!

Other Activities at Telluride

Off the skis and snowboard Telluride has many activities ranging from snow tubing, snowmobile tours, rock climbing, mountaineering, ice skating, gliding, horse riding and dog sledding.

The Towns of Telluride

Two towns make up the resort; Telluride and Mountain Village. The town of Telluride is at the base of the mountain and Mountain Village slope side at 9,500 feet. Both are connected by a free gondola that operates from 7 am until 12 pm enabling guests the best of both worlds - you can stay in Mountain Village and spend the evenings dining in Telluride.

Shopping at Telluride

The town of Telluride has historic Victorian homes and museums open for exploring and stylish fashion boutiques, art galleries, food markets and ski and snowboard shops.
Paragon Ski and Sport is the longest running store in town and provides all on mountain equipment while Alternative Edge are the snowboarding specialists. Telluride Sports have 7 different locations around town and in Mountain Village.

Telluride Restaurants

In the evenings the picturesque town lights up and the hard decision of where to eat arises. The Cosmopolitan has been serving top regional delicious cuisine for over 20 years, the Bluepoint is a hip seafood and steak house that attracts a fun young crowd every night and La Marmotte has wonderful service and French food. For Japanese and seafood lovers Honga's Lotus Petal has a full sushi bar.

Telluride Nightlife

After dinner Fly Me to the Moon Saloon has live bands most nights and starts to fill up early. The World Famous Woody’s Tavern is full of international guests and Smugglers Pub brews its own beer and stays open late.

Shopping at Mountain Village

The pedestrian only Village has a 92 acre centre called the Mountain Village Core where ski and snowboard shops, fashion boutiques, the food market and restaurants are located.

Mountain Village Restaurants

While the bulk of the dining options are in the town of Telluride Mountain Village does have some lovely restaurants.

La Piazza del Villaggio serves fresh pastas and wood fired pizzas accompanied by one of the finest Italian wine lists in Colorado.

9545 Restaurant offers casual and fine dining.

Poachers pub is great for family dining with a friendly fun atmosphere.

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PETER ANDERSON, USA. - STUNNING RESORT, AWESOME LIGHT POWDER SNOW, NO CROWDS - SKIING FOR ALL LEVELS, STEEP AND DEEP AREAS FOR EXPERTS - LITTLE ROSE A FAV AFTER FRESH SNOW - GREAT DINING, GIUSEPPE'S MY FAVORITE FOR A DRINK AFTER TACKLING THE DOUBLE BLACK DIAMONDS AROUND CHAIR 9 - MOUNTAIN VILLAGE THE PLACE TO STAY, DIRECT SKI IN SKI OUT AND GREAT FAMILY FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
12,225
3,726
Base
8,750
2,667
Average Snowfall
309 inches
Lifts
18
Trails - view map
115
2,000+ acres
Terrain %
advanced
38
intermediate
38
beginner
24
Halfpipe
1 super pipe
Terrain Park
3
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