USA Today Names Telluride the #1 Ski Resort in North America

Posted by Steve Cieciuch (Chet-chu) on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 10:10am

According to USA TODAY:

Telluride has long been a recognizable destination name to most skiers, but it remains a white whale for many. It shouldn’t. The town’s old bones, tracing to the time when Telluride was a mining outpost, make for a striking foreground against the backdrop of a seemingly vertical box canyon whose upper walls reflect the sun an hour before rays hit the street in town. Top-end eateries and clever shops keep storefronts jammed and foot traffic circulating. Town runs right into the lower trails of the ski resort, with the Telluride Gondola climbing out and up into Mountain Village, a separate town where much of the ski resort operations and lodging sit. This combination of charming old buildings, striking scenery and proximity to skiing make Telluride the best ski town in North America.

Telluride doesn’t leave much uncovered on the skiing front, either. Experts will love the steepness of the Gold Hill chutes and the pure fall lines that descend straight into town. Intermediates can find plenty of blue terrain all over Mountain Village and beginners will revel in prolonged groomers such as Galloping Goose, which stretches on for 4.6 miles. More expert fodder can be had off the Prospect Lift, including the most unique in-bounds skiing in North America: a chute that descends from near the top of Palmyra Peak. Skiers seeking this challenge will need to climb 1,300 vertical feet on their own legs, however, from the top of the Prospect Chair, a task that turns most away and keeps the chute’s snow fresh and chalky. Telluride’s slopes excel in the spring, when its high elevations and northern exposures help preserve snow.
 

Ski Pass: Epic Pass
Where to stay: The Inn at Lost Creek has one of the pole positions on the mountain.
Where to eat: Tomboy Tavern, in Mountain Village, has a menu full of thoughtful dishes. Our favorite: The Schnitzel Sandwich.

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