Nestled in a box canyon amid the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, Telluride is surrounded by slopes that are suitable for all abilities, with runs at Telluride Ski Resort varying from “serene to extreme.”
For the non-skier, there is still plenty to enjoy in this historic former mining town. The Telluride Film Festival, held each Labor Day weekend, is in its fourth decade of operation, and grows more exclusive and acclaimed each year. The annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival draws big names and sellout crowds during the summer solstice. The 12-by-eight-block town itself — a National Historic Landmark District — is suffused with Victorian charm, and nearby hiking trails range past the ruins of old mining operations and awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Winter sports are still the main draw. The more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain are crisscrossed with a seemingly inexhaustible network of runs. A free commuter gondola connects the town of Telluride with the modern resort of Mountain Village, some 1,000 feet above.