Resort Overview: Telluride is a great vacation destination combining a convenient ski village with a historic mountain town. Most say the town is named for the ore of the nonmetallic element tellurium that is found in combination with gold and silver. Others say it is named after a castaway call, "To Hell You Ride," from loved ones who knew of the town's boisterousness.
The Mountain Village Activity Center serves as a centerpiece of convenience providing a wide range of services and acting as a hub for planning all your family activities. Here, you can purchase lift tickets, rent equipment and register for lessons. The center is easily accessed by the gondola and is within walking distance of restaurants and shops in both the town of Telluride and the Mountain Village, eliminating the need for a car and making your vacation hassle-free.
What's New This Year: This summer, Telluride is spending $3.1 million to increase snowmaking on the Telluride Mountain. The summer work includes the construction of snowmaking that will give the mountain top-to-bottom coverage on at least one run in the Lift 1,4,5,6,7,9 pods. This significant increase in snowmaking capabilities will enable the resort to open more terrain earlier in the season and provide a better base throughout the season.
Base Elevation: 12,247
Vertical Drop: 3,522
Skiable Acres: 1,050
Average Annual Snowfall: 325
Season: Mid November through April
Snowmaking: 155 acres
Night Skiing: No
Ski-Only Areas: No
Snowboarding Offered: Yes
Snowboarding Trails: 64
Terrain Parks: 3
Cross Country Skiing Offered: Yes 18 miles of trails
Lift Ticket Prices: Check back on their website for details.
Passes/Discounts Available: Yes The Telluride Card is your ticket to lift ticket savings and special benefits. To order your Telluride Card, call 970-728-7517. Also, receive special savings throughout the ski season on and off the mountain including the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School, dining, rentals, retail, lodging and more. To access these savings, call 888-4-TELSKI.
Day Care: Telluride's Children's Nursery is nearly 5,000 square feet, has the capability to care for 50 children (10 infants and 40 toddlers) daily. The facilities include sleeping rooms, several play rooms, great toys, a kitchen and a beautiful atrium-style play room allowing parents to look in on their children without being seen. Trained professionals provide childcare, maintaining ratios of one staff person for every two infants and one staff person for every five toddlers. Infant care (2 months-1 year) and toddler care (1-3-year-olds) costs $65 for a full day (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and $55 half-day (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.). Hours are 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call (800) 801-4832 or (970) 728-7507for information and reservations.
Children's Lessons: Children's Ski Adventures: An introduction to, and instruction in, snow and skiing. Open to all ability levels. Age: Miners (potty-trained 3-year-olds); Utes (pre-k and kindergartners); Explorers (first-sixth graders). 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily. Price: $94 for a full-day including lesson, lift ticket and lunch and $420 for a five-day package. Private lessons are also available.
Explorer Snowboard Adventures: An introduction to, and instruction in, snow and snowboarding. Open to all ability levels. Explorers (first-sixth graders). Time: 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Price: $94 for a full-day including lesson, lift ticket and lunch and $420 for a five-day package. Private lessons are also available.
Children's/ Teens' Programs: The Adventure Club is a complimentary program available to all youngsters enrolled in the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School's Children's Adventures. Hours are 8:45-10 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m. Reservations required.
Voodoo Lounge Youth & Teen Center Telluride's youth center (970-728-0140) is open year-round with a basketball/rollerblade court, games, crafts, food, big screen TV and VCR movies. Winter day camps for grades 1-4 will be held during the holidays. Campers meet daily for sleigh rides, skating, drama, cooking, crafts and more.
Babysitting: Annie's Nannies offers licensed and insured childcare for ages 2 months and up.Call (970) 728-2991 to arrange for childcare.
Family Recreational Activities: Telluride Ski & Golf Company's (Telski's) 30,000-square-foot state-of-the-art, family-friendly Mountain Village Activity Center allows for one-stop service for all on-mountain winter activities. This $7 million centerpiece of convenience provides a wide range of services in a safe, comfortable environment for the whole family. Here you can purchase lift tickets, rent equipment or register for lessons and adventures. The Children's Center offers a nursery for little ones and a ski and snowboard school for the kids. And, it's all located just steps from the gondola and the slopes.
The Activity Center has anticipated the needs of all families with children, be they infants or teenagers or any age in between. For the very young, there are toddler rooms chock full of toys, infant gyms and three separate crib rooms. For those ready to make turns of their own, Telluride's Children's Adventures (ages 3-12) is just across the hall. For anxious parents, the Activity Center's most unique design feature-a glass kiosk atop the central romper room-allows them to peer down at their children undetected and then slip back onto the slopes without all the fuss which can accompany being spotted by a young child. To tend to visiting children the nursery has trained, caring professionals who entertain their charges with toys, games, healthy food, walks in the snow and more. Reservations are required, call (800) 801-4832.
Kids Rental Items: Travelin' Tots (970) 728-6618 rents out car seats, strollers, backpacks, safety gates, toys, cribs, etc. Advanced reservations recommended.
Lodging: Lodging at Telluride ranges from Bed and Breakfasts, condos, hotels and resorts and homes/cabins. Deals are available on their website. Alpine Inn Bed & Breakfast Rates: Moderate. Restored downtown Victorian. Full breakfast in sun room. Relax in hot tub with sunset views. Bear Creek Bed & Breakfast Rates: Moderate European style Inn. Historic Main St. location. Rooftop garden terrace with hot tub offers unrivaled views of peaks, canyons, and waterfalls. Johnstone Inn Rates: Moderate True, Victorian boarding house in the heart of town. Manitou Lodge B & B Rates: Moderate Rustic and cozy with turn of the century antiques. Perfectly situated for outdoor adventure with the gondola and ski lifts half a block away and hiking and cross-country trails out the front door. New Sheridan Hotel Rates: Moderate Rustic Elegance in the Heart of Telluride. Victorian elegance steps from shopping and dining, 2 blocks from lifts and gondola. Full Breakfast. Pennington's Mtn Village Inn Rates: Luxury Exquisite creature comforts amidst the splendor of the Rockies. The San Sophia Rates: Luxury Elegant and luxurious with the highest level of personal service. One of the most romantic bed and breakfast inns in America. Skyline Guest Ranch Rates: Moderate Family-owned and operated, offering a crackling log fire in the main lodge with scrumptious apres-ski and meals during the winter and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing during the summer. Offering individual cabins. Camel's Garden Rates: Luxury "Few places in the mountains compare to Telluride, and nothing in Telluride compares to the Camel's Garden. True ski-in/ski-out luxury at the base of the Gondola (and 15 steps from the Oak St. lift)!" Offering luxury hotel rooms and condominiums. Hotel Columbia Rates: Mod/Lux At the gondola in town. "A thoroughly first-class resort in every particular" Large meeting/banquet room. In-room fireplaces. Rooftop hot tub. Accepts Pets Ice House Lodge & Condos Rates: Mod/Lux "One of the 25 best hotels for skiers in the world" London Sunday Times. 1/2 block from Gondola. The Inn at Lost Creek Rates: Luxury "Telluride's Finest Inn" adjacent to the ski slopes, gondola and golf course. The most beautifully furnished rooms in Telluride with award-winning design and extraordinary hospitality. Restaurants and roof-top spas. Mountainside Inn Rates: Econ/Mod Comfort, convenience, and affordability. This newly remodelled inn is located at the base of the ski mountain, on the banks of the River and offers hotel rooms (with or without kitchenettes) and condos. New Sheridan Hotel Rates: Moderate History and Romance in the Heart of Telluride. Victorian elegance steps from shopping and dining, 2 blocks from lifts and gondola. Full breakfast. The Peaks Resort & Spa Rates: Luxury Luxury amidst panoramic grandeur. Spectacular views, award-winning Spa, gourmet restaurants, group meeting facilities, ski-in/ski-out, on the golf course. Accepts Pets The San Sophia Rates: Luxury Elegant and luxurious with the highest level of personal service. One of the most deluxe and romantic inns in America. Victorian Inn Rates: Econ/Mod The perfect mix of convenience, comfort, and value. Centrally located. Alpine Lodging & Rentals Rates: E/M/L Sixty-three fine 1-4 bedroom condos, ideally located slopeside, in Historic District and in Mountain Village. Family-run company with emphasis on green operations and caring service. Aspen Ridge Townhomes Rates: Luxury Elegant, ski-in/ski-out 3-bedroom townhomes near the golf course in the Mountain Village available as accommodations or for purchase. For Real Estate Information... (970) 728-1484 Camel's Garden Rates: Luxury "Few places in the mountains compare to Telluride, and nothing in Telluride compares to the Camel's Garden. True ski-in/ski-out luxury at the base of the Gondola (and 15 steps from the Oak St. lift)! Offering luxury hotel rooms and condominiums. Ice House Lodge & Condos Rates: Mod/Lux One of the 25 best hotels for skiers in the world" London Sunday Times. Also offers 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums. Heated year-round pool. 1/2 block from Gondola. The Inn at Lost Creek Rates: Luxury Telluride's Finest Inn" adjacent to the ski slopes, gondola and golf course. The most beautifully furnished rooms in Telluride with award-winning design and extraordinary hospitality. Restaurants and roof-top spas. Alpine Lodging & Rentals Rates: Luxury A dozen luxury homes located around old Telluride and high up along the slopes, many comfortably sleeping more than twenty guests. Family-run company with emphasis on green operations and caring service.
Telluride Resort Accom. Rates:M/L Wide selection of spacious, beautifully appointed homes loaded with amenities. Located in town of Telluride, the Ski Ranches, and the Mountain Village.
Amenities:Guests can choose from snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating, sledding, tubing, Nordic skiing, horseback riding and more.
Transportation Available: Telluride's gondola and chondola system provides free transportation for foot passengers between the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily and 7 a.m-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Within the town of Telluride, the free Tell-U-Ride shuttle runs throughout the day. In Mountain Village Dial-A-Ride, a free taxi on demand, is available by calling 728-8888.
Awards: Named Top Resort #25 by Ski Magazine, October 1999.