With nearly 100 feet of snow since Jan. 1, Telluride has managed to plow through winter with plenty of powder, unlike many other U.S. ski resorts. Add to that the mountain village’s spectacular scenery and you have a great spring getaway destination.
Telluride, once a rough-and-ready mining town, has a Wild West flavor that blends well with its luxury hotels, high-end shops and gourmet restaurants. The old town is just eight blocks wide and 12 blocks long and filled with Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts and historic buildings. It’s connected to the upper town of Mountain Village, located at 9,500 feet, by a free gondola. Skiers and boarders love the combination. So do A-listers such as Tom Cruise, Oprah and Ralph Lauren, among others. Forbes Magazine described Telluride as the place where celebs kick back and blend in.
Some of the ski resort’s popularity can be traced to its scenery; the village offers some of the most awe-inspiring mountain views west of Switzerland. Tucked into a box canyon and surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in North America, Telluride is often called one of the most beautiful resorts in the Rockies. Off-season it’s known for its music and film festivals, but when there’s snow, winter activities and après-ski rule.