Powder on a Budget: How to Get the Best Ski Deals in Telluride

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  • Telluride

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Outdoors

  • Skiing

  • Winter

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Curator’s statement

Telluride is a magical place where nature's beauty meets a community vibe. The San Juan Mountains surround the town, making it a haven for skiing enthusiasts. Beyond the slopes at Telluride Ski Resort, there's this unique cultural charm, with lively festivals and a warm spirit. It's more than just a destination. Telluride feels like a genuine connection to nature, adventure and the wonderful people who call it home.

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Where to stay in Telluride

Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection

Posh mountain-chic hotel with two restaurants, a spa, an outdoor pool and ski-in/ski-out access.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Fairmont Heritage Place - Franz Klammer Lodge

Experience luxurious mountain living at its finest with Fairmont Heritage Place - Franz Klammer Lodge, where elegance meets alpine charm.

Mountain Lodge Telluride

Embrace the spirit of the Rockies at this upscale retreat, where rustic charm meets modern luxury, providing an inviting haven with breathtaking mountain views in Telluride.

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Things to do in Telluride

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  • Skiing & Snowboarding: Telluride Ski Resort is known around the world as one of the best places to ski and snowboard. The slopes in Telluride are famous for being some of the greatest in Colorado. Every year, the area gets more than 300 inches of snow, and there are over 2,000 acres of skiable land for all skill levels. Plus, with 300 days of sunshine each year and no long waits for lifts, skiing and snowboarding in Telluride are truly amazing experiences.

  • Snowmobiling: Just outside Telluride and Mountain Village, there are lots of well-kept trails perfect for snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is a great way to explore these trails and the beautiful mountain scenery. Local experts offer guided snowmobile adventures for half a day or a full day. They use the latest snowmobiles that are more powerful, quieter, and better for the environment. This makes these tours suitable for everyone, no matter their age or experience level.

  • Ice Skating: Ice skating is a classic winter thing to do. Whether you're at the pro-level hockey rink, the outdoor one in Telluride Town Park or the rink at Hotel Madeline in Mountain Village, we say strap on some skates and give it a go!

  • Helicopter Skiing: If you're into finding fresh powder in the untouched backcountry, heli-skiing is your thing. Helitrax is the top-notch helicopter skiing crew in Colorado. Since 1982, the guides at Helitrax have been making sure skiers and snowboarders have safe and customized adventures in the backcountry. They fly over the stunning San Juan Mountains at the highest elevations of any helicopter ski operation in North America. This gives you awesome views and plenty of chances for those perfect powder turns. You can pick from day trips, multi-day adventures, or we can create your own custom tour with them.

  • Horseback and Sleigh Rides: Riding horses in the stunning San Juan Mountains is something you'll always remember in Telluride. The amazing mountain views and wide-open spaces will lift your mood. You get to ride through pretty aspen forests and high-up alpine meadows, taking in the best of nature. And if you want a truly unforgettable time, try a dinner sleigh ride under a sky full of stars.

  • Fat Biking: Embrace biking all year long in Telluride with those cool big tire bikes. Take a leisurely ride through the Valley Floor, enjoying the scenery. Or, if you're up for a good workout, tackle the uphill climb of Bear Creek for a solid cardio session. Whether you're into a chill ride or a more challenging pedal, Telluride's got the trails for every kind of biking adventure.

  • Gondola: Taking a ride on the gondola is always a blast. Even better is that it doesn't cost a thing! The gondola hit its 20th birthday in December 2016, and the special red cabin is a favorite with the kids. Hop on the "G" from town to Mountain Village, grab some lunch, maybe check out the slopes, and then swing by the playground near Poacher’s Pub. The ride from Telluride to Mountain Village is around 13 minutes – quick and fun!

  • Four Tours: In Telluride and Mountain Village, there's a ton of places to grab a bite or a drink, so many choices! But where should you begin? Dive into the incredible world of food in our two towns. Try everything from fancy French dishes to delicious Southern comfort food. There's a taste for every craving, and you're in for a treat exploring the fantastic cuisine these towns have to offer.

Places to eat & drink in Telluride

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  • The Butcher & The Baker: Imagine a cozy place with delicious homemade bread, pastries, and top-notch cuts of meat. It's like a food haven where you can savor fresh, high-quality ingredients in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. From tasty sandwiches to delightful pastries, this place is a culinary gem that adds a flavorful touch to your Telluride experience.

  • Alpino Vino: It’s a special spot for a fancy treat. Located on top of the mountain, enjoy gourmet food in a cozy chalet. It's not just a meal. It's a dining experience with breathtaking views. With delicious dishes and a warm atmosphere, Alpino Vino is the perfect place to make your Telluride visit even more memorable.

  • Smuggler Union Restaurant & Brewery: It’s a cool hangout spot that's totally worth checking out. It's got a friendly vibe, great drinks and a cozy atmosphere. A place where locals and visitors mingle, sharing stories and enjoying good times together.

  • Allred’s Restaurant: A must-visit for a fancy yet cozy dining experience. Perched high on the mountain, it offers stunning views of the town and mountains. Picture enjoying delicious meals in a warm and elegant setting. Whether it's a special occasion or you just want to treat yourself, Allred's Restaurant adds a touch of luxury and amazing flavors to your Telluride trip.

  • The National Telluride: A fantastic spot to grab a bite to eat. Tasty comfort food, friendly vibes, and a cool atmosphere. It's like your favorite local hangout, but with a unique Telluride twist. Whether you're craving a hearty meal or just want to chill out with friends, The National is the go-to spot. Come here for a laid-back and enjoyable dining experience in the heart of Telluride.

Need to Know

Telluride is a great place to ski if you still want to experience luxury without spending the same amount as places like Aspen. Here are some tips on how to get the best ski deals!

Early Bird Packages:

We can help you take advantage of early bird ski deals. By booking in advance, you can get access to substantial discounts on lift tickets, accommodations, and equipment rentals. We can help you keep you in mind for exclusive deals released before the season kicks off.

Midweek Escapes:

Plan your ski vacation during the week to avoid the peak crowds and high prices associated with weekends. Many ski resorts offer discounted rates on accommodations, lift tickets, and even lessons if you opt for a midweek stay. Enjoy the tranquility of the slopes without compromising on the skiing experience.

Group Discounts:

Whether you're traveling with friends, family or a ski club, group discounts can significantly reduce overall expenses. We can get you special rates for larger parties, including discounted lift tickets, group lessons, and even group dining packages.

Season Passes:

Investing in a season pass can be a cost-effective way to enjoy multiple ski trips throughout the winter. Look for passes that cover multiple resorts or those tailored to your favorite ski destination. Season passes often pay for themselves after just a few visits, making them a good choice for active skiers.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Telluride. In need of further inspiration? Check out Chirag Panchal's trip report, A Guide to Ski Resort Lodging.

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