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Some call Telluride "the Next Aspen," in part due to ridiculous home prices in recent years, but also because the 8,237-foot-high town is a skiing utopia. But unlike Aspen, the resort is in the middle of nowhere, a long and twisty five-hour drive from Denver and 65 miles from Durango, the nearest "regular city." That means locals and regulars alike prize their wide-open terrain, lack of lift lines, natural drops like the 2,080-foot Bushwacker, and intimidating early-spring bump runs such as Mammoth. Note that the town of Telluride and the Mountain Village park are two distinct areas, separated by a mountain. Connecting the two is the free ...

Some call Telluride "the Next Aspen," in part due to ridiculous home prices in recent years, but also because the 8,237-foot-high town is a skiing utopia. But unlike Aspen, the resort is in the middle of nowhere, a long and twisty five-hour drive from Denver and 65 miles from Durango, the nearest "regular city." That means locals and regulars alike prize their wide-open terrain, lack of lift lines, natural drops like the 2,080-foot Bushwacker, and intimidating early-spring bump runs such as Mammoth. Note that the town of Telluride and the Mountain Village park are two distinct areas, separated by a mountain. Connecting the two is the free gondola, a remarkable 2.5-mile, 13-minute ride over tree-lined ridges and valleys. While the town's lazy, comforting vibe has given way to a certain sprawl, it's still one of the most magnificent cities in the state, with 14,000-foot Mount Wilson and Bridal Veil Falls literally at the end of town. Consider a fall visit, when the ski traffic has yet to truly arrive, the leaves have turned bright yellow and snow has fallen in the peaks for the first time and the mountain color is spectacular.

Steve Knopper
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Steve Knopper is the Denver-based author of Moon Handbooks Colorado as well as a contributor to numerous Fodor's city guides.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    December through March