We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

COLORADO :: TELLURIDE

    Photo: courtesy, Telluride Ski Resort

MOUNTAIN STATS:

SUMMIT, 12,255 feet
VERTICAL, 3,530 feet
SKIABLE ACRES, 1,700
ANNUAL SNOWFALL, 305 inches
LIFT TICKET, $69
866-287-5015, www.tellurideskiresort.com

A TRUE COWBOY TOWN where down jackets thankfully outnumber mink stoles, Telluride still caters to the glamorous. Spot a hot starlet living it up in one of downtown's ritzy establishments? Big whoop—unless she was thrashing her guide in the steep and deep earlier.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Due to its remote setting—there's just one road leading into this southwestern Colorado box canyon-the mountain always gets far fewer folks than it's designed to handle. So the queues are quick, the runs pretty much empty, and the midmountain bartenders not too busy. NUMBER ONE RUN: As you float, fly, or surf down the three ridgeline miles of See Forever, looking 100 or so miles west toward Utah's La Sal Mountains, you are permitted, though not really encouraged, to holler corny lines from Titanic, like "I'm on top of the wooorld!"
HOT LODGE: Live it up at Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa: Think king-size beds, homemade cookies on your pillow (if you ask nicely), and the San Juan Mountains out your window. Head to the spa and baby your fried quads by soaking them in the 102-degree mineral pool—perfect prep for a 50-minute Skier Salvation massage. (Doubles from $229; 970-728-6800, www.thepeaksresort.com)
SOUL PATCH: Melt into an overstuffed leather chair, order a horseradishy bloody mary, and toast tomorrow in Wyndham Peaks' high-ceilinged great room. That's good medicine.

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