Telluride, Colorado

Nov 1, 2008
Outside Magazine
Telluride, Colorado, at night

Telluride’s all a glow at night    Photo: courtesy, Marketing Telluride, Inc.

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Snowfall: 309 inches
Area: 1,700 acres
Vertical Drop: 3,530 feet

Tucked into a box canyon and surrounded by the type of dramatic relief rare outside of the Alps, Telluride is without question the most scenic mountain town in the West. The skiing's not bad, either. There's plenty of gentle terrain for the family around the Mountain Village area, and the rest of the place offers consistently high-quality direct skiing. It doesn't get massive snowfall, but if you're one of the three people who still like bumps, you're in business. On a powder day, head to the lower-mountain shots Cats Paw and Jaws, where it feels like you're dropping right into the old mining town below. The expansion into Prospect Bowl has spread the skiers out, but crowds were never really a problem here. Except in the bars, which resemble South Boston's finest on Saint Patty's Day. Hey, if you lived in a box canyon, you'd drink a lot, too.

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