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Austin Woman: Love to Ski
This laid-back, hippie-chick mountain town is a must-visit for people who like the feel of a place like Aspen, Vail or Sundance, without all the crowds. Telluride is comprised of the National Historic Landmark District downtown, and the modern resort village of Mountain Village above. A public gondola system connects the two, and a shuttle service called the Galloping Goose loops through town all day, and both are free. The picture-postcard mountain setting provides a dramatic backdrop for historic main streets filled with boutiques and coffee shops, and a top-notch foodie scene.
The ski resort offers an impressive array of terrain for all levels. With 18 lifts and 127 runs, there is plenty of terrain for all ability levels. Telluride averages more than 300 inches of snowfall each ski season, and the resort beautifully maintains groomed runs and wide trails at even the highest elevations. There is also a large amount of backcountry and hike-to-ski access, as well as heli-skiing for the more adventurous. Snowmobiling, ice climbing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding are also popular activities.