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6 Surprises about Telluride

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From the ease of getting here to its uncrowded slopes, Telluride is sure to surprise and delight. What’s unexpected about this beautiful box canyon nestled high in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado? Here are our top six:

It’s easy to get to. There are 15 direct flights to the Telluride/Montrose Airport (MTJ) from 12 different hubs across the U.S. Connect through Denver on United and land at the Telluride Airport (TEX), just 10 minutes from town. With so many direct flights, flying to your favorite mountain resort is ridiculously easy.

It’s natural beauty

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It is true that unspoiled Telluride, tucked into a stunning box canyon surrounded by the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot-peaks in North America, frequently wins accolades for its scenery, but wait until you get here. Mere words don’t do justice to the jaw-dropping exquisiteness of this place.

No Lift Lines and Uncrowded Slopes

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Telluride has the best of both worlds: easy to travel to but still a world away from the lift lines and hectic slopes of other resorts. Whether you are looking for steep and deep or smooth corduroy, the Telluride Ski Resort has over 2,000 acres of varied terrain waiting for you with not a queue or ski-slope traffic jam in sight.

Telluride’s Gondola is One of a Kind

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A gondola cable ascending the face of a rugged mountain is the quintessential symbol of any ski town – and Telluride is no exception. Except this gondola, or “the G” as it is affectionately called, does not only provide skier access to the mountain, but also free, green, public transportation back and forth from the historic town of Telluride to the Mountain Village a European-style alpine village with superb amenities (spas, restaurants and a multitude of ski-in/ski out lodging). 

The History

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Did you know that Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride? Or that a local mine was the first place in the world to use alternating current electricity? Too many ski resorts are cookie cutter, but not Telluride. Its historic charm is the real deal: established in 1878, Telluride, a National Historic Landmark District, is a former mining town whose colorful past is evident everywhere you look.

It’s a Community

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 Telluride is a town with real people living real lives. You’ll find our ski resort, streets and sidewalks, restaurants, bars, shops and galleries inhabited by locals who aren’t shy about expressing their love for this mountain hamlet. Spend just a few days – or a few hours – experiencing Telluride’s genuine warmth and friendliness, and you’ll be feeling like a local too.


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