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The inside line on Telluride


Telluride is a 330-mile drive from Denver via Interstate 70.

Fly into Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) from Denver as well as Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Salt Lake City, Newark, N.J., Atlanta and Los Angeles. From Telluride airport, the 10-minute, 2-person taxi ride with Mountain Limo ( is $12 apiece.

Once in town, the free Galloping Goose bus does a town loop every 15 minutes.


The Hotel Telluride ( sits three blocks from the center of town, which gives it a bit of an out-of-the-way feel. Free Wi-Fi, in-room microwaves and mini-fridges, Aveda products and a free hot-and-cold breakfast buffet are nice touches, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. Rates vary; peak season they run about $249-$309.

The Inn at Lost Creek ( is a good family spot; the studios are on the smaller side, but the two-bedroom units have dining-room tables, full-size kitchens. On-site full-service spa and rooftop hot tubs. Rates start at $349 (one-bedroom) and $769 (two-bedroom) at the height of ski season.

Lumiere ( is a ski-in/ski-out, boutique hotel in Mountain Village with studio suites with kitchenettes and one king or queen, as well as one- to three-bedroom “residences” with full kitchens. Great fitness center and hot tubs, and the pampering staff offers a welcome cheese tray and breakfast in bed. Studio rates start at $369.


The resort is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through April 4.

Lift tickets in regular season (as of Jan. 4): $92, full-day adult; $56 for ages 6-12; $82 for 65 and older. Holiday rates (Saturday-Jan. 3) slightly higher. Ski school offers adult group lessons (no reservation required) for $150-$160 per person (depending on season), which includes lift ticket, lesson and equipment rental. Kids group lessons and rental equipment available. Details: 800-801-4832;