I’ve been skiing since I was 3 years old and have been lucky enough to ski all over North America (including Whistler BC, Vail, Aspen, Waterville Valley, Squaw Valley, Deer Valley). Whistler BC was my previous #1 for two reasons: They have the most terrain to choose from in N. America and some of the best Apres Ski in the world.
Telluride quickly shifted that list and made the #1 spot.

What is it about Telluride? Let’s start with the mountain. It has a great mix of terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers as well as some of the most amazing views I have ever seen (see picture to right on my IPHONE 6 Case). Revelation Bowl was my favorite run…challenging with wide open views of the mountain. Important note: Tellride’s Bowls rival the back bowls at Vail. They are steep, but you have a wide variety of terrain: tree skiing, moguls or just wide open runs. We were lucky enough to ski there right after a big storm so the snow was amazing. The thing that surprised me the most was the lift lines (or lack there of). I think we can thank Telluride’s remote location for the lift lines. People can’t just hop in their cars from Denver and take a day trip.

Next…the food! I never thought that I would find a restaurant on a mountain that would rival Cloud Nine on Aspen Highlands Mountain….but Alpino Vino comes very, very close. We started with a variety of meats and cheeses, marinated artichoke hearts and marcona almonds. Reality, that was enough…but we burned a lot of calories on the mountain so decided to try the pasta of the day which was outstanding!

For dinner, the choices are endless in town. Two of my favorites were: 221 Oak and Cosmopolitan (you must get the signature drink of course…the Cosmopolitan) For après ski, we stayed in the Mountain Village and frequented The Tomboy Tavern. It has everything you could want: tables outside for sunny days, cozy western bar feel inside, great cocktails and appetizers for the end of a long day.

Last but not least, the town. We stayed at Hotel Madeline which is in Mountain Village. Fantastic boutique hotel, great rates, excellent service and their restaurant (Black Iron Kitchen) had one of the best burgers I have ever eaten in my life! Mountain Village is a quick gondola ride from the main town…there are no taxis so this is your only option.

The main town was formerly a mining town, it is truly a throw back to the wild west. Some of the bars and hotels were built in the 1800’s and they have maintained the look and feel of that era…best example of that is the New Sheridan Bar inside the New Sheridan Hotel.

Without a doubt, I will return to Telluride for another fantastic ski vacation! Until then, one of the things I love to do after a great trip is turn a favorite picture or two from the trip into a custom case for my iPhone 6. It’s a great reminder of the experiences I had on the trip, and brings a smile to my face.