Telluride Ski Resort: a paradise hidden among old gold mines
Ranked #1 during 3 consecutive years on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Survey, Telluride Ski Resort in Mountain Village, Colorado, has become the perfect destination for the rich and famous to escape from cameras and Hollywood’s turmoil. Perhaps, for that reason, many think that to spend an unforgettable vacation in Telluride is necessary a small fortune. However, this exclusive resort offers attractive packages for all kinds of budgets, including entire families. If you’ve never visited this magical place hidden among San Juan Mountains, we invite you to take a look at this review and see for yourself why Telluride Ski Resort will be one of your favorite places in the world.
At the end of the 19th century, Telluride used to be the site of several important gold mines in the United States. It’s estimated that more than 360 million dollars in gold were extracted from this place, so in the early 1900’s, it housed more millionaires than New York itself. However, since the foundation of the ski resort in December 1972, gold exploitation ended and a new golden era began in the region. Since then, thousands of people visit this place every year to enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, camping, golf and many more.
With 2000 acres of skiable area during winter months, Telluride is one of the best places to practice snow sports in the United States. Currently, there are 127 trails accessible through 18 lifts, including 2 gondolas to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the more than 13,000 foot peaks of the Rocky Mountains. More than 70% of its trails are recommended for intermediate and expert skiers, where its longest run, the “Galloping Goose”, promises to bring you the most exciting experience of your entire life.
Each of the trails of this complex was designed by the French Olympic skier Emile Allais and to this day it continues to maintain the same configuration. For this reason, Telluride has also become a training center for important international athletes who seek to test their own limits.
Near the hotels, there’s a huge golf field with 377 yards of surface and 18 holes, where fans of this sport can practice their best shots and feel like Tiger Woods. Its 15th hole is recognized by many expert golfers as the most difficult of the entire course. If you’re the lucky one to get a hole in one is this point, surely you’ll become famous.
After spending a whole day enjoying outdoor activities, you’ll want to rest a bit to recharge energies for the next day. Fortunately, the resort is full of different lodging options. If you love luxury and modern design, The Peaks Resort & Spa offers that and much more. Just a few meters from Telluride Mountain Village Gondola, this luxurious hotel offers more than you could expect. Huge rooms full of luxury and comfort, suites & penthouses for private parties, a 5-star spa service, gym, swimming pool and a stunning 180 degree view of the golf field and the Rocky Mountains.
For good food lovers, Altezza at The Peaks restaurant and the Bean Café are two excellent choices within the hotel.
If you consider yourself an old school guy and prefer the rustic architecture of a cabin in the middle of the forest, See Forever Village and Telluride Resort Lodging take the experience to a whole new level. The perfect combination of luxury and comfort, mixing the elegance of a European hotel with the simplicity of an American rancho. Without a doubt, the best place to enjoy a nighttime bonfire in company of family and friends.