Telluride - Reviews

telluride

sid bell
04/11/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    December
telluride is a great resort with many great places

Such a treat

Tom
02/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
Not sure where that last reviewer went but it definitely was not Telluride. No good food? No intermediate/advanced runs? Give me a break. Nothing the resort can do about unseasonably warm weather, shouldn’t fault them for that.

I went to Telluride in early January and was absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty. Downtown Telluride feels like a historic, small town while Mountain Village is a modern ski village. Both have their draws. The locals were friendly and the food was all outstanding. Our group stayed in Mountain Village and plan to do so again upon our inevitable return.

The mountain is gorgeous. Plenty of terrain for all skill levels. Revelation Bowl is a blast. Astonishing views everywhere. ZERO lift lines. I would highly recommend everyone give it a visit.

Some complain about the difficulty getting there but we were content flying into Montrose and taking the short, scenic drive to Telluride. I have no problem saying it is the coolest place I have ever been.

Disappointed

Thomas
23/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
I am actually writing this and just bought a ticket home early I was so disappointed in Telluride. Where to start? I'll go with the positive aspects of this place. No lift lines, not any time of day at least compared to big resorts like Whistler etc. The longest I waited was 2-3 minutes max anywhere on the mountain, even at the base. That was the only positive to my trip honestly.

The bad:
The trails. The blue runs are not blue runs. They are green runs. There is one true black run, The Plunge, which at any other resort is a blue run. I didnt get a chance to ski any double blacks or the bowls because its been 50+ degrees and the snow was terrible and the ice was everywhere. I asked some other people their thoughts while out the last few days and they said the same thing---shocked there is either very difficult runs here or very easy. Nothing in between.

The food. There is no food here. Bar food thats about it. Plain and simple.
Editors' note: Food is an absolute highlight of Telluride - hard to see how you couldn't find food.

Nightlife-non existent. Mountain Village is very very quiet. Telluride itself seems very sleepy as well. Not at all what I expected.

Snow--the famous Colorado snow was non existent. I have skied on better back in my home state of WA. The snow was granular, marbley crap. Granted its been 50+ for a week straight but since when is it 50+ for a week straight in February in the Rocky Mountains? Not like they can help it but man, 6K on a ski vacation only to leave early because the snow was so bad. I doubt Ill ever come back here.

TELLURIDE

Lily
01/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
LOVE THIS PLACE

Well deserved reputation

Daniel Sherwin
01/07/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Telluride is an excellent resort with a wide range of terrain options. Because of the sheer size of the resort in comparison to the number of people in it, it's almost always possible to find some untracked snow. Unpisted, hike-to options are provided for as are easier well-groomed slopes for beginners. The terrain parks range from very mild through to insane for the big air jump line.

As standard Colorado resorts go, this is the one I recommend to people.

Check out the Thai restaurant in town - it was excellent when I was there.

Best suited for: Just about anyone. The mountain provides services, child-friendly slopes down low and some challenging chutes up high. The town is interesting and other activites are available for those less ski or board inclined as well.

Pros:
Excellent services
Good terrain options available
Good sidecountry/slackcountry
Untracked powder is almost certainly available somewhere
Uncrowded

Cons:
Bottom of the mountain is very flat in places. Snowboards may struggle to make it out of some of the line choices. This can be a little frustrating at times and many poor choices are likely to be made chasing powder.
Geology at the top of the mountain can yield very sharp rocks.

I love telluride

Ford Backer
25/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I love telluride so much. I go every year with my family and friends. I stay at the river club which is a great place during every season. If I could go ski anywhere in the world for the rest of my life I would totally choose Telluride. All the stores and restaurants are great especially the bakery and Hungas. Telluride is a very child friendly town. Once I saw a guy who had a cat on top of a dog and a mouse on top of the cat! (Editor's note: Huh?!) This place is just heaven

The best

Pete
01/02/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
The best!

T-Ride

Dick Prong
16/08/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Cool town. PITA to get to.

If flying, go into Montrose as Telluride Airport has a poor reliability record. It's the highest commercial airport in North America (10,000 ft) and needs good weather. Luggage often gets off loaded for weight issues. Just go via Montrose and drive/shuttle for just over an hour to T-Ride. If weather is crap, Telluride Airport diverts there anyway.

Aspen has an 'old' vibe. Telluride has a young vibe.
Located in a box canyon and literally the end of the road (in winter). Along with Lake Louise, Telluride has some of the most amazing scenery in any Nth American ski place, Stunning. European like.

Town is at 8750 ft and top lift is 13,000 ft, so if you are coming from flatland you will gasp a bit for the first few days.

Can stay in either town or Mountain Village. Town is more expensive, ye olde Victorian town. MV is a soulless collection of new shiny condos and FU mansions, but rent can be cheaper given the larger range of accom. Free gondola between the two that runs 7am-midnight.

Snow is good but very light which means it can get brushed off quickly revealing hardpack. It doesn't have a spectacular Utah-like snowfall record, but it's also not Crested Butte stingy. Given the altitude, it' not going to rain in main season.

The resort has tripled in size in the last few years and has some genuine, challenging terrain. Gold Hill Chutes are serious stuff for experts. Also lots of inbounds tree runs. Short hikes open up even more terrain but there are a couple of dicey areas. Avi danger on side country can be very high.

Tons of stuff for intermediates and beginners. This makes the location an excellent choice for mixed groups.

Telluride is never going to be a cheap place. Homes in town are worth millions. Like most CO ski towns it's an Aryan Extravaganza, but Telluride has a bit of a hippy feel.

Three legal dope shops are now open in town if that's your thing. And with three shops, it's obvious that it's many people's thing in Telluride. That kind of town.

To save money buy a Seasons Pass for $300 (ages 13-18) or $700 (age 19 - 24) but BEFORE October 13.
Other tips - load up with all food and groceries in Montrose. Make friends with Tom Cruise, Oprah and Jerry Seinfeld (all residents) and get them to buy drinks at the bar. BYO weed.

Awesome!

Jeff
27/06/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
Skied a number of places across the US, including New England, Colorado, California, Canada & the Alps - skied at Telluride once & 3 months later was in the market to buy a condo here!

The combination of great terrain, NO lift lines, the coolest little funky ski town you'll ever visit made this our choice for a second home.

Shangri-La

Alison
20/09/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Telluride is one of the most magnificent places on earth. That's all I have to say.
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