Telluride Ski Resort officially opens today, Thanksgiving, at 9 a.m. with the Village Express, Polar Queen Express and Apex lifts all running. "See Forever and the 4,5,6 Loop will remain closed while snowmaking operations continue, so all skiers and riders will need to exit Lift 6 and Lift 5 via Cake Walk at the bottom of Lift 5," the resort says. "Taking a few laps should prepare you for any celebratory feast that evening."
You can read about every Colorado ski resort in the Edge, our winter sports guide, as we roll it out online. Each description lays out what's new, what the signature experience is, what to splurge on, how to go cheap and, of course, what to drink.
TELLURIDE SKI & SNOWBOARD RESORT
What’s new: Telluride added new grooming equipment and enhanced snowmaking capacity this season, with an emphasis on bringing more snow to its Hoot Brown Terrain Park. The resort also took over the Peaks Resort and Spa, a ski-in/ski-out hotel next to the Telluride Ski & Golf Club that boasts the state’s largest spa.
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Signature experience: “There are a few experiences that you can’t miss while you’re here,” says Telluride spokeswoman Shannon Gibbs. “Ski some of Telluride’s famed hike-to terrain. If they’re open and you’re up to the task, hike up to the Gold Hill Chutes or Palmyra Peak for the runs of a lifetime. Later, take the free pedestrian gondola up to Allred’s and enjoy stunning views of the town of Telluride and the San Sophia ridge as you reminisce about your day over a cocktail for the sunset après. Then take in a show at the Sheridan Opera House, which opened in 1913 and still has many of its original features and fixtures intact.”
Splurge: “For the foodie, sign up for the snowcat dinner at Alpino Vino,” Gibbs recommends. “You will take a heated, enclosed snow coach up to the restaurant, which at nearly 12,000 feet is the highest-altitude restaurant in North America. Once there, you’ll enjoy a specially prepared five-course meal with a menu inspired by Northern Italian fare. For those seeking adventure, consider booking a trip with Telluride Helitrax, which takes off right from the Peaks Resort. Helitrax has access to over 200 square miles of pristine terrain and operates at some of the highest elevations in North America.”
Ski bum tips: “No trip to Telluride would be complete without a stop at the Last Dollar Saloon, known to locals as ‘The Buck,’” Gibbs says. “If you’re lucky, grab a seat at the window and watch all of the happenings in town.”
Drink locally: New partnerships with Telluride Brewing and Sweetwater Brewing bring the local breweries’ suds to all of the resort’s on-mountain restaurants. Gibbs also recommends a visit to the Telluride Brewing tasting room in the Lawson Hill neighborhood.