Once upon a time, Telluride was an old blue-collar mining town, dwarfed beneath soaring Rocky Mountains that would become plastered by snow during the winter months. One look at those peaks and someone saw the potential – soon the tiny town had turned into one of Colorado’s most distinguished winter thrill destinations with five-star playgrounds and stunning properties carved into the hills.
The apres ski crowds make up a beautiful mix of ski bums, artists and those who are tired of cookie cutter resorts and seeking something a little earthier and baked in boutique charm. Here’s how to make the most of those perfect powder days in daring Telluride…
Where to Stay
There are several fine places to stay – one of these being Lumiere; a hip little boutique gem with only 11 rooms and collection of smartly dressed multiple roomed penthouse suites. Nothing feels like a hotel, in that every touch and smile is purely personal. From the warm woods, roaring fires and evocative linen sheets to the chef’s kitchen and private outdoor hot tub – the luxury is in the homely welcome at Lumiere.
The Fairmont Heritage Place boasts beautiful residences, plush with comfort and warm with style. From the natural stone fireplace to the soaring ceilings, windows that gaze out onto timeless mountain views, and jet spa tubs for soaking after black slope skiing – this is the finer side of lodge life. Fold into the mix cocktail evenings, concierge services, and ease of access to both Telluride town and the Mountain Village and you have all the ingredients for a splash out winter stay.
The Auberge Resort of the Madeline Hotel is another stunning alpine choice, especially for those who want to be in the heart of the gleaming swish in and out Mountain Village. With its very own ice-skating rink, shimmering steamy pool and hot tubs on the sky terrace, and luxury finish suites with underfloor heating and custom pillow top mattresses you can sink right down into heavenly bliss.
Where to Dine
Delectable dining all starts at the top of the gondola, particularly if you can score a table at Allreds. Perched a dizzying 10,000 feet in the air, the views from the glowing warmth of the restaurant are jaw dropping. Five-course feasts, handcrafted cocktails, and locally sourced elk loin marinated in rich fiery bourbon makes for an excellent way to end a mountain fresh day.
Warm woods, dark splashes of steel and outdoor fire tables set the scene for late night suppers at The Black Iron Kitchen and Bar. Start dinner with a fig old fashioned before moving onto fresh black grouper, bison chili, oysters glistening in their own juices, and warm apple berry cobbler.
Where to Play
The perfect example of a skier’s mountain, there is something about Telluride that snaps the imagination into shape. Quentin Tarantino filmed part of his Hateful Eight movie there, beneath the pinnacle of the mountains, in an atmospheric town that could have been dropped from the well-thumbed pages of a western.
Skiing is the number one thing to do in Telluride with its climbing gondolas, terrifying expert slopes, and staggering runs that take you deep into the dark heart of the wild. Bushwhacker is named as one of the best, with its black diamond bomb that makes you feel as though you are falling into the abyss of old town Telluride.
Stroll along the historic Colorado avenue on the hunt for cashmere hoodies, silk scarves, and delicate blankets from far flung Scottish mills. There are few pleasures in life as nostalgically sweet as window shopping beneath the rose gold color of the alpenglow – en route for a craft beer at the local distillery.