Could Tel­luride be one the pret­ti­est spots on the planet? Its loyal fans think so. The re­sort’s set­ting at the ter­mi­nus of a box canyon deep in South­ern Colorado’s San Juan moun­tains lures many, but once they’re here, the many trea­sures of Tel­luride be­come ap­par­ent. From down­town’s shop-lined Colorado Av­enue to the ski re­sort’s knee-knock­ing ter­rain, skiers just plain love this place. Ac­co­lades for Charm and Scenery ring true, and there never seem to be any lines at the lift or at the bar. The ben­e­fits of a re­mote lo­ca­tion. Thanks to its va­ri­ety of ter­rain—from the hike-to lines on Palmyra Peak to steep, sus­tained bumps off Apex Lift to the end­less groomer cruis­ing of­fered off the Vil­lage Ex­press, Tel­luride has ev­ery­body cov­ered. With the town’s Western char­ac­ter at­tract­ing an invit­ing com­mu­nity of lo­cals, Tel­luride is known for its hos­pitable lodg­ing and top-notch din­ing; wake up with a coffee and from-scratch pas­try from the his­toric Baked in Tel­luride and then fin­ish your day with some af­ford­able and fla­vor­ful Thai food with am­biance to boot at Siam. Fi­nally, by virtue of the free gon­dola shut­tling peo­ple be­tween Moun­tain Vil­lage and down­town, those seek­ing a hop­ping après and nightlife scene don’t leave dis­ap­pointed.

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