Fo­cus on… Tel­luride

Tel­luride makes snow dreams come true. With soar­ing peaks, in­cred­i­ble din­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties ga­lore, there’s some­thing for the whole fam­ily.

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Tel­luride, Colorado, is de­scribed as one of the most beau­ti­ful ski towns in the world, and it most cer­tainly lives up to the hype. It is eye-pop­pingly, heart-warm­ingly beau­ti­ful, from the tip of its meringue­topped peaks all the way down to the his­tory-filled streets of down­town Tel­luride.

There are two Tel­lurides: the his­toric min­ing town that squeezes into the bot­tom of a box canyon, and the Moun­tain Vil­lage, which is up and over the ridge and home to a swag of con­dos, pri­vate homes, lodges and ho­tels. The two are linked by a free gon­dola and you can ski from – and to – both ar­eas.

You’ll find most of the ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Moun­tain Vil­lage, with two ex­cel­lent fam­ily-friendly op­tions be­ing Moun­tain Lodge and Fair­mont Her­itage Place Franz Klam­mer Lodge. Both have ev­ery­thing your fam­ily could need and then some, with bril­liant lo­ca­tions, won­der­ful ac­com­mo­da­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties ga­lore, but no mat­ter how won­der­ful they are, the main at­trac­tion is out­side, in the snowy good­ness of the San Juans.

The ski­ing and snow­board­ing at Tel­luride is some of the most spec­tac­u­lar you will ever do. It’s guar­an­teed that many times dur­ing the day you will stop, sim­ply gob­s­macked by the ring of peaks cir­cling the re­sort.

Tel­luride Ski Re­sort has over 810 hectares of ski­able ter­rain and there are 19 lifts car­ry­ing rid­ers up to ac­cess 147 trails. The high­est lifted point is the Rev­e­la­tion Lift at a heady 3,831 me­tres, but for real ex­perts, there is plenty of hike-to ter­rain, in­clud­ing Palmyra Peak, which soars to 4,008 me­tres.

Cool for School

Skiers and board­ers of all lev­els shine at Tel­luride, so don’t be scared of its rep­u­ta­tion

if you haven’t skied much, or at all, be­fore. The ski and snow­board in­struc­tors will have you slid­ing in no time with the spa­cious Sun­shine Ex­press area set up for be­gin­ners, so those start­ing out don’t have to worry about ex­perts zoom­ing through at high speed. Kids can learn to ski from 2.5 years old, with snow­board lessons from seven years, and kids grouped by abil­ity and age to help them progress to the next level faster.

Once the learn­ers in your fam­ily have their ski or snow­board legs, they too will be able to en­joy the wow-in­duc­ing views from this in­cred­i­ble place, with the Gal­lop­ing Goose green run head­ing down a knee-trem­bling 7.4 kilo­me­tres from the top of the Prospect Bowl. Take your time head­ing down and ad­mire some of the spec­tac­u­lar man­sions that are dot­ted around the moun­tain­side.

Go to town

It is easy to head down the gon­dola from Moun­tain Vil­lage to spend a few hours

wan­der­ing through this pretty-as-a-pic­ture town. It is a des­ig­nated Na­tional His­toric Dis­trict, its streets lined with beau­ti­ful Vic­to­rian-era pas­tel-coloured wooden houses. The main street is all about Western chic, with gal­leries, bou­tiques, out­door gear and cafes. It is very easy to imag­ine Butch Cas­sidy rid­ing through town. He ac­tu­ally robbed his very first bank here – there is a plaque out­side the Mahr build­ing – once the San Miguel Val­ley Bank – that he held up back in 1889. Make sure you check out the New Sheri­dan Ho­tel and the won­der­ful Sheri­dan Opera House, which hosts bands, theatre, kids’ theatre and the fa­mous Tel­luride Film Fes­ti­val. This year it is on from 31 Au­gust to 3 Septem­ber.

Ride and slide

Tel­luride has an abun­dance of things to do off the slopes. Take a snow­mo­bile tour to Alta ghost town and just love be­ing out among the beauty of this part of the world, driv­ing through stands of as­pens, snowy glades and those glo­ri­ous peaks loom­ing above. As for the ghost town, it is a pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream: an old min­ing camp now a gag­gle of creak­ing, crack­ing tim­ber build­ings with a ghostly feel. They do say it is haunted and you’d be­lieve it. You can also go horse rid­ing, dog sled­ding, snow­shoe­ing and, for a few laughs, the whole fam­ily can strap on the skates and go ice skat­ing at the rink in the Moun­tain Vil­lage.

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0501 Tel­luride, the his­toric min­ing town snow­board 04 Trails for ev­ery­one 02 Tel­luride’s gor­geous set­ting in the San Juan Moun­tains 03 Kids can learn to 05 Tak­ing a snow­shoe­ing tour . Im­ages 03–05 © Tel­luride Ski Re­sort

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