Everything You'll Need to Plan Your Dream Vacation
Getting to Telluride is easier than ever with direct jet service from 9 cities and additional connections from across the globe. The main airports servicing the Telluride region are Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) and Telluride Regional Airport (TEX). Additional travel options include Grand Junction and Durango.
Renting a Car vs Shuttle
There are several different ways for getting from the airport to your chosen accomodations. The two most popular options are renting a car or taking a shuttle service. If arriving in Montrose you will want to make your decision based on how many people are in your party. If you have 4 or more people traveling with you, renting a car is probably your cheapest option - just remember to request four wheel drive. If you have less than 4 people or if you prefer the convenience of having someone else doing the driving a shuttle service is your best bet.
No matter what your decision, once you arrive in Telluride you will not need a car for getting to the slopes or around town. Everything is within walking distance. In fact, if you have rented a car, you may find that it sat in the same parking spot all week so make sure you check with your lodging to ensure that you have access to parking.
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Equipment and Gear Checklist
* Ski/Snowboard Boots (see boot travel suggestions below)
Traveling with Ski Gear
If your skis or board are more than a few years old, you may want to consider renting. The multitude of equipment retailers in the area offer a wide range of the most cutting edge ski and snowboard technology on the market for use as demos. If you happen to fall in love with your adopted gear, many retailers will even credit the cost of the demo towards a purchase of your new boards. Experience the best the industry has to offer while avoiding the hassle of traveling with skis...just remember to bring your own boots if you have them.
Make sure your child is ready to go skiing. If this is your child's first time skiing, plan on purchasing a lesson for your child. Even if you think you could teach your child to ski, letting the pros handle things is the best bet. You can enjoy yourself skiing and your child will make plenty of new friends.
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Always wear plenty of sunscreen and continually apply it throughout the day.
High Altitude Tips
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Telluride is perched in the mountains at a higher altitude than you are likely accustomed to. Combat the potential affects of altitude sickness by drinking an abundance of water (twice the amount you normally consume). It is also wise to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine the first couple of days at altitude as they can cause dehydration. Before traveling to altitude, ask your doctor about any current illnesses or conditions affecting you now that could be exacerbated by altitude, such as high blood pressure, angina, or pregnancy. Make sure these conditions are under control before you come up here.
Headache, nausea, trouble sleeping, and dizziness are the symptoms of altitude sickness. Seek treatment if symptoms continue longer than 24-48 hours or the symptoms are severe, such as vomiting, severe headache or difficulty breathing. It is quite common to have minor symptoms or difficulty breathing the first few hours at altitude. Medical care may include the use of oxygen or medication. Although traveling to lower altitudes treats altitude sickness, very rarely do sufferers need to resort to these measures. Altitude sickness is often compared to sea sickness.