First timer's guide to Telluride
Each year, thousands of people come to Telluride and quickly fall in love with the destination. Traveling to a new location can be stressful and confusing and the below information is an overview to help make your first trip to Telluride as easy as possible.
Take a look and if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (800) 778-8581. We are here to help.
For guests using air travel to get to Telluride, most choose to fly into Montrose/Telluride Airport (MTJ). This modern airport has direct service from 8 major cities including Atlanta, Newark, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles plus daily service from Dallas, Houston and Denver throughout the winter. United, Delta, American Airlines and Allegiant are the airlines that service MTJ.
Details on flights can be found here.
Telluride is located in southwest Colorado between Durango and Montrose.
From Montrose, a 75 minute drive will take you over the scenic Dallas Divide, and through the small historic towns of Ridgway and Placerville.
From Duragno, the drive is about 2 hours. You'll drive through ancient native american lands before you follow the Dolores river to Lizard Head Pass and the historic mining town of Rico, CO.
Detailed driving directions to Telluride and Mountain Village can be found here.
Airport Transfers & Rental Cars
When you arrive in Montrose, shuttle service is available with a 66-mile, scenic drive to Telluride (approximately 75 minutes). If you arrive at the Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), shuttles are available along with many hotels offering complimentary pickup.
Rental cars are available at both airports, but a car is not necessary. Read below for more information on getting around.
Complete shuttle & ground transportation information can be found here.
The destination is made up of two locations - the Town of Telluride and the Town of Mountain Village. The destination is very "walker friendly" since the two towns are connected by a free, pedestrian gondola that runs from 7am to midnight. Once you arrive here you’ll find that most lodging is ski-in/ski-out or just a short walk to the slopes. Plus, the shopping and dining of both Telluride and Mountain Village are in close proximity to lodging. Many guests find that having a rental car is not necessary in Telluride.
If you don’t want to walk about town, a free shuttle service is available as well.
Details on getting around the destination can be found here.
Some guest to the destination arrive via car. Most choose to park their car at their lodging location for the duration of their visit. If parking is not available at a lodging location, there are 9 public parking options across the destination.
Lodging and Lift Tickets
There are many places to stay in Telluride and Mountain Village. Plus, there are many ways to purchase your lift tickets. You can purchase these things a la carte, but our suggestion is to purchase them together and save.
Telluride Resort Reservations is the central reservations of Telluride Ski Resort. We work with nearly all of the hotel properties and most of the condominium complexes in the destination. Our vacation specialists can reserve the best lodging for your needs, and package lift tickets with your accommodations at the lowest available price. Plus, your reservations are backed by Telluride Ski Resort, so questions or problems can be addressed immediately.
Telluride Resort Reservations can be reached at (800) 778-8581 or check out Telluride's lodging options online.
Telluride has plenty of powder, tree skiing and steeps. This is the terrain that many people have come to associate with Telluride Ski Resort. But, 60% of our mountain is beginner or intermediate terrain. We have long cruisers, multiple pods of intermediate terrain, and our beginner area is large and uncrowded.
One of the thrills of skiing at Telluride is getting to the top of Gold Hill Express (Lift 14) and enjoying the incredible views. The best part of the experience is that is can be enjoyed by people of almost all ability levels. From the top of Lift 14, beginners and experts alike can ski the See Forever trail to the base of the mountain - enjoying scenic vistas on a long groomed slope.
Ski and Snowboard School
Many of our guests choose to use our ski school during their stay. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the sport, the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School has guides to support your needs.
Many experienced skiers enjoy using an instructor as a guide on the mountain. The instructor can show you the lines, stashes and local knowledge that is hard to learn on your own. Others choose private lessons or group lessons to improve their skiing ability.
Lessons of all types are available for children from ages 2½ - 14 years as well.
Lessons and mountain guides can be reserved by calling our Ski and Snowboard School at (970) 728-7507.
Telluride and Mountain Village are kid-friendly places. With most of our lodging a snowball's throw from dining and shopping, plus free transportation on the gondola, getting around the destination with kids is easy. The destination has plenty of family-friendly restaurants.
Child Care is available daily. The nursery is available for children 2 months to 5 years old, and it is conveniently located at the Ski and Snowboard School.
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