First Timer's Guide to Telluride
To make your first trip to Telluride as memorable as possible, we’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 things to keep in mind both as you’re planning your trip and after you get to town:
1. Book your lodging early for the best selection
Telluride Resort Reservations, the official central reservations for Telluride and Mountain Village, offer dozens of lodging options, from ski-in, ski-out hotels like the Peaks Resort and Spa and the Inn at Lost Creek to private condos and homes. To get the best service, selection and rates, make sure you research and book your lodging early.
2. There’s no need to rent a car
Once you are here, you can park your car and forget about it until it’s time to leave. With dial-a-ride, Mountain Village shuttles, the Telluride Gondola and pedestrian-friendly layouts of both Telluride and Mountain Village, feel free to forget your keys.
3. TAKE IN THE VIEWS
No matter where you go during your visit to Telluride, the views are jaw dropping. Take in beautiful mountain vistas, rugged peaks and some of the best sunsets your eyes will ever see.
4. ENJOY THE FREE PEDESTRIAN GONDOLA
Getting back and forth between the town of Telluride and Mountain Village is easy, with Telluride's free Gondola, the first and only free public transportation of its kind in North America. Between the two towns is San Sophia Station, where you can get off the gondola to visit the Resort’s flagship restaurant, Allred’s.
5. COMPLIMENTARY MOUNTAIN TOURS
Kick-off your first day on the mountain with a complimentary mountain tour from one of our Mountain Ambassadors. Learn about the history of the mountain and get acquainted with its various areas of terrain. Mountain Tours depart daily at 10am from the top of the Coonskin Lift (Lift 7).
6. ICE SKATING IN MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
Lace up your skates and take a spin under twinkling lights around the Mountain Village ice rink next to the Madeline Hotel and Residences. Skates are available for rent, or you can bring your own.
7. PURCHASE LIFT TICKETS ONLINE AT LEAST 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE
If you are planning on skiing two days or more, buy your lift tickets at least 48 hours in advance at a lower price than you would see at the window.
8. LIVE MUSIC AND EVENTS
All winter long Telluride comes alive with live music and events, from our Club RED concert series to rail jams and more. Visit our events calendar to see what might be happening when you are in town.
9. DINING WITH A VIEW
Allred’s, located at San Sophia Station at the top of the Gondola, offers sweeping views of the San Sophia Range and the historic town of Telluride below. During the day, visit some of our on-mountain restaurants including Alpino Vino and Bon Vivant for a fine-dining experience with spectacular scenery.
10. BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Telluride is an experience meant to be shared. Bring your loved ones and make this a vacation to remember.
Looking For Another Perspective?
Here are some additional guides to making the most of your first (or 31st) visit to Telluride:
Telluride - My New Favorite Ski Resort? – Larry Olmstead, Forbes.com
5 Days in Telluride – A First Timers’ Guide – Leah Fielding, Ski.com
First Timer’s Guide: Telluride – Natasha Gardner, 5280.com
Things to Do in Telluride, Colorado – AFAR Magazine
The 18 Best Hot Spots for Eating and Drinking in Telluride – Laurel Miller, Curbed Ski
Telluride City Guide – Winter – Liza Utter
A Guide to Telluride – North America’s Coolest Ski Resort – Sue Gough Henley, Genuine Journeys
Insider’s Guide to Telluride, CO – Jessica Dupuy, Fodors.com