Telluride Area Resources
Telluride Local Tips
Having local knowledge of a new area is always very helpful. While most locals won't give away every little secret, such as sweet parking spots, or powder stashes on the mountain, there are things that just make sense to let people know about, here are some things we thought you would like to know:
Free Gondola: The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a free, 13-minute ride that runs daily from 7 AM to midnight (12 PM). There are handicap and pet cars available for riders. Off season hours and dates will vary, please contact 970-728-0588 for more information.
Galloping Goose: This is a free, daily shuttle service from 7AM to midnight for the town of Telluride with service down valley and Lawson Hill. There are various stops along the 20-minute loop and schedules can be found on the buses or at designated stops. Please call 970-728-5700 for more information.
Free Parking in Telluride: There are two lots with free public parking. The Carhenge lot is located on W. Pacific at the base of Chair 7; there is no overnight parking at this lot. The second lot is located at the south end of Mahoney Drive. Please check all posted signs in both lots for snow removal and overnight schedules.
Parking in Mountain Village: The Gondola Parking/Visitor Parking lot by the Mountain Village Market and Town Hall has overnight parking available at a fee of $20/night per parking spot.
Dial-A-Ride: This is a free service to Mountain Village guests and residents for transportation only within Mountain Village. This service runs from 7AM to 12:30AM daily. Please contact 970-728-8888 for more information or to arrange a pick up.
Metered/Permit Parking: Both Telluride and Mountain Village have several streets and areas that are designated permit or metered parking only. Please read all parking signs carefully because parking restrictions do vary. Please contact the Telluride Marshall's office at 970-728-3818 or the Town of Mountain Village at 970-728-8000.
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Telluride Mountain Resort Guide
History of Telluride
Telluride Mountain Resort Guide
Telluride is located in southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains. It is a world-class ski resort with over 1700 acres of riding terrain and unsurpassed beauty. The ranges are rugged yet exciting, some challenges, and all inviting. Every rider will discover a world of wonder and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Telluride boomed in the late 1800s and is now a historic mining town. Most of its Victorian architecture is still preserved to this day, allowing it to be named a National Historic Landmark District. It is a small peaceful town surrounded by the largest mountains in North America. The lines are short, the rides are long, and the mountain is uncrowded, allowing you to feel like you are riding down your own private slope. There is something for everyone and any level from fine groomed trails to challenging moguls. Once you reach the peaks of Telluride you will find out why it has been called, "The most beautiful place you'll ever ski."
Telluride is best known for its world-class winter activities. These include an extensive list of fun for the whole family such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, dog sledding, sleigh rides, ice climbing, tubing, and even heli-skiing.
The mountain has an impressive Elevation of 12,255 feet and a vertical drop of 4,425 feet. Annual snowfall is about 309 inches. That, combined with around 300 days of sunshine, means conditions are perfect all season. Manmade snow makes up only 15% of Telluride. There are 16 lifts including seven Hi-speed Quads and two Gondolas--and with over 115 trails, each lift gets plenty of use. Trails include beginner, intermediate, and experienced. Crowd favorites include The Plunge for the experienced only, the See Forever and the Galloping Goose, a 4.6 mile ride for beginners.
Adventurous folk can hike to the summit of Bald Mountain and experience some of the best powder in the world. A hike to Black Iron Bowl will give way to 1000-foot vertical drops, steep chutes, and open glades. There is also Palmyra Peak and the Gold Hill Chutes where riders can experience untouched acres and spectacular riding terrain.
Skiers and snowboarders alike will have a blast shredding up any one of the three terrain parks. Beginners will find comfort in the Ute with small hits, boxes, and rollers ideal for learning. Intermediate riders can head over to the Polar Queen, which features tables, fun boxes, waterfalls, A-frames, and jibs. Expert riders will find their thrills in the Hoot Brown Advanced Park, which boasts the latest in rails, jibs, hits, and a gnarly Super Pipe. Telluride was voted number one for terrain parks in 2008. The mountain resort has an expected opening date of November and usually closes in mid April. Telluride Ski Resort offers lessons for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, childcare, and more.
Telluride Ski Resort offers lodging for every budget. Eighty-Five percent of all accommodations are within walking distance of the chairlifts. There are condominiums and vacation homes that range from moderate to luxury. Most property and unit amenities include a fireplace, hot tub, Wi-Fi Internet, laundry facilities, kitchen, balcony, telephone, TV, ski storage, and a dazzling view of the San Juan peaks.
The Mountain Village is accessible by ski or snowboard, or also by a free gondola ride, which is the only of its kind in North America. The gondola can take passengers from the mountain to the village in 13 minutes, taking away the need for any automobile transportation. The Village is a must see with a number of rustic shops, boutiques, restaurants, and hotels. No matter what you want to get out of your winter vacation, Telluride Ski Resort has everything you could imagine. See for yourself the majestic and enchanting experience Telluride will offer.
Used as a summer camp for centuries by Ute Indians and named by Spanish explorers in the 1700’s, the San Juan Mountains lured fortune seekers to Colorado with visions of silver and gold. By the mid-1870’s, the Sheridan Mine was the first in a string of local claims and a tent camp was established in the valley below. Originally called Columbia, the rowdy mining camp became a town in 1878, and changed its name to Telluride.
With the coming of the railroad in 1890, the remote boomtown flourished. A melting pot of immigrants seeking their fortunes turned Telluride into a thriving community of 5,000. Prosperity abounded and Telluride was full of thrilling possibilities. But when silver prices crashed in 1893, followed by the First World War, the mining boom collapsed. Miners moved on and the town’s population gradually dwindled from thousands to hundreds.
In the 1970’s, Telluride reinvented itself. Legendary powder – a different sort of gold – was being mined. When the Telluride Ski Resort opened in 1973, the character of the community changed, and the town spun back into high gear. Born of the same spirit as skiing, cultural events, festivals, music, and performing arts were founded, and flowed through the seasons. It was again a time of thrilling possibilities. Telluride now has a reputation for world-class skiing and a stunning ambience.
Due to its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. This listing is the highest level of historic status available to sites designated by the United States Secretary of the Interior. Telluride is one of only four other Colorado communities with this honor. The sites are so special that, in theory, they are eligible for consideration as National Parks.
Citizens are committed to preserving Telluride’s historically significant architecture, open space, and traditional design elements, and most of all, Telluride’s small town mountain lifestyle.