Telluride: The Real Deal

Turkey day? Meh. Opening day of the winter ski season in Telluride (November 26). Now you’re talking. Reasons why Telluride over any other ski resort are laid out in purple prose (dusted with snow white) by one of our wonderful Sunday ladies, Telluride Inside.. and Out contributor Jesse James McTigue. The story was created for the Telluride Tourism Board‘s (Visit Telluride) winter guide. 

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Blame it on Crossfit. Blame it on fat skis. Blame it on a better diet, rad ski movies, 21st century technology, or mindfulness. Blame it on whatever you like, but the fact is the definition of a ski vacation has changed. For whatever reason, there is a growing demographic of people, young and old, male and female, who are revolutionizing the ski vacation. And, as it turns out, they’re in shape, in vogue and into skiing it for all the right reasons.

Of course, everything else still matters. Yes, the ski vacation still must include the required amenities. There must be excellent spas, world class dining, beautifully appointed accommodations, cold craft beers, a lively après scene, family friendly activities and boutique shopping, But seriously, Vegas has all of those things. What separates the real deal when it comes to distinguishing the ski town from just another ski resort, is the culture. And in a ski town, the lifeblood of that culture flows from its mountains.

In Telluride, that pulse is dictated from the rugged San Juans.

When you enter Telluride, you enter a different time and space altogether. You enter a box canyon as far from I-70 as one can imagine, so that if you wake up on a powder day, you’ll never have to worry about road closures or parking. Instead you’ll walk to the lift, distracted by the beauty of the peaks that surround you, not the line of cars in front of you.  Your biggest concern will be whether to stop on the way at The Butcher and Baker for a chocolate croissant or at Baked In Telluride for a chocolate doughnut.

In Telluride we’ve got the rest covered so you can focus on what you came for—skiing. If what you want is the real deal when it comes to the ultimate ski town experience, as you plan for this winter’s ski vacation, consider these top five reasons to come to Telluride…

Image, courtesy, Telluride Ski Resort

Image, courtesy, Telluride Ski Resort

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Susan Viebrock

Susan Viebrock

Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.

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