Telluride, United States
A former Victorian mining town at the foot of Colorado’s mighty Rocky Mountains, Telluride is a rootin’ tootin’, all-American stay famous for its 2,000 acres of prime skiing slopes. As picturesque as a Spaghetti Western film set, Telluride is a chaps-wearing cowboy’s dream: clapboard inns line the streets, and snow-dusted mountaintops loom large over the red-brick Sheridan Opera House, a perfectly preserved relic of early 20th-century architecture. While the shops and restaurants in the town centre are enough to distract you for days, the outdoor activities are Telluride’s real draw – winter months call for ice-climbing, sledding and heli-skiing on the pistes and peaks; while warmer climes bring mountain hikes, fly fishing in the winding trout streams and horse-riding through the valleys.
When to go
Ski bunnies should consider booking for spring (March and April) or Autumn (October and November), when the pistes are at their emptiest, but still supplied with a hefty dose of fresh powder.
PlanesTelluride Airport is a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. A few American carriers fly here, but if you’re coming from Europe, you might find it easier to jet into Montrose, which is better served by international airlines.
AutomobilesHire a car from the airport if you’d like to explore the area more widely in summer. In winter, however, it’s a different story: snow-packed mountain paths are dangerous to navigate if you’re not familiar with the roads, so stick to hotel transfers and taxis where you can.