How to Plan the Ultimate Colorado Ski Adventure

How to Plan the Ultimate Colorado Ski Adventure

In search of the ultimate winter wonderland? Whether you’re schussing the world-class slopes or indulging in some truly decadent apres, the historic Colorado mining towns of Aspen and Telluride are destinations worthy of any travellers bucket list.

1. Take a snowmobile tour of Alta Lakes

Up for a little adventure? Hop onto the saddle of your very own snowmobile and take Telluride Outfitters’ guided tour through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Colorado’s Telluride region. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll tear through forests, along mountain cliffs and into the Alta Lakes, all the while cutting your own path through the pristine powder.

2. Arrive in style in Telluride

If you’re staying at one of the ski-in/ski-out resorts in Telluride Mountain Village, getting to the town itself couldn’t be easier—or more thrilling. A free, 10-minute gondola ride shuttles passengers from A to B, while providing some truly spectacular views. Although the scenery is stunning at virtually any time of the day (barring the occasional blanket of fog), the hour before sunset, when the sky turns a luminous gold, is particularly magical.

3. Feast your eyes at Allred’s Restaurant

The spectacular sunset is also one of the big draws at the St. Sophia gondola station between Mountain Village and Telluride. Here, at the main dining room of Allred’s Restaurant, you’ll find a wall of windows that overlooks the town of Telluride. It’s the perfect vantage point as the sun arcs across the valley—and the perfect opportunity to tuck into American fare made with locally sourced ingredients. (We recommend the hand-cut truffle fries and bourbon-marinated elk loin.)

4. Shop Colorado Avenue

The shopping scene in Telluride is bustling with bougie one-of-a-kind boutiques, and the relatively small size of the town means you can indulge in serious retail therapy without need of a car. Start on the main drag, Colorado Avenue, and branch out from there, browsing all manner of treasures and trinkets from alpaca wool blankets to trendy leather handbags.

5. Travel back in time at the New Sheridan Hotel

Want to party like it’s 1895? Head to the New Sheridan Hotel’s historic bar on Colorado Avenue, where you’ll find much of the interior trappings unchanged since the first drink was served here in the late 19th century. From the lead glass divider panels, mahogany woodwork and filigree light fixtures, it’s a great place to catch live performances from local bands, or simply sip a pint while playing a round of foosball or pool.

6. Take lunch at 12,000 feet

Hop on the Gold Hill Express (lift 14), ski down the See Forever run and you’ll find Alpino Vino—one of the most charming and unique restaurants in Telluride. Situated at an elevation of 11,966 feet, the tiny rustic cabin seats only 28, and boasts a stick-to-your ribs lunch menu of craveable Italian comfort food including rich hot chocolate and gourmet grilled cheese. For an even more unforgettable experience, make a dinner reservation and journey to the restaurant via enclosed snow coach. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a five-course Italian meal with optional pairing, and an unparalleled view of the night sky.

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