Telluride family skiing

Telluride Ski Resort is a fun skiers oxymoron, hard to get to, easy to love. And we love its complexity! Telluride is super popular with celebrities for the European style lodging and ambiance and spectacular scenery, but Telluride also serves up friendly ski slopes for families, and some very challenging ski terrain for experts and locals.

Telluride is an Epic Pass partner, so Epic Pass holders have 7-days of skiing Telluride, a tremendous bonus for skiers wanting to plan a Telluride family ski trip!

Telluride’s on mountain ski hotels are the among the best in the alpine upper mountain village. We like Fairmont Franz Klammer Lodge, and Mountain Lodge Telluride. Others inlcude Lumiere, Hotel Madeline, Hotel Telluride, and Peaks Resort with its popular après ski deck drenched in sun – the Great Room. Or you can stay down in the old miners town, its cool, more authentic and historic. A gondola connects the downtown village to the upper mountain lodging. Telluride is among our Top Colorado Ski Resorts for a Family Ski Trip

Revelation Bowl is a skiers’ bounty on a powder day from 12,570′. The Gold Hill Chutes 1-10 should keep you busy and breathing hard. But to achieve the highest ranks, you must climb Telluride’s notorious Gold Hill stairs to reach 13,150′ Palmyra Peak accessing hundreds of acres of in-bounds terrain and some very long, steep and deep Telluride skiing, 4,425′ vertical back to town. Don’t miss lunch at North America’s highest restaurant – Alpino Vino – its an Alps-like dining experience.

For Families, Telluride caters to kids with all-day and half-day kids ski and snowboard programs, conveniently located in the Mountain Village by the Gondola, and daycare as well. Lots of family-friendly ski terrain, terrain parks and kids’ zones dot the Telluride Mountain trail map and keep you happy for a family Telluride ski trip. See Forever is one of the prettiest ski trails in the world, and it’s intermediate.

Telluride’s downtown has a strong vein of gold and silver mining – dating back to the 1878 rush. Now there are upscale hotels, like the New Sheridan Hotel, top chef restaurants at 221 Oak and Soupcon, and art galleries and boutiques galore.

Telluride’s free four-stage gondola connects the historic downtown to the swank upper mountain ski village, so you can stay at the posh on-mountain hotels, and ride the gondola to walk around downtown for après ski,  evening shopping and dining. Kids will enjoy the wild-west vibe of town, and the story that Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery occurred in Telluride. 

Telluride Stats:
127 trails, 18 lifts- 2 Gondolas, 2,000 acres plus backcountry
13,320′ summit, 3,845′ vertical, over 300 inches of snow annually
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