Best Small Towns to Visit in All 50 States - THRILLIST TRAVEL - May 19, 2017

Colorado: Telluride 

Population: 2,370
It’s kind of a pain in the ass to get to Telluride. But, oh, the rewards upon arrival. This former silver mining town hunkers basically in a dead-end valley, its mountains sporting one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the world: Telluride’s Bridal Veil. With peaks great for skiing, mountain biking, or hiking -- picture the scenery from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eightbecause, well, it was filmed around T-Ride. The town has blossomed into one of the best festival sites in the nation, with renowned events like the Bluegrass Festival and Telluride Film Festival. Even if you’re in town when a fest isn’t, you can grab a drink (or better yet, stay) at the historic New Sheridan Hotel, then continue your crawl to the no-frills Last Dollar Saloon before hitting 221 South Oak, a fine-dining spot helmed by Eliza Gavin, a former Top Chef contestant. -- Colin St. John, Thrillist contributor



World's Best Ski Resorts: Telluride Wows With Charm, Scenery and Great Skiing -  Forbes Magazine - January 13, 2017


 Telluride Ski Resort to Join The Mountain CollectiveTM for 2016-17 Season

Telluride, Colorado – August 9, 2016 – Today, Telluride Ski Resort announced that it would be joining The Mountain Collective alliance, a collaborative pass program providing access to some of North America’s best ski mountains. With the addition of Telluride, Mountain Collective pass holders will now be able to experience some of the best and most varied terrain in North America.
"Telluride is excited to join the Mountain Collective family of resorts," said Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. "Being a part of the Mountain Collective is an outstanding opportunity for passionate skiers and snowboarders to experience Telluride's extensive terrain and benefit the resort community as Mountain Collective pass holders add Telluride to their list of destinations to experience this winter."
As part of the Mountain Collective pass, skiers and riders enjoy two days at 14 notable ski resorts, including Alta/Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Taos, Whistler Blackcomb and more with no blackout dates. Additional days at The Collective destinations are available at a 50 percent discount and pass holders are also eligible for special Mountain Collective lodging specials.
"We are thrilled to welcome Telluride, one of the world's truly iconic resorts to the most incredible lineup of destinations on one pass ever assembled. The Mountain Collective is made up of a collection of independently owned, big mountain, life list resorts and we couldn't think of a better new addition than Telluride," said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Company, "With 14 destinations located around the globe, the Mountain Collective Pass is the perfect incentive for passionate skiers and riders to embark on the winter adventures they've long dreamed of."
When visiting Telluride, Mountain Collective pass holders can take advantage of an exclusive lodging deal with The Peaks Resort & Spa, with 10% off lodging with a three night minimum and a $150 Peaks Resort credit that can be used at the Resort’s newest restaurant, Altezza at the Peaks, or The Spa at the Peaks.
The Mountain Collective pass is now available online at for $409 for adults and $99 for kids aged 12 and under. For a full list of participating resorts and pass benefits, please visit the Mountain Collective website. For information on Telluride-specific benefits, or to plan your trip, please visit


Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam talking about a KOTO Radio bumper sticker that found its way to him a long time ago when he first visited Colorado. Pearl Jam played for the first time in Telluride on July 9, 2016 for The Ride Festival.

“But I’d open this case and this sticker, it was actually like, it became like a window. It was like looking out the window at these mountains. And it had a word called Telluride, which I didn’t even know what that meant. So now today, 20-plus years later, and it’s not just a sticker, it’s real life. So we’re very happy. It’s a destination. It’s an accomplishment. So here’s to the thin air.”



Why Telluride Is So Much More Than Just a World-Class Ski Town



Bill Jensen, a longtime captain in the ski resort industry, is joining Telluride Ski and Golf Resort as both a partner and chief executive officer.
Jensen, who helmed Intrawest from 2008 through 2014 and spent 11 years as an executive with Vail Resorts, joins Telluride resort owner Chuck Horning as a partner. That ownership stake is expected to deliver stability to the resort, which has seen several management veterans — including Dave Riley and most recently Greg Pack — come and go since Horning, who has played an active role in steering the ski area, bought it in 2003.
"I wasn't going to come here just to be the next guy," said Jensen, describing his and his wife Cheryl's ownership stake as "meaningful enough." "I'm proud and happy that Chuck gave me that opportunity. My sense of it was that it wasn't that hard for him. He knows he needed to get that stability. The staff, which is just incredible, they want security and they want certainty."
Despite the rotation in the wheelhouse, Telluride has thrived under Horning, a West Coast commercial real estate and healthcare facility entrepreneur. In recent years, the resort company's revenue-based lease payments to its Forest Service landlord have climbed as much as 30 percent a year. Summer and winter sales tax revenues in both Telluride and Mountain Village have set records nearly every month for the last few years.
Jensen said those trends continued last season and numbers are up for the early season as well. "This resort has a lot of momentum. Telluride is well positioned to continue to enjoy the growth it has had for the last five to 10 years."
Horning, in a statement, said the deal with Jensen marks "a significant step towards bringing Telluride to its potential."



SKI Magazine Readers Vote Telluride #4 Ski Resort in the West
Annual Reader’s Choice Poll Announces Top Resorts in North America

TELLURIDE, Colorado (September 23, 2015) – Today, Telluride Ski Resort was voted the #4 Ski Resort in the West by SKI Magazine readers for their 2015-2016 survey. The 28th annual SKI Magazine reader’s poll ranks the top 50 resorts in North America and includes 20 different categories such as character, scenery, and service. This was the second consecutive year the resort received a top five placement, and was honored with the #4 ranking last year as well. SKI Magazine readers also ranked Telluride as the top resort in Colorado.
“We’re thrilled about being ranked fourth by SKI Magazine readers,” said Greg Pack, general manager and president of Telluride Ski Resort. “Having an honor such as this come from readers’ votes is important as it speaks directly to the overall guest experience. This is not just an award for the ski resort, but for the whole community who work together to create a top destination for visitors year after year.”
As part of the overall #4 ranking, SKI Magazine readers credited the Resort for slopes that are “virtually empty” and for offering an overall resort experience that “caters to all.” They also gave the resort’s Ski School high marks for its offerings and highlighted the resort’s variety of terrain for all abilities. The resort also received high marks in individual categories such as Scenery (#1), Service (#7), Character (#2), Lodging (#5), Dining (#5), Après (#6), Variety (#4), Challenge (#7) and Grooming (#10), which helped secure Telluride’s high overall ranking.
This year the ski resort has significantly increased its flight service making it easier than ever to get to here. Now with 14 direct flights from 11 major hubs into nearby Telluride/Montrose airport (MTJ), Telluride offers some of the best, most direct access in ski country.

Massive New Air Service To Telluride


TELLURIDE, Colo., Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Coming off a record 2014-15 winter season, Telluride is set to raise air service to unprecedented levels again for Winter 2015-16. New flights to the Telluride/Montrose (MTJ) airport include New York-La Guardia on United, Los Angeles and Chicago on American, and Las Vegas with Allegiant. Dallas-Ft. Worth and Phoenix will also see major jumps in service to the area.

Now with 14 direct flights from 11 major hubs, Telluride offers some of the best, most direct access in ski country.

Last winter’s additions included substantial increases from Dallas-Ft. Worth on American and New York/Newark on United, as well as new service from Phoenix on American to the Telluride/Montrose Airport (MTJ). The additions led to a record number of passengers traveling to the destination.

Winter 2015-16 will see a full-scale increase in Telluride’s American network, including another 50% addition from Dallas-Ft. Worth, more than doubling DFW service over the past two seasons. American will now offer a daily 128-seat mainline jet and two on Saturdays through the winter season from DFW to MTJ. Flights from Phoenix (PHX) will more than double this winter, and American is also adding new routes from Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX). The increases in seats and flights will create an expansive American network for Telluride/Montrose, offering access from across the country on the newly merged airline.

“The creation of a national American network is a critical and significant addition to air service for Colorado’s western slope and theTelluride/Montrose region, making getting to Telluride easier than ever,” said Matt Skinner, chief operating officer of Colorado Flights.

United, Colorado’s primary carrier, will continue to expand on its already-existing network to Telluride/Montrose with the addition of highly sought-after flights from New York - La Guardia (LGA).  MTJ’s core hub service will continue with multiple daily, year-round flights from DEN, daily service from Houston and Chicago, along with weekend flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“New York has long been Telluride’s number one air market, and the addition of the highly coveted LaGuardia (LGA) route will be a fantastic addition for our existing guests and all skiers in the greater NY metro and beyond,” said Skinner.

Key low-cost partner Allegiant will shift service from Phoenix-Mesa to Las Vegas this winter, along with continued flights from LAX. Flights will now run on Fridays and Mondays the first half of the season, and Thursdays and Sundays the second half.

“With a growing young, active/outdoors demographic in Las Vegas, plus demand from Colorado to get to Las Vegas, Allegiant’s LAS flight will be a great addition for the MTJ airport and Telluride/Montrose region,” added Skinner.

Delta will add Wednesdays to the existing Saturday/Sunday flights from Atlanta (ATL) in the second half of the season.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the significant additions to our air service, giving Telluride/Montrose some of the best access in ski country,” said Skinner. “Guests and residents alike now have multiple, varied options to travel non-stop to and from major hubs across country, easily connecting the whole of North America and the world.”

“The direct economic impact of added flights is invaluable to the region, and we look forward to continued growth along with the major increases in air service,” said Michael Martelon, CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board.

Summary of additions for Telluride/Montrose (MTJ) winter air schedule includes:

New flights from:

  • New York-LaGuardia (LGA) on United
  • Chicago (ORD) on American
  • Los Angeles (LAX) on American
  • Las Vegas (LAS) on Allegiant

Major service additions from

  • Dallas – Ft. Worth (DFW) on American
  • Phoenix (PHX) on American

Telluride Named Best Ski Resort in America by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Readers’ Choice Survey Ranks Telluride Ski Resort as Number One Ski Area for Third Year in a Row

TELLURIDE, Colorado (Dec. 9,2014) -- Condé Nast Traveler Magazine readers voted Telluride Ski Resort the number one ski area in America for the third year in a row. However, the high rankings don’t end there. Telluride also came in #1 for Trails & Runs, Lifts & Lines, Accommodations, Scenery, Food & Restaurants, and the small mountain town nabbed the #2 spots for Nightlife & Après-ski, and Value.

“Being named the best ski area in America for the third year in a row is an incredible honor for both the resort and the destination,” states Brad Larsen, VP of Sales and Marketing for Telluride Ski Resort. “This award, coming from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, speaks volumes to the guest experience our community delivers year-after-year.”

Condé Nast Traveler is one of the most trusted names in travel. The annual readers’ choice survey, which first started in 1988 a year after the magazine began, bestows honors across many categories including best hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, and resorts of the world. The 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards had nearly 77,000 responses. For the full and comprehensive list of awards visit

Telluride, which has always been known as a remarkable destination, has earned high marks in other publications as well. This year Ski Magazine readers voted Telluride the #4 Top-Ranked Western Ski Resort, its highest placement in recent memory, as well as #1 for Best Overall Satisfaction, Best Sustainability, Best Character, and Best Scenery. Telluride also made USA Today’s list for 10 most scenic ski resorts in the world.

With direct flights from 10 major airports including, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix/Mesa, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Newark getting to this award winning destination is easier than ever. Upon arrival this pedestrian friendly town welcomes guests with its historic charm and towering peaks. After visiting, it is easy to see why Telluride consistently ranks high on the world’s best travel lists.