Modern Frontier: TELLURIDE
Ancient Geological Formations make the Wild-West Mining town of Telluride a breath taking – yet thoroughly modern – place to ski
Telluride Ski Resort likes to call itself “The Most Beautiful Place you’ll ever ski, and visitors never argue”.
BY: Rob Story PHOTOGRAPHY: Ryan Bonneau
The ski area clings to a towering Massif in Colorado’s steepest range. The San Juan Mountains. It’s lift-served vertical drop is a thigh melting 3,845 feet, and you bump that up to 4,425 feet if you choose to hike 13,150-foot Palmy-ra Peak (the slopes of which are controlled and patrolled).
What’s more, the snow blanketing Telluride’s slopes is as good as any resort’s, even rivalling the champagne powder of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.
Telluride sits only 50 or so kilometres east of the Utah desert. Indeed, the most famous groomed run at Telluride is called See Forever, because from its location atop Telluride’s highest ridge you can see deep into the red-rock canyons near Moab. When storms blow across the United States from the Pacific, they lose moisture for more than a thousand kilometres, then drop very light, very dry snow on Telluride. Average annual snowfall is almost 760 centimetres.