Ski Area

I haven’t sorted photos of the Telluride Ski Area, but will eventually organize them in groups – most likely by lift or section of the mountain.

I’ve snowboarded in Telluride every year since 1994 & used to average about 85 days per season; however, my days on the mountain have been limited in recent years due to health issues … yet still try to get out as much as possible.

Generally speaking the mountain profile is extremely friendly to experts and beginners, while intermediates kind of get the short end of the stick in so far as there not being a huge percentage of “cruisers” compared to other mountains such as Vail or Snowmass. Nonetheless, the unique terrain and unparalleled views offer just about everyone an opportunity for special snowboarding or skiing experience. Tree skiing is generally very tight compared to most mountains, especially on the front (town) side. While there’s technically not a ton of terrain above treeline, the hike-to areas such as Palmyra Peak, Prospect Ridgeline, and Gold Hill Chutes offer some of the best expert skiing and riding in Colorado. Likewise, long sustained steep bump runs under lift 9 are challenging to most.

Located in the southwest corner of Colorado, Telluride’s snowfall is often affected by southerly flowing storm systems.

While it’s difficult to find anything negative to dwell upon regarding the ski mountain itself, I’m personally not a fan of the ski company’s (Telski) trajectory in recent years with respect to what I believe to be an excess of capital expenditures and in turn exorbitant lift ticket and season pass pricing. I’m not exactly sure what the current price is for a single day lift ticket, but last season it was well north of $100 for an adult. I personally don’t feel this is a very equitable situation to the vast majority of Americans who are effectively excluded (economically speaking) from accessing National Forest Service land which the bulk of the ski area resides.