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.