Lunch Milk Runs!

Milk Run

5″ Overnight!

The Telluride Ski Resort reported 5″ of fresh white gold from last night’s storm, so we just had to take a lunch break on the mountain and soak in the bluebird day.

Cimarron From Chair 7

A few laps on Milk Run, Cimarron, then a nice locals loop back home!

Chair 6 View
Telluride Snow
Top O’ 6!

More Telluride Snow On The Way!

NOAA has forecasted more Telluride snow to come next week, with the precious white gold starting to fall on President’s Day! Get those skis edged and waxed, because things might start getting good again!

And don’t forget to check our lodging inventory for available places to stay in Telluride or Mountain Village!

10 FREE Things To Do In Telluride This Winter!

Whoever said nothing in life is free? If you’re looking to experience Telluride this winter without skis, here are 10 FREE things to do in town – It will help your wallet stay happy! 

Sledding on Firecracker Hill

10 FREE THINGS

  1. Gondola Ride – The only transportation of its kind in North American, catch a ride on the free Gondola that connects the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village. Open 275 days per year from 7am to Midnight, this scenic ride is a must do. The short, 13 minute ride will leave you speechless as you’re surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks. Don’t forget your camera!
  2. Ice Skating – If you bring your own gear… check out the frozen pond by Bootdoctor’s in the core of Mountain Village. Kids 5 years and younger skate for free! In no time you’ll be skating like Oksana Baiul! There is also an outdoor rink at the Telluride Town Park!
  3. River Trail – Located in the town of Telluride, the River Trail is a popular path for both locals and tourists trying to take the scenic route. Stretching along the San Miguel River, this is a beautiful trail that connects the East and West ends of town.
  4. Wilkinson Public Library – You will spend ALL day once you enter the doors of this award winning library. This is a great way to rent books, magazines, DVD’s, CD’s, and more (like snowshoes!) for your vacation. Also, use the FREE internet to change your flights (because you’ll never want to leave T-ride). 
  5. Nordic Skiing – If you bring your own gear… take advantage of this large Nordic course that weaves through the protected land of the Valley Floor. Located on the west end of town, this is a great exercise to get the leg’s burnin’ and the heart pumpin’ in a beautiful valley setting. There is also terrain at Telluride Town Park, or you can also head up to nordic ski areas at Priest Lake and Trout Lake further up towards Lizard Head Pass.
  6. Snowshoeing – If you bring your own gear or check out snowshoes at the Wilkinson Public Library… there are endless spots to snowshoe in Telluride if you’ve got the gear. A popular spot to snowshoe is Bear Creek Trail located on the east end of town. Check out the beautiful nature and backcountry ski terrain. Another great spot, the River Trail (#3). 
  7. Town Loop Bus – Take a ride on the free transportation provided by the Town of Telluride. This bus will circle around downtown Telluride (7am-Midnight) stopping at various spots to access restaurants, Post Office, and numerous lodging facilities. Catch the Galloping Goose every 10 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes at night! If you are lucky, the famous Busdriver Jim (formerly known as Postman Jim) will be your chauffeur!
  8. Wildlife Viewing – It would be extremely rare to vacation in Telluride and not see any wildlife. While you’re driving into town, check out the wild elk herds that feed and rest on the Valley Floor.
  9. Sledding –Telluride Town Park or by Chair #7 are great places to sled after the slopes have closed for the day. Fun for the entire family!
  10. Free Box – A “Telluride Tradition” located right off Main Street, the name says it all. The Free Box is a place to exchange clothes, small trinkets, books, and many other trash or treasures. Be sure to swing by the Free Box and see what you can find! 

You can also check out or THINGS TO DO page for more not-so-free ideas!

Let It Snow!!

Telski SnowTracker

Over a foot of snow has fallen in the Telluride region! We are finally getting some of that wonderful frozen Colorado sky water! A nice big storm rolled through our region yesterday and last night, dropping over a foot of snow in most places! Check out Telluride Ski Resort’s snow report HERE.

Check out Alpine Lodging Telluride‘s own webcams below!

Mountain Village Webcam
Downtown Telluride Webcam

And here are some pictures some of our wonderful staff took this morning.

Oak Street Gondola Station
Snowy Hotel Columbia
Snowy Mountainside Inn
Chairlift
Happy Doggy

Thanksgiving Week Activities

With the delay of the traditional opening of the ski resort this week, it would be appropriate to give a rundown of all the happenings in Telluride this week. There is always more to our town than just skiing.

Wednesday, Nov. 24th

“Roots” Ski Movie – Telluride Premier at The Telluride Conference Center, 5-7PM. More information HERE

Thursday, Nov 25th (TURKEY DAY!)

Special Thanksgiving Menus are available at the following Restaurants:

  • Allred’s – (970) 728-7474 for more information and reservations
  • Altezza – (970)728-2525 for more information and reservations
  • Madeline Hotel – More information HERE

2021 San Miguel County Turkey Trot 5k – Fun Run/Walk – Register and learn more HERE

EAT TURKEY!

Friday, Nov 26th

Gondola Art Installation Unveiling. Location: Heritage Plaza and Mountain Village Center. Time: 3-7. Learn more about artists and the event HERE

Miscellaneous Goings On!

Telluride Outside

  • https://www.tellurideoutside.com/offering 1/2 and full day fishing excursions on the San Miguel River and full day on the Uncompahgre outside of Ridgway
  • 4WD tours every day from 11:00-3:00. Rather than the typical high mountain pass tours, the tours will be a low mountain scenic ride. Click HERE for details:

San Juan Adventures

Weather dependent they are offering hiking/snowshoeing, ice climbing, rock climbing and fat tire biking. More info HERE

Public Skating

Click HERE for information on ice skating at the Hanley Rink!

30 Days Until Telluride Ski Resort Opens!

Telluride Ski Resort opens on November 25th, marking today 30 days until the lifts start turning!

Telluride Lifts start turning November 25th!
Making Friends On Chair 9

Thanksgiving Day in Telluride is not only a day to spend with friends and family giving thanks, but it also marks the official opening of the ski resort. Snow-guns have been firing since October, ensuring there is ample coverage for the ones who want to get our for some early season turns in late November/Early December. It’s a great time to come test out the legs!

30 days until Telluride Ski Resort opens
Taking Turns into town

Only a small percentage of runs are typically open from Opening Day through the first few weeks of December. It’s all dependent on snow of course. We all want a solid base for the season. But snow-making capacity has been ramped up in the past few years. There is plenty of space for all to get their legs in shape for the core ski days!

30 days until Telluride Ski Resort Opens

As always, Gorrono is open to rest weary legs and enjoy an adult beverage (or two).

Cheers from Gorrono
Cheers!

You can get information on lift passes and terrain status at the ski resorts website HERE.

And don’t forget to check out our lodging options if you want to stay the night or more!

See You On The Telluride Slopes in 2022!

Only 30 days until Telluride Ski Resort Opens!

Skiing Telluride.  30 Days until Telluride Ski Resort Opens
A Family of Rippers

It’s Offseason In Telluride

The world famous gondola is closed until November 19th for maintenance and repair, which always signals the beginning of off-season here in Telluride. It’s a great time to get out and go for a brisk hike or bike ride before the snows really start falling in earnest.

We did receive a couple of snowfalls last week, resulting in spectacular views such as this:

The coming of off-season also results in many businesses shutting their doors for a few weeks to a month for deep clean, doing inventory and to just take a well earned break from the busy summer tourist season.

Below is a list of restaurants and their off-season schedule for your reference:

2021 Fall Offseason Restaurant schedules

RestaurantLocationOff-Season Schedule
CindybreadLawson HillClosing early Nov. (Date TBD)
Counter Culture Lawson HillClosed 10/24 – Week of 11/22 TBD 
Allred’sMountain Village   Closed 10/17 – 11/24
AltezzaMountain VillageClosed 10/24 – 11/23 
The Bean Cafe @ The Peaks Mountain VillageClosed 10/24-11/25
Black Iron KitchenMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/24
Crazy ElkMountain VillageClosed 10/30 – 11/14
La Piazza del VillagioMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/23
La PizzeriaMountain VillageClosed 10/17 – TBD
Mountain Village MarketMountain VillageOpen
Poacher’sMountain VillageOpen thru 10/17 then TBD.
Shake N Dog Grub ShackMountain VillageOpen
StarbucksMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/24
TalayMountain VillageClosed 10/18-11/25
Telluride Coffee Co.Mountain VillageOpen
Telluride DistilleryMountain VillageOpen
The PickMountain VillageOpen (weekdays after 10/18)
The View Bar & GrillMountain VillageClosed 10/18-11/21
Timber RoomMountain VillageClosed 10/17-11/24
Tracks Café & BarMountain VillageClosed 10/17 – 11/19
Village TableMountain VillageClosed 10/7-12/7
221 South OakTellurideClosed 10/24 – 12/16
Alpinist & the GoatTellurideOpen
Baked in TellurideTellurideClosed 10/18-11/1
Brown DogTellurideOpen
Butcher & The BakerTellurideOpen
CaravanTellurideClosed 11/22-11/28
Cocina de LuzTellurideOpen
Coffee CowboyTellurideOpen
Cornerhouse GrilleTellurideOpen (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
CosmopolitanTellurideOpen (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until Dec. 8)
Esperanza’s TequilasTellurideOpen
Floradora SaloonTellurideClosed 11/16 – 11/25 
High Alpine CoffeeTellurideOpen
High PieTellurideClosed 11/20-12/3
La MarmotteTellurideClosed 10/3-12/13
Last Dollar SaloonTellurideClosed 11/1-11/22
Lunch MoneyTellurideOpen
Liberty BarTellurideClosed 10/17 – 11/19
Little HouseTellurideClosed 10/31-12/4
New Sheridan BarTellurideClosed 10/18 – 11/26
New Sheridan Chop HouseTellurideClosed 10/18 – 11/26
New Sheridan Roof TopTellurideClosed 10/18 
O’Bannon’s Irish PubTellurideOpen
OakTellurideClosed 10/30-TBD
Over the MoonTellurideClosed end of Oct. – early Dec. 
PescadoTellurideClosed 10/1 – Early December 
RusticoTellurideOpen
SiamTellurideClosed 10/24-12/9
SideworkTellurideClosed 10/10-12/13
SmugglersTellurideClosed 10/31-11/20
Steamies Burger BarTellurideOpen
Telluride TruffleTellurideOpen 
The NationalTellurideClosed 10/21-12/8
The Phoenix BeanTellurideClosed 10/18 – 11/26
The TunnelTellurideTBA
The West End BistroTellurideClosed 10/24 – Late Nov. 
ThereTellurideTBA
Tomboy TavernTellurideClosed 10/16 – 11/21
Wok of JoyTellurideClosed 11/1-12/1
Wood EarTellurideClosed 11/23-12/1
Stronghouse Brew PubTellurideClosed 11/15 – 11/25
Historical MuseumTellurideClosed 10/16 – 12/17 

There is still a smattering of events going on for the rest of this month. Check out the TELLURIDE ARTS website for what’s going on!

And if you are considering a trip out to Telluride this winter season, don’t forget to check our lodging inventory and book sooner than later!

See you when the snow fall!

Something Wicked This Way Comes……….

Telluride Horror Show is BACK!

Horror Show

Postponed last year because of Covid, the Telluride Horror Show is back this weekend, and bound to add chills and thrills to the dwindling autumn season here in Telluride!

The Telluride Horror Show brings a mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride’s unique theaters, with many of the films showing for the first time in the US.

what better way to spend a chilly fall weekend than with some spine chilling horror movies in Telluride!

There are also special guests, alternate programs and events, including the popular Pig Roast!

CHECK OUT the event website for more detailed information on schedules and tickets, and don’t forget to CHECK OUT our lodging site for lodging availability!

Do You Remember…?

Only because today, it has to be done.

Do YOU remember the 21st day of September?

Happy 21st Day of September! The leaves are popping off here in the Telluride high country!

Fall colors in Telluride
Telluride River Trail

Time will start to run out fast to catch the amazing colors out here, so pick a weekend, hop in the car and drive on out! And don’t forget to CHECK OUT our lodging options for you stay here in Telluride!

And coming up this weekend is the TELLURIDE AUTUMN CLASSIC, formerly known as the Cars & Colors festival. If you like slick automobiles and beautiful scenery, this might be the festival for you!

Telluride Autumn Classic
Telluride Autumn Classic

Ski Season Is Almost Here!

respect the send
Respect the send!

The leaves are starting to changes, the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are dropping! To us locals here in Telluride, this always signals the time of year to start thinking about gearing up for the upcoming ski season!

ski gear

Skis come out of the garages to get tuned and boots and clothes come out of storage. But the most important feature is making sure to secure your pass for the season!

Head over to the Telluride Ski & Golf Website to get the latest information on current pass pricing and sales events. But don’t delay, because pricing goes up after September 30th!

And don’t forget to check out our inventory of ski-in/ski-out lodging to start planning your next winter trip to Telluride!

ski-in/ski-out lodging in Telluride
Etta Place ski-in/ski out condos

Ski Season is almost here and we couldn’t be happier!

soft bumps
Soft bumps into town

Top Ways To Experience Telluride In The Fall

Last Dollar Road

Fall in Telluride is unparalleled. Sure, the other seasons are great, but there’s something about the crisp air and yellow aspens shaking in the breeze that makes you long to be in the great outdoors.

The Gondola

This is the fast and easy way to see everything Telluride has to offer in the fall, but without the stress (and with minimal effort). Board one of our famed gondolas and kick your feet up to enjoy a scenic trip from Telluride to Mountain Village. The gondola, which traverses eight miles in the San Juans, is completely free and is even pet-friendly! There’s no better way to experience Telluride in the fall.

Local’s Tip: Get off at the San Sophia station for stunning views of both the town of Telluride and Mt. Sneffels. Around the time the sun sets is the best – and if you’re lucky, you might catch an epic Alpenglow!

Telluride Gondola

Hiking

In Telluride, you don’t have to go far to be engulfed in fall foliage. Take a stroll down the San Miguel River Trail or pick one of the many trails that begin right in the town of Telluride. Either way, there’s no shortage of stellar views.

Local’s Tip: The Jud Wiebe is a great way to catch the colors on the south side of the canyon, or the See Forever-Wasatch Connect provide stunning views of the north side of the canyon and beyond. For even more adventurous types, check out the Via Ferrata – and don’t forget to look around!

Deep Creek Trail

Biking

Biking is a great way to get all of the scenic views of the canyon! One of the best rides for the average rider is the Prospect Trail, a single-track trail that takes you through the ski area and down to Mountain Village. For more experienced riders, the Mountain Village Downhill Park can be quite the thrill. 

Local’s Tip: If you don’t have a bike, rent one! There are plenty of shops around town with the best bikes equipped to handle everything Telluride’s trails can throw at you.

Biking in the Fall

Jeeping

Jeeping makes those hard-to-get-to leaf peeping spots much easier. Either rent your own Jeep from a local company or hire a guide to help you find the best spots. Choose from easy roads like Bridal Veil Falls or Ophir Pass, or challenge yourself with Imogene Pass or the infamous Black Bear Pass. 

Local’s Tip: Last Dollar Road is a relatively easy 4WD road that offers stellar views of Mount Wilson and the surrounding mountains. Weather-dependent, a regular 4WD vehicle can do it with little to no trouble.

Jeeping

Golf

Looking for a chill day but still hoping to enjoy the scenery? The Telluride Golf Club’s 18-hole par-70 course is nestled between majestic 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks. Golfers tee off from 9,417 feet. We promise: it’ll be the most beautiful place you’ve ever played.

Telski Golf

Festivals

Because honestly, there’s no better backdrop for a festival than Telluride. In the fall, Cars and Colors takes center stage. Other festivals, like the newly-minted Original Thinkers Festival and the Telluride Horror Show Film Festival also get plenty of love. The beloved Blues & Brews festival also takes place right before fall technically starts, but the air is crisp and the leaves are starting to change already.

Local’s Tip: Get a VIP pass if you come for Blues & Blues… you won’t regret it.

Blues & Brews Festival