Heavenly is an upside-down mountain¿steepest at the bottom, more moderate up top. Visitors approaching its California side may be intimidated looking straight up at Gunbarrel, a gnarly, precipitous run.
Mont Albert alone-a massif with a four-mile-long plateau top-serves up a dozen Tuckermans, with ample helpings of hair-raising 1,000-vertical-foot drops and a smorgasbord of mellow above-treeline terrain.
Telluride visitors can pick from the best of both worlds. Stay in town and enjoy living in a National Historic District with colorful Victorian homes and clapboard storefronts. Or stay a short gondola ride away in Mountain Village and get a taste of luxury hotels and condos, stylish boutiques and spas, and five-star dining.