If scenery were the measure by which all ski vacations are judged, then Telluride would be tops every time. Stashed in a dramatic box canyon at the end of a winding mountain road in the San Juan Mountains, this former silver-mining town emits that "last best place vibe that's increasingly rare in ski villages today. With a 1,700-acre mountain that cascades down to its doorstep, Telluride offers a holy trinity of terrific skiing, good restaurants and a lodging scene that won't disappoint. Here are Telluride's best beds.
Just above Telluride as the crow flies, an eight-mile gravel road winds through aspen and spruce groves, ascending into blissful Rocky Mountain solitude. Tucked snugly in its own valley at the end of that road is Dunton Hot Springs Resort.
Benefiting from a split personality, Telluride, Colo., really does have something for everyone. One reader aptly describes Telluride as "a weird mix of rustic mining town surrounded by grossly conspicuous consumption.