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Telluride

Big charm. Big vertical.

Far from everywhere. Snow can be fickle.

Telluride sits in the San Juans, among the tallest peaks in Colorado. So it’s not surprising that the resort boasts “some of the most challenging lift-served skiing in America.” The flip side: The rugged setting deters interstates and airports, making Telluride notoriously hard to reach. (“Long trip from south Florida!” a reader gripes.) Though spectacular, Telluride’s acreage isn’t overwhelming; neither are its people movers. (“They might add character for locals, but they are cold and slow for the rest of us.”) But if you’re itching for big vert, come on down: 3,845 feet. Bump that up to 4,425 feet by hiking Palmyra Peak. Like Utah’s Wasatch, the San Juans face west and welcome dry snow. But sometimes those flakes act finicky, prompting a complaint of “lousy weather this year.” Yet despite what’s outside, Telluride swings like a smaller Aspen after dark—with a little more soul. —Rob Story

Après Spot » Oak, in the place of Fat Alley BBQ at the base of Lift 8, serves up sunny tables and its predecessors' signature cans of Schlitz.

Don’t Miss » The Telluride Room at the Wilkinson Public Library gives a unique—and free—glimpse into Telluride’s heritage, with artifacts and views of the Bear Creek drainage.

On-Hill Lunch » Alpino Vino, high on Gold Hill, has the finest wine list and antipasti. Getting a seat can be tough; go early—or late.

What to Watch at the Mountainfilm Festival

Mountainfilm 35 In Telluride
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The 35th Annual Mountainfilm Festival takes place Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27 in Telluride, Colorado. Be there.

The 35th Annual Mountainfilm Festival is the first of two awe-inspiring fests that take place in Telluride, Colorado Memorial Day weekend. That means there will be more hiking boots, bike racks, and Subaru’s in the mountain town than celebrity sightings, entourages, and paparazzi.

Stuff We Like: 2-for-1 Plane Tix to Crested Butte, and Jay Peak Thule Tuesdays

Deals you won't want to miss.

Got rack? If it's a Thule, Jay Peak Resort on the snowy northern border of Vermont will give you and anyone else in your vehicle a $40 lift ticket for the day. 

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