Looking to get away during social distancing? Make the journey to this former silver mining camp in a secluded box canyon.
Telluride Sleighs and Wagons (telluridesleighs.com) is a great way to imbibe the winter spirit. Guests are picked up in downtown Telluride and shuttled into the hills to the Aldasoro Ranch for a horse-drawn sleigh ride and to a toasty tent for a gourmet dinner which includes Rocky Mountain elk entrees and Colorado peaches in a cobbler for dessert (plus some kid friendly options). There are two meal times each evening with a family-focused ride first and a later option intended for adults. On the ski hill, 30-foot windows reach from floor to the peaked ceiling of The View Bar & Grill at Mountain Lodge Telluride (mountainlodgetelluride.com), which looks out upon the snow-clad San Sophia ridgeline. The menu is loaded with a wide range of appetizers like pork rillettes pickled apricot and stick-to-your-ribs steak and frites to replenish all those calories spent on the slopes. For the literal peak dining experience in Telluride, book a dinner reservation at Allred’s Restaurant (tellurideskiresort.com) located at the top of the gondola.
Nothing beats easy ski-in/ski-out accommodations and the Mountain Lodge Telluride (mountainlodgetelluride.com) is ideal for the skiing or snowboarding family. The spacious multi-room condo units are surrounded by the ski slopes of the lower mountain (along a green run) so beginners and experts alike can simply strap in and go. The full kitchen in the condo makes popping in for lunch a snap to maximize time on the slopes. For non- or first-time skiing or riding members of the party, it’s an easy walk up to the free Intercept Gondola which provides direct access to the Telluride Mountain Village Center, where the ski and ride school is located as well as shopping, dining, and other activities.
Telluride has something for everyone, and for our family of four, it was skiing. The first day we were there a winter storm rolled in and brought a bunch of snow, but our 5-year-old was not excited about going to her ski lesson. If we want her to love skiing, we can’t force her into it. No problem—we popped into the Telluride Adventure Center adjacent to the ski school and booked her in the kids’ program, which included arts and crafts and hot cocoa so Mama and Papa could ski in the storm. The next morning, the sky was clear and she was ready to hit the slopes. tellurideskiresort.com
Cover photo courtesy Visit Telluride