You may wonder what ski resorts were like before they grew 6-lane highways and factory outlet stores. You'll find out when you visit the authentic Western town of Telluride, situated within a spectacular box-canyon and offers skiing and boarding without the crowds. An Old West charm pervades the legendary streets, where rustic brick hotels and clapboard storefronts recall the bygone day of the gold rush. Even the notorious Butch Cassidy came to town and filled his saddlebags with the contents of the San Miguel Valley Bank vault! Telluride's National Historic District has retained its ageless appeal and remains a quaint and colorful Victorian town that looks just as it did in the 1880s, with a new flair of sophistication.

By day, its slope-side location makes it an ideal ski-in/ski-out mountain town with everything at a walking distance. By evening, quality restaurants, chic galleries, and nightspots from quiet pub to pulsing dance halls unite guests and locals. At the other end of the gondola lies the enchanting twin community of Mountain Village, a town with a distinctly European character complete with classic alpine architecture, luxurious slope-side accommodations, English phone booths, upscale restaurants, boutiques, and celebrities. The free Telluride gondola links past and present, on a 12-minute ride from a Western mountain lifestyle to a refined European experience!
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