Telluride Named One of World’s Best Ski Towns by National Geographic
by Gus Jarvis
Feb 25, 2012 | 1714 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<b>TOP TOWN</b> – National Geographic <i>Adventure</i> named Telluride one of the “World’s 25 Best Ski Towns” this month. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
TOP TOWN – National Geographic Adventure named Telluride one of the “World’s 25 Best Ski Towns” this month. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
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TELLURIDE – Noting that it’s one of the best for “big-lunged skiers and boarders with a taste for fine wine and the mountain high life,” National Geographic Adventure named Telluride one of the “World’s 25 Best Ski Towns” earlier this month.

Along with Telluride, the publication singled out Chamonix, France; Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy; Whitefish, Mont.; Park City, Utah; and Crested Butte, Colo.

“Remote and unrelentingly beautiful,” the article states, “Telluride may be the most picturesque ski town in North America, a Victorian-era silver-mining hamlet set deep in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.”

Adventure asked locals to name their favorite parts of each town on the list. Telluride author Rob Story offered his top choices, calling Oak (The New Fat Alley) and La Marmotte Telluride’s best eats, and the Historic Bar at the Sheridan the best place for a drink.

When it came to Telluride’s classic ski run, Story nominated the Plunge, “because on the steep parts you can look through your tips at our tidy, cute, historic town.”

The story notes that Telluride isn’t just for expert skiers, and offers something for everyone.

“For a mountain with a well-earned reputation for steeps and bumps, Telluride in fact offers excellent cruisers and beginner terrain – in the kind of high-alpine setting that makes even first-timers feel like heroes – on the slopes around its modern, luxurious Mountain Village,” the story states. “Experts will find bumps, bowls, and chutes in every corner of the resort, and those willing to hike can access some of the most extreme in-bounds terrain in the country in Black Iron Bowl and 13,251-foot Palmyra Peak. Heli-skiing can be hired in the Mountain Village, and the San Juan Hut System offers shelters and multiday routes for backcountry adventurers.”

For the full list of the “World’s 25 Best Ski Towns,” visit ” adventure.nationalgeographic.com/.

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