Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

Top 10 ski towns in the West

Whether you’re all about the hot toddies, Wild West saloons, or après-ski eats, we’ve got the place for you

San Juan Mountains in Telluride, CO
Photo by Brown Cannon III

Prettiest town: Telluride, CO

Nestled in a box canyon, the perfectly preserved Western town is dwarfed by 13,000-foot peaks and Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall.

Slopes: The gondola at Telluride Ski Resort ($98) ascends right from town to the ridgetop, with the Mountain Village great for sweeping vistas and cruiser runs. The new above-treeline Revelation Bowl, however, is where to get jaw-dropping views.

Sleeps: At Mountain Village, the ski-in, ski-out Capella Telluride (from $295) combines stone-and-timber design with spectacular scenery—like sunset over Mt. Wilson and San Sophia Ridge from your balcony. In town, try the Old West–style New Sheridan Hotel (from $149).

Info: 6 miles from Telluride Regional Airport; visittelluride.com

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