How to Travel for your Ski Trip like the Pros

How to Travel for your Ski Trip like the Pros

We know that winter traveling can be it’s very own kind of special, but it’s so worth it once you’ve arrived. We want you to get into Telluride and out on the slopes as soon as possible, so we’re sharing the best advice from our friends at Wagner Custom Skis. These guys know how to ski, and how to travel, and these are their best tips to get you here and ready for the best ski trip ever. 

Telluride Ski Resort
Two Skiers on their way up the gold hill ridge

We can’t wait to see you on the Mountain.

Naani Sheva in the reservations and marketing manager for Lodging in Telluride. When she’s not working, she’s walking her new puppy Butter, skiing and running to yoga. Lodging in Telluride is striving to make you feel at home in Telluride. Locally owned and operated in 2006.

Mountain Trip offers adrenalin fueled adventure for your winter vacation

Mountain Trip Offers Adrenaline Fueled Adventure for Your Winter Vacation

“You really want me to ice climb?” 

“C’mon Mom!  I know you can do it!” cried 8-year old Izzy, tugging on her mother’s hand and directing her toward the leather couch in our reception area.

Gulping the thin air of Telluride’s 8,750 foot elevation, Jennifer pensively allowed herself to be guided to the couch, and began unlacing her snow boots, Izzy beaming with pride as her mother allowed herself to catch some of her daughter’s contagious energy.

“Well all right!” local mountain guide Dave Ahrens exclaimed, “We’re going ice climbing!”

The mountain town of Telluride, Colorado is world-renowned as a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.  When the snow starts falling in November, all thoughts turn toward skiing, and rightfully so – the Telluride Ski Resort is one of the better ski hills in our state and the laid back feel of downtown makes it an appealing place for families.  With just under 200 inches of powder falling annually over the past five years and a wide assortment of terrain both an and outside the ski area, the reputation as world-class is hard to argue.

Less well known are Telluride’s abundance of other frozen treats, namely our local ice routes.  Visitors looking to break up their ski week might consider tying into a climbing rope and scaling one of our numerous frozen waterfalls.  Ice climbing has grown in popularity in recent years, with improvements and innovations in equipment making entry into the sport easier than ever.

If you are feeling adventurous, are curious about the sport or if you’d just like to blow the minds of your Facebook friends with some cool shots of you hanging onto an azure flow of ice, carve out a half day from your Telluride visit and join the local professionals at Mountain Trip for a morning of climbing ice.

We offer full-service, guided half and full day trips for climbers of all abilities, complete with hot cocoa for the kiddos!  Rest assured that your family is in good hands with the only guide service in southwest Colorado Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association and staffed by highly trained guides who regularly lead climbers up tough peaks like Denali and Mount Everest.  Stop by and say hello at our downtown office, at 135 W. Colorado Ave, right across the street from Telluride Sports.

Mountain Trip
Even Mom is getting in on the ice climbing action! Call Mountain Trip 970-369-1153.
Izzy's not afraid!
Izzy’s not afraid!

T0 plan your winter family adventure, contact the team at Mountain Trip!

Contact info:  

Mountain Trip International, LLC

(970) 369-1153



Where Is Telluride, Colorado?

Where exactly is Telluride, Colorado?

It probably seems like a silly question to many reading this, but I am sure that some of you, somewhere out there are asking yourself this question.

Telluride is a small town with a very BIG personality, located in a relatively remote corner of southwest Colorado. We are quite close to the Utah border (when you are skiing in the Telluride Ski Resort you can clearly see the La Sal Mountains in Utah), and just a few hours from the Four Corners region where Colorado meets Utah, Arizona & New Mexico. Telluride boasts a rich Native American history, as well as a colorful mining history that dates back to the end of the 19th century. These days, Telluride has a reputation as one of North America’s most sought after ski resorts. Conde Nast magazine ranked Telluride the #1 Ski Resort in North America in 2013, and we consistently get ranked, “most beautiful”, “most friendly” & “most challenging” ski area as well. For the full list of accolades Telluride has won in the past few years, visit our previous blog post. You may be asking yourself, “If Telluride is so great, why haven’t I heard of it, or why don’t more people go there?”. That’s a very good question. The reason Telluride is not on the map like Vail or Aspen is because we are about as far from I-70 as you can get. The nearest major city is a full day’s drive away. Because of our remote location, we have no crowds, no lift lines, no lurking paparazzi, beautiful, clean mountain air & some of the most spectacular mountain scenery of anywhere in Colorado.

To give you an idea of Telluride’s remote location:

  • Telluride is 6.5 hours southwest of Denver, Colorado.
  • 8 hours northeast of Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 6 hours southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 14 hours west of LA, California 🙂
  • The nearest stop sign is 44 miles away.
  • The nearest Walmart is 1.5hrs away (thankfully 🙂

Below is a map of (most of) Colorado, showing the exact location of Telluride (the red marker). Over to the left you can see the Utah border, and just below Durango to the south is the New Mexico & Arizona border.

Where is Telluride, Colorado?
Where is Telluride, Colorado? Telluride is located in a remote southwest corner of Colorado, close to the Utah border. We are 6.5 hours drive from Denver, 6 hours from Sat Lake City, UT & 8 hours from Phoenix, AZ.

A few fun facts about Telluride:

  • Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride in 1889
  • Bridal Veil Falls is 2 miles east of Telluride & is the highest free falling waterfall in Colorado
  • Telluride is linked to Mountain Village by a free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America
  • Telluride Helitrax is Colorado’s only helicopter ski company and has been in operation since 1982
  • Telluride was the first city in the world to have electric streetlights. Once called the “City of Lights,” the world’s first alternating current (AC) power plant was built here.
  • There are no stop lights in Telluride
  • There are no chain stores in Telluride
  • There are no neon signs in Telluride

If you like the sound of Telluride, or are planning a visit, please visit our Lodging In Telluride website. We have affordable Telluride lodging options for your Telluride vacation. Our vacation rental condos are located in Telluride town, within walking distance to Main Street, the chairlifts, hiking trails & the gondola. Please call us on 888-998-6471 to discuss your plans!

Telluride’s Not Aspen…And it’s Not Vail Either. What Makes Telluride Unique?

Anyone who lives in Telluride, or visits regularly, knows that our little box canyon is pretty darn special. Breathtaking peaks cradle the town in the valley below, groves of Aspen trees flourish on the mountainside and the stars shine so bright on a clear night it’s hypnotizing. There are no stop lights, there is no bustling highway running through the valley, no neon signs, no crowds and no chain stores. A walk down Telluride’s main street feels like a step back in time. There are no high rise buildings or strip malls. Just a quaint, picturesque mountain town that casts it’s magical spell on those who visit. Don’t be surprised when a stranger says “hi” or a scruffy dog barrels up to you and rubs against your leg. That’s  Telluride. You won’t see paparazzi, but you might see some famous faces mixing with the locals on any given day.

1. The San Juan Mountains – Surrounding Telluride, we have the highest concentration of 13,000 & 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. The San Juan Mountain range is often likened to the Alps. That is, dramatic peaks and deep valleys that are snow capped in the winter and lush green in the summer. The only difference to the Alps being you pretty much have the place to yourself. No long lines on the ski hill, no one elbowing you out of the way to get on the gondola. What I love about the mountains around Telluride is the feeling of solitude that they provide. You can hike, or ski tour for hours on end without seeing another soul.

2. Proximity to the desert – if you have ever skied Telluride, you likely would have noticed a distinct mountain range off to the west. These are the La Sal Mountains in Utah. Directly in their shadows, sits Moab, Utah. Moab is a famous town for desert lovers as it is the base from which many explore Arches & Canyonlands National Parks. You can drive to Moab in under 3 hours from Telluride. That’s significantly closer than any other major ski resort in Colorado. Ask anyone who lives in Telluride where they are going this off season, and I would say 8 out 10 people plan to go to the desert at some stage for camping, biking and hiking.

3. The valley floor, forever wild – almost a decade ago, the town voted to preserve the valley floor as wild open space. Forever. No sprawling condo developments, no golf courses, no high rise hotels. The valley floor will remain as it is for generations to come. It’s not uncommon to see a herd of elk grazing on the valley floor, colonies of prairie dogs and more recently badgers foraging around this dedicated open space.

4. Unmatched ski access – Telluride is one of two towns in Colorado where you can ski directly in to an old mining town. Aspen is the other.  This was one of the key reasons I chose Telluride as THE place to live. When we come off the ski hill, we click out of our boots and walk across the street to our condo at the Viking Lodge. Life doesn’t get much better than that! We also have some of the best side and back country access directly from the ski resort.

5. The only hell skiing operation in Colorado – Telluride boasts the ONLY commercial heli skiing operation in Colorado. Telluride Helitracks covers and area of several hundred square miles, offering guests endless untracked powder and some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the lower 48.

6. 45 Miles to the nearest stop light – how many ski towns in Colorado can say that? 45 miles to the nearest stoplight. No noisy freeways, no traffic jams, no parking headaches. One road in, same road out.

Start planning your next Colorado vacation today by calling Lodging In Telluride on 888-998-6471. We would love to help you experience the magic of Telluride in summer or winter. We have a selection of vacation rental condos that offer quality, and affordability.