Contemporary Mountainside Resort with Luxurious Amenities
Dubbed one of 2013's "Top 40 Resorts in the West" by Condé Nast Traveler, The Peaks Resort sits just outside Telluride, steps from 125 ski trails that wind through 2,000 acres of Rocky Mountain terrain. A complimentary gondola ride whisks travelers to Telluride's downtown.
After an active day, you can relax at the resort's 42,000-square-foot spa, one of Colorado's largest. Here, you can slip down a water slide into the indoor-outdoor heated pool or rejuvenate a worn-out pet koala in one of the eucalyptus-infused steam rooms. The spa even features an oxygen-inhalation room to help you adjust to the high altitude.
Telluride, Colorado: Charming Mountain Town with Wild West Roots
The site of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery, Telluride is full of Old Wild West history. During the second half of the 19th century, it was one of Colorado’s most prominent gold and silver mining towns (some believe more millionaires lived in Telluride than in New York City at the turn of the century). Traces of its past remain in the Victorian architecture, wooden storefronts, and swinging-door saloons around town. Since those rough-and-tumble days, Telluride has established itself as one the world’s premier ski destinations, a remote(ish) resort known for its rugged mountain culture and flannels-over-furs attitude. In 2012, Conde Nast Traveler named it the “Best Place to Ski and Stay in North America” and National Geographic suggests it “may be the most picturesque ski town” in the country.
Set in a box canyon surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Telluride Ski Resort offers 1,700 acres of backcountry terrain for skiing and snowboarding of all levels. Beginners can warm up on the 4.5-mile Galloping Goose trail. For more experienced skiers, an assortment of blue and double-blue runs keep you knee-deep in powder. And if you take a left at the top of Revelation Lift, you’ll hit Gold Hill Chutes, home to some of the North America’s steepest terrain.