If there’s one ski area in the US that is absolute magic, it’s Telluride. The skiable terrain is tremendous–and accessible via a nice warm gondola. The original mining town, complete with its Victorian houses and brick shops, seems strangely unchanged over the past 50 or 60 years. Sure, western haute couture has replaced miner’s and forester’s uniforms, and mess halls have made way for fine dining; but the architectural integrity of the town has been preserved. What really saved Telluride was the development of the Mountain Village–just a 13-minute ride via the town’s free gondola system, which connects the main streets with the resort.
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