In the heart of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, perched just above Telluride’s famous box canyon, sits the Town of Mountain Village. Surrounded by the highest concentration of 13- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America, Mountain Village is connected to the heart of Telluride via one of the most scenic gondola rides in the country. The town serves as the base of Telluride Ski Resort which, with more than 2,000 skiable acres fit for skiers of all levels, won OnTheSnow’s Best Terrain for 2023. If you’re wondering where to look for world-class ski-in, ski-out access, Mountain Village is your answer.
While downhill skiing may be the biggest draw during the winter months, the town provides access to many more alpine adventures. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a plethora of groomed trails surrounding town that offer exceptional options for snowshoeing, Nordic skiing or fat tire biking.
After a day on the mountain–or if you want a rest day during longer trips–Mountain Village and its European-inspired plazas offer plenty of daytime discoveries and nightlife fun. Find high-end shopping around every corner. Bring the family to the ice skating rink in the middle of Reflection Plaza. Taste new flavors or old favorites at restaurants ranging from farm-to-table to Italian to tacos and BBQ. And try craft cocktails or local beer and wine at bars and taprooms located around the village. If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, dine in The Cabins, a set of gondola cabins painted by local artists and located throughout the village.
While you’re in town, don’t forget the best attraction of all. Perfectly situated in the middle of rising peaks, Mountain Village is known for its breathtaking views of the setting sun. Start your après on the right note with a picturesque sunset and the warmth of one of the fire pits dotted all around town–cocktail in hand, of course.