Photo: Andrea Karr
1. Take a snowmobile tour of Alta Lakes
Up for a little adventure? Hop onto the saddle of your very own snowmobile and take Telluride Outfitters’ guided tour through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Colorado’s Telluride region. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll tear through forests, along mountain cliffs and into the Alta Lakes Ghost Town, all the while cutting your own path through the pristine powder.
Photo: Telluride Ski Resort/Ryan Bonneau
2. Arrive in style in Telluride
If you’re staying at one of the ski-in/ski-out resorts in Telluride’s Mountain Village, getting to the town itself couldn’t be easier—or more thrilling. A free, 10-minute gondola ride shuttles passengers from A to B, while providing some truly spectacular views. Although the scenery is stunning at virtually any time of the day (barring the occasional blanket of fog), the hour before sunset, when the sky turns a luminous gold, is particularly magical.
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Photo: Ben Eng
3. Feast your eyes at Allred’s Restaurant
The spectacular sunset is also one of the big draws at the St. Sophia gondola station between Mountain Village and Telluride. Here, at the main dining room of Allred’s Restaurant, you’ll find a wall of windows that overlooks the town of Telluride. It’s the perfect vantage point as the sun arcs across the valley—and the perfect opportunity to tuck into American fare made with locally sourced ingredients. (We recommend the hand-cut truffle fries and bourbon-marinated elk loin.)