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What Are Your Thoughts on Telluride?

Every year for the past 4 years my little brother has come out to Colorado, and we get an Airbnb for a few days in Vail. This year he informed me that he has a friend living in Telluride who will let us crash at his place for free and get us discounted lift tickets. I spend a week offroading and camping in Telluride/Ouray every summer, so I know how beautiful it is, but have never been there in the winter. Those that have ridden Telluride, how does it compare to Vail purely from a snowboarding perspective? Is it worth the long drive down there as opposed to the relatively short drive to Vail?

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Place to stay.......discounted tickets........somewhere different.........not Vail........seems like a no brainer...........
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It's worth it! If I only had the option of one resort it would be Telluride!
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Went last year with some buds for 5 days and had a blast.

We lucked out with the conditions. It started puking once we pulled into town and snowed for the next 3 days.

This is from Powder mag, but you get the idea:

Storm Dispatch: Telluride, Colorado | POWDER Magazine

All Time: Telluride | POWDER Magazine

We did laps on chairs 9, 6 and 14. And were able to hit Rendezvous bowl right after they dropped the rope. Waist deep hero snow.

There's a lot of stuff we didn't ride though. Much of the hike-to terrain looked pretty gnarly though we did do a short hike into Black Iron Bowl from the top of 12.

The town itself seemed pretty mellow and low-key.

Definitely high on my list to revisit.

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I am jealous..
Telluride crushes Vail, IMO
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lol, how is this even a question? Any resort other than Vail is always the best choice.
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Just wanted to give a quick update on my Telluride trip for anyone who is debating a trip down there. DO IT! Telluride was such a refreshing change of pace from the Vail resorts I've been riding for the past 5 years. There's a ton of expert terrain out there that definitely put me out of my comfort zone, which was awesome. The resort as a whole was a lot smaller than Vail, but it had enough variety that after riding three straight days I was never bored once. The only negative I experienced was that they have a lot of slow lifts, and a lot of the runs aren't very long, so it feels like you are spending a ton of time on the lift. Definitely worth it though, and if you bring things to entertain you on the lift (music and beer), it's no big deal.

Also the whole "Telluride is extremely expensive" stigma is blown way out of proportion. We were able to get food and drinks around town for what I considered to be cheap for any mountain town in Colorado. You just have to avoid the tourist spots.
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