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Telluride, Colorado

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With more than 762 centimeters of snow and 300 days of sunshine per year, Telluride is one of the most dependable destinations for powder hounds. The ritzy resorts of Vail have prestige, but when it comes to authentic charms and a feeling of the Wild West, Telluride rules the roost. The destination’s main appeal lies not only in its high average snowfall, but also in its lack of big box brands off-slope too; locally-owned boutiques, galleries, and restaurants thrive here. In winter, visitors revel in every snow sport imaginable: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and ice climbing. And come summer, golfing, rafting, and fishing satisfy outdoor cravings while street fairs, live music, and film festivals fill the town.

Whichever season, Exclusive Resorts’ stylish Telluride chalets invoke the pioneer spirit of the state’s historic original ski cabins, just steps from Main Street. Four-bedroom residences feature design details like vaulted ceilings, wood panelling, and granite fireplaces. Planning also takes precedence here. The Exclusive Resorts team take care to impress guests—from babysitting to fresh snacks at the ready after a day on the slopes, they’ve got it handled. Those with larger appetites can rely on in-residence chefs for their preferred greens and proteins. Exclusive Resorts members also enjoy the privilege of a Ski Butler, who provides equipment fitting, support, and replacement.

Colorado has become the alpha force of downhill sports in the United States, home to several of America’s most popular resorts. Although Aspen, Breckenridge, and Keystone each draw hordes of enthusiasts each season, Telluride offers some of the freshest bowls and chutes in the state. On any given day, one can spot smoke from log fires escaping the chimneys of charming log cabins, or admire the blue spruce, aspen, and fir trees that decorate the mountainside. Here, it all comes together so visitors can revel and relax in style.


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January 14, 2015