Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Telluride

By now, I’ve written plenty on Colorado’s best ski resorts, including Aspen, Breckenridge, & ever-popular Vail.  What’s the problem with all these resorts though?  They can be SUPER CROWDED!!  If you’re looking for a ski experience that’s a little more off-the-beaten-path, yet still luxurious: Telluride may be your perfect mountain.  With its high altitude, out-of-the-way location, quirky town, & high-end lodging ~ you’ll get a wonderful ski experience here….with a LOT less people.  To get you as close to the mountain as possible, here are the best ski-in ski-out resorts in Telluride

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Telluride is one of the most beautiful ski towns in Colorado.

Incidentally, Telluride has also been popular with celebrities for years: Tom Cruise & Oprah both own homes here, & the town’s Film Festival attracts stars like Ethan Hawke, Laura Linney, & Dakota Johnson. 

Any hotels below that are popular with celebrities will be starred.

How to Get to Telluride: Because Telluride is a longgg 6-hour drive from Denver, your best bet is to fly into Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) ~ which is still 65 miles from Telluride. You can find direct flights to Montrose from San Francisco, LAX, Denver, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, & New York. 

 

For rental cars in Telluride, click here.

Map of Telluride Ski-in/Ski-Out Hotels

None of the hotels listed below are located in the actual town of Telluride; instead, they’re all located just a few miles away, in an area called Mountain Village ~ which is the true ski base for Telluride.

Mountain Lodge Telluride

The Peaks Resort & Spa

Lumiere with Inspirato

Inn at Lost Creek

Madeline Hotel & Residences

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**1. The Madeline Hotel & Residences ($809+) = Top Luxury + Pet-Friendly

If I was traveling to Telluride & could afford it: I’d stay at The Madeline Hotel & Residences.  Their upscale, mountain-chic style is luxurious yet charming, while the staff’s attention to detail & over-the-top service (tents for dogs & kids!?) sets them apart.  With an ideal location in Mountain Village, right next to Station Meadows Chondola: you’ve got beautifully-furnished rooms, with suites adding living rooms & fireplaces; apartments offer kitchens.  Add to that a world-class spa, outdoor pool with two hot tubs, ski valet, three restaurants, & a chic outdoor patio area with fire pits….what more could you ask for in a great ski hotel? 

And celebrities agree.  Of all the ski hotels in Telluride, The Madeline is where you’re most likely to run into famous stars like Justin Timberlake & his wife, Jessica Biel.

Closest Ski Lift: Station Meadows Chondola

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The Madeline is the best of the best in Telluride, with the most modern, high-end feel.

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The Madeline Hotel & Residences, an Auberge property. Photo by Trip Advisor.

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A gorgeous pool area with fire pits is a great place to relax post-slopes.

“The entire staff at The Madeline was so kind, helpful, & cool . We were there for a week, & they made it very special ~ especially for our dog & 5-year old son. In our room was a dog bed, bowls, & dog toys…plus a kids’ tent with a toy campfire set up! Our son & dog loved cuddling in the tent! Ashley was our concierge & she was great, full of good ideas & 100% helpful as it was our first time in Telluride.

 

Hands-down best hotel & restaurants in Mountain Village!”

 

Lance M.

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**2. Lumiere with Inspirato ($1,346) = Most Intimate (+ Pet-Friendly)

If you’re looking for an intimate & highly luxurious boutique hotel, right by the slopes ~ check out Lumiere with Inspirato.  Winner of Conde Nast’s “Top 8 Hotels of the West,” & USA Today’s “Top 10 Ski Hotels in America,” this property comes with prestige.  And it’s especially unique, as they only offer 18 residences, all top-of-the-line ~ with high-tech chef’s kitchens & towering mountain views.  This is a hotel meant for discerning guests (another celebrity favorite), where your every need will be attended to….& the price tag reflects that. 

Choose your exact room (& view) by checking out all of Lumiere’s room-types here.

Closest Ski Lift: Free Intercept Gondola

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Refined elegance reigns at Lumiere with Inspirato.

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Views from the Penthouse Suite at Lumiere.

The Lumiere is the best place to stay in North America. Loved the rooms, hospitality, & how warm & welcoming every one of the hotel staff is. My wife & dogs loved the place, & we can’t wait to return.”

– Jonathan G.

 

3. Inn at Lost Creek ($438+) = Best on a Budget

In contrast to the Lumiere, but next to the same lift, is down-home Inn at Lost Creek ~ a more reasonably priced option.  Woodsy-chic suites are comfortable enough, offering whirlpool hot tubs & mountain views from balconies.  All rooms have kitchenettes & washer/dryers, while suites offer separate living areas & fireplaces.  One & two-bedroom condos have full kitchens.  There’s a hot breakfast buffet here, complimentary airport shuttle, ski valet, an Asian restaurant, & rooftop hot tub. 

Great for families on budgets!

Closest Ski Lifts: Free Intercept Gondola

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The Inn at Lost Creek is one of the most budget-friendly ski-in/ski-out options in Telluride.

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Rooms aren’t as luxurious as the Madeline or Lumiere ~ but are perfectly adequate for a ski weekend.

“I’ve stayed at The Inn at Lost Creek a few times, & it’s a great spot. Staff are next-level friendly & always helpful. It’s not the most posh place ~ but rooms are cozy, there’s a good breakfast included, & it’s right next to the free gondolas. There are 2 rooftop hot tubs, & you have access to a massive spa, gym, lap pool, & water slide. There’s a ski valet, so your boots stay warm, & your skis are taken outside just before the lifts open.

 

Could not be more convenient ~ downhill about 50 feet to the lift.”

 

– Brandon M.

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4. Mountain Lodge at Telluride (439+) = Great for Families

With a unique location up the mountain, by the top of Free Intercept Gondola, is rustic-chic Mountain Lodge Telluride.  You can get everything from a normal “Lodge/Tiny Room” (they’re quite small), all the way up to roomier suites or 6-bedroom cabins.  Click here to check out all their room-types.  Enjoy an in-room massage, or try out their on-site ski rental shop, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, & gym.  Use of the local shuttle is free, & they’ve got a downhome restaurant on property with grand mountain views & good comfort food.

Closest Ski Lift: Free Intercept Gondola

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The Mountain Lodge Telluride has a prime location next to the Free Intercept Gondola. Photo by Visit Telluride.

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A Junior Suite gives you a little more space than a standard room.

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Mountain Lodge is so close to the slopes ~ you can see the gondolas passing by overhead.

We had a great time staying at the Mountain Lodge for a weekend ski trip with our 3 kids. The room was great (kids loved the loft!), hot tub & heated pool were very fun, shuttle was easy to use, & staff were SUPER friendly & helpful. Short walk to the Village Market & gondola stop.

 

We loved it & want to go back! The kids were so sad to leave!

 

– Whitney P.

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One more option: The Peaks Resort & Spa.

You’ve got one more ski-in/ski-out hotel option in Telluride: the Peaks Resort & Spa.  Located in Mountain Village, they also offer golf & the best spa in town (the largest in Colorado, at a jaw-dropping 42,000 square feet): so if you’re in town for more than just skiing, or if a super-posh spa is a MUST: be sure to check out this resort as well.

Happy Skiing!

xoxo Noelia

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