Details, Telluride, Colo.
Frontier offers one-stop flights from Reagan National to Telluride, Colo., with mid-December fares currently $668 round trip. United offers one-stop flights from BWI Marshall to Montrose, Colo., with fares starting at $450 round trip. The scenic shuttle bus ride from Montrose to Telluride (www.tellurideexpress.com, 888-212-8294 or 970-728-6000) takes about 90 minutes and costs $50 per person one way.
WHERE TO STAY
118 Lost Creek Lane
Intimate boutique hotel tucked away in Mountain Village, with romantic, cozy but trendy ambience, excellent views and ski-in, ski-out access. Rooms from $249 a night, including breakfast.
568 Mountain Village Blvd.
Large, luxury, full-service Mountain Village hotel with spa and gourmet restaurant. Central location and ski-in, ski-out facilities. Rooms from $265 a night.
New Sheridan Hotel
231 W. Colorado Ave.
Historic hotel at the foot of the ski mountain. Great location in the center of the Main Street buzz. Rooms from $118 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
At the top of Polar Queen Express Lift 5
French-style, outdoor gourmet lunch bistro with panoramic views. Closed in bad weather or high winds. Entrees start at $22.
Near the top of the Gold Hill Express Lift 14
Reservations required at dinner, which consists of two seatings of 26 people each. Five-course Alpine-Italian tasting menu $125 per person, $185 with wine pairings.
Mountain Village at base of Village Express Lift 4
Rustic gastropub with lively lunch and apres-ski scene. Entrees start at $13.
WHAT TO DO
Telluride Ski Resort
The season runs from Nov. 22, 2012, to April 7, 2013. Lift hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until March 10, then 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 7. Single-day lift pass from around $100; six-day lift pass from $350.
Free daily mountain tours for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders with Telluride’s Mountain Ambassadors. No reservations. Gather at 10 a.m. at the top of Coonskin Lift 7.
Town walking tour
Local history enthusiast Ashley Boling conducts year-round walking tours of Telluride, describing its mining and cultural history and infamy as the site of Butch Cassidy’s first bank heist. Varies in length, detail and timing; call for reservations. From $20 per person.
San Juan Outdoor School
300 South Mahoney
Guided ice-climbing or winter mountaineering. Prices start at $125 per person for half-day introduction.