Another winner is Julian's, an Italian restaurant in the back of the nifty old New Sheridan Hotel. Here we found gorgeous steamed mussels, succulent veal and lamb chops, and very decent pasta.

Sofio's, an airily decorated Mexican restaurant (garlands of Christmas lights shaped like hot peppers encircled the windows), serves up fresh-tasting, innovative variations: delicate seafood enchiladas, chicken and blue-corn-tortilla enchiladas, a superb red snapper soup, a robust romaine-tomato salad and marvelously chunky salsa. (Huevos Rancheros breakfasts here are terrific, too.)

Leimgruber's, near the edge of town, is a nifty little restaurant that occupies a cute little house and serves up hearty German meals and accompanying Bavarian brews. When you're too ravenous for nouvelle, this is the place to chow down on a plate full of spaetzle or mashed potatoes, cabbage or kraut, and a couple of plump sausages or pork chops. INFORMATION:For more information on lodging, lift tickets, air and ground transportation, call Telluride Central Reservations, 1-800-525-3455. For general information on the town of Telluride, contact the Telluride Chamber Resort Association, Box 653, Telluride, Colo. 81435, 1-303-728-3041. For information on ski instruction and rentals, child care and cross-country skiing, contact the Telluride Ski Resort, Box 307, Telluride, Colo. 81435, 1-303-728-4424. For the Telluride snow report, call 1-303-728-3614.