A Dec. 4 Travel article about Telluride, Colo., incorrectly identified the restaurant at 200 S. Davis St. in Telluride. It is Las Montanas, not Jody's Kitchen. (Published 12/10/2005)
GETTING THERE: Most carriers take you to Denver and then put you on a prop plane run by Great Lakes Airlines to Telluride. The best fare in December is $607 from BWI on United; some fares in the low $500 range show up for January, but climb again in February and March. The Telluride airport is often closed by winter weather, and many people prefer to fly into the bigger airport at Montrose, Colo., 64 miles away, and take a shuttle ($37-$47.70 one way on Telluride Express, 888-212-8294, www.tellurideexpress.com). On some December dates, United flies from Dulles to Montrose for $354 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY: Telluride is too tiny to have a huge array of hotels. Most are high end, with prices going up around Christmas, and just about all are within walking distance of the lifts. The New Sheridan Hotel (231 W. Colorado Ave., 800-200-1891, www.newsheridan.com) is about as old as the town but has been restored. Rooms from $115. The Hotel Columbia (300 San Juan Ave., 800-201-9505, www.columbiatelluride.com) is across the street from the gondola station and boasts one of the best tony restaurants, the Cosmopolitan. Winter rates start at $250. The biggest concentration of rooms may be on the slopes at Mountain Village. The Peaks (136 Country Club Dr., 800-789-2220, www.thepeaksresort.com) is a huge and fancy Wyndham property with an expansive (and expensive) spa and a shopping arcade. January rates start at $249. The Telluride condo stock is ample. ResortQuest Telluride (877-826-8043, www.resortquesttelluride.com), which manages several complexes, has studios and one-bedrooms in January starting a $79 a night.
SKIING: Telluride is a sizable western ski resort, with 84 trails on 1,700 acres. Almost 40 percent of them are advanced, but the rest are long runs of beginner and intermediate trails. Lift hours are roughly 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-up lift tickets begin at $64 for an adult half-day pass and $76 for a full day for the regular season (Dec. 17 through April 2); for kids it's $37 and $45. You can save with multiday passes, beginning with a pass good for four days out of six. Purchase online at least seven days in advance for discounts of about 15 percent. Info: 800-778-8581, www.tellurideskiresort.com.
WHERE TO EAT: Telluride delights in high-style, high-country cuisine. On the (free) gondola route above town, Allred's is the place for a sunset cocktail overlooking the Telluride basin. In town, Cosmopolitan (300 W. San Juan Ave., 970-728-1292; reservations required) was worth the $20 to nearly $30 entrees for such apres-slope fare as lobster corndogs and rack of lamb. Jody's Kitchen (200 S. Davis, 970-728-5114) serves connoisseur margaritas and killer fish tacos, with entrees in the teens. And it's worth the 50-mile drive to the even quainter mountain town of Ouray to dine at the impeccably restored Beaumont Hotel (970-325-7000, www.beaumonthotel.com) on the main drag. At its Tundra restaurant, the grilled quail appetizer was only outdone by the grilled trout with pine nut risotto, only to be outdone by the chocolate souffle. Dinner entrees in the low to mid-$20s.
INFORMATION: Telluride & Mountain Village Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888-605-2578, www.visittelluride.com.
-- Steve Hendrix