1. You can check out snowshoes from the Telluride Public Library. And it’s not just me who thinks that’s cool, it’s the 12-year-old girl who rhapsodized about it to me.
  2. You can talk about Malbec’s story — rescued by Argentina, restored to France–with a snowboarder-almost-sommelier at Telluride Liquor. That certainly blew a few snowboarder stereotypes of mine!
  3. It remains a totally cute mining town with such adorable Victorian homes that I want to be a realtor here.
  4. If you want a contemporary ski scene, there’s the Mountain Village–easily accessible to the cute town (also home to the Peaks, beloved by my family for its water slide and indoor-outdoor pool). (But I still go for staying in town–and our condo had a fireplace and hot tub).
  5. It’s as convenient as it is cute. Our sunny condo was just across the street from lift 7–we never saw lines when we boarded in the morning–and it was just as close to a great grocery store! And it was a mere minutes walk to downtown Telluride. Tired? Hop on the Galloping Goose shuttle.
  6. It’s quirky–but it works. At the restaurant FloraDora, the fact that one waiter failed to show up meant that we had seven different waiters taking our orders and bringing us drinks, appetizers and our main courses–and they got everything right! And as the line built up outside (it does not take reservations), the owner quelled the hungry mob by telling the story of FloraDora’s start.
  7. The Telluride Valley Floor Preservation Project–a citizen-initiated open space conservation effort protecting the Valley’s beauty.  Thank you, Telluride!
  8. Then, of course, there’s the dyno skiing. My faves: Genevieve, Revelation Bowl and Lift 5, because it’s got both cruisers and bump runs, keeping everyone in our extended family happy and together.
  9. It’s not crowded. So, yeah, we were there over Christmas week, it was peak time and we did hit lift lines. But the runs were never crowded and the lines, frankly, were nothing compared to what I’ve seen elsewhere.
  10. It’s close to my baby bro’s.