Montrose is the epicenter for skiing in Southwestern Colorado. In three different directions from Montrose, you’ll find three very unique resorts all within a 1.5 hour drive. You can also find some of the most extreme telemarking and back country powder in the United States. The snow near Silverton is legendary, but the avalanche danger is nearly as infamous. So find a guide and take precautions if you venture beyond the resorts. However, the Grand Mesa offers miles of pristine cross country skiing with little risk as the snow is nestled in the pines on the largest flat mountaintop in the country.
There is no mountain like Telluride Mountain Resort. It’s no wonder so many Hollywood stars build their winter homes throughout the 2000 acres of unmatched powder, parks, and advanced terrain. Where else can you soak in views from Moab and the Grand Mesa on the famous See Forever run? With all the amenities of a high-end resort, Telluride is an experience like no other.
One of the things the locals like best about Crested Butte is that it’s hard to get to from Denver and so easy to drive to from Montrose. With over 300 inches of snowfall a year, Crested Butte is the unspoiled jewel of Southwestern Colorado. Crested Butte offers 3 terrain parks, a superpipe, 4 high-speed quad lifts, and 12 other lifts for its 121 trails. Crested Butte provides world-class skiing without super-resort crowds.
Powderhorn is the most-affordable skiing in the area. One-half of the 1600 acres of terrain is perfect intermediate mountain skiing that’s a little softer on dad’s knees and steep enough for the kids who want to push their limits. With 2 terrain parks, Powderhorn provides an unforgettable skiing experience for the whole family. It’s easy to get to, unpretentious, and just right for family fun.