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Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains

<center>Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains</center>
Courtesy of Telluride Tourism Board

TELLURIDE

Why Ski There: It's the West's most picturesque ski town, with well-preserved Victorian architecture flanking Main Street, a lively local populace of trustafarians, and a mountain that can humble even the brave. Take the tram from town, and 15 minutes later you're in Mountain Village, the on-mountain hub.

Don't Miss: The new backcountry terrain in Black Iron Bowl, accessible via a half-hour hike.

Where to Stay: The award-winning Hotel Telluride personifies a luxurious western lodge in its 59 rooms. In Mountain Village, The Inn at Lost Creek (888/601-5678; www.innatlostcreek.com) is a European-style inn that's high on charm, service, and romance.

Where to Eat: Every town should have a place as good as Honga's Lotus Petal (970/728-5134; www.hongaslotuspetal.com), where local powder hounds mingle with visitors over Pan-Asian food like the Caterpillar roll or avocado and eel topped with crunchy flying-fish roe. Take the tram up to Allred's (970/728-7474; www.allredsrestaurant.com) on the mountain for New Zealand venison, braised short ribs, and views of the San Juan Mountains from your 10,551-foot perch.

Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains

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