Home to Telluride Gay Ski Week during the last week of February (the dates this year are February 20 through February 27, 2016), breathtaking Telluride Ski Resort rises sharply above the historic village for which it is named. This challenging mountain with more than 147 runs and a 4,500-foot vertical drop (highest point is 13,150 feet) is one of western Colorado's world-class facilities. And it's in a laid-back, upscale, gay-friendly town with a number of stellar restaurants, inns, and shops.
Details about this year's event will be posted here as information is released. Here's a look back at last year's event, in the meantime:
During Gay Ski Week, accommodations are at the main official host hotels, including the swanky Hotel Madeline, as well as Camel's Garden Hotel, Mountain Lodge Telluride, and the historic New Sheridan Hotel. Telluride buzzes with activity all winterlong but is also a beautiful spot for hiking, fishing, and camping during the summer months - visit the Telluride Tourism Board's website for more information.
Ski Week consists of a nonstop of parade of festivities - here's an official Telluride Gay Ski Week schedule. Many parties, including apres ski drinks and breakfasts, take place at inside Hotel Madeline. You can purchase tickets and passes for Telluride Gay Ski Week events here.
Telluride has no shortage of gay-friendly accommodations, including the official headquarters of Telluride Gay Ski Week, Hotel Madeline Telluride Hotel; gay ski week's official host hotel, the charming and historic New Sheridan Hotel; the stylish Camel's Garden Hotel; and the popular Mountain Lodge Telluride. A few others well worth considering include the Peaks - a Grand Heritage Resort & Spa. For condo and ski-home rentals, look to Telluride Alpine Lodging.
Telluride is in southwestern Colorado. The town's small airport had no commercial service as of this writing, but you can fly into nearby Montrose (a more reliable choice anyway, because it's less likely to be hit with bad winter weather), with service from a number of major cities on Allegiant, Delta, United, and American.