Editor’s Note – these are not LMSG’s rankings. As a matter of fact we wholeheartedly disagree with the good people at Forbes but everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if they are wrong! Let us know what you think and we’ll add the best comments.
There may be no better town-resort combination in skiing. There’s only three in the discussion: Park City, Aspen and Telluride. We prefer Park City and Telluride to Aspen, town wise, and it’s a close contest between these two.
It’s not debatable, however, that Telluride’s runs into town are better than Park City’s. They’re long, they’re steep, they’re high, and they face north, so they stay chalky and carve-friendly late into the season.
One of the sharper pleasures in all of skiing is arcing big turns down Plunge, a wide, steep groomer, toward town in the middle of a sunny day. Skiers can see all of town as they descend, flanked by thick strips of forest, the sun at their backs.
The upper reaches of Telluride offer some of Colorado’s steepest terrain at a ski resort. Skiers hiking the skier’s left shoulder of Palmyra Peak can continue to up the ante as they go higher on the mountain, with tighter and steeper chutes available as the elevation climbs. Skiers approaching the peak from the opposite direction can drop into Gold Hill Chutes when the coverage is right, some of the rawest ski terrain in bounds in Colorado.