Each fall, the coloring leaves are blanketed by snow that quickly consumes Southwest Colorado. With the snows come the skiers – and plenty of opportunity to get in on some great ski packages without a lot of cost.
Telluride is likely the most well-known ski resort in Southern Colorado, home to stars, heights of 9,000 feet and above, and both the most challenging slopes and most majestic scenery you’re going to find anywhere. Hotels in the surrounding area of Durango and Cortez, about a 45 minute drive from Telluride, offer guests premium ski packages including lift tickets at no cost when you book with them. Here’s the run-down on the best of the best.
Angel Haus Condominiums in Durango
Located at the Durango Mountain Ski Resort, these slopeside condominiums provide spectacular patio views. Some of the amenities included in these 1, 2, or 3 bedroom units are full kitchens, fireplaces, indoor Jacuzzi and spa. Because the Angel Haus Condominiums are right on the slope, you might decide to take advantage of the ski lift practically at your patio step instead of making the drive into Telluride – or, give yourself a true treat and experience both Durango and Telluride to see the variety of beauty Colorado has to offer. The Angel Haus Condominiums are also located right in the middle of winter activities like Snow Fest.
Reservations can be made via their toll-free number, 1-800-356-1396. Their physical address is 455 Shoel Street at DMR, Durango Colorado, 81302. Rates start at $175 per night, but please be aware that they will vary a lot depending on what month you choose to visit. Peak season usually starts around Thanksgiving and ends in March or April.
Best Western Sands in Cortez
Offering all of the bonuses any chain of hotels can, including AAA/AARP and Government Group Rates, the Best Western Sands is nestled beneath Mesa Verde National Park and right at the gateway to Telluride. Amenities included in their rooms include a heated indoor pool, free continental breakfast, 24 hour complimentary laundry, kitchenettes with microwave and refrigerator, free in-room coffee, a full on-site fitness center, and – best of all – all-inclusive ski packages to Telluride. Not as luxurious as a 3 bedroom condominium, perhaps, but definitely comfy and full of the little extras.
Reservations can be made for the Best Western Sands at their toll-free number, 1-800-528-1234. Their physical address is 1120 E. Main Street, Cortez Colorado, 81321. Rates start at $85 per night, and will also vary depending on what time of the season you choose to visit. Definitely make reservations if you want to stay in Cortez, though – peak season means that finding a hotel with any vacancies can be extremely difficult if you haven’t made advance reservations.
Flagstone Meadows Ranch Bed & Breakfast in Mancos
If you’re looking for breathtaking beauty on and off the slopes, this is the one place you want to call. Secluded on 40 acres, this mountain retreat offers up some of the most commanding views of the San Juan portion of the Colorado Rockies available. Each of their spacious rooms have private baths and queen size beds, and they have a hot tub, sauna, exercise room, and billiards available to their guests. Located only 10 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and about 40 minutes from Telluride, this is a small, intimate retreat that offers couples and families something they won’t forget in a lifetime. When you book with Flagstone Meadows, you ski Telluride at ½ price – a savings that will definitely put a smile in your pocket. Something that will appeal to the health-conscious: The entire lodge is a non-smoking facility.
Reservations can be made online by visiting www.flagstonemeadows.com, or by calling their toll-free number, 1-800-249-4637. Mailed enquiries can be sent to PO Box 1137, Mancos Colorado, 81328. Rates start at $95 per night, and while these rates are set regardless of season, I definitely recommend making your reservation well in advance.