While some might view Telluride as too “off the beaten path,” it holds the upper hand regarding quality of skiing, cuisine, lack of crowds, and unrivaled landscapes. Locals and visitors can spend their days exploring the unique shops, eclectic cafes, gourmet restaurants, yoga studios, art galleries, and day spas that line Main Street. Additionally, the chairlifts ascend the mountain from town, there are more bikes than cars, and lift lines are the exception rather than the rule. Telluride Ski Resort may not have the name recognition of Vail and Aspen, but it’s been voted as the number one ski resort in North America in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual reader survey six times in the last seven years.
On the business side, the entrepreneurial spirit is thriving. For example, the Telluride Venture Accelerator is an annual competition seeking talented entrepreneurs with high-growth businesses. Up to six companies are chosen to receive $25,000 in seed funding, valuable free services from companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, and a five-month residential mentoring program. Another organization that sets the area apart is Telluride Arts which provides a vibrant voice and resource for the Telluride Arts District, supporting artists and connecting the public to the wide array of arts and culture the town has to offer.