Looking for a quick caloric fix while you’re on the slopes? Or a little fine dining and time to stretch the legs? Telluride Ski Resort has several on-mountain restaurant options, and they run the gamut of cheap to high-end, everything from American comfort food to fine wines and expensive cuisine.
So, where should you eat? Here’s an insider’s guide to help you find some food fast, so you can get back on your skis or board and make the most of that lift ticket.
High-end eats at high elevation:
Alpino Vino—This is Telluride’s top eatery, in all senses of the word. At 12,000 feet, it’s probably the highest place to eat out anywhere besides the Himalaya, and it’s the also most high-priced. This cozy, European-style hütte serves fine wines (hence its name) and imported cheeses and light fare—soups, sandwiches, appetizers.
Allred’s—Allred’s Restaurant offers fine dining and is at the top station of the ski resort gondola. Lunches are private, for club members, but après ski and dinner is open the public. The food is exquisite and the views and ambiance are unbeatable, but bring your wallet—it’s one of the top-rated restaurants in the area and it’s priced that way.
On the cheap side:
Gorrono Ranch—Here you will find a cookie that’s as big as a small pizza, and all kinds of inexpensive snacks and lunch fare. Gorrono is a beautiful old Basque sheepherding ranch with fantastic views of the Wilson range; there is indoor and outdoor seating, and you can pack your own lunch and enjoy it on the deck while listening to live music. There is also a lively bar scene where skiers love to grab an afternoon beer and soak up some sun.
Guiseppe’s —At 11.890 feet, Guiseppe’s used to be the highest restaurant on the mountain, and it’s still the most popular. When the winds are whipping the snow around and your neck gator is frozen, pop in to Guiseppe’s off Lift 9 and grab some chili. When the sun is shining and your knees are aching from skiing moguls, order a drink and check out the vistas—on a nice day you can see all the way to the La Sal Mountains in Utah.
High Camp Warming Hut—Before you hike up the Prospect Ridge to access the great steep terrain of Black Iron Bowl and Palmyra Peak, you’re going to need to recharge and the hut (11,815 feet) is a great place to get a sports drink and a power bar, or a light meal, without emptying your bank account. It’s also a great bathroom pit stop—it’s a long hike up and there aren’t any trees on the ridgeline.
Big Billie’s—Big Billie’s is at the base of all the beginner terrain, and it’s a great and not-too-expensive place to let the kids rest and grab some hot chocolate or French fries.
Revelation Bowl—OK, so this isn’t actually a restaurant, but it is possibly the best place for a picnic in the entire world. There is an observation deck with tables that teeters above Bear Creek and showcases some of the best backcountry runs and most gorgeous peaks in the San Juan Mountains. It’s a perfect place to break into the snacks in your backpack, and, like all the best things in life, it’s free.