Best Time To Ski Telluride For Smaller Crowds: In general, Telluride is not a place that gets crowded. The trend in skiing, from Washington's Crystal Mountain (Seattle), to the Tahoe Area (San Francisco) to all of the I-70 resorts (Denver), to Park City and the Cottonwood Canyons (Salt Lake), is that any major ski resort that is easily drivable from a big metro has become overrun on the weekends. Telluride isn't a place that can be day-tripped from anywhere larger than Durango, which insulates it from the Epic and Ikon season pass crowds that are setting records elsewhere. Long lift lines last about three minutes—and that kind of thing only exists once or twice a year. But for those looking for the maximum snow-to-people ratio, mid-to-late January is excellent. The ski resort's visitors again slow down in late March—and it's this latter period when Telluride shines, as its high elevations and north-facing slopes keep snow fresh.
Cheapest Time To Ski Telluride: For lift tickets, skiing with an Epic Pass helps. The locals Epic Pass does not grant days to Telluride—only the full Epic Pass or the multi-day Epic Pass (4-7 days) gets skiers onto the snow at Telluride. After the holiday peak, town and Mountain Village tend to get much sparser, making mid-January a great time to look for lodging deals. This is when some of the great home of mountain Village, which can rent for $2,000 or more per night in February and March, can be had at far more attractive rates. In addition, the latter half of March is a good time to find lodging bargains, especially the last week. And these weeks typically bring some of the best conditions of the season at Telluride. Late January and early February also can offer deals—and not only on lodging, but on airfare as well.
Best Time To Fly To Telluride: As with many ski airport destinations, airlines try and wring the maximum amount out of fliers who want to fly in on Thursday or Friday and out on a Sunday or Monday. Avoiding that pattern at Montrose-Telluride Airport can bring flights at a comparative 30-35% discount. Service into Montrose picks up the weekend before Christmas, with direct flights coming in from around the country on United and American. Savvy fliers should also check into flights straight in and out of Telluride Airport, which is only 10 minutes from the slopes. All flights from Telluride go to Denver, but United has codeshares on them, which means skiers can make the quick hop to Denver and usually get a direct from there to wherever is home.