Saturday, November 1, 2008

Downtown Telluride

Telluride is actually two towns, the original town of Telluride, as seen above from the gondola coming down the mountainside, and Mountain Village, where the ski resort itself is, several thousand feet further up the mountainside. The Gondola is actually the mass transit system between the two towns. Descending from the the top, the village looks like a fairyland emerging out of the snow.  Below is  the historic city hall at the center of town.  Telluride has roughly 2000 year round residents, is perfectly located in a box canyon, and is easy to get around in, with almost everything worth seeing being on Main Street (with most of the shopping) and Oak Street (with most of the restaurants).

The town itself is filled with wonderous architecture that veers from old school Victorian to simple western ranch house.  Below is a row of homes that have been converted into restaurants. On the hill side above them are the legendary front side diamond runs.  

Back up at mountain village we have a clear view of the San Juan mountain range.

And here is a shot of the gondola which takes you from the town of Telluride to Mountain Village and back.

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