Rocky Mountain Ski Road Trip 2015

09 Sep 2014 | James
Ski Road Trip 2015
Taos, Durango, Silverton, Telluride und Crested Butte

Far from the ritz, glitz and busy ski resorts of central Colorado, the ski areas of Taos, Silverton, Telluride and Crested Butte pay homage to their history in ways that larger mega resorts seem to have forgotten. If you are looking for the authentic western experience and some scenery that will take your breath away, this tour of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico has to be on your bucket list.

Enjoy the mexican influence of Santa Fe and Taos, which until 1848 was still part of Mexico. From here we will drive north to Durango and then on to Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway. Silverton ski resort is the definition of a small scale extreme ski resort. Very limited lift tickets are issued each day offering you the best experience possible. If this is not quite exclusive enough then take advantage of the heli-ski trip we are offering.

From here continue on your northward track to Telluride where mountain chic plays a significant role in the ambiance of this mountain town. The scenery is in our opinion some of the very best in all of Colorado. Not wanting to take our foot off the gas, we will continue to our final ski resort destination, Crested Butte. Again, the old time western flair and true to history downtown area, make this little mountain community special. Friendly folks and awesome skiing are a wonderful finale before heading back to Denver and home.

Our Itinerary

Day 1
03/14/15
Arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We´ll have a "supper" reception by our tour guide. You surely have the option to arrive some days earlier to have more time for this nice city.
Stay at Santa Fe Courtyard by Marriott

Day 2
03/15/15
We´ll leave early to get to Taos Ski Valley for our first ski day. After we finished skiing we´ll hit the town of Taos.

Day 3
03/16/15
We´ll spend another ski day in Taos. When being exhausted enough we´ll head on to Durango, Colorado.
Stay at Best Western Durango Inn & Suites

Day 4
03/17/15
You can rest this morning. Approaching noon we´ll head on to Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway (Hwy 550). Silverton, an old mining town with lots of historic Victorian buildings is nestled way up in the San Juans. On the way you have the chance to make a snowmobile tour with our partners Durango Ice Pirates on the spectacular Molas Pass. At night we´ll hit the bars of this Wild West town.
Stay in Silverton at the Grand Imperial Hotel or The Teller House
  
Day 5
03/18/15
Silverton Mountain - Steep and deep
You have four options to spend the day. We can take you to the Silverton Mountain Ski Area and you can spend the day with a local guide on this extreme mountain, or you can heli-ski at Silverton Mountain booking a whole day or single drops. Options 3 and 4 are: We take you to Molas Pass and you spend the day cat-skiing with Silverton Powder Cats or you go for a snowmobile adventure with Durango Ice Pirates.
Stay in Silverton

Day 6
03/19/15
Spend another day on the mountain with the same options you had the day before: Heli- or cat-skiing, guided skiing or snowmobiling.
Stay in Silverton

Day 7
03/20/15
We will leave Silverton after breakfast and head on north on the Million Dollar Highway to Telluride. On the way we will stop in the Old West Towns of Ouray and Ridgway. The afternoon is all yours. Either you use it to relax your probably soaring legs or you check out beautiful Telluride. For your Information: The bank in Telluride was the very first bank Butch Cassidy and his gang robbed in their career.
Stay in Telluride at the New Sheridan Hotel or The Victorian Inn
Revelation Bowl, Telluride

Day 8
03/21/15
Today you have two options: Either you spend the day at the Telluride Ski Area or you can book a heli-skiing days with our partner Helitrax.
Stay in Telluride

Day 9
03/22/15
Today you have the same options you had the day before and have an awesome day on the mountain.
Stay in Telluride

Day 10
03/23/15
After another day skiing in Telluride with or without a chopper we will leave Telluride and get on the road to Crested Butte.
Stay at The Grand Lodge in Crested Butte
Third Bowl, Crested Butte

Day 11
03/24/15
We will spend this day on "The Butte", that´s what the ski area is called by the locals.
Stay in Crested Butte
"The Butte"

Day 12
03/25/15
Today is the last day on skis on this "Ski Road Trip" which we´ll end with a bang. Let´s hit the bars and celebrate the great days we had!
Stay in Crested Butte

Day 13
03/26/15
We will take you to Denver today from where you can fly home. We probably won´t arrive in Denver before 3 pm (eventually much later), so we recommend to book a flight for the next day. Of course you can extend your ski vacation for example at the Vail Resorts or in Aspen. We´d love to help you organize your extended stay!
Stay at Days Inn Denver Central

Rates
Our basic rate depending on availability including: Transportation, tour guide, hotels (13 nights) as described, lift tickets (2 days Taos, 3 days Telluride, 2 days Crested Butte) and welcome dinner

US$ 3090.00 (double occupancy)

US$ 4065.00 (single occupancy)

Minimum group size 6

Hotel and room upgrades are on request and available!

We can book the following activities supplied by our partners for you:
Heli skiing Silverton Mountain US$ 159 per drop (lift ticket also must be purchased), 6 runs all day (no lift ticket must be purchased) US$ 999
Silverton Mountain lift ticket incl. guide US$ 139
Cat skiing on Molas Pass near Silverton 10-14 runs all day US$ 335
Snowmobiling on Molas Pass near Silverton 2 hours US$ 105, 3 hours US$ 145, whole day US$ 205 
Heli skiing in Telluride (instead of 1-day lift ticket) US$ 925
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