As you approach the town of Telluride, the stress seems to melt away. A skier slices across the powder’s glassy white surface as the gondolas above them inch up and up the line. Somewhere, a fireplace is lit, the familiar scent of charring wood riding the evening breeze. There’s a timelessness to this Colorado ski town—one anchored by its adorable architecture and the hills’ armada of snow and uncrowded trails.
A short drive from the Montrose Regional Airport, Telluride is a skier’s utopia. The Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection (suites from $409 per night), is one of its gems with enchanting cabinesque features throughout its 83 rooms and 71 residences. Sitting at 8,750 feet, the hotel’s windows overlook majestic 14,000-foot mountain backdrops.