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Once a major mining town in the 19th century, Telluride today draws people for its scenic landscape and Western charm. Well worth the journey to Colorado’s remote southwestern corner, Telluride offers world-class skiing without the crowds.


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Lobby at Hotel Madeline, Telluride, American West

Hotel Madeline

Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection is a full-service resort in Mountain Village with a relaxed home-away-from-home atmosphere. Its 86 rooms and 46 suites are all uniformly decked out in rustic stone and dark wood furnishings, while common spaces are warmed by an ever-evolving collection of art from the American southwest. Accommodations may not break any design boundaries, but they are modern and cozy. The enormous, uber-cozy beds have deep mattresses and layers of Egyptian cotton bedding. Bathrooms are large with separate tubs and walk-in showers but frustratingly dark when you’re rooting in your toiletries bag for a toothbrush. Wireless internet is complimentary in every room, and there are well-stocked mini bars with complimentary water (small details that can be the bugbears for many travelers). Views either look onto Heritage Plaza and the neighboring ice rink or across Mountain Village to the ridge beyond. The three- and four-bedroom residences are some of the best accommodations, boasting large bay windows, spacious bedrooms and full kitchens (with the option of having a private chef).

For multitasking families, the kind of infrastructure Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection provides is nearly irresistible. Exercise fiends have access to a 24-hour fitness facility, while the altitude-weary can head to the spa for oxygen therapy.  An indoor pool framed by retractable glass panes allows swimmers to watch snowdrifts accumulate from the comfort of a climate-controlled pool deck – or make the most of the fresh summer breeze. There are two dining options on-property, the upscale Black Iron Kitchen & Bar, which has a buzzing après-ski scene and winter, and the more casual M Club, which serves class American fare. Also on-property are a Dylan's Candy Shop and Starbucks.

From skiing to snowboarding, the off-property pursuits abound at Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection. The concierge can arrange heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing tours, hiking, fly-fishing, and much more.

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The small and stylish Lumière, which opened in 2008 at the bottom of the Lower Boomerang ski run, has proven popular with couples and groups of friends who take advantage of the stunning penthouse ‘Wilson’ suite, which sleeps eleven. Yet all twenty-nine rooms and residences are comfortable and spacious, with sleek, modern furniture that would not be out of place in New York or London. Lovely touches like L'Occitane bath products and full kitchens in all the rooms contribute to an overall impression of quiet luxury, while oversized windows and balconies make the most of the stunning scenery (of all the hotels in Mountain Village, Lumière enjoys the highest perch).

A large log fire and rough stone walls give the fourth-floor common area a clubby feel, along with comfy sofas and a well-stocked library of DVDs and board games. Its outdoor deck is popular for cocktails and dips in the various soaking tubs. At snug hangout Little Bar, a chic crowd snacks on sushi and, in the wintertime, the hotel's signature après-ski raclette.

Another boon for serious skiers is Lumière's partnership with luxury ski concierge Black Tie, a game-changer for those who dread the ritual headache of lining up for skis, boots and poles. Not only can guests arrange to rent all equipment from the privacy of their rooms; they also wake up to warmed boots and route recommendations based on the day’s conditions.

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