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The Queen Of Beauty

The 5 best places to take photos at Telluride Ski Resort

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The first time I got on a snowboard was circa 2003 at Telluride Ski Resort. It was my first time trying any mountain sport, since my parents are very much beach people, and I remember being awestruck by the size and beauty of the San Juan range.

Those views never get old, even after nearly two decades of skiing there. Look at my camera roll, and you’ll see the same scenic spots each different season; they’re just too irresistible not to photograph.

Should you find yourself shredding over on the Western Slope, here are the five best spots to snap a picture at Telluride Ski Resort. (Study this map if you’ve never been.) As always, be mindful of where you stop on the mountain to avoid putting yourself and others in a potentially dangerous situation.

Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post

Giuseppe’s restaurant, located at 11,885 feet at Telluride Ski Resort, offers beer, food and sweeping views of Wilson Peak. (Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post)

Giuseppe’s restaurant

Happy hour at 11,885 feet? You can do just that at Giuseppe’s, one of the highest in elevation eateries in Telluride. (It’s not technically the highest — nearby Alpino Vino takes that title, according to colorado.com.) It’s a scenic place to pull up an Adirondack chair, crack a cold one and take in the views of Wilson Peak and Lizard Head Peak. On a clear day, you can even see the La Sal mountains in Utah.

Reporter Tiney Ricciardi trying to hug ...

Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post

Reporter Tiney Ricciardi trying to hug the mountains at the top of a run called Lookout at Telluride Ski Resort. (Provided by Sarah Flynn)

Top of Lookout run

Sure, you could snap a selfie on chair nine, given it takes about 10 minutes to shuttle skiers up from the town of Telluride to the top of the mountain. But keep your gloves on and wait until you take the ski run aptly named See Forever to the top of another called Lookout. Not only will you get stunning snow-capped peaks in the background, but also a glimpse of town.

Top of Gold Hill Express

You’ll notice the incredible, panoramic mountain views the moment you get up to the top of lift 14, known as the Gold Hill Express. But in case you don’t, there’s a sign marking the scenic viewpoint, a popular place to snap a top-of-the-world pano.

Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post

Gorrono Ranch is a festive, on-mountain bar and restaurant at Telluride Ski Resort with prime viewing of Wilson Peak. (Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post)

Gorrono Ranch

Gorrono Ranch is the best spot to find party vibes. The on-mountain bar and restaurant, located off chair four, is known for its “beach” where you can soak up the sun, enjoy live music and sit front row to views of Wilson Peak, which beer drinkers might recognize from cans of Coors Light.

Provided by Kinny Bradley

You don’t need to ski or snowboard to enjoy the views at Telluride’s San Sophia Station. That’s where reporter Tiney Ricciardi got married. (Provided by Kinny Bradley)